Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche
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4.63/5 rDev +25.1%
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.
08-09-2006 22:33:21 | More by lordofthewiens
4.47/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
07-03-2006 00:28:30 | More by kaimcm
4.43/5 rDev +19.7%
Corked and caged 750 that seems to read as best by 10/16/07 purchased at Merchat's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.
Huge head of white over clear burnished brass. Good retention and lace.
Tart and fruity with some spices. Crisp apples and a bit of lemon zest with some sugars, chalk, and a pinch of basement funk. Mildly phenolic. Very nice. The nose hits all of the classic aromas for the style without being to tart or alcoholic.
Tastes tart upfront with some sweets from the malts and then a nice apple flavor comes in. A bit spicy with some hops and a dry finish that retains some of the apple juice. Some yeast in the end as well.
The mouth is a bit puckery but that is expected for the style. Just the right amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and it walks the line that seperates Triples from BSPAs. I really like this beer. One of those beers I had passed by many times. I regret that.
03-28-2006 05:22:31 | More by ypsifly
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
This beer is excellent. Not too sweet like a lot of Triples I've had in the past. Nice fruity flavor, no hop presence, outstanding color, smooth drinkability. I usually go a little lower with Belgians on drinkability because I take that to mean, how many can you drink at once and since this beer is higher in alcohol, that rating is a little lower. This has good carbonation and tangy fruity nose smell. Nice combo on an orangy-lemony taste but not too tangy. An excellent beer, a little pricey, but terrific nonetheless.
11-12-2005 22:00:19 | More by bigdeuce
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
01-01-2005 13:37:25 | More by MrBen
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
A - Dark blonde body, clear in apperance - probably due to lees sedimentation on bottom from cellaring. Pours tall white collar of foam, semi-long lasting.
S - Complex malt, zesty citrus and fruit esters. Mild phenolic with almost layer of hop character.
T - Sweet profile from malt transitions into fruity sensation of citrus. Clove and pepper phenols are compensating to middle balance, and very hidden bitterness of hop flavor on dry finish.
M - Medium body with high carbonation. No warming from ABV.
D - Very intriguing and fruity Triple style.
11-29-2009 05:03:42 | More by WoogityBoogity
4.33/5 rDev +17%
Pours a nice colden color with a 2 finger head that falls to a very healthy coat over the brew. The nose is very nice. I get coriander, lemon and a slight sourness. Very impressive nose. The flavor is right there with the nose. Lemony, orangey, a bit tart, slightly sweet. I like it. The feel is moderate with a a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, a rather nice brew. I like the flavor a lot. I would get this brew again.
09-15-2005 02:00:08 | More by kmpitz2
4.33/5 rDev +17%
Pours out to a slightly hazy deep golden orange, forming a growing soapy and spongy white head white forms a peak above the rim of the glass. Retention is exceptional and lacing is minimal. Carbonation is very strong, with spiraling streamers. Aroma is instantly skunky..very much light struck...aside from that, I can there is a Belgian funky sourness and some faint dustiness. Mouthfeel is very spritzy with a medium-light body. Taste begins with spicy phenols, lots of cloves, fruity esters, and apples, followed by a spicy lightly herbal bitterness towards the semi-tart and very spicy finish. Sticky sweet and sugary pale malt body in the middle. Alcohol is present in warmth, but not in taste. No off-flavors. Adding the yeast and letting it warm filled it out a bit with some nice breadiness.
A nice triple, which is representative of the style, but unfortunately my bottle was very light struck. Despite this, I enjoyed this brew very much and look forward to trying it again with a fresher bottle.
05-25-2004 01:16:44 | More by Mitchster
4.28/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
07-05-2007 21:50:50 | More by Metalmonk
4.18/5 rDev +13%
Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace but pour slowly there is a ton of chunky bits and with the active carbonation it *looks* like a witch's cauldron. Cloudy amber color. Nose is sweet maybe bready. Starts sweet and crisp, finishes smooth but there is some alcohol in the background.
03-21-2004 00:05:24 | More by jdhilt
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
12-03-2003 20:52:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
The thick foamy head on this beer settles a bit too quickly, leaving just a thin top after about a minute. The beer itself is yellow, decently carbonated, and slightly hazy.
The aroma is a bit weak for the style, smelling primarilly of yeast at first, but develops a bit as the beer warms, gaining some figgish notes. Still a bit thin.
In the mouth, this is a medium-bodied beer, with the typical bubblegum sweet flavor of Belgian candi sugar leading the way. This is complimented by spicy, cloveish flavors in what makes for a very smooth drinking beer. Very slight hop finish.
10-21-2002 12:31:55 | More by mzwolinski
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
Appearance- best compared with a mixture of a white and blush corbonated wine.
Smell- Hint of malty sweetness with a smell of rose petals thats not overwhleming, but hard not to notice in a beer.
Taste- As expected with any Tripel, lots of excellent malt character with a small and under estimated hops attck to vaguely counteract the malt sweetness. A small note of alcohol registers, but only compliments the beers overall taste.
Mouthfeel- I would love to have more than one in 30 minutes, but wouldn't because of the alcohol content and the flavors are too good to just swallow down quickly.
Drinkability. Could have a couple in one hour but would fall asleep before I could get to number three. Plus that wouldn't be doing thid beer any justice to drink that fast. Will definetly order again.
11-22-2005 03:30:05 | More by scruffwhor
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
bb 07.. month & day smudged.
pours more deep brownish amber than i expect from tripels, but the head is fierce and climbing with an airy texture of dish soap.. this i am familiar with in the face of the blond belgians. smells yeasty for sure, very tart lemon wedge and something metallic. papaya and phenolics, little buttery balance. ok but too green compared to what i think this style should exemplify in aroma. taste brings a whole new fruity dimension to the experience... the beer expands beautifully like a spring blossom, the amber richness explains itself with a velvety cream texture that contrasts well with a spritzy carbonation. taste is more balanced with alcohol heat meeting light hints of sugary malts. finish is rather hoppy with almost-american influenced citrus accents. the alcohol in the front of each sip limits drinkability.. and this beer would probably jump up a point or two by the end of the year. still a decent example and something for those who like their trips crisp.
03-23-2006 23:20:46 | More by goodbyeohio
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
Maize-colored brew with a streaky haze. Looks like a dingier version, both from the not-quite-white head and the muddied body. Expected estery aroma with a zip of phenolic pepper bursts.
A bit light on the flavor. Alcohol and pear. Other fruits. Tropical and wild. Heavy yeast presence in this brew seems to mute the flavors and give it a more earthy, herbal appeal. Very easy to drink though the trade off is that it's hardly a shining beacon of Belgian complexity. Alcohol asserts itself with more force as it warms. Almost too harsh at points as a result. Finishes pretty dry.
02-19-2004 17:18:05 | More by marburg
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of tart malt and fruit. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt up front, high sweetness levels next, slight dry spiciness in the middle, and some hops in the finish.
02-15-2009 18:53:52 | More by Tone
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
04-30-2006 21:11:13 | More by Shovelbum
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
11.2 oz. brown bottle.
Tons of dregs suspended in a cloudy dark gold body with a light fluffy head.
Fresh fruit of a tropical variety: kiwi, star fruit, etc. Definite funkiness, aka barnyard funk. A touch of booze.
Thinnish body with a lot of spritzy CO2.
Light and fruity. Alcohol is hidden but still noticable. Bone dry finish. Barnyard funk is there for sure.
Interesting and better than I hoped for.
07-19-2005 03:12:01 | More by Shultzerdugen
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a very pretty transparent gold color with many tiny bubbles. Head is huge, fading slowly to a nice thick cap (1/2 finger) of whiteish foam, leaving a bit of lacing as it recedes. Nose is bready/yeasty with a small amount of coriander and cloves, pretty subtle. Pretty classical tripel thus far. Taste is definitely spicy, much more than the nose hints. Good bitter underpinning, and a definite alcohol burn toward the middle that quickly fades to a pleasant warmth. Flavor is semi-sweet, reminiscent of mild fruit juice, perhaps apples. A bit of yeast is evident as well. Finishes with a slightly astringent taste. Mouth is definitely bubbly, wet, with a mild body. Pretty easy across the tongue, and about as bubbly as most tripels. Drinkability is very good; 8% alcohol is strong but not obscenely so.
Overall: A very good tripel, recommended.
08-22-2006 23:18:02 | More by jettjon
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
03-21-2009 00:52:13 | More by Gmann
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
07-05-2010 19:39:03 | More by eric5bellies
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Best described as a bohemian tripel. Pours a viscous bronze-copper color, hazy like a wheat beer. Hightly carbonated and forms a intermitten head of tight and loose bubbles. Smells distinctly belgian. Quite yeasty and sour to the nose for a Tripel. Carries sweet honey, spice, and fruitiness into the flavor. Sweet fruits are bold of peaches, pears, and apples. Milder flavors of plumbs and grapes also. A thin sweetness underlies all other flavors. Body is medium and prickly to the palate (almost numbing). Finishes sweet and dry. A pretty good beer. On par with other good belgians Tripels.
09-02-2005 20:57:59 | More by BEERchitect
Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.