Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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BA SCORE
84
good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 106
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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Photo of bort11
2.34/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Huge frothy white head that tooks it's time to settle down. Color is a bright golden yellow. Smell was a bit on the sour side. Taste was vinegary and sour. I'm afraid I got ahold of a bad bottle. I wasn't able to finish and had to pur most of it down the drain. This is odd since it had a best by date of 17/06/06. It looked like it was stored properly at the store. I may give this another chance if someone else is buying.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Polished tangerine with multiple bubble streams zipping up to a lovely looking lid of ivory colored foam. Most tripels aren't this orange. It will be interesting to see if the flavor is impacted by what looks to be some amount of toasted malt. A second pour results in a yeasty cloudiness and an even more characterful head.

Unfortunately, the aroma is sour fruity more than sweet and spicy. If it comes across that way on the palate, then I probably won't be thrilled with Pater Lieven Tripel. Several more sniffs nail it down to a woody vinegariness. Not good.

The beer tastes pretty much like it smells, but for some reason, it's slightly more tolerable on the taste buds. Accent on *slightly*. It almost tastes like an ounce of Flanders oud bruin was added just prior to bottling. That would explain the darker color too.

What in the world did Brouwerij Van den Bossche do to get PLT to taste this way? Did they age it in balsamic vinegar barrels? Sugar syrup-saturated bananas that have started to rot and unripe apricots contribute to the flavor profile as well. On second thought, the flavor is no better than the nose. Since the 'best by' date is 6-17-08, age shouldn't be a factor.

The mouthfeel is both light-medium and stickyslick. It's as if corn syrup was added to the kettles after fermentation. The carbonation is boisterous enough, but is fizzy and short-lived. There's no hint of expansiveness.

Kerst Pater Special Winter Ale (Christmas Ale) was pretty good. Buffalo Belgian Stout was a disappointment, but was still drinkable. Pater Lieven Tripel is much too strange and too sour for its own good. I love most Belgian tripels, but can't stomach this one. Pass.

Photo of Brabander
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a tripel lover i was curious how this one would taste. I can not remember that i ever drank this one before i got on BA.

Let's go! Poured in my westy glass the beer looks ok. A nice creamy white head and a goldenyellow fluid with carbonation, some bigger bubbles.

Then the smell....not the best smell, not even neutral. I cannot describe the smell very well but it's not pleasant.

The taste is very dry and some citrus in the back.

Don't buy this one if you want to try a tripel for the first time.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 750ml corked bottle, poured into a pint glass. Shared the bottle with Phatz and Akorsak.

A - Poured a hazy straw color with a foamy head that simmered down to a white ring around the glass.

S - Something isn't quite right here...I get a funky aroma of flowers and ripened fruit.

T - Starts with a banana flavor, and where it should blend with spices...nothing happens. The flavors begin on a sweet note, and just keep getting sweeter through the finish. Hard to put a finger on it, but the flavors never fully develop and all I get is a yeasty banana taste that's packed with sweetness.

M - Bubbly and creamy...a little thinner as it got warmer.

D - Just too sweet for me...a shame because I love tripels. I really thought it was just a bad bottle, which it very well might be...but I get the feeling that this is the intended flavor. I'd like to find another one in a few months and see if there's a difference.

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 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 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 aerozeppl
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours quite a bit darker than you would expect for the style. A little less than a finger of white head. A burnt copper color.

S: Lots of sweetness. Lots of candi sugar. Not that complex in the nose. A touch of spices.

T: Fairly clean malt. The sugar kills this beer as it drowns everything else out. The alcohol is fairly well masked until the finish. Not really estery which is the hallmark of the style.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Probably the best part of this beer.

D: A one and done for me. Decent enough but there are much better examples of the style out there.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Highly suggested by a number of my fellow quaffers.
Poured out a golden apricot color with a big, fluffy head but very little lace.
Smell is amazing with notes of sweetness, malt, citrus (orange & tangerine - Florida law requires residents to know the difference :-) ), a peppery spice, and some yeast.
Taste fell short of the wonderful smell. Hops, malt, a huge alcohol bloom (@40 degrees F), spice and citrus. Balance was poor, alcohol really overpowered the flavors here.
Mouthfeel was a bit rough around the edges, much like a hoppy bite but not actually from the hops which were quite restrained. Medium/full body with nice effervescence all over the mouth and tongue.
Drinkability would be just acceptable. There are many better tripels available. I must report to those who recommended this brew that it came up lacking, in my opinion.

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 TheDM
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a very large envigorated head of very fine white bubbles and a cloudy yeasty golden colored body with only a few yeast particles in it. It has a mild floral-yeast aroma with a smooth slightly fizzy foretaste and a clean finish. Its flavor is that of yeast, bread and some citrousy notes.

Photo of granger10
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is really fruity and has some residual sweetness with it. I'm getting a strong honey sweetness up front. Quite thick for how it looks. Bready base underneath and a banana flavor is in there as well. Alcohol seems stronger than 5% and a little out of place. The finish really gets me though. It seems oxidated and leaves a wet cardboard taste in my mouth. Still drinkable but the oxidation hurts. Otherwise this was a solid tripel.

Once again, many thanks to the much to kind CRJMellor for the bottle!

Photo of TStandley13
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into glass, chilled.

A - Hazy, orange/gold color. Head is perfectly white, nothing bragable.

S - light, less alcohol smell than most tripels I have tried. Some flowery smells, and a few spices

T - Sweet and sugary, not very citric tasting. Definetely appearance of a yeasty flavor. Fruity.

M - Smooth, carbonation is a tad heavy, light in the mouth.

D - Nothing really stands out in this brew, but its still very drinkable and tasty. Similar to all mid- level tripels.

Photo of Nipitato
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Pours with a good thick white head just under a finger thick. Deep copper. Opaque. Visibly super effervescent. A good looking beer.

S: Musty. Fruity esters are quite strong while clove like phenols are virtually absent. Strong yeast notes. Alcohol aromas noticeable.

T: Spicy phenols and fruity esters are very muted, which leaves lots of room for overly sweet malt and alcohol flavors to come through. A rough bittering and dry finish.

MF: Very effervescent. Medium light. Quite mouthfilling due to high carbonation. Slight alcohol warming.

D: Drinkable but would probably go for another triple. The beer is lacking the phenol and ester flavors that highlight and make tripels unique and tasty.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bomber

A-Nice light golden body with plenty of carbonation. Head was light but rocky. Very little lacing. I like a little more of a copper orange body for a tripel, but still nice looking.

S-I am attributing the heavy cork smell to a semi-bad bottle. Past the wet cork, there was heavy tropical fruit smell. Belgian yeast is not very present.

T-Again, the cork comes through with a wet cardboard (oxidation). The fruitiness comes through on the tongue nicely. A hop and yeast spice comes through before the earthy finish. When colder, this is remarkably saison-like in wet-grass and straw taste. As it warms, the soft, sweet fruitiness comes full-circle. I still miss the yeast attribute.

M-This beer is very soft and mellow from start to finish. A spiciness is leftover, but very welcome. A grainy aspect adds to the depth.

D-Like mentioned, the cork presence threw me off a little, but I can see the potential of this beer. Easy to drink and definately gentle enough to be an all-nighter.

Photo of truthbrew
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy straw yellow to golden. Huge white fluffy head, leaves only moderate lacing on a clean glass. Bready spiced bananna nose with a hint of alcohol. Body is sweet, malty, with moderate to high carbonation. Something is missing for me but can't quite pin point it. For some reason it feels very thin in the mouth, but upon drinking the finish revives it. Good easy drinking, though nothing stand out.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : blond/amber color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : swet, somewhat round and fruity with a spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Triple.

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

Pours a deep amber yellow color with a very nice head.A breadiness in the nose along with a predominant yeast aroma.Slight spiciness.Malty and very phenolic flavor.Somewhat sweet which rapidly fades into a lingering bitterness.Good mouthfeel for the style.Overall a decent enuff beer but theres a slew of other triples I would grab first.

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.

Photo of kegerator
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this seemed to come off as a typical belgian, meaning there did not seem to be anything special about it, it was just there.
poured out a coppery blond with a nice thick head.
smell was slightly sweet fruit with your typical spicy notes.
taste was not complex but very simple and straight forward.
all in all a decent belgian beer just nothing jumped out about it.

Photo of erikm25
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden brown and hazy orange. Very heavy in color with slight dark molasses hue. The head was very fluffy and white like a massive cloud that receded rather quickly.

S: Relatively fruity and tarty with a hint of hops. Some nice malty and wheaty sweetness. There are some other smells that lurk out like oak and peppers and plum. Alcohol was faint but still noticeable.

T: Immediately noticed a spiced pepper taste. Some almond as well and while the smell points towards dark fruit there was a lighter fruit taste that became apparent here (pear and mango). An earthy and woody taste with the right dash of fruity spices.

M: Very round and well carbonated.

D: I enjoyed this tripel very much. The alcohol was there but it was not overpowering and this did make it very easy to drink quickly. Thicker in taste while still leaning on the sweeter side.

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 JaimeLondon
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Belgian triple of an ocher somewhat transparent color and a whitey foam. A bit turbid and with visible efervescence.
Big maltiness on the nose, some belgian yeast and honey tones.
Taste is similar, just a bit fruity and with a nice bitterness. Alcohol is not evident, but as an 8%.. yeah you can feel it.
Body is ok, carbonation a bit higher than average.

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.

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