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): 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
307
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
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163
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Photo of Pontzie
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Having it from cage and cork bottle.

L: yellow with a slight bit of orange. Very active carbonation. Solid 2 finger head of pure white thatbdissipatwd slowly and left heavy lacing.

S: Yeasty notes over a fairly bright citrus smell. Very pleasing and direct scent of bready warmth.

T: Matching the scent there is a pleasant orange taste that is paired with sour dough tastey yeast.

F: light and bubbley. Very easy to drink with a pleasant after. Too easy to drink in huge quantity.

O: very very easy and appealing. Not overpowering or bitter. Highly enjoyable. This one is great for almost any occasion.

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Photo of Qonmus
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

As far as this style goes, I've really only had a few examples - of course La Fin Du Monde, which I like quite a bit, and a Westmalle a couple of weeks ago which I thought was one of the best beers I have ever had.

I was really excited about exploring this style of beer after I had my first Westmalle, and this beer reminds me why I was so excited.

The taste is phenomenal. I mostly drink American style IPA of course, but this is on another level to me as far as beer goes. It's amazing. So the only things I don't like as much are maybe compared to that style of beer - I gave this beer a 4 for Smell because it just isn't quite as strong as how I normally like beer to smell. Feel wise, and I noticed this with Westmalle, it feels like the carbonation hits a bit hard. So I'm not sure if that's a stylistic thing, and I'm just not used to the mouth feel yet, but its not exactly how I like my beers.

Overall though, taste gets a 5 from me and that's just about the most important category in my opinion. Just awesome, probably a new reference taste for me.

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Photo of xanadu1988
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbrown
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Satorn
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of joshautry
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that consistently covered the surface.
S: The aroma has lots of flavors of candi sugars.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of candi sugar along with hints of fruity esters.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink for a tripel that is 11% abv as it does a very good job at hiding the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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 IckyT2012
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11% tripel. Major carbonation issue, can't pour more than an inch of liquid, incredibly gently, without overflowing any reasonable size glass with foam. As with all of van Steenberge bottles I've found, no yeast at the bottom, making this more of a QC issue at the time of bottling than a bottle conditioning issue.

Pours a nearly clear light orange with obnoxiously billowing white head, settles fairly quickly given its size to a quarter inch thick cap with a whole mess of chunky lace strewn about. Smell: pils malt, candi sugar, booze, lightly peppery with notes of dried apricot and pear. Taste: juicy pear, yellow plum, dried apricot, peppery, spicy with coriander and clove-ish finish. Hefty body, a bit boozy even for a tripel. This colors within the lines but it's tasty.

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Photo of _Adam_
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a de Garre snifter. Huge head and clear golden appearance. Smells bittersweet. The sweetness is very candi-sugar-like while the bitterness is more quinine-like than hop-like. Well balanced. Medium body with tingling carbonation. A very nice Tripel.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium golden amber with a big three finger white head with great retention and thick lacing; continual strings of carbonation in the glass, looks nice. Aroma of light stone fruit, candi malt, apples, coriander and clove, Belgian yeast. Flavor is dry bready and candi malt, mild stone fruit, orange, apple, coriander and clove, finishing with an interesting, almost medicinal coriander, clove and pepper spicy finish that is ultimately mellowed by the malt and fruit. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess (enhanced by the thick head) and great carbonation. A really exceptional tripel. Drier than expected with complex fruit flavors that add a mild sweetness. The finish was a bit surprising the first time, but the other flavors really support the burst of spicing in the finish. The high ABV is well covered. A dangerous ale; the flavors keep encouraging constant sipping but the ABV requires a slow approach. One of the best tripels I've had. Glad for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trebbates
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nerdboy19
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Van De Garre from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.27 out of 5 based on 307 ratings.
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