VårTripel | Nørrebro Bryghus

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Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Reinheitsgebot71 on 02-01-2011

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Photo of mick303
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The ingredients list on the bottle lists wheat malt, honey, sugar, hops, lemon zest and lemon grass. 600 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a hefty solid head of whitish foam. Colour is a light honey gold, fairly cloudy. Retention is pretty solid and leaves good lacing. 4.

S – a fairly light, yeast forward nose, Floral notes, lemon citrus, some of the wheat germ also, light biscuit malt with a clover edge. Some slight earthy spiciness and must, but fairly restrained. Some woodsmoke and burnt sugar aromas developed with time.3.75

T – some balanced lemon and floral flavor initially, with a bit of sweetness, shows some yeasty almost farmhouse notes, with a coriander spice, hay like, nutty aspects. Smooth and crisp malt profile, very balanced, some firm bitterness but a nice mélange mild of funky yeast, spices, oily citrus, farmhouse. The finish is smooth, peppery, with spiced honey, and some bready aspects. Quite dry, with a lingering yeast spice. 4

M – moderate bodied, with quite a bit of carbonation to it and some malty/honey sweetness to it. This is unbelievably drinkable for 9%, there is no trace, maybe a slight spice on the finish and then the warmth/heady feeling afterward. 4.25

The balance here is probably its best attribute. All the flavours seem really well matched to provide a tasty but gentle spicy Triple. The flavor is very nuanced with some of the additions with a good spice to it, it finishes dry, the alcohol is nowhere to be found. I found it didn’t really pop for me though, this doesn’t call attention to itself, the spiciness was quite subtle, but this is quite flavourful and beautiful beer once you dig into it. There are better examples out there but this worth a try if you come across it. 4

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Photo of NightINgale
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy golden body, with a nice creamy white head. The head retention is pretty good, though not amazing. Looks like a true Tripel.

S - Grassy, zesty hops, lemon, flower, a touch of spice, as well as bread and caramel. Not a super intense aroma as it is, but still close enough to the Belgian examples of the style.

T - It starts out with a moderate zesty hop bite, with floral and citrusy notes. Hints of honey, caramel, lemon, pear and apple. There is some sweetness to it, as well as some spice notes and a mild lemon-like tartness. The after-taste is quite dry and bready. Quite complex and very balanced.

M - Medium body. There is a good level of effervescence to this beer, which I like a lot. As it goes down the throat, I am getting a slight tingling sensation. The 9% ABV is very well masked; in fact, I barely notice the alcohol. The texture of the beer is quite crisp at first but then becomes much smoother.

O - This 600ml bottle cost me a pretty penny, but after seeing how good this beer is I couldn't care less about its price. This beer has some interesting characteristics while still being an excellent take on the traditional style.

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Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden yellow brew under a moderate off-white head. Almost honey coloured. Laces nicely.

Very gentle aroma of fruit, banana, spice, biscuit. Overall comes across as quite soft. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden and doesn't overwhelm the smell of the beer. Equally soft on the palate. Sweet up front with a slightly dry finish. Quite fruity. Not as muscular as you might expect from a triple and comes across almost like a wheat beer. Quite thin-bodied. A slight note of alcohol to finish, but still well integrated.

Drinkable, competent, but not really distinguished in anyway.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, dull gold; full, egg white head has impressive longevity

Aroma: fruity esthers, yeasty; banana; some spice balancing it out

Taste & Mouthfeel: very thick and chewy, heavy on the tongue; buttery ; a soft blanket of yeasty fruit and spice coats the mouth and finished with dry, bitter, resin hops; toffee flavour like a coffee cake; honey

Overall: great, full mouthfeel, and flavour is good if typical of a tripel (ie, nothing really out of the ordinary or particularly interesting)

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Photo of Beelzebeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

600ml, bottled Nov 13/11

A - light honey yellow, with a nicer straw. minimal head, no lacing.

S - Honey, lemon, a little alcohol.

T - very little wheat, which is suprising. Is this a tripel? Kind of a cross between a pale ale and a tripel, with honey and lemons. The sweet kind of honey, not so much the clover & flowers kind.

M - Nice. Medium body, nice amount of carbonation.

O - Why is this so much money? Almost 10$ for this bottle. I would much rather have a Westmalle over this. Thanks for the fun, but I don't think I'll be back.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Liam for this one. 2011 vintage, best before November 11th, 2013. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, leaving tiny specks of lace. Transparent golden body.

S - This is quite sweet - verging on cloying for me. Intense notes of honey, candi sugar, and biscuity pilsner malt, with some of the advertised lemongrass as well. There's some clove and mildly medicinal flavors that give this a hot toddy-esque vibe to it. Belgian yeast is quite restrained for a Tripel. Well-hidden alcohol.

T - The taste is also quite sweet, with honey and candi sugar flavors dominating, along with hints of lemongrass, lightly toasted malts, and nebulous stone fruits. Not much booze, but becomes to fatiguing to drink fairly quickly due to its saccharine nature.

M - Medium bodied, with a smooth texture that reveals just a hint of grain to it. Pleasant carbonation, surprisingly clean finish, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - Sharing this two ways was a bad choice, as 300ml was far too much for either Mike or I to drink. That being said, in small doses this could be interesting in more of a winter 'pick-me-up' kind of way. I'm probably being too harsh as I was developing a headache as I was drinking this, but it's not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is golden in color, almost yellow like those big brewery lager. The head is white and looks like cloud. It's sticky. The aroma is fruity. I get some apple with some floral notes. Almost like a pilsner. It does remind me of a pilsner... However it has all the caracteristics of a tripel. Some citrus notes in the nose too. The aroma is intense, read strong. Some alcohol.

Taste is citrusy with a very dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Very refreshing. An excellent beer. As it warms up, it becomes tastier and way better. Some apricot and honey gets in there and it makes the taste so good. An excellent tripel. Seek this one.

Cheers liamt07 for sending me this one in a recent trade!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy pale yellow, two fingers of white head left fairly consistent sticky lacing as it dissipated
S - classic banana & clove yeastiness, light citrus, and fresh bread
T - an interesting lemon-lime flavour quickly followed by estery spiciness, a saaz hop like grassy & citrus note, along with grainy maltiness
M - bright carbonation with a light body, refreshing and big without being offensive, finishing lightly dry
O - this is tasty right from the start with a unique citrus compliment to classic big Belgian flavours, extremely easy drinking

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Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A – Slightly hazy golden colour, two fingers of soapy white head, solid retention and sporadic spotty lacing.

S – Lemon, cloves, loads of citrus and some bready biscuit malts.

T – Citrus notes dominate, cloves and hints of nutmeg come through, earthy coriander, sour lemon rind also making an appearance alongside a light biscuit malt. ABV is very well hidden on this one.

M – Medium, smooth with a touch of heat and finishes wet.

O – A tasty treat and worth taking for a spin. A spiced up Belgian ale with a fruity twist.

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Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice golden straw yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of Belgian yeast, a lemony spiciness, citrus, pears and cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a Belgian yeast presence, lemony spices, bready malts, fruity citrus and cloves.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good solid flavors and aromas.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600ml bottle poured into tulip 30/4/12 thanks liamt07 for the bottle

A hazy golden yellow with enough clarity to see a few bubbles close to the edge, nice bone white two finger head slowly falls to a thin film leaving some random lace behind

S lots of lemony goodness as soon as the bottle's opened, some yeasty clove and faint bubblegum, fairly fruity with some pear and granny smith and I'm not sure where the 9% is hiding

T a little dry cereal and sweet bread, peppery spice and the booze is still well concealed but noticeable compared to the nose, not as fruity as the smell

M medium bodied with lots of tiny bubbles, a little heat and a spicy grainy lemon rind finish that lingers

O a nice take on a triple for sure, I like the lemony aspect of this one, its a unique triple that didn't last that long for a big strong brew

very nice liquid in my glass today, interesting stuff that's very easy too drink. I'd drink this often if I could get it in my neck of the woods, for now I'll just thank liamt07 for the chance to try it

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Duvel tulip.

A - Pale yellow with one finger of bright white head that receded to a thin layer. Some light lacing.

S - Clove, Belgian yeast, a touch of banana and a huge noticeable alcohol presence up front. A slight bready malt aroma is also present along with some lemon zest.

T - A huge alcohol presence up front that settles down a little bit after a few sips. Belgian yeast, clove, lemon zest and bready malt flavours. The finish is dry and warming.

M - Medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

O - The first decent beer I have had from Norrebro.

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Photo of kjyost
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

60 cL bottle acquired via trade. Thanks to whomever it was! Bottled in January 2010 & cellared. Poured at ~6C into a Duvel snifter.

A: Hazy golden / orange beer with a small head that leaves light lacing.
S: Quite odd. Some light pepper notes but mainly (of all things?) cocoa. Sweet malts play through later.
T: Apple juice, pear, light pepper. Low esters for a tripel. Not what I was hoping for, but not bad. Just a little too light with too much fruit.
M: Finishes crisp with strong carbonation. Low perceptible alcohol in the finish. No bitterness perceptible.
O: If you hadn't told me this was a supposed to be a tripel, I am not sure what I would have said it was. Maybe I left it a little long, but a couple of years on a 9% belgian should not be too much.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow/orange with a good amount of carbination. Tastes almost sweet with hints of lemon and you can detect the yeast in the finish as well. Its not a overpowering flavour which some other tripels have, so it makes this one more drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden in this one too. I'm not the biggest tripel fan, but this one is nice to drink.

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Photo of korguy123
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

A- Slightly hazy straw/lemon yellow pour with a finger width white head. Lacing is great.

S- Honey and yeast spiciness. Not getting any lemon but it's very light and refreshing smelling. There is a nice biscuit aroma that is almost shortbread smelling.

T- Yeast spice with a sweet cookie taste. The lemon grass is there in the way of earthy aftertaste.

M- Heavier than light bodied, great carbonation with a bit of chew.

O- This is good, I think the honey and lemon zest and lemon grass is good but didn't add enough .

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Photo of banfangled
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't get much from the nose. Looks pale yellow, relatively clear. The subtle flavours didn't impress me at first but really grew on me during the drink- tastes of lemon zest, malt and yeast. I think the sweetness is very well balanced. Subtle and refined, which is expected from a tripel, but perhaps one of the smoother tripels I've had lately.

It's expensive at almost $10 for 600mls. Really glad I had it, may not get another though unless I'm feeling ritzy.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see another Norrebro offering on LCBO shelves again. I really enjoyed last year's release (though I didn't spring for the barleywine), and I am excited to see what they've done with their tripel.

Poured into my Duvel chalice. Nice pale straw golden hue, mostly clear, a billowing head that recedes into a fine ring.

Nose is lovely floral hops, citrus, and yeast. The lemon component to this brew is quite striking - I agree with a previous BA review that it almost smells like lemon drops.

The lemon grass really gives this brew a lovely floral citrus character that plays well against the yeasty sweetness of the tripel. Finishes bitter and lemon. Certainly an interesting take on the tripel style, quite airy and enjoyable. Body is medium with a bit of stickiness.

Nice brew - for $10 bucks a pop, this will probably be it for me, but certainly an interesting take on the style that is well-worth sampling.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pale gold. Next to no head off the pour. Scattered lacings.

Big, bright aroma of citrus. Lemon candies with some serious honey sweetness.

Malt and special ingredients wrestling for tongue-time. Deep grainy malt, complimented with very strong honey flavours. Lemons flavours and aroma add a welcome freshness and zing to what would be a near-cloying brew. Alcohol in the finish with a lingering sweetness.

This is a really interesting beer. Well-constructed, with nicely incorporated special ingredients that add more than they take away.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is golden in colour with a large white head. Pretty good retention, some lacing.

Smell is very nice. Light fruit, including peach and banana, floral notes, a sugar or honey-like sweetness. The label says that there is lemon zest and lemongrass in here. I can sort of make out the lemongrass but that may be the power of suggestion.

Taste is not the powerhouse that the smell was. A bready malt flavour is accompanied by the peach and banana flavours, but not as strongly as in the nose. Lemon is noticeable, and the lemongrass is present as well, particularly in the finish where it lends a mild but nice flavour. The wheat malt lends a bit of a crisp spiciness to the beer. A nice tripel but not a standout.

Full bodied, creamy, moderate to low carbonation- particularly low for the style.

Overall, a good tripel but not one of the greats. Some interesting flavours but they are mild and do not do enough to make this beer really stick out.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

VårTripel glistens a vivid yellow colour from the first drop to the last (the fact that it's not bottle conditioned is a bit of a surprise). It's not even dark enough to be gold - it's yellow. From even a gentle pour its carbonation immediately stiffened up like whipped egg whites, but it wasn't long before it all but vanished like snow off a roof.

The lemon zest and lemon grass lend a refreshing effervescence, a touch of brisk spring air, to all the musty, yeasty congestion of the bouquet. Citric fruits are noted alongside the more usual varieties (pear, apple). I would say it's almost a touch 'soapy', a term I've previously used to describe hoppier pilsners.

VårTripel is like a classic Belgian monastic tripel that's been brewed with a little bit of German inspiration and, perhaps, a shot of Limoncello. I say 'German inspiration' because the flavor practically sparkles with pungently earthy, herbal, lightly floral hoppiness (like a Noble pilsner) and the lemon part, well, that should be self-evident.

The malt character tastes naturally sweet and honeyed so it's difficult to know how much the addition of actual honey has helped. Truth be told, I don't really taste it. But it's likely more than just the hops that account for this floral and earthy flavor profile. A firecracker alcohol heats the mouthfeel up with a spark of spice.

I'm far from a penny-pincher when it comes to beer, but while I greatly enjoyed VårTripel I can't help but feel there's better value to be found in the style for less than the $10/bottle Nørrebro Bryghus is asking. True, you're getting a little something different from what Westmalle or Karmeliet offers, but it's not worth double the cost.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful cloudy golden apple-cider colour with a healthy finger of creamy and bubbly head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Herbal, yeasty, quite tropical (pineapple, banana, & mango all detectable), honey, cane sugar, and earthy spices (cloves & nutmeg). Alcohol very well hidden. The aroma is emitting a smooth and robust quality.

T: Delicious. Exactly like aroma with yeast, bold tropical fruits, earthy herbal and spice elements, and sugar-honey tones. Alcohol superbly hidden considering the ABV. Very well executed palate that couldn't be more balanced.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Incredibly oily and thick for a tripel (very good thing). The honey-sugar sweet notes are cut nicely leaving a soft herbal bitterness in the end.

D: A quality tripel. One of the best tripels I've tasted yet. Very happy the LCBO brought this one in.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A herbal experience. Thick yeast, with pronounced lemon flavours of myrtle, lemongrass and lemon oil. However it is akin to a lemon matte tea. Outside of lemon, not that much fruitiness. Pleasant for the first glass, this bottle is best shared as my drinkability is limited. Not for everyone. Good for being different.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Looks nice. Faint haze in a straw/gold colored beer with a short white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention with tons of lacing - sheets coated the glass at first but gave way to spotty lacing as my glass emptied. Good aroma, cereal grains and lemons, fruity and a bit peppery, bread, alcohol, and grassy hops. Solid bitterness with sugary sweetness up front, lemon zest and alcohol, more peppery spice. Warm going down, lowish carbonation, medium bodied and semi-dry. I really enjoyed this beer, one of the better triples I've had recently. Recommended.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy golden color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of nice sweet malt base with light peppery notes with some fruity ester. Body is a very nice mix between some solid Belgian malt with a sweet base with a peppery yeast and some fruity apricot ester. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with a nice balance and some great complex notes. This is one they should add to their regular line-up.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very golden in colour, turning to a murky, dark copper after yeast is added. Lot's of floating goodies around under a fluffy white head of two fingers with tons of carbonation.

S - Lemon zest, yeast, sweet spice, biscuity notes, and mild hops. Nice complex and inviting nose.

T - Much more zest there with the sweet spice and a sour apple sort of finish. Lot's of hefeweissen characteristics. Really fruity.

M - Nice full body with appropriate carbonation.

D - Really high. One of the better Trips I've reviewed. Really smooth and fruity. Complexity begs you to revisit it and take you time.

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