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Grimbergen Tripel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Grimbergen TripelGrimbergen Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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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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 BrewMaster
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured beautifully. It looked gorgeous with its delicate bubbles resting carefully atop one another. Perfect moderate head that very slowly thinned to a velvet ring around the top.

Aroma was almost like a white wine with honey. It reminded me of a mead I had the night before. Taste is sweet with molasses, clove, honey, and a tiny bit of cinnamon.

It feels smooth and leaves a thick coating of sweetness in the mouth. It is a good beer for sure but it not like most Belgian tripels. I would have to say it is a little bit out of character for this style. Definately worth a taste.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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