Grimbergen Tripel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Grimbergen TripelGrimbergen Tripel
BA SCORE
56.9%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 160 ratings
Grimbergen TripelGrimbergen Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stcules on 06-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,059
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
160
Liked:
91
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
12.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of roberto87
2.47/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jeffo
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a massive 3+ finger medium looking fluffy pillowy white head with great retention. Massive amounts of carbonation everywhere. Colour is a golden amber yellow. The head sticks around forever and a thick cap remains until the end, leaving some decent chunky thin lacing down the sides.

SMELL: A strong nose of toasted malt, ripe red apples and pears as well. A spiciness from the alcohol comes through too. A decent robust nose.

TASTE: Some toasted malt up front, which gives way to ripe red apples and pears again. A slight touch of sweet honey in there too. Finishes with spices and a hint of alcohol at the end. The initial taste is lacking somewhat, but the aftertaste of toasted and sweet malt is strong and long lasting. It's somewhat too sweet and overpowering, which makes it a bit of a chore.

PALATE: Medium body with higher end carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down decently smooth and finishes with a delayed scratch at the back of the throat. Ends somewhat astringent on the palate.

OVERALL: This one was a bit of a disappointment. Triples can definitely be sweet, but this one had too sweet of an aftertaste to really be enjoyable. This was a poorer example of a triple than their double is an example of a double. I'd definitely go for their double again, but I'd have to pass on this one.

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Photo of Douberd
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a wide glass. Its colour is deep golden yellow. Not many bubbles in. Head was okay, didn't saty long though. Taste is bitter-sweet. The body is thin with average carbonation. I didn't hate it and it didn't become my favorite tripel . Overall an average.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

when poured in a glass, this brew could easily be mistaken with an unfiltered lager ... the only difference being an extremely high carbonation and a persistent foam ...
tastewise it is closer to a barley wine, albeigh lacking the creamy texture ... it is rather fruity (bananas, pears) and ends with an (at least for me) unpleasant bitter sweet- sourness ...

P.S.: Triple is not a style which I fancy, so my review might be a bit overly negative ...

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of drmeto
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

L:
-pours a hazy golden with a huge foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,zesty,grassy,spicy,herbal
T:
-lemon,lime lemonade,ascorbic acid,milky,earthy
-low to medium bitterniss
F:
-high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Tastes more like Sprite than a proper Tripel.

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Photo of Brabander
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I came back today from the abbey of Saint Sixtus where i picked up two crates of the 12. With me was my buddy CRooney5787 who also got two crates. Came home and looked in my fridge. Hey, a Grimbergen! That's years ago i had this one and now i find this one in my fridge. Let's see if the taste is still as poor as it was.

Yep, it is still the same taste; nothing spectacular. Let's start the review. Poured in my Struise glass this bees looks OK. Nice three finger head with a variety of bullbles, bigger and smaller. Bottle is best before januari 2012.

Decent carbonation. The smell is not very inviting, a bit twisted dryish and some hints of citrus.

Taste is not spectacular. A bit too carbonated and that burns on the lips. It is a drinkable beer but there are loads of other triples you could better try. The best? Westmalle!

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow color beer. It is golden. Massive head. Sticky. Aroma is fruity and floral. Medium intensity. Taste is fruity... Apple? Refreshing. Nice triple. It isn't complex but so easy to drink. Again a good introductory beer... But not something for the people in search of huge sensation. A good one. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 Oct 2012: beautiful sunny day in the Dutch tourist town of Valkenburg. We sat on some random bar terrace and the beer menu had this on it.

33cl Bottle, best before the end of July 2013: poured into a Grimbergen chalice.

Good clean golden looks: full white crown at first, soon a wisp and collar.

Floral hop nose with mild fruit hints and some yeast esters.

The taste is an OK blend of those floral hops and some hidden malt semi-sweetness. The alcohol and yeast also play a part in ensuring this is one of brand Grimbergen's better beers.

Body depth isn't too deep, but it does fine if you consider this as a light bodied Triple. Just above Mr Average.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a Dutch supermarket.
Look: Poured a golden amber color with a huge white head.
Smell: Malty, fruity (pine apple), honey cloves and some very light sourness.
Taste: Yeast, sweet malts, caramel and fruits (orange), with a dry spicy aftertaste. Sweet in general
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium body
Overall: Not my favorite tripel, too sweet

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Photo of desint
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of CSO
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Dbr
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Sirre
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Goldorak
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear and golden, with a nice, thick and full head, just the way a tripel should look like.

Smell: I wouldn't call it a smell, or an aroma, but more of a vapor that envelops the nose, almost like solvent or paint thinner, but with a melon type sweetness somewhere in there.

Taste: Yeasty, with a warm alcohol aura and residual sweetness. I enjoyed it, but didn't go head over heels for it.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden beer with a big, bubbly head and little visible carbonation.

Smell is spicy and malty. Some fusels and alcoholic whiffs. The smell is light sweet and herbal with nutmeg and cloves.

Taste is sickly sweet with spicy cloves. Malt is present and gives the beer a slight honey and husky taste. Fusels give the beer a solvent/ acetone taste, goose bumbs on my back. The beer appears to be kind of thin in mouthfeel. Bitterness is almost not in here, which I think should be in a tripel. What to expect from a tripel with the ingredient: anti-oxidant? It says it all I think.

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Photo of texashammer
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clean, clear yellow with moderate head. smells of slight alcohol, yeast, light hops, and tropical fruit and banana. slightly rich with fruit flavors, mostly banana, perhaps some tropical like pineapple. but not really full-flavored. light body. too light for a tripel.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance: bronze color, with white foam head.
Smell : spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : in the mouth, bodied and malty, sweet, slight bitterness
Drinkability: a good abbey beer in the style Belgian triplel

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light aroma, but slightly stronger taste. Pours with thick, fluffy head, as expected for the style. Butterscotch, mildly sweet aromas, taste is buttery, caramel. Sweet lingering aftertaste. pretty good for the style.

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Photo of Mark13
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 27.07.17. Sweet malty aroma, flowers, spices, yeast. Light golden, clear. White, five fingered head, overcarbonated. Intensive spices and yeast in taste. Low bitterness, medium carbonation. Sour and bready aftertaste. Full body, sticky texture. Nice alcohol in taste, but beer is very drinkable.

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Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 56.9% out of 100 with 160 ratings
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