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Grimbergen Tripel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Grimbergen TripelGrimbergen Tripel

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Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 156
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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Photo of drmeto
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

-pours a hazy golden with a huge foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-lemon,lime lemonade,ascorbic acid,milky,earthy
-low to medium bitterniss
-high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
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 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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Photo of Bierschenker
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The head is white and not so nice, too rough. But it evolves to a solid cream head and it doesn’t decrease.
A golden cloudy beer with streams of bubbles running through.
The scent could be described is rather mellow. Sweet hops, malt, carrots.
Taste is soft for a tripel, fresh hops sticking out with strong malt. Sort of vegetable taste (potato and carrot). Yeast in the background.
Aftertaste is the continuation of the yeast and malt. Resembles a mozzarella and olive oil sandwich.

Good to poor down once and again, but not worldshocking.

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Photo of sfprint
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Out of control head, moderate carbonation, light gold.

S: Yeast and malt are well blended. Very hefeweizen-esque. Lemony rind on the top.

T: Alcohol is apparent but not overt, actually quite masked for the ABV. Very neutral triple. Yeast and malt are well blended in the taste as well. Warm.

M: Astringent, lightly carbonated, smooth

D: Ok. Not outstanding but decent, standard.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very slightly hazy pale orange colour. The head is white, low, and frothy with an impaired retention and some lacing.
Aroma: combination of honey, yeast, spices and alcohol.
Taste: sweet almost cloying. Alcohol presence, honey, fruits and spices. Weak hop presence.
Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy. Medium to high carbonation, high but well disguised alcoholic strength (9%) and a full body.
Finish: sweet alcohol aftertaste.

Overall: not the best Grimbergen, but interesting nevertheless. This one could use more hops to become a more balanced beer.

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Photo of benfons
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice thick head, golden colour, nice pillars of bubbles rising up :perfect

S: hops, some spices (coriander clove) apple honey

T: Hops, spices, honey, a hint of lime with a soapy feel to it.

M/D: The soapy feel is bothering, enough body, alcohol level correct

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Photo of Beginner2
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A pretty gold and its head receded evenly.
Less distinguishable in the nose and taste (and almost common in the latter.)
In the mouth, this one slipped below average in the mouth... then I start eating and all the carbonation cut thru the fat in the frites.
My advice is: have this tripel with fries.

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Photo of OskarL
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear golden, carbonated and leaves a head.

Smell - Fruity, oranges and spices.

Taste - Citrus, malt, banana, some yeast and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and a bit dry, although a bit thin for a tripel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable!

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Photo of Radome
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium straw color, crystal clear. Head is white, fluffy and very active. It nearly jetted out the top of my goblet after only pouring half the beer. It quickly settled to a layer 1 cm thick or less but with very thick lacing.

S - The aroma is of pilsner malt, lemon and a bit of orange peel, but somehow the citrus does not give a fresh, clean impression. No hops that I can detect. There may be a spice hanging out on the edge of my perception.

T - Strong pilsner malt flavor. Spiciness that is probably from yeast rather than a spice addition. There is a low-to-moderate hops bitterness and slight hops flavor. Not much complexity or depth of flavor.

M - Moderate to thick body. Carbonation is present, but soft somehow. A small bit of bite from alcohol, but not overly boozy. Somewhat cloying mouthfeel in the aftertaste.

O - This is a decent Belgian ale, but not a classic of the Tripel style.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Like a blond pilsener, white head and all.

S - Fresh citrus hops, a little pine and some sweetness.

T - Coriander, sweet and bitter in the finish.

M - A beautiful mouth feeling, fresh and light to medium carbonation, light sticky and bitter in the finish.

O - A nice, fresh tasting triple for now and then in the sun - delightful!

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Photo of endovelico
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes, 19-01-2009. Poured into red wine like glass. Reviewed under low to medium artificial light. Best before date: 29-1-2010.

Appearance: 3 thinger rocky white head, that eventually implodes leaving a wall of foam on the glass. Perceived effervescence is high. Golden to Yellow Hazy homogenous brew.

Aroma: Nose is of malt, orange, citrus and banana. Low nose Strength. Subtle and balanced.

Taste: Taste is of banana, citrus, noble like hops and Kettle like caramelization flavours. Honey like sweetness.

Palate: Medium body. Well balanced. Medium Bitterness. Finishes Sweet. Medium Carbonation. I love the Bitterness/Sweetness balance.

Drinkability: Great drinkability considering the ABV, alcohol is extremely well balanced with other elements.

On a final note: Overall a good Tripel, which resembles an even mix between a Duvel-like Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Piraat/Judas-like Belgian Strong Pale Ale regarding its overall profile.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a snifter

pours like a hazy yellow straw with a huge four fingered white bubbly head, wonderful retention, lots of nice lacing.

smells of light fruits such as apricot and plum, honey as well, perhaps a bit of an off character as well, almost soapy or metallic like.

the same light fruits, a good amount of bitterness and dryness at the finish, but this same soapy/metallic characteristic which was in the nose.

carbonation nicely cuts the sweetness and make for a nice mouthfeel, but that off-flavor brings it down a serious notch.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours yellow straw coloured with a very large head, great retention and tons of lacing - looks like a classic triple

smell is typical honey, ripe apricot and bannana notes - but has a slight nasty skunky character to it, just a bit, but takes away from an otherwise nice smelling beer

taste is typical for a triple at the first notes, ripe light fruit at first but finishes a tad bitter and dry for me, some minerally metalic stuff at the end that isnt so nice

mouthfeel is great, and goes down quite smooth and easy, carbonation is right where it should be.

an ok triple, but not a favourite.

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