Tripel Van De Garre
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Tripel Van De GarreTripel Van De Garre
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #3
ABV:
11%
Score:
96
Ranked #523
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 8.88%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
385
From:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  180
Gots
  63
SCORE
96
World-Class
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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Reviews by FLima:
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 mwilbur
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with very slight haze topped by a 3-4 inch billowy white head with excellent retention. Thin lacing is left on the glass.
S: Soft citrus, white pepper, dry minerals, vanilla, and pear.
T: Apple and pear fleetingly hit first followed a nanosecond later by apricot, honey, vanilla, spicy white pepper, clove, and cherries. Dry cracker malt backbone holds it all together. With warming, more malt notes emerge with caramel, almond, and sourdough bread coming forward. Surprisingly complex, especially given the fairly straightforward nose.
M: Amazingly light body given the ABV. It's like magic how it drinks like a 5% brew...until the 11% ABV catches up with you! Fruity sweetness, dry spice, and nutty. Lingers and matures beautifully on the palate...lasts forever.
D: Wow! This is a phenomenal brew. Tips more toward the fruit (apple, pear, cherry, citrus, and apricot) than most tripels...which I don't mind. I can't say enough about how refreshing and light this comes across...no one would ever guess it's 11% (maybe by the end of the bottle they will!). Seek it out if you can!

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Photo of californiakulak
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at Staminee De Garre. It was served in a cool glass with a little plate of cheese.

A. A light golded color with a thick beautiful head. Also some nice lacing as the beer in the glass gets lower.

S. A fruity malty smell. Also the alcohol smell was present.

T. This beer was great. Hoppier than other tripples that I have tried. Spicy and fruity with an obvious alcohol taste.

M. Nice hop bite and dry finish. The alcohol is very warming on the palate.

D. I thought that this beer was very drinkable. However, my wife failed to finish hers so, unfortunately, I had to finish it for her. The alcohol isn't very well hidden in this beer but for some reason that taste helps the final product.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With a tremendous amount of fan-fare, its rare to see a Belgian Tripel as a real standout beer. Anxious to find out why this one excels, it already impresses with a magnum-size bottle- corked and caged.

With a pop and a pour, the ale layers into the snifter with a bright golden body and a creamy column of froth that rises with a gentle swirl. Its cottony-white foam retains the session effortlessly and trickles the glass with spotty lace. Its light haze sings the praises of its unfiltered and refermented character.

Vivid aromas of honeysuckle, fresh baking bread and light confections surprises the nose with its fruit and fauna. Oranges, apples, lemons, bananas and light peach provide a burst of ripeness that is the perfect counterpart to spices and hops. Freshly cracked white pepper, mild coriander, paradise seed and slim clove blend into a damp hay for a curious earthen note heading into taste.

Its soft succulents wraps around the tongue with light and crisp bread. As the sweetness folds into the mix, its subtle taste of cookie dough and marzipan approaches nutty and light toasted proportions. Its fruit and spice middle is met with light marzipan and citrus peels that bounces off of exotic lemongrass spice before diving into a lightly bitter finish, laced with fresh straw and hay.

Medium bodied, the ale is zesty with ample carbonation that gives rise to the beer's underlying white wine acidity. As it wisps away the sweetness, the malts seem to vanish right off of the tongue like powdered sugar. What's left behind is dry bread, earthen bitterness and wine-like echoes.

I think that the allure of the beer is that is a more whimsically sweetened Belgian Tripel that resembles more of a Strong Golden Ale except with the high effervescence of Tripel. I rather enjoy the lighter earthy flavors and the softer sweetness that this ale provides- making it worthy of its high praise.

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Photo of almostjay
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit too busy for me, but still really delicious.

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

Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of randylangford
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mozartandmadnes
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of curlybird
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of pollocwr
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy look, not as bright as I'd expect. Musky aroma with a strong head. Flavors are sweet and savory. Not as boozey as it could be for a tripel. Good beer.

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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 Samnem
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

My new top standard Tripel.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle. Sampled on February 3, 2016.

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow under a foamy off-white head that fades down.

Aroma of pale malts, spice, pepper, and a little citrus zest.

Medium, soft body.

The taste tends to go spicy and peppery with maybe some ginger, sage, and other biting spices. The pale toasted malts are mellower than the spice.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thorpe429
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at De Garre during our trip to Belgium last week. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a De Garre snifter with a strange, thick pedestal. Really interesting glass; glad that they sell them.

Pours a clear golden-apricot color with loads of sticky lacing.

The nose is quite delicate with a bit of spice and some nice fruit. Light stone fruits and pear plus a bit of pepper and clove. The flavor is a bit more spicy than the nose, but also has the nice fruit components.

Medium body with crisp carbonation and just a tad too much booze.

Really enjoyable; one of the best tripels I've ever had.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hurfer
5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of 911CROFT
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1500ml corked and caged magnum into the appropriate De Garre branded Snifter. Paid £22.00 for a single.

Pours a hazy, translucent, deep golden-orange body, with a small but consistent stream of carbonation visible throughout the duration of the glass. A huge, pillowy, three-finger in height, foamy, pure white head with fantastic retention slowly sinks to a dense cap, leaving behind thick clumps of sticky lace.

The delicate but complex nose is initially led in roughly equal parts by fruity yeast and sweet malt. Subtle notes of apple, pear, light-skinned stone fruit and lemon float alongside semi-sweet, crisp, grainy pale malts. Traces of pepper and clove become apparent towards the back-end, while hints of spicy alcohol provide a clue as to the 10.5% ABV. Taste roughly follows suit, adding small amounts of hop bitterness towards the finish. Lemony citrus, grainy unripe pear, green apple and stone fruit interweave seamlessly with toasty pilsner-like malts, candied sugar, and a doughy, bready sweetness. Mid-palate, traces of musty, earthy, hay-like profiles enter, and sweet fruity esters begin to gradually transition to drier, spicier and more bitter phenolic characters. Clove, cracked white pepper, coriander seed and hints of spicy, grassy, herbal and floral hop bitterness build towards the finish. In the mouth, a medium body and ample, but not aggressive carbonation give a feel that starts incredibly soft, smooth and creamy. After the swallow, faint, fruity traces of citrus, honeyed malt, gently bitter hops and medicinal spice combine with perceptible, but relatively well disguised alcohol to finish crisp and dry, with mild white wine-like astringency.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Delicate and well balanced, each new sip reveals layer after layer of subtle complexity, serving to encourage consumption at a dangerous pace. Despite being well hidden for the 10.5% ABV however, alcohol is slightly more pronounced than in other examples of the style. With that said, after the first glass it quickly becomes impossible to find, drinking so dangerously easy, it’s rumoured patrons are cut off after three glasses at Staminee De Garre. Recommended.

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Photo of stawn
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Raynman
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tripel Van De Garre from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 385 ratings