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Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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Pater Lieven TripelPater Lieven Tripel

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BA SCORE
84
good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van den Bossche visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-31-2002

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 72
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 11.2 oz brown bottle with a “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Head retention has some problems, color is a shade or two darker than the usual Triple. Orange golden hue is a touch hazy.

Smell: Phenolic and fruity. Sweet and spicy alcohol. Suggestions of melon and mango, peppery undertones from the phenols and alcoholic esters.

Taste: Medium body with a light syrupy mouth feel. Carbonation is a bit stiff with a solid crispness. Malt sweetness hits with a sweet grain and refined honey flavour. Warming alcohol is a little quick to flex its strength with esters of sweetness and spiciness that throw around fruity and peppery flavours. Fruity flavours range from pear to mango to melon. Yeast flings a nuttiness into the palate. Hops are a tad leafy with a mellow yet balancing bitterness. The malt still holds strong through it all and in the finish it still prevails with a dry grainy, almost grassy, flavour.

Notes: A good triple, not as stellar as others but still worth a visit. Still big enough to pair up with smelly gourmet cheese and pumpernickel bread.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kaimcm
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a tulip glass. best before 16/3/07.

A: real purtty. big gorgeous rocky dish soap head. slight haze to the deep golden body. a bit of lacing.

S: yeast, apples, peaches, some white grapes

T: soft and smooth up front. yeast and sugar hit first, followed by plenty of fruit. peaches, grapes, green apples, some citric qualities as well. as the fruit fades, dryness pulls through. a little woody, a little coriander-esque. mid palate theres even a little bubble gum quality. finishes pretty dry and a touch tart. superb balance between the opening sugar and finishing dryness. rock.

M: oh so soft and luscious. near perfect mouthfeel.

D: i give it a 5. nuff said.

i love this big little beer to death. it seems to be a sleeper in the triple category, so expertly crafted but relatively unknown. i paired with a dinner of steak tips, peppers, onions in a pineapple salsa sauce that (all modesty aside) was one of the best things ive ever cooked. along side two aged dry cheeses. all went exceptionally well. cheers.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from Chris at Ebenezer's Pub. His duty is to further my beer education, and he's doing an exceptional job (if in central Maine, Ebenezer's is a must stop). This bottle had a best before end of 2007 on the label. It was a clear gold color with a thick head. A nice sweet, yeasty aroma. Wonderful taste. Yeast up front, then some fruit, some spice. Nicely tart and well-carbonated. A great Belgian; I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, best before date was not readable..(faded)...this one poured with ALOT of sediment. Hazy light almond in color with a bright white head. Good retention and lace. Mouthfeel abit prickly and fairly high carbonation. Flavors nice and warm. Orange, candi sugars, yeast, nutty, bready, citrus..adds up to decent complexity. Alcohol noted. I'd like to try this again but would search for a fresher bottle.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very hazy amber-gold with a tight off-white head that barely settles for the duration. Aroma is full of that familiar lemon and spice common with Tripels. Taste is much like the aroma with a big hit of malt that reminds me of buttery graham cracker crust. All that malt gives this beer a medium-full mouthfeel. Buuuurrrp! It's quite effervescent. Almost too carbonated. This is a decent Tripel but I've had better examples and the heavy haze was a bit off-putting.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a towering head of airy white foam over a clear deep golden body. Head slwoly recedes, but leaves little lace. Aromas of tangy earth, coriander, pepper and other herbs as well as sawdust and a slight hint of citrus. The flavors ride into the mouth on a healthy dose of carbonation. Subdued yet sweet caramel provides the base, while other flavors of pepper, coriander, earth and a slight yeastiness offer an interesting concert of accents. A healthy crisp bitterness adds balance. Lean to medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Crisp and light upfront in the mouth, but finishes smooth and clean.

This tripel seems to be a more balanced example of the style due to its lack of an over the top sweetness providing the more subtle earthy and herbal flavors to really come through. Refreshing and extremely easy drinking with a healthy dose of complexity to boot. A fine ale.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin head that retains well, pushed on by plenty of bubbles, and the color is very nice dark gold.

Aroma: Honey, hops, fruit, a trace of yeast. Even a slight heat is detected, which might be expected at 8%, but it's not intense.

Flavor is certainly sweet, a million fruits come to mind, but it's balanced with ample spiciness and a mild, pleasant burn in the finish. Maltier than most tripels I've had, but it's not any kind of sweet overkill, and the interesting finish has a kind of intensity that answers its softer characteristics.

Nothing wrong with this tripel. Not the best Belgium has to offer, tripel or otherwise, but that's mighty tough competition. Taking it for what it is, a sweet tripel, it's a delight. Good dessert beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another likeable triple. Pleasant fruity yeast aroma. Reasonable head in glass. A fruity yeasty,quite drinkable, though medium mouthfeel not very full. Above average beer and enjoyable with light varied dinner. Underrated as a triple does not need high hops and bitterness too. On the sweeter side.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured to leave its loose sediment behind (even in long-standing bottles), it's a brilliantly clear amber-gold with yellow and gold highlights beneath a tenacious, creamy head of off-white foam. The yeast pour, however, clouds it immensely and thus darkens it to a very deep amber. Very fine bubbles stream upwards, helping to maintain its head; and it holds quite well and leaves walls of lace that don't stick to the glass throughout, but rather stay just above the surface of the beer as its level goes down. It's actually quite nice. The lace appears almost as mountains in the distance. The nose is sweetly bready with a touch of vanilla (cookie dough!), some candy, and a floral note; and that character follows over into the flavor with the addition of some honey and dark fruit. The alcohol makes a minor showing but never hinders, and actually adds a bit of character in its delicately peppery suggestion. The hop bitterness is obviously quite subdued - there's just enough to keep it from becoming cloying - but it seems as if there might be some slight herbal quality added in the flavor. And despite it's effervescence, the very fine and natural carbonation leaves it just lightly crisp before warming to become airy and smooth in the mouth. Quite enjoyable, and very drinkable.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For volunteering at Belgian Beer Fest 2010. 11.2oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger semi-fine white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear light orange-peach. Lacing is spotty and stringy in parts with little stick.

S: Nose is surprise!, fruity with a ton of spice and Belgian yeast. Hints of peach, apricot, strawberry, and pineapple. Tropical. Cane sugar sweetness also present. Aromatic and enjoyable.

T: Subtle boozy sweetness upfront. Sweet peaches and pineapple, cane sugar, a slight bit of citrus, Belgian yeast, and clove and other spices in the middle. Finish is yeasty and tempered. Very little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied bodied and amply carbonated. Lively and coarse in the mouth. Airy and non-sticky. Finish is subtle and there's little aftertaste.

D: Pretty much what I'd expect from a tripel. This one brings a rather unique tropical fruit combination that strays from the norm but is appreciated. Readily available so give this one a try!!

Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pop of carbonation from a 330 ml. capped bottle, yet with no over foaming as occurs on occasion with what I assume is a bottle conditioned Tripel. Pours a clear golden with a nearly white cap of foam and shows strong retention and lacing, classic.

Nose offers a pronounced and inviting yeast character along with some lemony spice. Aroma expands with warming and lacks any negative factors.

Taste is solid with a pleasant grainy character mingling with some lemony hops and some hop spice. Finish is dry with a lingering cracker texture.

Pleasant feel though arguably a bit thin but not unexpected given the dry finish. A bit of warming diminishes my concerns in this regard however. Smooth and supple on average and with very little alcohol presence.

Overall a solid Tripel on the appearance and aroma, lacking a bit perhaps in nuance versus the stalwarts of the style with regards to taste and feel. Still worth seeking out and a top tier brew.

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a murky golden color with a tight fizzy head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is of tart apple skins and musty yeast phenols. Nothing special about the aroma. The taste of green apples but not that tart, light candi sugar and pineapple fruitness, light spice, some floral honey, and a light malt presence. The brew has a light to moderate feel, plenty of fizzy carbonation, finishes sweet but not cloying. An easy drinking tripel, good balance. No crazy flavors but still a well made beer.

Photo of hotstuff
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When this brew was poured it had a large white head that consisted of fine-medium bubbles. The body was gold and the lacing was poor. There was some carbonation observed with this brew. The aroma was both spicy and fruity. This brew had a smooth taste to it with a slight bitterness noted.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice hazy dark brown / off orange with a large frothy head on top, while the scent is sweet with a hint of floral effects also present.

Flavor is very yeasty, with a decent twinge of peppery bitter that lurks about throughout, some alcohol, and the vague rememberence of dark fruits. This isn't bad, but it pales in comparison to the other Belgians I've had, and was much more 'shallow' than I expected.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both slightly above average.

A decent brew, but not worth the price.

Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle shared with Phatz and JohnnyM2002.

A: The ale is a goldenrod color. The bottle popped with a loud sound and was pretty vigorous head-wise. The glass slowly dissapated to a small white ring around the glass and some lacing.

S: The aroma is a very sweet honey flavor with a yeasty kick and no hint of alcohol.

T: The flavor is disturbingly sweet. There is no coriander element to add a hint of spicy heat. The tripel starts out with a honey and clove sweetness and slowly turning sweeter, if that is possible! The ale finishes with an intensely sweet honey and sugary fruit flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is almost, but not quite, cloyingly sweet. I wish that there were a little more spice-wise to add some peppery heat.

D: I am glad that I had two other people to split this bottle with, as I don;t think that I could have gotten through the whole thing, it is just too sweet.

Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Some faint spice notes up front followed by strong aromas of white grapes and pears. There are notes of bubblegum mixed in with a yeasty aroma on the finish.

T: Spices at first followed by some faint fruit and bubblegum flavors. A sweet bready flavor brings up the finish with a slightly fruity aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and attenuated.

O: A pretty decent tripel overall, though not great. I'd like a bit more depth and balance in both flavor and aroma along with a crisper body.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium burnished gold amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light apple family and stone fruit, clove; spicy and mildly floral, classic tripel. Flavor is sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast, light stone and apple fruit, mild clove. Finishes subdued with light, sweet fruit and malt, muted clove and spices. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The aroma was classic tripel, nicely spicy, but the flavor is sweeter and the spicing is surprisingly mild. Although clearly a tripel, leans in the direction of a spicy dubbel. I enjoyed this, but it is slightly off style.

Photo of Squelch
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy tan in color. Slight head. Medium lacing

Smell: Smells of aromatic esters. This beer is definitely begian.

Taste: Very nice. Slight ester flavor of nuts and bananas.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. unnoticable alcohol which is nice given the high abv.

drinkability: not a chugger. This one stands out from others I've had. Will drink again.

Photo of StevieW
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, biege label. Freshness date of 010803 stamped on back. A hazy dark yellow to orange color. Bubbly white head, didn't last long. Smell was dominated by thick yeast smells. Some faint fruits of figs, plums, etc. Taste was slightly citrus to start, then mostly sweet and sticky. Nice rich taste, but not as balanced as other triples. Yeast sediments settled to the bottom. Highly carbonated and bubbly. Carbonation was too much, and fizziness dominated the taste to the finish. That and a slick sweetness, made this start strong, but couldn;t finish. Really close to being good. I think I just got a highly charged batch. Also I think there is something to having triples in the big bottles with the cork and cage.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold color, the head is voluminous, creamy, white in color, the lace in thick sheets, and a "Bazillion" tiny bubbles. Nose is malt, a touch of citrus, hints of bubble gum, and quite "Sniffable". Front is sweet, the top skinny, the finish is potently acidic, pleasantly hopped, the long dry aftertaste, contains a hint of alcohol. Quite a good drinking beer, and worth the effort to sample. Ranks #434 on my current 1000 beer master list,

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16th Dec 2012: on-tap in the Antwerp Gollem.

Slight haze to my golden/yellow bodied beer, on top a thin white head, it was larger when poured but by the time it arrived at the table it had sunk into it's self somewhat.

Fairly sweet malt and fruity nose, this also carried on into the taste.

The beer has something about it that I like: the yeast content sits well with the alcohol and although it might be a bit sweet for some it certainly hit the spot with me.

Complex and interesting: never seen it on-tap before or since.

Photo of MrBen
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have a moderately priced and well presented beer. I love Belgian tripels and quadrupels, and this one has been a repeat buy for me for a while now. Great color -- a honey/amber/copper -- and nose. The 8% ABV still lets the sweet flavor come through, where I feel 9-10% would swamp it. The carbonation is right on the money. Pater Lieven Tripel is a great beer for any time of the day.

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice

A - Pours a hazey marmalaide colur with a white fluffy head tha retains well.

S - Plenty of sugars and orange spice aromas.

T - Spicey pepper flavours with orange citrus and some raisin.

M - Low carbonation and medium body.

D - A solid triple that is a must try.

Photo of Phatz
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pater Lieven Tripel
Okay so this was a mistake. Sorry fellas. I took a beer to a tasting that I had never had before. That was a mistake. Not a hit. This beer was not off. It was not bad. It had one problem. It was too damn sweet. Cloyingly so. Thank God I was sharing it with akorsak and JohnnyM2002 or even more would have gone down the drain.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with a big head and decently lacing.

Smell: Honey. Sugar. Honey. Yeast. Topical fruit and peaches and banana. Where is the peppery spicy nose huh?

Taste: The taste follows the nose in that it is one dimensional. The flavor is not completely off-putting just different than I expected. It has a sticky sugary honey fruit flavor with a yeast presence and maybe even a hint of woodiness and a drop of lemon but it is completely missing the coriander and peppery balance I anticipated. The alcohol shows up to balance a bit but not quite enough IMO.

Mouthfeel: It starts out creamy but sticky sweet and finishes crisp if you can stomach the flavor.

Drinkability: We were approaching the end of our afternoon and as I packed up to leave there was still 5 ounces in the bottom of the 750ml bottle. I wanted to reuse the bottle for home brew and since everyone 'loved this beer so much' we elected to drain pour the remainder because 3 men had more than their fill on less than one bottle. If I had not been driving I could have sat around for a few more hours and nursed some more of it, but I'd hardly call it tremendously drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of marc77
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in hue with brilliant clarity when decanted off the sediment. Stiff, dense, nearly static head leaves lace. Bready sweetness and yeast must upfront in aroma, followed by subtle notes of underripe plum and green apple. Faint clove phenol and banana. Clean, but tame aromawise. Fugacious notes of juicy kiwi and citric pineapple are quickly superceded by mellow, dried date like sweetness with a banana tinge. Becomes progressively more bread - like, with subtle peppery ethanol and lightly salted cracker emerging mid palate. Very well attenuated, with a thinnish, passably crisp mouthfeel. Approaches savory in character late, with suggestions of herbed biscuit running parallel to constituent honeyish sweetness. Finishes with an odd, yet agreeable impression of sugar sprinkled nut studded multi grain bread. An unusual tripel driven by yeast derived breadiness, but light on fruity esters. Tasty and dangerously light on the palate, indeed.

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Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.