Brugse Tripel | Brouwerij De Gouden Boom

19 Reviews
Brugse TripelBrugse Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Gouden Boom

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 24
Reviews by Todd:
Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl european brown bottle. Bottle fermented, so there is yeast compacted at the bottom -- pour gently. Freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Hazy amber, and rich looking. Patchy, bubbly froth settles to a slightly off-white lace.

Smell: Aroma is wonderfully complex. Crisp, peppery, sweet toffee-like candies and a delicate floral perfume.

Taste: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel upfront which is induced by a fine, lifting carbonation. You can feel the alcohol on the palate, and its vapors. Malt character is that of toasted sweet toffee candy with a burnt sugar lining. A pepper flavour, along with an abrubt, but light, green apple-like hop bittness, break through the malt and balance with a soft crispness. Gums tingle with a light spicy, and more alcohol vapor, presence. Full-bodied and full-flavoured. Finishes faintly bready, sweet, dry, but clean overall.

Notes: This is one of the best tripels you are going to ever have. It's kick-ass to boot! And, what better place could it hail from but Brugge?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was past its freshness date by a week, sediment on the bottom stayed compacted and only a drizzle of the yeast got into the glass. The bone coloured lace sticks well to the glass, bright orange amber colour with a faint haze from the yeast. Smells a little doughy and of ripe peaches with a bit of spicy phenol in the back. Crisp carbonation. Full of ripe and tart fruit flavours, raw honey and a dough flavour from the yeast and malt. Hops are so faded that they don’t even seem apart of the beer anymore. Alcohol character is considerable in size with spicy and sweet flavours, slight vinous and shades of esters and ghost like solvent traits form on the taste buds to make this brew expressively alcoholic.

This is one of my all time favourites, fresh at a café in Brugge is best but an old bottle of the stuff is fine with me also. Ages quite well and I would think that it would do well years after its freshness date.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wonderful wife brought me home one bottle of this tripel. Its now called Brugge tripel and comes with a spiffy blue and gold label, check out the breweries web site for a look see. Anyway, small bottle, with a consume before date (its got 3 years to go!) printed on the label. Pours mostly clear, with minimal yeast in the bottle. Color is golden with a lslight ight brown/orange tint. White loose head, good retention and some thick foamy lacing left on the glassearly then just minor lacing later on. Ginger, gin and some soapyness in the nose. Flavor notes of more gin, melon, honey, pepper, yeasty phenolics, slight band-aid picked up as well, yum yum. At 9% this stuff goes straight to the cranium, but alcohol very well hidden in the mix. Fine stuff. well worth a try, if you can find- it buy it.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for picking up this one on a whim...
Slightly hazy...honey amber in color with less than 1/4 finger of white head...fizzles out quickly with thin, spotty lacing.
Very inviting in the nose...honey, raisins, and a definite port-like quality.
Taste is flavorful...a warming effect happens quickly with this hi-gravity offering. Tart cherries, fig, vanilla, honey, with a slight alcohol presence.
Fairly thin mouthfeel and high carbonation...definitely a sipper for me, but extremely tasty and one I'd pickup again if given the opportunity. A nice surprise to say the least...

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite strong and robust, but the alcohol was to evident, maybe i'll have to have it again coz i wasn't really in the mood to drink when i had it, i still found it pretty good though.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioning very evident in the pour - very fizzy, generous head with good staying power. Started drinking this straight from the fridge, which was a mistake, as the aroma did not bloom until it had warmed a good bit, and at the same time the flavors mellowed. By the time it was cellar temp, the aroma was a very pleasant sweet chocolate. Alcohol was prominent in the flavor, but well integrated and peppery. Sweet, but not cloyingly so, with flavors of toffee and caramelized cane sugar.

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Photo of StevieW
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big brown Euro bottle, as you pour the beer, the bottle appears green. No freshness date visable. My sweetie brought this home from Belgium last summer. Ought oh.....
Cloudy golden yellow color to maybe a light orange depending on the color. Much lighter than I anticipated but ok for the style apparently. Smell was mostly alcohol and some faint citrus fruit smells.Tasted like a good belgian blonde. Not like the tripels I have had. Slightly acidic. No hop presence that I could detect, but again this is allowable according to the guide. But, the feel was thin and tasted very wine like. Very fruity. Hot alcohol presence. No yeasty belgium goodness I expected. Mellowed a bit in the glass. I think I got it past it's prime, and evaluated the flavors with that in mind. 9% abv does catch up to you quickly.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in the “Triple” glass is a ambiguous golden orange color, the head is portly in size, the color and off white, and the texture spumous, as the head decays, it leaves behind a fine covering of lace to seal off the glass. The nose is loaded with malt aromas, slightly plum like, crisp and fresh, the start is malt laden and lightly sweet. The top is middling in feel, the acidity biting, and the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, also vinous, tart and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4yr old sample: Great balanced tripel with well stated alcohol, present, but remaining an accomodating good friend rather than a striking foe. Nose is malty, fruity (pears, apple). Palate turns out pretty dry from the initial fruit/honey malt interplays and spicy through the floral hoppy finish. Low carbonation, medium body, softly malty.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer is not for the faint of heart, every thing about this Tripel bespeaks of strength....Very strong aroma, assaulted the nose, reminders of the market place..Colour was of a fruity punch as was the taste...most interesting product but not to my liking..far to sweet for my taste..and strong.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a cloudy amber beer with a huge head. Looked like a good tripel. It held promise.

The aroma was rather bland though... lightly hoppy, no complexity.

The taste was light, some maltiness and some fruitiness, slightly musty, and a bit bitter. Somewhat complex, but too light and airy for my taste.

Mouthfeel just wasn't there that much. Strictly average.

A drinkable beer, however. I could have several of these, but I couldn't guarantee that I'd walk straight afterwards.

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Photo of SierraDeuce
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Andreji
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer at the red horse in paris. An orangey pour with a dense, creamy white head lasting throughout. Spicy, malty smell with hints of wheat, and only a slight felt alcohol.

The taste, strong on a full and slightly carbonated body is spicy, fruity, wheaty and quite malty above all, with a slight bitterness at the end but a general sweetness throughout.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
1.79/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow, this stuff was naaaaaaasty. The bottle was in the store for a long long time, but still was not past the freshness date. I hope it was skunked. I had to spit it out. Blleghhhhhhh

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Photo of paterlodie
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me first say that the Brugse Tripel used to be one of my favorite beers. Problem arised when Palm breweries took over the brewery. Nowdays its called Brugge Tripel and the taste changed slowly... but a lot of small steps make a big one and today this beer is nothing what it used to be. Smell of spices and a little hops, not fresh at all and a dull taste make it just a drinkable beer but nothing great like it had in the past.

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Photo of Beerman1977
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jinahonline
1/5  rDev -71.7%

Photo of John
4.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic Belgian tripel. All the refined characteristics you find in comparable world class beers such as this. Peachy gold color and a wonderfully fruity estery aroma. Slight scent of alcohol. Classic flavors of fruit with prickly but not overwhelming carbonation. Hazy yeasties thicken the body. Alcohol tickles the nostrils upon exhaling. A tripel done right.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brought back from UK with different label and spelling "Brugge Tripel but same brewery. This is a mid gold beer with a massive head. The flavour is quite sweet and not very big. The beer to me tasted flawed in that it never really lived up to its style requirements. A bit of a disapointment.

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Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of wl0307
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought back this bottle-conditioned beer straight from Brugge last year, with a BB date: 08/04/07.

A: pours a dark amber colour with an orange hint, coming with a nice, cappucino-like tight frothy head with pretty good retention... low carbonation.
S: slightly sour, mixed-fruity aroma upfront--sweetish lemony+tangerine, figs, melons, preserved pineapple, etc., with a deeply, exotic fruity-perfumy nose which is so profound but not bursting, mixed well with an overwhelming candyish backdrop (like Chinese green-bean paste) and "floating" floral hoppyness... Complex and simply sublime~~
T: a deep flow of candyish maltiness hits the palate first, followed by equally profound fig-dominated fruitiness laced with slightly sour citrusy flavour running deep... the initially soft but sour texture gradually thickens, bringing out an intense fruity+floral hoppyness on top of a perfumy, yeasty taste, leaving warmish alcoholic mouthfeel down the tongue and a flow of dryish bitterness lingering towards the med-length finish with overwhelming aftertaste of sour-sweetish fruits and a touch of spice.
M&D: very smooth mouthfeel upfront, but turning thiner and flater on the palate as the aftertaste of tartly-sweet fruits intensifies, not quite my cup of tea. Medium-bodied and medium to full-flavoured Tripel, it's tasty enough but somehow falls short of the promise of the complex and evolving aroma (quite like several other Tripels, come to think of it). Still a nice beer in its own right.

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Photo of ElGuapo
1.46/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

i sure hope this beer had gone bad. it was pretty ole, but not yet past the expiration date. it smelled like wine and after it went down, it warmed my throat like wine. it tasted like wine. this was not an enjoyable experience. wine and beer did not do it for me

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Photo of MatthewBair
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a murky, muddy grey/brown, and not at all what I'd expect in a tripel, and the head is large, lacey, bubbly, white. Aroma is sharp, fresh, full of sugar, spice, and citrus. Hops are bold, malt is thick, texture is chewy, body is full and delicious. Quite a mouthfull!
Thick flavor, in this delicious, delirious tripel, peppery, spicy, hot, alcoholic, ...and good!!!
A hard brew to swallow, but a unique and rewarding experience.

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Brugse Tripel from Brouwerij De Gouden Boom
3.53 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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