Tripel Van De Garre
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #3
Ranked #529
4.39 | pDev: 8.88%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Tripel Van De GarreTripel Van De Garre
Notes: This is the house beer for the famous De Garre pub in Brugges, Belgium. Brewed using traditional Belgian triple base with three times the amount of malt allows the brewer to achieve the 11% ABV.
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Photo of detgfrsh
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 750ml bottle. Amber color with a finger of white head. Malty aroma with some fruitiness. Sticky mouthfeel. Big malty flavors with some caramel sweetness, ending with peppery hops. Delicious, one of the best tripels I've had.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dive Bar, NYC.

Pours a clear golden color. A thumb length foam white head displays excellent retention. Furthermore, thick layers of frothy lacing evoke Saturn like rings.

The aroma displays notes of cracker and honey malts. This is followed by notes of melon, cantaloupe and honeydew accompanied by grassy spices. A vinous aroma redolent of white grape begins to develop and is accompanied by sweet notes of candi sugar and s lightly tart smell of lemon.

Sweet honey and graham malt opening with a vinous white grape flavor. The malt mouthfeel initially feels full and doughy and the candi sugar adds to the sweetness while also contributing lightness to the body. Flavors of melons, grass, peppery spices and a moderate bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor, yet, provides a very modest warming in the dry finish. Nevertheless, for such a high ABV it’s quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky and chewy and the carbonation seems a bit more mellow than other Tripels.

Perhaps a little less dry than other Tripels; it feels like it has more residual sugars. Nevertheless, this doesn’t detract from its drinkability and it’s still pretty tasty and generally appropriate for the style.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to find place, I found easy the sneaky aisle, but not the right door at my first attempt.
Solid golden color with a huge thick creamy mushroom head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Aroma with notes of banana, cloves, Belgian yeast and milder herbaceous for the style.
Flavor with notes of herbal hops, Belgian yeast, green apples, honey, a bit of vanilla, candied sugar, pear juice and lemongrass. Dry aftertaste with a mild to medium bitterness. Alcohol of 11% is superbly disguised. You cannot really tell.
Full body with appropriate carbonation.
That is a hell of balanced Tripel with no spiked notes. Herbal alcoholic juice. Shitty service, very good Tripel.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle poured into a chalice. I have no real way of telling how old this bottle is.

Appearance - the beer has a rich golden body with ample/thick/frothy white head

Smell - lemongrass, ginger

Taste - orange peel, apple, lemongrass, ginger, peach, pale malts,clove

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied,medium carbonation, spices upfront (clove/ginger), with citrus to follow. Hardly a trace of booze and this one clocks in at 11%

Overall - Very good representation of a Belgian Tripel here. Hits all of the notes that I would be looking for as far as flavor profile and drinkability. Very easy drinking depsite its ABV. If you are into the style, this is a 'Must Try'. Highly recommended. I would drink this more often if not for lack of availability and the price point. Nevertheless, it is most definitely worth trying.

Price Point - $15.99/750 ML bottle

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Photo of andypeters1971
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

everything you would want in a tripel and then some, the glassware and foaming around the logo of the glass, allowing for an enormous head to form, only adds to the appeal

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Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 16 oz mason jar growler from the Craft Beer Quick Stop 7-24-19 for $7.00. Consumed on 7-26-19.

Beer poured a deep golden into a Duvel tulip with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose has some banana, apple, and pear; very nice esters.

Taste is apple and some banana with a nice dose of peppery phenols.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very tasty tripel. I thought it would be hot given the 11% abv but instead is dangerously drinkable. I would recommend this to tripel fans!

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Photo of zuun
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one as a tap in Lisbon. First appearance was good, golden and have appropriate foams. For smell, nothing much I could feel. It's quite foamy that when you drink it's very smooth. When I drank I couldn't feel much scent but a bit of sweetness in the end

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25cl pour on tap at La Trappe in San Francisco. Serve in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Clear/bright gold, with a thin white head, and lots of persistent lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Noble hops, yeast, herbal/leafy.

Taste: Very much like it smells, along with some peppery/phenolic notes and a sharp, but not astringent, bitter hoppy/leafy finish which compliments all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth, airy, dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Delightful! Light, dangerously drinkable, and fantastic with food (trout meuniere in this case). Definitely something to look for again.

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Photo of WA_Brian
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ml bottle with no bottle date poured into a tulip.

L: Deep yellow color with massive off-white head that lasts forever. It's just clear enough to see the rush of bubbles to the surface. Leaves lots of lacing down the glass as it fades.

S: Spicy, fruity, banana esters. All the complexity you expect from the top Belgian ales.

T: Sweet malt, fruity, spicy. The perfect medley of flavors. I'm struggling to put it into words.

F: Medium-light body and high carbonation. Little warming sensation on the finish but would never guess it's 11%.

O: I've never had this at de Garre, but I still remember the first time having this beer. I was speechless and it completely changed my perception of tripels. Every time I've had it since then it has continued to impress on just how good a tripel can be and it really made me love the style but unfortunately I've yet to find another that comes close. This beer is something special.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the bar where it's the house beer in Brugge. Served in a cool short heavy stemmed glass.

Slightly hazy yellow golden, thick white head. Test head has amazing retention and is quite thick. Aroma is on the milder side for a trip, the yeast flavor is more restrained. Taste is mildly sweet, great body.

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Photo of dransburg
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect beer. You will never drink one that is better.
Slightly sweet with a chewy thick head. Be careful though, because it's easy to drink a lot and the ABV is super high at 11%.
I've had it at de Garre in Brugges, the Yardhouse, and from a bottle. It's outstanding everywhere but (no surprise) best at de Garre in Brugges.

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Photo of Radome
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at The Yard House in Oxnard, CA. Their beer menu confusingly listed the beer as “de Garre Belgian Golden Ale”; however, I can find no evidence of such a beer and the description and ABV match this one.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

25cl on-tap from De Garre, Bruges (€4.50):
An excellent beer that was fresh, lively & very well balanced with some nice sweetness & background fruits working well to hide a lot of the alcohol content, I wouldn't have guess this was an 11% abv. offering had I not seen it on the menu before ordering. The beer was great with some light fruits alongside some cloves & coriander with a medium to full body & strong carbonation; a pleasure to drink & one I hope I'll get to try again at some point.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at yard house in Chinatown Washington DC. Tasty Belgian ale, smells of banana , biscuit. Taste is sweet, balanced - herbal with some coriander, pepper- sweet malts ands cleanfinish. Medium bodied with good astringency and well hidden abv.
Solid belgianale-

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

if you have any sort of regard at all for the old world belian styles and the best examples of them, this one needs to be on your list. im not sure there were the folks who made it, but i was sure glad to find in it my travels, especially on tap, and especially after years of stalking it online, life is giving and good, and when you want something, a lot of times you get it, even if its delayed a bit, and i often want perfect belgian beer, and here i got it, a deeply colored golden from the tap, short but thick and lively white headed, with some more haze and color depth than the style usually provides, and some thin lace to remind me of what it used to look like as i slowly drink it down to nothing at all. honey and a very restrained belgian yeast strain in the nose, malthy and mashy and for whatever reason i expected a more dramatic yeast complexion. instead, its just simple and earthy and grainy and a bit sweet and without a whole lot of nuance coming from the fermenting agent. slight clove and bee pollen and maybe some chardonnay grapes and new oak and green tea and white pepper, which of course sounds like a lot but tastes like ive been here before a little bit. its not the flavor or the feel but the quality that stands out to me, one of the richer and more decadent and refined takes on the style i have known, and while somewhat of a slow sipper as they go, its objectively better than many, even if its hard to put a finger on why. i hope to drink this one again...

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Photo of Beginner2
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Whatever the flaws are in this ale, they seem to melt away when the beer (and I) warm.
In truth, there is a remaining flaw (tough-to-hide alcohol.) Furthermore.... if I drink this entire bottle tonight the flaw will be evident tomorrow AM.
In brief... for the intrepid connoisseur of Belgians, Garre is a great pleasure.

Reveling in the moment, de Garre is a good Looker... but a subtle beauty. Smells are classic with just enough banana esters to know that this yeast is the real deal. Tastes are about the same, balancing its potpourri of fruits, sweet malts and refined spicing. If I don't like one thing about Garre, it is that it doesn't sit in my mouth as well as everything else. The alcohol (to be honest) gets noticed a bit more after warming and the spices linger.

But, alcohol and spices are the preludes to food. I could eat with almost as much enjoyment because this ale was supreme.
Would I have this again ? Wouldn't you ?

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Photo of PAWGsNBeers
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer, been to the actual location in Brugge a few times. They serve it with a little plate of cheese and was able to score a few bottles and their iconic glass on my last visit!

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Photo of superspak
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Cork blew off as soon as I twisted it. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Insane appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, earthy hops, candi sugar, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, earthy hops, candi sugar, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation. Very high carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 11% after the finish. Overall this is an amazing tripel! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, earthy hops, candi sugar, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Amazing classic tasting yeast complexity with balanced pale malts/sugar. Very well attenuated, never sweet or heavy feeling for the ABV. A highly amazing offering, and spot on style example. One of the best Tripels I have ever had; definitely lived up to my expectations. Just as impressive as Westmalle and Karmeliet; but La Fin Du Monde is still the top favorite.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. I won't lie; I am super excited about this one!

Appearance: rich golden hue with a clear body and plenty of effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy, pillowy ivory foam. Really beautiful.

Smell: rich, sweet malt with some caramel undertones and only the slightest hint of any fruitiness. Normally I like orchardy, pear-like aromas in my tripels, but this is just outstanding. There's a crème brûlée character here that works extremely well for me. Outstanding!

Taste: big and malty with a round character, great smoothness and not a little alcohol heat. It's not quite as complex and enticing as the aroma, but this is a wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and good creaminess. It's not quite as rich as I would have hoped, given the massive head, but it's still very good.

Overall: this is a delicious beer and I am very glad I got to try it. I am looking forward to doing a side-by-side with some of my other favorite tripels in the future.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a clear golden yellow, with a fluffy thick head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like stone fruit, white pepper, candy syrup, apple, pear, and grassy hops.

This is basically perfect for the tripel style. There's so much to it- great peachy fruit flavor, some pepper and grassy bitterness, vanilla, apple, pear, grape and dark fruit.

This is really surprisingly creamy and full bodied, with a good level of carbonation.

This has never been my favorite style, but when it's done exceptionally well like this- I love it.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at De Garre in Bruges.

Poured into the iconic glass, this beer is gorgeus! Maybe the best looking blonde beer I've ever seen. Color is yellow, a bit hazy, with a massive slab of foam that barely moves when you swirl the glass. It looks like whipped cream.

The foam hampers the smell a bit, but what you get is yeasty and spicy with hints of apple.

The taste is massive and yeasty. Lots of plums, treacle and spices fight for you attention, and there is NO hint of the 11%. Dangerous...

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, well carbonated.

This beer is just a treat, easily my favorite tripel, Great looking and great tasting.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at de garre. Impeccable presentation- huge billowing, stubborn ivory heard. Aroma of bready yeasts, esters, cloves. Wonderful balance between sweetness, bitterness, fruitiness. Creamy a smooth. No hint of the 11% ABV. Superb - paradigm of the style!

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Photo of Pontzie
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Having it from cage and cork bottle.

L: yellow with a slight bit of orange. Very active carbonation. Solid 2 finger head of pure white thatbdissipatwd slowly and left heavy lacing.

S: Yeasty notes over a fairly bright citrus smell. Very pleasing and direct scent of bready warmth.

T: Matching the scent there is a pleasant orange taste that is paired with sour dough tastey yeast.

F: light and bubbley. Very easy to drink with a pleasant after. Too easy to drink in huge quantity.

O: very very easy and appealing. Not overpowering or bitter. Highly enjoyable. This one is great for almost any occasion.

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Photo of Qonmus
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

As far as this style goes, I've really only had a few examples - of course La Fin Du Monde, which I like quite a bit, and a Westmalle a couple of weeks ago which I thought was one of the best beers I have ever had.

I was really excited about exploring this style of beer after I had my first Westmalle, and this beer reminds me why I was so excited.

The taste is phenomenal. I mostly drink American style IPA of course, but this is on another level to me as far as beer goes. It's amazing. So the only things I don't like as much are maybe compared to that style of beer - I gave this beer a 4 for Smell because it just isn't quite as strong as how I normally like beer to smell. Feel wise, and I noticed this with Westmalle, it feels like the carbonation hits a bit hard. So I'm not sure if that's a stylistic thing, and I'm just not used to the mouth feel yet, but its not exactly how I like my beers.

Overall though, taste gets a 5 from me and that's just about the most important category in my opinion. Just awesome, probably a new reference taste for me.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. The malt base is rich, full of honey, and bright for style. Gives the feel a luscious graininess. The taste and smell are clones, letting the malt, spices, yeast and honey star. Simple yet delicious!

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