Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche
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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
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured from a 750ml cork and cage into a simple corsendonk goblet. Bottle bears an expiry date, but it's a year into the future, so I'm assuming this means this is a '07 vintage. Colour is a positively standard amber, neither light nor dark. A bit of haze, but no flecks. Head is very white, very wet, and no signs of any lace yet.
Smell is light and funky. Nothing in the way of specific malts, but a good yeast funk and some distinctively floral spicing. Maybe some light candi. Deep sniffs reveal something earthy - maybe a bit of lightly toasted grain, finally. Some booze and esters, on the acrid side. Not overly mineraley yet.
Taste is sweeter than expected, and less tart than expected. Finally you can find some good light malt, and a fruity body. Solid belgian yeasting is clearly presented and the spice firms up and gets less flowery. Somewhat bitter in the middle of the mouth. Meaty near the end. Brings to mind italian table breads. Something, possibly the hops, also lends a notion of fresh-steamed vegetables, something green and stalky, but nothing in particular.
Mouthfeel is fairly warm and effervescent. Clean on the tongue but slightly sticky on the lips. A fairly well-balanced drinker, though the carbonation might come back in the form of some well-deserved belches.
A very, very standard country-style belgian triple. Shows some interesting character and well-defined tastes when slightly warmer, and makes for a good 'intro' brew, in my opinion.
08-10-2007 03:10:45 | More by ojiikun
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
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
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
05-17-2007 17:46:26 | More by Nipitato
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
a sort of honey malt
with a light brown tan color
taste is medium simple
towards the sweet
but nothing too bad
(bottle was dated recently)
mouthfeel is full:
mellowing as it warms
and sips easy
a sort of non-descript charm
04-23-2007 05:10:20 | More by meadhead
3.28/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
01-07-2007 07:45:53 | More by Phatz
2.98/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
01-07-2007 02:21:33 | More by JohnnyM2002
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
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
11-04-2006 00:56:06 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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
4.63/5 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
2.3/5 rDev -37.8%
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.
07-08-2006 05:02:18 | More by bort11
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
4.03/5 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
4.43/5 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
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Light orange-gold...very lively head..laces and drops to 1/8" and stays. Looks very good in a Duvel tulip.
Smells spicy..clove..dough , banana...a hint of phenol.
Tastes really good...lighter in flavor than a lot of other Tripels...not as sweet , either. Yeasty malt, with light citrus...banana and clove..doughy bubblegum finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Nice mouthfeel...light, highly carbonated.. velvety as it warms....a little drier than most.
As drinkable as Tripels get. This is a good one.
03-25-2006 03:24:58 | More by Hautacam
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
4.13/5 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
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
4.33/5 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
4/5 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
4.03/5 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
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
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!
03-30-2005 18:35:16 | More by granger10
Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.