Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche
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3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-26-2007 01:18:27 | More by Sammy
2.63/5 rDev -28.9%
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.
03-28-2008 16:21:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
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
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a clouded gold brown with virtually no head. Nose is a very mild citric yeast. Flavor is a meaty yeast with a tang that hits the side of my mouth. Pretty well balanced level of sweetness as well. Feel is good with a smooth liquid feel and a decent bubble on the tongue. A very drinkable tripel. Nothing fancy, but solid and smooth. Id even make this a personal session brew.
12-30-2007 14:26:37 | More by RblWthACoz
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
03-31-2002 22:48:57 | More by Jason
United Kingdom (England)
3.64/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-10-2013 15:00:23 | More by BlackHaddock
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-09-2004 01:48:00 | More by Billolick
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
01-07-2007 01:11:23 | More by akorsak
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
4.05/5 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
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
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,
10-30-2002 15:55:47 | More by Gusler
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
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
The colour is orange-yellow-beige; the finger thick white firm head is compact and uneven. No lacing.
The smell is fruity and spicy with a sour note of yeast. There are also some notes of bitter oranges and that wheat beer flavour.
The taste is very flavoured, almost perfumed; there are sour wheat beer flavours, but also bitter oranges, spices (cloves? coriander? cardamom? vanilla?) and even some mild bitter notes. The aftertaste is balanced with a mild flavour of buns, dough, bitter almonds and green apples.
The carbonation is very strong, but also rather short which is typical for a Tripel.
I just described this beer to a friend: Like a crossover of Hoegaarden and a pale strong Belgian abbey ale. But it is, like so many other Belgian beers, an insidious brew: Despite the 8% abv, there is no noticeable alcohol in the smell or taste at all!
11-12-2005 23:26:32 | More by bark
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: rich golden hue with three fingers of frothy ivory head. Body is completely clear and free of haze.
Smell: very sweet aroma with a decent malty character and some candylike apple and melon fruit flavors. Nice, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
Taste: sweet and bright with a very good malty flavor. Taste is a bit less sweet than the aroma with a good malt quality, and a little bit less fruity as well. I like it.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a colossal carbonation. Creaminess is nearly excellent; if this beer had a little bit more body then it might have enough carbonation to be basically perfect.
Overall: a good tripel, if a bit sweet. Not as complex as a good tripel ought to be, I really do like the quality of the beer's malt character.
01-26-2012 05:11:00 | More by flagmantho
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
4.63/5 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
4/5 rDev +8.1%
This was a 33cl bottle I scored in Amsterdam and lugged back home... Poured dark golden, with plentiful, minute bubbles steadily rising through the clear liquid. Bier filled the goblet about 1/2 way; the rest of the gob was filled by the head! The topping was light beige colored and very billowy and whipped-cream like. It slowly collapsed upon itself yet still maintained at about 1/2" throughout, with lovely lacing in the glass. Pater has a very noticeable nose with spiciness and pepper notes. The aroma suggests a dryness in the bier. It had a medium body, yet a slight rough, prickly feel on the tongue. Flavor begins with some bready, doughy malt, along with slight intimations of tropical fruit. The finish is indeed dry, with mild spice qualities. Not a bad Tripel at all, and though lacking some complexity, I'd have another if available.
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4
09-05-2004 17:00:15 | More by Bierman9
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
4.33/5 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
Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.