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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

99 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 1
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 WynnO
4/5  rDev +7.8%

WynnO, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

safaricook, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

ajs4bd, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Zakk, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of zerolux
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

zerolux, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of dalecooper
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

dalecooper, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

n2185, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

flagmantho, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of calcio360jrd
4/5  rDev +7.8%

calcio360jrd, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

mlazzaro, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Squelch
3.75/5  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.

Squelch, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  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!!

SpeedwayJim, Dec 02, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

aerozeppl, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Brabander
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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.

Brabander, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

rtepiak, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

eric5bellies, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

WoogityBoogity, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Gmann, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Tone, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

cadenwhitaker, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

thierrynantes, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of erikm25
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

erikm25, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange,decent head and a small off and on foamy lace.
The aroma is fruits(pineapple,tropical) and alcohol.
The taste started sweet with many fruit hints and malts.The the tones of honey and syrup with some mild alcohol taste.
The feel was sticky,syrupy and still smooth enough to make the balance odd yet interesting.At times it almost felt creamy.Medium carbonation and a medium body feel.

Notes: While this may have not been amongst the finest of Tripels I have had; I felt it was solid enough to say I would have it again.It was actually a lot different than what I have in mind for a Tripel.
That said,I drank it and I liked it.The End.

Lexluthor33, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

beerkittycat, Jun 28, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

TStandley13, Apr 24, 2008
Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.