Tripel Van De Garre | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Popsinc on 11-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#561
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
334
pDev:
9.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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170
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Photo of mozartandmadnes
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DbbC
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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 cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 +14.7%
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 +1.1%
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 chubenzino
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tons of credit for hiding the 10.5% ABV.

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Photo of Gazz1e
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +6.9%
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 bobbyHILL
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draught at De Garre. Crack in a glass.

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Photo of Birdlegs
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bajdog
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Calraven
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BryantForestry
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdathe2
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JamFuel
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 tyjohnson55
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Tripel Van De Garre from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 334 ratings