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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 06-13-2002

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59
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156
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
19.79%
 
 
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 156
Photo of Vancer
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A weak white head was the only reason it didn’t rate a 5 on presentation. But what head there was really had endurance, and let nice rings. Another great bottle conditioned brew, with little poor dead yeasties on the bottom.

Musty fruits and sugar cane in the aroma, which came across superbly in the tastes. A real fruit basket in there – plum, apricot, raisons, and a couple cherries. Highly carbonated, a dry finisher.

No trace what-so-ever of the 9%, this was an excellent representative of the Tripel. Man, would luv to have more!

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer.

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Photo of Solomon420
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, to start off, I am only rating this beer within the realm of the particular style: Tripel

If you like Tripels, you will like this one, full of flavour from the first sip of lacy head goodness to the last drop full of yeasty greatness. I have to say though that the mood or setting you are in will play a large roll in the rating, when I had this beer I was in a great mood sitting in a restaurant in Steenbergen, Holland. I had just had a delicious meal of beef medallions and white aspargus soup. This beer paired great with that meal by the way.
Unfortunately I didnt pour the beer, it was poured for me into the Grimbergen Tripel goblet glass. The head was nice and fluffy, a bit caramel off white color,. which stayed with the beer the entire time I enjoyed it. The smell was awesome, as I let the beer breathe for a few minutes whilst I just looked at it :) I dont like to use rate the smell with using particular fruit names, but this beer did have a nice mellow fruit smell to it, maybe a bit "citrusy" smell to it, but not in the taste. Which was great. Its very easy to drink and the aftertaste is mellow and smooth. Some tripels will hold too much of that alcohol taste even after you drink it, but this one was quite pleasent to drink. I liked it so much that I had 2 more after dinner sitting on the terrace watching all the cyclists ride by. Definately a great Tripel, and one that I would love to find more of when I return to Holland next year!

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Photo of stoutman
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange/golden brown, somewhat hazy brown color. Huge head, doesn't stay too long, though. Yeasty aroma. Somewhat sweet palate. Spicy flavour with faint notes of peat or is it wood? The alcohol lurks in the background but never gets too dominant. Dee-licious!! I could drink this again!

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Photo of Squelch
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear. Super white head. Wonderful lacing. Excellent

Smell: near perfect to style aromas. no hops, all malt and candi sugar.

Taste: Light, refreshing. lemony with slight candi sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Very effervescent. perfect mouthfeel

Overall: one of the best tripel's I've had. Will look for it again.

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Photo of austinbroker
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in Brugge, Belgium. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a New Belgium Brewing Company Goblet, I also poured a Reinaert Tripel next to this one for comparison. I enjoyed the Grimbergen tripel more than the Reinaert.

Large head, lots of lacing, a yellow/amber light colored beer, just a shade lighter than the Reinaert that I poured. Smells fruity, and tastes much the same. It's a lot sweeter than it is bitter. Very smooth, I don't notice the abv of 9%. Very drinkable and worth a try. I enjoyed more than the Reinaert Tripel.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grimbergen Tripel ale pours a medium bodied clear but slightly dark amber color, the head a light beige, which dissipates rather quickly leaving a sheet of lace upon the chalice. Upon the pour, a brandy like aroma is noticed quickly, the aroma is spectacular I must admit. Hints of fruit and malt are also noticed, the start is sweet, the middle a mixture of citrus tartness and the malt sweetness, that finishes, wine dry and some what astringent. I noticed little hop presence, although I know its there the complex aroma of malts, fruity esters, seem to hide the hops. Carbonation is moderate to high and crisp, and the dry finish adds much to the palate of this beer. At 9.0 percent ABV, this beer is sneakily potent, as there is no alcohol related bitterness, just a nice warm feeling in the 'tummy'

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Photo of John
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yawn...another delicious Belgian tripel :) The usual suspects are present in the all the beer's characteristics color, aroma, flavor, all dead on for the style. It's fruity, rich, strong and satisfying.

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Photo of chorizoandeggs
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is what made me want to review beers on this site. I've had this on tap and out of the bottle. Both were pleasant experiences without a doubt.

Upon opening the bottle, I did not notice anything spectacularly different. It had a nice copperish color and was rather lacking in body in comparison to some other tripels I have had. There was no distinct aroma that set it apart but upon letting it hit my tongue, I was definitely pleased. This beer definitely agreed with me and I came back for 2 more. I recommend this brew to anybody. It is definitely a hard find.

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Photo of cvfish
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden color that produces a white fluffy head that retained well and laced the glass nicely

S - Malts, some nutty scents, apples and pears

T - Tastes very similar to the scents, but the toasted malts come out stronger and the hops really shine

M - Thick bodied creamy taste, medium carbonation

D - Another good example of a triple, another great beer that can be enjoyed again and again

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a thick rocky head. Nose is pineapple, cantaloupe, bubblegum, spiciness, honey, with a tangy sweetness rounded out by some cloves. Nice sweet body, (evokes Leffe), with a tasty clove finish. The 9% is well hidden in this excellent tripel.

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Photo of dauss
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had it at A La Mort Subite in Brussels.

Appearance: a bronzed golden yellow color. A large white head rests on top. The color is darker than other tripels.

Smell: lighty yeasty with a phenolic spiciness, and a strong malt backbone. Its very pleasant.

Taste: thick full bodied. Malty sweetness with a touch of phenols is quite strong, but finishes really dry, but a thick malt body just lingers on and on.

Notes: not quite as light and effervescent, but I enjoyed this one a lot. Must be a different interpretation of a tripel.

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Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle sample in the Saint-Gery district of Brussels. A best before of 22/11/2008, enjoyed 10/08/2007.

Larger in some patches than others, the Grimbergen Tripel holds a curiously uneven bounty of head. The body is a nice golden colour. It boasts more clarity than usual for a tripel, and for one reason of another doesn't share quite the same resemblance as other Belgian, leading examples of the style. A tad pale and far too clear.

The bouquet is lovely. A malty base balanced with wheat and complimented by a heavy dose of dry orange rind, coriander and other light spices. There is far more citrus in the nose than is usual. It's a refreshing smell (dosed more in citrus than in heavy malts and alcohol)

A light mouthfeel with a grainy, almost grassy, finish. The presence of 9% does manage to sneak up at times, but cannot really be tasted at all. There seems to be a taste of sugar that rings out, especially in the aftertaste, which seems to add a little something. A drying grape taste mixed in with a hint of hops and straw wheat. The flavours are a tad lighter than most of its Belgian counterparts, but makes out to be a little more quaffable.

I enjoyed this more than my score might let on. While this might not be one Belgium's best tripels it is nevertheless highly, highly enjoyable. I really like the Grimbergen lineup and this may be one of the strongest of the bunch. Recommended.

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Photo of marc77
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The crystal clear golden hued brew is topped by a slowly receding porcelain - white head that leaves sparse lace. Vinous, sherry - like aroma w/ notes of clove, peppery alcohol & a hint of cardboard from oxidation. Barely perceptible heaty fusels are there as well. Spicy and sweet pepper upfront in flavor, ensued by raw honey - like sweetness and yeasty mustiness. Clove dominates towards the end of the sip (or gulp) The relatively dry finish consists of a quickly fading phenolic note. Hop bitterness is only an afterthought-- malt sweetness is prominent, but not at all cloying. Alcohol warmth emerges subtley and delayed. Grimbergen Triple is dry, delcious and typically complex. If this bottle had aged a bit better it would've been superlative.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Started with about 3 inches of head in my favorite Coors Banquet beer tasting pilsner glass. It dissipated to about 2 inches head quickly leaving a web of white lacing in the glass. Nice malty fruity flavour and medium golden hue. Continuous bombardment of bubbles as I. Never finished for some reason. Updated 2/20/12. Still a great triple for the money Grimbergen does have one stronger than this but this is by far the smoothest of their lineup overall a wonderful triple that I will try again.

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Photo of batty
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bought and drank in Spain, June 2008

look: slightly cloudy, golden with a bright white substantial head with medium density, drops to thin film that stays. leaves pretty nice lace as well.

s: orangey-apple, citrus, peach, and a bit of pepper, quite remarkable and strong.

t: peppery-citrus sweet, throwing me back to some hoeggarden days for a second.. but moves quickly to a strong bitter to balance well, orange peel and sweet malt. touch of alcohol but hides it well for a 9%. End a bit sticky sweet, but fades reasonably fast leaving a touch of citrus.

m: thick bodied and good carbonation

d: bit overly sticky sweet, at least for my taste to keep going on them, but i finished this nicely. could continue.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smooth balanced triple that went excellently with heavy stew. Not strongly yeasty, it was not too hoppy, nor too spicey, which was appreciated by the tongue. Warming and clean finish. Orange, clove, honey fruit, wine-like taste, mellow. Take notice, my fellows, this is Underated.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the importer in beijing

golden with gem-like amber hue, almost clear despite being bottle conditioned with yeast at the bottom of the bottle. abundant head is foamy and rocky, gradually fading to a bumpy layer. lacing is airy, but manages to stick for the most part.

aroma starts out with gentle amalgam of fruity and phenolic scents. toasted malt can be perceived, plus some nuttiness to the yeast. spice notes are faint but bring up the rear.

flavor is similar to, but a bit more complex and definitely stronger than, the blonde. sweetness and phenolic notes are more subdued and balanced with malt and hop character, which in themselves are more pronounced. although it would have earned an even higher score if the hops were stronger still...

pairs decently with a runny, nearly-rotten camembert. ;)

feel is almost a bit thin, but is smoother than the blonde as well. lively carbonation.

alcohol manages to stay hidden. decent.

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Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fine dense head on an orange copper color. IIt fades slowly but never disappears. Tiny bubbles move around in the hazy body. The smell is very yeasty, a veil of citrus, a note of roasted malts and a winy aspect. Grapes combine with darker malts to give a hint of caramel in the taste. Maybe an oak flavor too. Citrus is noticeable, but not excessively. The alcohol and the poweful hops combine to give the brew a herbal flavor, together with a warm and persistent mouthfeel, smooth but a bit thicker on the end. This beer has a well balanced taste, but the 9% alcohol make it hard to sip on it for a long time. It would be interesting to pair it with some food.

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

For a Tripel, this is nearly a lightweight version-- which we very much enjoyed.

Bottle purchased in Leuven Belgium in January 2006, hand-carried home and consumed August 2007 in the USA.

We were concerned how the 1-1/2 year aging would affect this beer. No negatives noted, amazing. And it didn't seem to have become suddenly more potent, either, unlike many aged beers.

A- very nice golden-yellow, modest but lacing head.

S- a light springtime-scent of florals and spices, little malt odor.

T- very well-balanced, a bit of a surprise in that at 9%ABV there's little alcohol bite, it's not overpowering in any particular flavors nor overall, but just a very very nice Blonde in any category. It just happens to qualify in the Tripel category. Malt present but not overwhelming. Very little bitters, just enough to balance. Even at the bottle's finish, the residual malt and yeast was nearly minimal.

M- very comfortable, with a mild residual honey-floral-spice lingering but not annoying.

D- absolutely.

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

This pours a straw color with a nice thick head that stayed for quite a while and left a ton of lacing when it did disappear. Looks promising.

As for the scent, it comes across very fruity at first and you can definitely smell the alcohol content which isn't too surprising given the alcohol content. This came across in the taste as well.

This isn't the best triple out there by any means, but worth trying. I would have another as it is tasty.

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

Had this beer for about 5 years in the cellar so it ws interesting to finally open it. Beer has really dried up and the lack of fruit and dryish finish actually works as the beer hold together very well. I still could taste some fruit but it now has a champagne yeasty flavour coupled with some hops. Nice beer that ages quite well

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

A very nice tripel indeed. Velvety and light, yet with enough oomph to deliver a hearty flavor to the palate. Light tangerine with a billowing white head. Clove, spices, hint of wine, pears, orange peels and apples. The alcohol is well hidden until you swallow and it creeps down your throat. Well carbonated and lively. Very nice.

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

A - Poured with a generous two finger bubbly and frothy pure white head; clear, light orangey-yellow hue; decent head retention

S - Nice spiciness; not nearly as sweet/sugary in the aroma as others in the style; hint of vanilla; touch of booze as well; sweet fresh fruits (green grapes and pears)

T - Pretty solid taste; but not nearly as complex as others in the range; light sweetness; faintly yeasty; flavorful vanilla note; nice enough; warming

M - Lightish, and a little sticky; very prickly and lively carbonation and very much within the style range

D - Nice drinking, and just enough of the booze in the aroma to keep one honest in not drinking it too quickly.

Overall, a nicely done Tripel and hits on most all markers for a great example of the style. Definitely worth a look.

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

0.33l bottle poured in a its own chalice

A: Nice cloudy yellow-gold color with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention. It disappears leaving a lot of lacings
S: Sweet. Strong dark fruits smell. Grapes and plums are evident. Also malts, cloves, honey and the traditional Belgium yeasts. Alcohol can be felt in the end (Reminds a liquor made of apricots or plums)
T: Again grapes and plums. Sweet as a good Belgium Triple should be with a nice bitter end. Reminds me a Strong Ale like Duvel but more molasses and spicy
M: Creamy full body with a high carbonation
D: Good. Delicious Triple. Recommended

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance – Yellowy gold sort of colour, fine carbon streams. Supports a creamy white head that lasts pretty well.
Smell – Smells of yeast and malts with typical fruit aromas. Light clove and banana but not as strong as some in this style, personally I like that.
Taste – Good sweet sour balance with nice apple peach and banana with spicy pepper and clove taste.
Mouthfeel – Very dry finish but very full bodied with nice carbon tingle.
Overall – Very soft on the pallet this beer smells like an Amstel but drinks like a mild Leffe. Sweet but not overly so this beer tastes great and is good for a session. So mild and pleasant I think anybody could drain a keg without complaint.

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