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

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Tripel Van De GarreTripel Van De Garre

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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 BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 John_M
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%


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 puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
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 beertunes
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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 dwagner003
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Stevedore
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -6.1%
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 -17.3%
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 -0.5%
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 -6.3%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of FosterJM
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

456th review on BA
Draft to De Garre glass

App- This was a vibrant orange with yellow and some amber highlights. Gigantic 3 finger head that lasted forever. Sticky lace all over and a puddle of head throughout the beer.

Smell- A very good smelling beer. Lots of yeast, candied sugar and some mustiness.

Taste- This thing was just great. It was the color and smell of a Triple but had the taste of a small quad. Lots of candied fruit and a bigness if that makes sense to you.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. It left some sweetness and some candy flavors on the palate.

Drink- Every beer drinker should try this beer. Hands down. Great beer. I am shocked this only has 24 reviews. I want to go back and have a couple more glasses and then a growler(I can't) and then a case of bottles. So good.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured with a hazy apricot orange color and a head with tons of life.

The aroma was sadly simple but overly fragrant. I caught strong banana and clove or peppercorn but that was about it.

The flavor is unlike the nose as its vastly complex with honey, maple syrup, yeast, clove, sweet green Apple and pear. The finish is a bit twangy as it there's a sour note.

The feel is slick and full but the carbonation is fuller and expansive.

Never been a huge fan of Tripels but I must say the flavor of this is amongst the most complex I've seen and it makes this well worth the try.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville NC

A- pours clear and golden with a small creamy white head with lace that sticks to the sides the entire way down as it settles

S- lots of fruity aromas up front of dried apple, ripe pear, peach and banana. Fresh baked bread aroma kicks in mid-palate with some peppery notes and clove. Earthy aromas and wet hay finish out the aroma

T- dry and fruity up front with big notes of banana and clove, lightly toasted fresh bread notes kick in, adding some sweet doughy notes. Peppery notes with citrus, lemongrass and hay close out the flavor, leaving a dry finish

M- medium body and carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish

O- sweet and creamy with nice banana and pear notes. Definitely one of the better Belgian Tripel's that I've had a chance to try

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

(11% ABV so tread lightly.)

The beer was crystal clear with a white frothy head which lasted very well to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity and nicely spicy with strong pepper and an estery fruit chracter and a caramel malt.

The flavor was lightly spicy with a low caramel and light malt presnece. The flavor almost had a pineapple characteristic.

The finish was dry with a strong peppery character long into the aftertaste. The body was meidum and the moderate carbonation lent a creamy mouthfeel. The beer gave a nice warming presence after consumption. Actually a very good tripel. Be careful with this one at 11%.

Served in a Garre glass, at Garre in Brugge of course, on 9/13/06 and 9/14/06.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Garre restaurant.

A: Comes in a great-looking goblet. The body is a hazy golden / apricot color, clear body except for the generous carbonation up the center. It sustains an enormous white head that never vanishes, leaving washes of thick lacing during each sip.

S: Bananas, sour apples, pear, orange, and surprisingly strong phenolic character (pepper, clove).

T: Everything in the nose comes out here. Begins with a beautiful fruit character of bananas and oranges, but exhibits green apples and pear in the mid-taste. I also taste biscuit at times. The banana reawakens in the finish and aftertaste, with a burst of pepper and clove to liven up the palate.

M: Lightly drying finish. Medium-bodied, slightly prickly with medium-high carbonation.

D: Dangerously drinkable. Too bad it's only available here; it's apparently their house tripel. Good stuff.

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Photo of Damian
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Staminee De Garre, Brugge, Belgium
Served in a signature Garre goblet

The beer poured a crystal clear amber color with a near three-finger head of super creamy, off-white froth. Tons of lacing stuck all along the glass. The head slowly faded to a thick, resilient cap that lasted the entire drink.

Lots of must in the aroma. The beer had a very cellar-like quality. Somewhat sweet and spicy. Yeasty. Belgian candi sugar notes were apparent. The nose became even sweeter as the beer warmed.

The taste was also quite sweet and spicy. Wheaty, crisp and moderately tart. Slightly lemony. Fruity in the center. Somewhat hoppy and semi-dry on the finish. A touch of alcohol warmth came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a crisp, sprightly effervescence.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer was tasty and well rounded. The sweeter than average flavor profile might limit your consumption however.

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Photo of garuda
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Arrives in the Garre snifter, hazed deep gold in color, with a mountainous white head that retains and laces well. Impressive.

S/T - Layers of sweet complexity unfold through the drink. Candy sugar, touch of green apple, banana, lemongrass, and only a little bit of yeasty funk. Abv stays well hidden, with only a warming sensation and never tasted outright.

M - Considering the abv, stays light and fluffy across the palate, finishing crisp and dry.

O - Spectacular, best tripel I've had yet. I wouldn't hesitate getting it again.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at De Garre.

Comes out with a voluminous slightly off-white? head. Michael Jackson lacing aka the best.

Peppery spice, pear, some sweetness, a little flowery.

Yeasty, peppery spice, light fruit.

So smooth. Carbonation is great on the tongue. Medium-full body. Some alcohol heat is present.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie Beck, 2.19.12, $13 for 10 oz. pour. OUCH. Should have waited to Max's Belgian Fest the next day, though it did go rather well with the delicious Carbonnade.

Finger and a half pure white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Clear orange gold, minimal visible carbonation. Taste is dry fruit, peaches, a bit of honey sweetness balanced by dry munich malt. Nose mirrors taste. Mouthfeel medium, good effervescence, ABV well hidden. I understand this is rather rare, but I'd rather have a Westmalle.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bright and golden with a huge creamy white head and thick lacing.

S: Very faint aroma over all, but there is some sweet banana, spices, yeast and faint alcohol.

T: Slightly sweet malts with a very well balanced faint hop bitterness. Some nice spice and a hint of banana.

M: Very smooth and creamy quickly followed by a nice prickly carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, but there is a slight warming in the finish.

O: Great beer at a great place and the cheese that comes with it, pairs perfectly. One of my favorite beers on my 2 days in Belgium.  

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from De Garre bar belgium.

A - Honey copper colour with a huge thick white head that stays the distance. In the Garre glass it says drink me.

S - A little spice with yeasty notes and citrus

T - Very powerful triple with spicey marmalaide note and some heavy orange citrus flavours. The finish is long and spicy bitter and a little booze

M - Medium body and carbonation is low

D - This is a top quality tripel. No, this is the best Tripel I have had to date.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a couple of these at Staminee de Garre in Brugge - October 2008

Hazy gold topped with a dense, creamy white head in a goblet. Fruity and spicy in the nose. Sweet.

Big, sweet maltiness but plenty of spicy hop character to offset it. Big and bold but smooth and well balanced. It's lively and just a bit warming but the considerable alcohol is masked. Dryish finish. Very, very nice tripel.

It may be worth it to go to Brugge for this beer alone.

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