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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286
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4.26
pDev:
10.09%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes slightly better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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 emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never thought i'd get to try this stateside, thanks Alex for sharing this rare bottling.
Review from written notes.

Served from a magnum into a mini pint glass. Managed a couple pours before the bottle was emptied.

Soft hazy orange, almost a pastel tone, with energetic trails of champagne carbonation. The fluffy foam settles, leaving a ring of lacing to decorate the edges. A steady pour generated two fingers of stiff, dense foam.

Dreamy aroma of tangerine, tropical fruit, banana creme pie, vanilla wafers, marzipan, and spun sugar.

Dominating fruit flavors, sweet but not cloying. Some mild clove/spice phenolics in the back, estery Belgian yeast throwing off some banana esters. Soft and very creamy feel, this is a dream to drink. A slight bite initially, but it quickly yields to the creamy confection qualities. As it warms, the alcohol becomes slightly perceptible, versus being invisible when served chilled.

Overall very smooth and balanced, this makes me want to seek out other Tripels, which isn't a style i'm usually into.
Thanks again Alex!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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 jlindros
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at De Garre restaurant.

Big creamy 2+ finger head fades very slowly in the unique oversized tulip with a thick glencairn like base they served it in, frothy lacing, semi clear golden straw color.

Nose is very familiar to what I've been drinking all day in Brugge. Blond Belgian malts, slight sweetness, some boozey esters with apple and pear which come on a bit more that the other beers I've been drinking today, a bit of a creamy fluffy vanilla ice cream like thing going on.

Taste again similar, golden Belgian malts, light pilsner straw wheat like toasty character, sweet candi sugar, juicy malt, light earthy grassy bitter hop, light nutty flavor even, booze characters is the dominant feature, coming on with strong warmth, slight tingle, nice fruity esters, and even a faint phenolic flavor, apple and pear and slight chemically acetyl character. Finish is long drier but still semi sweet, lingering Belgian malts and sweet flavors, more booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall Big beer but lighter in color and malt, would be a good cold rainy night beer, like it is tonight, good booze characters with esters and faint phenols, nice sweet malts, etc.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Hey, I was supposed to get a free piece of cheese with this beer, and I didn't! Oh well.

Anyway, this triple was served on tap in a tulip glass, coppery-peach color, moderately carbonated with a slight, white head that left some nice doily-ish lacing. Aroma of pale malts, floral hops, and light fruits. Taste followed the aroma, with pale malts, candi, and fruity esters up front, pear, white wine; light peppery spice and floral hops come in mid-palate, followed by a bit of breadiness and a somewhat bitter, dry finish, with a definite hit of alcohol. Medium body, and quite drinkable, but not quite as smooth as I prefer my tripels to be.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
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 smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a tulip glass. Man I've been wanting this beer for ages!

A real nice super creamy white head, meringue and whipped with lots of staying power off the pour, sits on a body that is truly crystal clear brass and bronze. Nice slow rising carbonation, and lots of sticky lacing while drinking. The body color may not be my fav, but the head and all the parts are here looking real good.

Nose is sort of basic, but real solid. The only letdown. Classic candy sweetness mixing with not much else, no fruit sense, but clean with a hint of thick vinous body perhaps coming.

Palate is rich and juicy, with a vinous character. Pinot Grigio sensation lime, a wonderful wine like sweetness on the finish, maybe even some faint under ripe green pear. Coating throughout on the palate, with a good malt but also hiding the abv quite nicely.

Overall pretty impressive, not sure if it's the best one I've had, but I would love to have a bottle of this for comparisons.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nanoslug for carrying this magnum all the way back from Brugge. This is the 25th anniversary bottling (unlike the 20th in the picture). Served in my Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a few fingers of eggshell foam that dissipates to a think cap and leaves spotty lacing behind. The body is a hazy peaches & cream color.

S - Light booze, grapes, starfruit(!), banana, cloves, malted wheat. Very rich & complex.

T - The booze is better hidden here, and the flavor profile is more smoothed out. There's more wheat and caramel malt and a little less spice. The fruit flavors mingle with some nice estery character from the alcohol. The taste is more of a 4.25 for me, but I rounded up and bumped down the appearance (which was borderline 4.5).

M - Light tingly carbonation, a touch of heat after half a glass. The body is medium-light and seems a little thin for a 10.5% beer.

D - This will get you wrecked. It's a delicious quick-drinking high ABV beer. I was worried that a few of us wouldn't be up for killing the magnum, but it actually ran out quite quickly. I'd love to try it on-tap at the source - I somehow missed this place when I was in Brugge last summer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a tulip. Decently priced for a beer that is only served in a few bars IN THE WORLD. There are moments when I'm drinking where I turn slightly reflective, I've had some of the top beers on everyone's lists but even a random long shot beer like this, that I can find it in a pub, just shocks me to no end. A long time want of mine, falls right in my lap. Thank you Churchkey, you really bring the tasty.

Beer is yellow, mild haze but basically clear, great tight white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is tea like, sweet, nice sharp yeast character, sweet and clean.

Beer is dry, very effervescent in the mouth, good finish, a mild spiciness on the midpalate of the beer, it is almost like the beer is jumping off of my tongue, the more I drink the better it gets. I would drink a lot of this beer indifferent to the damage it is doing to my liver.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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 DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at De Garre in its proper snifter. On to the beer:

Part of the experience is the presentation. The golden color can be appreciated, but the super thick head which is poured at De Garre leaves a blanket of lace around the glass provides a talking point that cannot be ignored. The aroma is impressive as well, brining pine, pineapple, citrus, and toasted sugar. It's also a little boozy.

Flavorful tripel. Going along the route of a tropical flavor and booze, it brings lots of pineapple and alcohol to taste. Nutmeg and white pepper provide opposition to its two focal points. Should the mouthfeel be anotehr talking point? It's full bodied and velvety is texture, and seems to coat the mouth with itself.

A classic tripel. Yes, there are a few other tripels which I prefer, but there's something to be said about having this beer served at its house and in its own unique manner.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during the annual Belgian fest event.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive enough, showcasing honey, orange citrus, vanilla and light cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with light bitterness on the finish that helps to counter the moderate sweetness. The beer is otherwise medium bodied at most, and was a bit thin I thought for the abv. The beer finishes well, with some moderate sweetness and drying hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is well disguised, and I was surprised to see the 10.5% abv.

While nothing extraordinairy, this was still a very nice tripel from Van Steenberge.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in the lovely 'Staminee De Garre' many times: this review is of one taken on 17 Oct 2012: poured into the usual goblet shaped glass.

Old gold body with huge foaming head that subsided enough to see I'd been poured more than it intitially looked.

A malty fruit basket of smells hit the nose: they carried on into the taste as well. Add a yeasty feel and a musty nudge to the flavours and you're about there.

Smooth and easy to drink: the alcohol well hidden, goes nicely with the cheese given along side the beer when in De Garre.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
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 HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10/22/2014

On tap at O'Brien's

Orange tinged gold. Frothy white cap. Aroma is of orange, stone fruit, banana, sweet bread. Estery and warm. Lightly spicy No alcohol is noticeable. The flavor is sugary baked bread and apricot with banana and orange. Rich malt and flavorful malt. Lightly spicy throughout. Warming alcohol in the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sticky finish. Great beer.

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Photo of dwagner003
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank at Staminee De Garre in Bruges. I don't give a lot of perfect scores, but I can't find anything wrong with this. Appearance is amazing. Smell and taste are amazing. Mouthfeel is like silk. Is it the best beer I've ever had? Damn close, but it's the perfect Tripel. Can't wait to open the magnum I brought home with me. Wow.

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Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in goblet. Poured a lightly hazy golden-honey color with over 2 inches of fluffy and rocky white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a very example of the expected spice and yeast over a solid grain base. Same on the tongue, all the anticipated flavors of the style, grain spice and yeast, just very well defined and bold.

The body was good, however I found it to be a bit thicker and stickier than typical. Drinkability was excellent. If time had allowed, I would have had another one immediately.

Overall, a very well-done example of one of my favorite styles. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a tulip glass. Pours a medium orange body, light straw yellow hue, one finger white head, plenty of retention, bits of lacing. Smells of rich stonefruit, yeast, esters, light cereal grain, candied sugar, minimal tartness, touch of earth. Nice complex aroma, with the flavour profile following closely. Cereal grain, pears, light minerality, light candied sugar, very light tartness, light golden apple flavour, light earthy bitterness, and minimal boozy heat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean and crisp despite having a body suitable for a 11% beer; very minimal heat as well. It's hard to imagine, but so it is. Overall a tasty tripel that has nice complexity and body to it; this is one I look forward to having again.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at De Garre while visiting Brugge on 11/8/2015. Served in a De Garre goblet with a dense latte-like head that exhibited excellent retention during the tasting. Color was a tawny orange-gold with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose expressed citrus fruit esters, a kiss of coriander and yeast. Taste follows but was not as expressive as the nose - a little more dull and muted with a slightly herbal finish. Mouthfeel was light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style - great nose and appearance; however, it fell slightly short in its other components. A great beer, but not up to its world-reknown hype in my opinion.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, alcohol, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, alcohol, floral, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. As far as the style goes this one was pretty nice. I wish there would have been another touch of complexity going on with it. But what was present was still quite nice and fairly well balanced. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance and see it on tap.

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Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date but just received from the rare beer club this week.

A: Hazy golden pour with an incredibly huge foamy white head. 7/8th of the glass is just foam (everytime I pour the damn thing). After it FINALLY fades away, there are little bits of lacing but not much.

S: Big malty sweetness, reminds me of pound cake. Pound cake batter, specifically. Light citrus and some cloves. Maybe some banana? Very light.

T: Huge malty sweetness now. Sweet and doughy and ultra smooth. A touch of hoppiness, citrus it seems and a little bitterness to boot. Just a little to help balance out the sweetness. Some spices going into the finish with cloves and maybe a hint of white pepper, especially in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy, super soft and smooth.

O: Damn. One helluva tripel. It is INCREDIBLY smooth and easy drinking for such a big beer. Great doughy sweetness with just a enough spice and bitterness to balance it out on the back end. Smoothness of this beer cannot be overstated, it is one of the best I've had. Perhaps the best tripel I've had, in fact.

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Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love good tripels and have been looking for this one for years. I did not expect to find it on tap in Detroit!

Nose is nice but not strong.
Taste is a bit on the sweet side for the style. Light fruits, apple notably, with a significant spicy flavour. White pepper, a bit of coriander. Malts provide a sweetness, bready with honey. Booze is more prominent than hoped for, otherwise feels good, though carbonation is a bit intense.

A good tripel, but not in the same league as Westmalle, Karmeliet or even Chimay. Perhaps better from the bottle- if I ever find out, I will re-review.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-spices, caramel, bananas

T-yeasty bread, bananas, caramel, spices, hints of lemon

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a delicious Tripel for sipping and savoring, nice balance and flavor

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