Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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BA SCORE
84
good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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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 scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of bigdeuce
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of granger10
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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 kegerator
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 MrBen
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have a moderately priced and well presented beer. I love Belgian tripels and quadrupels, and this one has been a repeat buy for me for a while now. Great color -- a honey/amber/copper -- and nose. The 8% ABV still lets the sweet flavor come through, where I feel 9-10% would swamp it. The carbonation is right on the money. Pater Lieven Tripel is a great beer for any time of the day.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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 truthbrew
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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 SeanChouffe
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber/orange color, transparent, light carbonation and an off-white head. Retention is low and lace is clingy. I miss judged my pour and got some large chunks whirling around. Aroma is tart and yeasty and grassy. Flavor is lightly sweet at the start with a dry slightly tart finish. Peppery attributes dominate the character of the taste. A tripel in the Westmalle tradition, but not as thick and intense. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly effervescent. Light hop bite. I fail to see any complexity of Pater, but it is an enjoyable version of a tripel.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a brownish orange color with a small hovering head. There are lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. This lasts throughout the beer. Lacing is good too.

Smell: It has a very sweet, malty aroma. There are hints of aged fruits and oak.

Taste: The bulk of the flavor consists of a flowery and fruity combination. This being said, it isn't an overly sweet beer. It is well balanced with whatever malts are in the mash. The flavor seems to transition - taking a pear like sweetness and amplifiying it into an alcohol finish that really warms the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The body comes in very wet, but it gets surprisingly thick once it makes contact. You can really feel it grow and spread over the entire tongue and mouth.

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.
Prosit!!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of marburg
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maize-colored brew with a streaky haze. Looks like a dingier version, both from the not-quite-white head and the muddied body. Expected estery aroma with a zip of phenolic pepper bursts.

A bit light on the flavor. Alcohol and pear. Other fruits. Tropical and wild. Heavy yeast presence in this brew seems to mute the flavors and give it a more earthy, herbal appeal. Very easy to drink though the trade off is that it's hardly a shining beacon of Belgian complexity. Alcohol asserts itself with more force as it warms. Almost too harsh at points as a result. Finishes pretty dry.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper color with a nice beige-colored head. After careful pour, lots of flaky particule suspension even with a small amount of yeast sediment left in the 33 cl bottle. Had a best before end date of 2002 and a lot #BR05 (?). Complex aromas of breadiness, spicy yeast and almost like honeysuckle blossoms. Initially sweet turning slightly yeasty and finishing rather dry. Very enjoyable. Bubbly and smooth at the same time. I guess the only thing I could say that I didn't like about this beer is it's chunky particle suspension, but that's to be expected in some Belgians with some age behind it. Recommended.

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
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 TheDM
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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 hotstuff
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When this brew was poured it had a large white head that consisted of fine-medium bubbles. The body was gold and the lacing was poor. There was some carbonation observed with this brew. The aroma was both spicy and fruity. This brew had a smooth taste to it with a slight bitterness noted.

Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
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