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 18, 2023
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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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle into a tulip. Coded 17KU.

Looks magnificent. Hazy medium yellow body with a huge bright white head leaving a sheet of lacing.

Not much on the nose, a clean fresh aroma.

Excellent taste. Sweet with a light spice note. Smooth, clean. Light but with strength. Abv well hidden. So smooth but with a warming touch.

Mouth above medium, finish sweet, spiced and warming.

Overall, spectacular beer. So glad to be enjoying this one on a cool spring evening.
May 18, 2023
Rated: 4.96 by CAcker from California

May 11, 2023
Rated: 5 by myterpsr1 from Maryland

Apr 10, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Georges3 from Kentucky

4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Just had this in draft yesterday. Served in a De Garre glass. Absolutely wonderful! So much going on in this one! Overall I rated at 4.75, but rated strictly as a Tripel style I’d give it a 5. I love Tripel, and this was quite simply the best I’ve had. If you can find it, try it!
Feb 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the GD Bierhuis in Prague. Wow, didn’t expect to see this. Never had a chance to drink a Tripel of this quality. Their traditional Carolus is outstanding but this is so much richer and deeper. Darker in color with a deeper range of flavors. Sweet, satisfying, just wow.
Dec 23, 2022
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Reviewed by RamonaBeer from California

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Quite delicious, with lots of foam. Had 2 glasses of De Garre in Bruges at the pub, and a 750 ml bottle at home twice. One of my favorites! Even the foam tasted great! Kind of like a Cream Soda Beer...
Dec 18, 2022
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Rated by txaudiophile from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Fantastic body on this beer. I have had this from the bottle but I long to try this in Bruge on tap. It is a masterpiece.
Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.73 by Rick_S from New York

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750ml bottle poured into a De Garre glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden with ample head with cloud puffs that recede into fine lace

Smell: Alcohol and yeast esters with simmered cane syrup

Taste: Follows the nose with some graininess interwoven with the alcohol and yeast developing into a more malty finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but dry enough to beg for another sip I am impressed with the carbonation that is just at the point of cumbersome but pulls back just in time,

Overall: I have experience this beer on tap at the incredible De Garre pub in Bruges. The bottled version is still one of the top Belgian tripels you can have in the US. I can't wait to go back and enjoy it in Bruges.
Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden amber color with a peach like hue. Upon pouring there is a thick billowy two finger head of white foam. The head very slowly fades over quite a long time, leaving tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is of a sweet candied sugar smell mixed with lots of apricot, peach, and a bit of pear. At the same time there are some light cracker malt and caramel aromas as well as a nice yeast cake smell. Other aroma of spice is there as well, with lots of coriander, some clove and hints of black pepper and lemongrass. A very nice aroma indeed.
Taste – The taste follows the nose very well. It begins with a light cracker malt with a very strong apricot and peach backbone flavor. These are mingled with lots of candied sugar, some candy apple, and a little bit of sweet grape. Spice flavors of coriander and lemongrass are there right from the start, both of which grow a bit stronger as the taste advances. A yeast flavor develops along the taste transition and is joined with some clove and a light pepper. The sweet seems to surge at the end of the taste profile, producing a sweet and very bright taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is very high. For the sweet flavors and the style, the feel is spot on and makes this one a very easy and pleasant sipper.
Overall – A fantastic brew. The flavors are bright and approachable with a blend of spice and malt to make for one very flavorful and easy drinker. At 11 % abv with is dangerously drinkable. A truly fantastic brew.
Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this on draft 7/15/22 @ Sleeping Village.

Semi-opaque golden appearance.

Huge off-white head; nice tree-rung lace.

Banana, clove & tart lemon funk notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel...silky smooth.

Caramel, clove, banana & mild booze heat flavors.

Decadent, creamy, thick & borderline heavenly. Christmas Eve shit, bro.
Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured on draft at the brewery in Bruges. Pours a nice light yellow with a significant amount of head. The nose is honey, wheat, vanilla, sweet candy, toffee, and a light citrus note. The taste is out of this world. Honey, cookies, lemon cream, wheat, candy, bread, vanilla, and a slight bitterness from hops. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit dry. Overall, just a wonderful experience.
Jun 23, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

May 18, 2022
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.51 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Apr 19, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by roberthawkins

4.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
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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Reviewed by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Absolute Triple Perfection
Mar 22, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by chippo33 from Vermont

Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by browner from Florida

4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 5 by Mojo9 from Illinois

Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 5 by Campodog from Spain

Nov 07, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by cozmo from New York

Oct 31, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.68 by HarryTtttt

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 5 by steevo24 from District of Columbia

Aug 30, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Jun 18, 2021
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Rated by Phe6bcfd

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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
Rated: 4.65 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 3.48 by stephenlee93 from England

Mar 26, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Oct 25, 2020
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