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Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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BA SCORE
84
good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van den Bossche visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-31-2002)
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Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kvnstfrd
1.25/5  rDev -66.2%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 WynnO
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of zerolux
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of dalecooper
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mlazzaro
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. I found an old dusty bottle at a local liquor store. It's faded, but I think this bottle expires three years ago in 2008. (the beer it clearly still good.) I don't care for expiration dates on high ABV beers, a born on date would be more helpful.

Highly carbonated beer. Pours slightly hazy dark straw color, with lots of head that quickly dissipates. Smells of interesting yeast aromas. Peppery, zesty, almost strawberry smells and flavors coming from the yeast. Very acidic, perhaps from the high carbonation. Body is thin, which is expected in this style. High alcohol content is masked quite well. Warming to the esophagus but overall a smooth beer. Drinking this beer I almost forget about hops, bitterness and hop profile is very mild. This is a very drinkable example of Belgian yeast. Expensive, but I would have it again.

Photo of Squelch
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 Brabander
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
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 rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bright orange with a mild cloudiness and and tight off white bubbles. no particularly sweet overly nose is floral pineapple... palate is citrus lemon tea and citrus fruit with candied qualities... mild pepper, clove and dry carbonation. somewhat simple and one dimensional but there is little room for error if you like it.

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 WoogityBoogity
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Tone
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

This is a very respectable beer. Pours a cloudy orange color, citrus in the smell (notably lemon), and a slight citrus in the taste. The ABV is very well hidden making this a very sessionable beer.

Overall I think this beer would make a good gateway beer into appreciating hefe's and tripels.

Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
84 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.