Grimbergen Tripel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 59
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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good tripel. Aromas are estery, alcoholic, and Belgian souring. Has good sweet candy, fruity, and spicy flavors. Body reveals typical sugar coating and alcoholic heat. Finishes warm, sweet, and drying. No real standout qualities that proves that it is better than most Belgian Tripels, but does have some flaws. it's a wee bit grainy to the flavor and mouthfeel. The alcohol becomes a little phenolic and medicinal. It may have been an older beer, but I did get some cardboard flavors up front. Even with noticable errors, I will drink again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle, a bit past the best by date of 9/2012 but refrigerated since purchase. Served in a tulip glass. Pours crystal clear, yellow-gold, with lots of barely visible fine carbonation. It is and topped by a durable, semi-creamy white head.

Aroma: yeast-fruity-malty, rather typical for style if a bit subdued and, thankfully, without so much banana or clove as some. Some musty/yeasty aromatics are not appealing.

Taste: slightly spicy and nicely fruity. Excellent tart/sweet balance.

M: surprisingly full body; very smooth; very good lively carbonation; slightly dry, particularly in the finish.

O: excellent example of the style, and reassuring that this Belgian brew remains intact after, apparently, a brewery takeover by Heineken. Very high drinkability.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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 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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Evil_Pidde
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark-ish golden with a subdued white head that essentially disappears. Little to no carbonation or lace. Nice balanced aroma: Primarily fruity (orange), light yeatiness, and light hoppiness. Nice balanced flavor but primarily a strong fruitiness. Suprisingly light bodied for strength but overall medium with a warming finish.

Would like to find a fresher bottle but also remember it being a solid but not outstanding Tripel in past tastings.

Label States: "Belgian Special Amber Abbey Ale" "Anno 1128"

(11.16 oz / 330 ml) (old)

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Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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 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 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 patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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