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

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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

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Reviews:
69
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287
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Photo of californiakulak
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mwilbur
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
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 BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Popsinc
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the house beers on tap at Staminee De Garre in Bruges.

Appearance: A golden pour with a medium and very rich looking white head.

Smell: Medium nose with a very lemony and malty kick to it. Somewhat flowery and herbal.

Taste: Again, a vert floral taste with a slight bitterness and herbal character. Some nice maltiness here that helps turn the corner to a semi-sweet finish. A pinch of sweet-bread in there somehwere as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer w/good maltiness and fullness. Grainy and floarl mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Ahhhh, it was worth a try. Half decent beer, worth trying once.

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Photo of Gdubss31
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at Staminee De Garre in Bruges. Everything about this beer was amazing!! , it is the best Tripel i have ever had. If only i can get a keg or bottle of this in CA would be great!

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Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesmk48
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, mine is labeled 11% ABV. This beer has a rich flavor at room temperature. Cheers!

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Photo of andrewdanks
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JohnWvanWinkle
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new top standard Tripel.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of simoen
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of azorie
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of cclark67789
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of punkhim
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a large, fluffy white head. Aroma has floral yeast esters, slightly boozy and malty. Taste starts sweet and floral with a touch of sugar and finishes slightly bitter with lingering yeast notes. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad but it isn't by any means one of the better triples I had so far.

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Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of permian-boozer
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Corkpuller
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Ozohar
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very creamy beer, served in Brouge with 1/3 beer, 2/3 foam, and a few small cubes of cheese that pairs very nicely.

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Photo of mikefuski17
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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