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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
Ranking:
#556
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
320
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
164
Gots:
55
Trade:
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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -7.1%
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 -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +2.5%
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 -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trebbates
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nerdboy19
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noipas
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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 mothman
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
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 newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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 tom10101
3.55/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tallarend
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Van De Garre from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 320 ratings
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