Tripel Van De Garre
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Tripel Van De GarreTripel Van De Garre
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.39 | pDev: 8.88%
May 01, 2022
Nov 03, 2003
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 DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Long time want. Bottle from Belmont Station.

A clear light orange with a large, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is an excellent tripel base, a blend of pear, honey, floral notes, delicate spice, nice esters, just masterful fermentation character. As it warms, the alcohol complements the esters, lending an overripe pear character. The palate opens bright, snappy, spicy and clean, with white pepper, clover honey, ripe green pears, overripe fruit. The mid-palate has some warmth and grains of paradise. Drying finish with pear esters and white pepper and a caraway seed like spice character. Highly carbonated, to the point where the initial sips are a little too bubbly for my liking. While dry, there's just enough sweetness to keep the alcohol from taking over. Quite an impressive beer.

May 01, 2022
4.51 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Apr 19, 2022
4.46 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Apr 08, 2022
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4.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by roberthawkins

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into an Heirloom Rustic Ales stemless tulip glass and enjoyed while ignoring the Oscars in favor of Vincent Price in The Oblong Box. This bottle was fresh off the delivery truck and I was concerned it would need more time to settle, but I couldn't wait. It turned out fine though.

Appearance is deep golden and fairly effervescent with a billowing white head that sticks around. Smell is full of Belgian yeast esters. Taste follows, with lots of white grape and an underripe pear that then bends toward overripe pear and almost swerves into banana. Maybe just a hint of cherry in there, too. Finish is pretty dry and invites one back for another sip. Alcohol is present, but very well hidden considering this is 11% abv. All around pretty darn fabulous. This beer didn't fall short of its strong reputation. I'm glad I grabbed a few more bottles for the cellar.

Mar 28, 2022
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

right off the Fed-Ex truck! A tripel that goes to 11? Well, sign me up!...

Pour from a moderately chilly 50 degree-ish temp into a St B petite snifter gave me a snowy dense and yes, snow-white cap. I took my time to let it dissipate and breathe in the air from its new home... down to a dense, misty film on the surface that looks like it's determined to overstay its welcome (EDIT: later pours could compare this to a saison-ish cap?! man, the froth!). Post-quaff bubbled webbing like you wouldn't believe. Semi-translucent, clean, glowing golden in color.

Nose is that of a consummate tripel - i'm detecting some white grapes, and if not for the bready yeasts i might mistake it for a glass of pinot. Fascinating.

Finally, to the business end... definite qualities of a fine tripel - deep appetizing yeasts, fruity esters (and those white grape allusions are still asserting themselves). Delish. This would go great with a homemade pizza.

Swallow quite balanced, the bitter, the bready and the sweet - none overpowers the other. A tangy fizziness on the tongue, a warm feeling down in the gullet, and a vigor to the brainwaves.

In sum, such a privilege. Truly a delight to all the senses. Life is too short, and this reminds me to appreciate the rare and fortuitous sips along the way. Much cheer!

Mar 25, 2022
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Absolute Triple Perfection

Mar 22, 2022
4.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Feb 13, 2022
4.24 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jan 19, 2022
Photo of browner
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by browner from Florida

Enjoyed this beer at the De Gaare Pub in Brugge. A fun adventure to find the friendly and quaint pub featuring their beer on tap, awesome ! Food served ( frites of course) and most tables are shared with friends and or visitors. The beer was exquisite. A shimmering golden Ale with a rich white topped head. Well balanced, fresh with no off flavors. Had to have two. A memory of a lifetime.

Jan 03, 2022
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4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

On tap at Zeno's Pub, State College, PA.

L: Golden/light copper color, soft moderate-ish head. Looks best in the De Garre glass.
S: Spice is most prominent to me (pepper/coriander as others have noted).
T: Lots of things happening. Dark fruits, bananas, with some hop bitterness. Maybe even a little bit of funk/brett to my taste?
F: A medium body, with lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. Nothing about this tells you it's 11%.
O: The best tripel in the world. Really wish I'd known this was in Brugge or I'd have tried it at the source when I had the chance.

Dec 31, 2021
5 by Mojo9 from Illinois on Dec 30, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Amazing thick frothy head. Full nose with pronounced malt and EtOH due to ABV - traditional tripel qualities just amped up in all ways. Heat noticeable but not hot in taste. Mouthfeel is syrupy thick and sweeter.

Dec 13, 2021
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4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by janubio from Spain

I first tasted this beer at the Stamine de Garre three years ago, but never reviewed it. This one is on tap at Echarle Huevos, served in a Garre glass. Pours golden colour, thick creamy head that lasts a long time, creamy lacing. Aroma of clove, bananas, apples, spices, candy sugar. Full body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Clean spicy finish. Taste follows the aroma. Exceptional beer.

Nov 23, 2021
5 by Campodog from Spain on Nov 07, 2021
4.4 by cozmo from New York on Oct 31, 2021
4.02 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2021
Photo of Iamaskier
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Iamaskier from Idaho

On tap, in the US, let’s hope it’s kept well.

L: Golden and clear body, just a touch of head.
S: Light fruits. Apricot, apple, pear, quite sweet. Esters and yeast too, some dry biscuit, a hint of coriander.
T: Sweet. More of those light fruits, apricot especially, green grapes and a bit of oak, some lemon; a hint of spice, and another hint of hops that bring bitterness; esters, and yeast. Marvelous.
F: Incredibly smooth and soft, but short of sticky. Nice warmth, but you can’t taste the alcohol.
O: I’d love to have it at the source, but still… it is fantastic. Soft and complex, soft and rich, never overbearing. Nectar.

Oct 02, 2021
5 by steevo24 from District of Columbia on Aug 30, 2021
4.27 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Jun 18, 2021
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Phe6bcfd

Best beer on the planet. If you can get to Brugge visit the bar and taste it fresh from the source. Amazing.

May 14, 2021
4.65 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Apr 10, 2021
3.73 by stephenlee93 from England on Mar 26, 2021
3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Oct 25, 2020
Photo of BelgianHops
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by BelgianHops from Belgium

The best tripel in the world. Smooth, perfectly balanced, lovely body and a subtle bitterness. Notes of citrus, pepper, coriander, lemongrass and vanilla. Complex and delicate, astonishing.

Aug 13, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 5/22/20.

Pours a mostly clear golden color, with a two inch foamy head with very good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Very active carbonation. Aromas of banana (which fades), cloves, wheat, Belgian yeast, Candi sugar, coriander, other spices, some malt, some black pepper when warm. Has a light herbal hop aroma and a champagne- like aroma. Flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat, malt, white grapes, Candi sugar, cloves, coriander, other spices. Has a light herbal hop bitterness. Smooth, creamy, a solid light to medium body, well carbonated.

An outstanding Tripel. Classic, balanced, a little sweet and herbal. Going back to the bottle shop for more.

Jun 05, 2020
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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sunsjammer from Arizona

16oz mason jar from Craft Beer QuikStop.

May 30, 2020
4.61 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 05, 2020
4.22 by NCSapiens from Indiana on Mar 04, 2020
4.94 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana on Feb 17, 2020
Photo of detgfrsh
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by detgfrsh from Texas

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.

Feb 16, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

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.

Feb 08, 2020
4.25 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Nov 03, 2019
4.5 by elamb106 from New York on Nov 03, 2019
4.36 by CanadianGinge from Texas on Oct 14, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FLima from Brazil

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.

Oct 09, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by keithmurray from Connecticut

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

Sep 22, 2019
4.21 by Mikexw from New York on Sep 14, 2019
4.46 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 14, 2019
5 by Jgmiller829 from Massachusetts on Aug 28, 2019
Tripel Van De Garre from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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