Bornem Triple | 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): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sixpack595 on 12-10-2001

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402
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644
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
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Photo of intensify
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled this one out of the 6 pack sampler into a tulip, letting it warm up as i sip away.

L- dark orange, hazy, almost amber but not quite. The head holds up well.

S- orange peel, bread, cherrys.

T- dark fruits , figs, slight cherry. Sweet body with a bready finish.

Would stay away from this one next time. Plenty of better Tripels out there. None the less, it is still enjoyable.

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Photo of bret717
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- brilliant golden, huge rocky head to start that recedes to about .5 cm that sticks around. Leaves a little lacing

Aroma- starts slightly floral and bubble gummy then veers towards lemon and orange

Taste- starts with the bubble gum, followed by lasting lemon, then finishes with a quick kick of bitterness that is gone almost as soon as it starts. Leaves a tangy aftertaste that becomes more prominent as the beer warms

Feel- medium bodied and creamy, yet crisp from the carbonation

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy gold, bubbly head
A: lemon, pineapple, bananas, and Abbey Belgium
F: thin, foam feel, quickly dissolves, carbonation, fizzy, hoppy
T: lemon, hops, bananas, grassy, herbal, spicy , and pineapple
O: didn't think much of it @ 1st, but more I drank the more I liked it. Didn't taste fruit at first but as my taste adapted to the beer i could taste bananas and pineapple. Lemon was very prominent. This beer was aged for a year and possibly longer and does age well but still curious as to how this would taste fresh. It's definitely interesting as it is a fizzy foam beer that is slightly hoppy and fruity. Have to really dwell into it to truly appreciate it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle as a gift:
Lively & quite a bubbly, fresh beer that was well carbonated & featured some nice fruits at times, although they did prove to be quite subdued & even weak at times. There was some faint sweetness from the malts as well & the alcohol content turned out to be quite well hidden with some funky flavours, tart & yeast masking it for the most part. It was definitely a drinkable offering but I wouldn't say it was particularly enjoyable, it was an improvement on the Dubbel version from the same brewery though & I guess that's something.

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Photo of LAp
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden hue with a meniscus of white foam head. Nose is faint meat, with minimal lagery malt in the background. The palate opens unlike most Belgians - it is somewhere between a standard Belgian and a lager. That lager influence dominates the palate unfortunately. A clean, crisp, carbonated start continues into a lackluster and nondescript profile dominated by bland malt with just a hint of Belgian spice in the background. The mouthfeel is medium-light with high carbonation. Despite being 9% the alcohol is undetectable.

Overall, it's a disappointing beer, largely for its predilection towards a lager-like flavor profile. The look and mouthfeel are solid, the nose is strange, but the palate really lets the brew down.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, Lidl, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a thick white lasting foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - bready/yeasty, light tart notes, sweet tinge. Taste - sweet, ripened soured fruits, light yeast notes, crisp bitter finish. Not bad Belgian ale.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours golden with a nice head, which lasts a bit. Lacing as you enjoy it. Pleasant scent tickles the nose, lightly. The mouth revels in the bite of the CO2 and the light texture of a fine Belgian triple. Nice!

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Photo of Hanglow
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle, bottle conditioned.

Pours a lovely clear light gold, great voluptuous head.

Fresh aromas of sweet pear, yeast spice, touch of peel.

Some lemony, pear taste, decent bitterness, bit carbonic, little alcohol only a touch on the backend. Dry finish

Very good triple, surprised by the lower marks for this. Perhaps a little lacking in malt derived flavours and could be a tad hoppier for my tastes. But very fresh and fairly clean

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

There is a pelican thing on the front, with a wormy thing in it's mouth. I wonder what this means...

No ingredients on the label, unusual for Belgian beers.

Lots of head, beautiful colour. Looks do not get much better.

Aroma is a bit of a let-down. Carbon dioxidey and not much coming through.

Taste however is pretty strong. But it's not really that pleasurable. The alcohol content is very noticable, and it's a bit of a harsh tramp beer taste, compared with good Belgian beers.

There is no real hoppiness, fruitiness, crispness or bitterness that dominates.

So yes, better than a lager though not very good in terms of taste..!

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed on 1/3/17 from at least three tastings, all from the Global Beer sampler.
This Triple seems average for the style in looks (full blonde head) and smell (subtle complexities.) But flavor could be slightly above average; letting the fruitiness (with a little lemon) stand out and cut the grease off the palate (I'm eating pizza with this tripel... a step down for the style.)
To improve this, I'd think about working in a more complex yeast and see if that bumps up the quality against the competition.

I've now had 17 beers from Van Steenberge, almost double the next Belgian. It must be the marketing from Global Beer which, I must say, is convincing because its product, while rarely among the best, is so much better than we are used to.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale gold color with a large, well structured head. The aroma is fairly light, with notes of clove, nutmeg, banana, and whole wheat bread. The flavor leads with underripe banana, cinnamon, apricot, jellied candy, and a hint of bubblegum. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky but also light and fluffy. Overall this is a bit lighter flavored than many examples of this style, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Happy New Year's Eve 2015-'16 everybody! I am less & less inclined to venture out on NYE as more & more body parts ache and I really get freaked out by crowds. Instead, I revel in one of my local bottle shops who got a buncha mixed Belgian boxes in & had them sit until they had to be marked down to have them move. Okay by me! This one came with a cool bottle opener. Aged on the shelf, in the box? For me? Perfect!

I Pop!pedthe cap and began a most gentle of pours. Who knows how long it had sat? It brought forth a finger of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Golden-Yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) & as such, the Gelt Gang declined a taste. Nose was really fruity, like a basket of mixed fruits or a pack of JuicyFruit gum. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was intensely fruity, especially of bananas, white grapes, tangerines & green apples or pears. Whew! It really melded together to give it a vinous quality. Each sip was like a revelation of flavors. Finish was quite dry, giving greater credence to the idea that the yeast had worked its magic. For its price, this was a real find!

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Photo of stevoj
1.66/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Rating due to possible bad bottle. Sour, musty aroma, head dissipates to nothing quickly. Will like to rate again. This one’s a drain pour.

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Photo of Dzu
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.
L: Light amber color, semi-transparent with medium white foam head.
S: Typical triple-style smell. Fruits.
T: Sweets, caramel, pear.
F: Tight body, medium carbonation.
O: Very good underrated triple.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have had this since early October, so, considering it's an import and had been for sale for a while, I imagine it's well over a year old by now. Kept it stored in a fairly cool, dark place, so I believe it's aged like it was supposed to.

Light, cloudy yellow with amber hues and small amount of fine dregs slowly falling down along inside the glass. White, fluffy, medium-retaining head. Very faint aromas, but smells strongest of sugars, alcohol, and balsamic vinegar, followed by bread and then water. Mildly sweet and dry white wine-like throughout, increasing in intensity until nearly the end where a harsher alcoholic, gin- or tequila-like flavor sensation crescendos and overpowers the rest. When I first attempted to open this (remember, it's a little on the aged side), it nearly exploded on me. I swear there was no shaking involved! I managed to get my mouth around it with the lid still mostly on, lapping up the bubbles as they gushed forth. Main taste I was getting there was the white wine I mentioned. Fairly herbal hoppiness in the finish. Lighter end of medium bodied with medium level of carbonation and pleasant warming in all sectors of the palate. Normally, I prefer the taste of a Dubbel of a given brewery to that of its Tripel. But in this case, the Bornem Tripel is at least on par with the Bornem Dubbel.

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Photo of Jetlag767
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a lace hanging on as it dissipates pretty quick. Slightly sweet, typical for a triple, nice golden hue with extensive effervescent properties. A pretty descent triple.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale gold with effervescence streaming upward from the bottom at the goblet stem point of attachment producing 1.5 fingers of white, moderately lasting, foamy head that leaves rings & strings of lacing. Aroma is pale malt, Belgian yeast spice & fruity esters, especially dried apricots & a little over ripe banana, also a hint of honey & vinous grape (white wine).Taste is similar pale malt, yeast & honey with a superb fruitiness & a sourness that imparts a hint of white wine & acetone. Finishes clean, juicy & fruity with a hint of spice producing a drying fruity aftertaste. Small amount of bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, juicy but lively from carbonation.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-look pretty thick head nice but a little heady for my taste gold brown color
-very sweet and with fruit hints
- taste is very sweet and smooth with very very mellow fruit
-over carbonated than i prefer
-overall a fun beer sweet and almost like a treat

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Photo of stephens101
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice presentation with a fully, retentive white froth. Golden orange in color.

Somewhat complex aroma has notes of orange, lemon, vanilla cake and yeast, but seems oddly dull.

Spicy, vegetal and desultory. Some light fruits and phenols. Tame.

Light in body. Alcohol is dim but becomes more prominent as it warms. Overall dry with a tiny, creamy core.

A functional beer which is great for simple hand tools, but a much less desired characteristic for beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into chalice, N29ID bottle code. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a small foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. Minimal glass lacing and some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and solid complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid tripel style. All around solid complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light golden with a light yeast haze. The last bit poured out reinforced the sediment haze. A inch or so of big bubbled foam rose up, but mostly reverted to a thin layer of white bubbles.

S: Light straw and golden wheat. Yeasty be easiness. Slight graphite.

T: Starts off mildly sweet with a honey and wheat note again. Earthy wormwood comes through the sweetness. Mild taste of decomposing fresh grass clippings. Some fruitiness with apple and orange. very mild bittering finishes with a longer lingering sweetness.

M: Somewhat light but with a longer lingering syrupy sweetness. Aftertaste is long and salty.

O: A little ligher than I expected, but nice and easy and approachable. Don't really notice the 9% alcohol.

Update: had this again two years later, I think the review is pretty accurate, but I gave higher marks to taste, feel and overall score. This brew is flavorful and light and refreshing. It might not be the most complex triple out there, but I wouldn't mind having this in the back of the fridge in a regular basis. Makes me want to go back to Belgium.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle marked 090M 03 23 at 55 degrees into snifter
Aroma of apples
Head average (4 cm), white, creamy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 1 cm ring with partial layer
Lacing Ok, some islands of various size
Body golden, slight haze from yeast
Flavor begins with yeasty phenolics and some alcohol. This fades to a light hop bitterness. No spicyness, no diacetyl. Slow stomach burn.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Kind of a “meh” tripel, OK but not exciting. Worth trying once.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden ale with ample head, and aromas of grape, apricot, and honeyed breads. Flavors of fruits from both orchard and vine, as well as a fresh chewy grain element. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A decent tripel, but not a favorite.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Brouwerij Van Steenberge's Bornem Triple that my brother is sharing with me. I haven't been too impressed with the beers that came in this mixed Belgian Six pack and this is the last one that I have yet to try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown Belgian style 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, it's just about the same as the other Bornem beers and I don't think it's eye catching. It poured a nice orange color that took on more of a burn orange color when held to the light and it had a little over two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking Tripel, it was just a little dark for the style, but other than it looked fine.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a little bit of a candied sugar like aroma to and it's followed by some fruity aromas being the first to show up and they impart a apple skin and apple juice like aromas with some orange like aromas showing up in the background. Up next come the malts which impart some sweet malt, toasted and caramel like aromas and the yeast only imparts a medium estery aroma and there's also a musty basement aroma. This beer didn't have a great aroma and it's not really what I look for in the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that still has a slight candied sugar aroma to and its followed by the fruity aspect being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with an apple skin flavor seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the yeast which isn't as musty this time, but it still is bland and a little estery and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts and caramel flavors seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a light boozy flavor with hardly any bitterness and it had a apple skin, apple juice, sweet malt and caramel like aftertaste. The taste was just a little better than the aroma, but it still isn't true to style.

M- Not the smoothest, a little crisp, a little sticky, slightly boozy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I don't think it was a good example of the style, it didn't really have a single aspect that I thought was really well done or true to style, if I tried it blind I would know for sure it's a Belgian, but I don't think I would be able to guess that it's a Tripe. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, a little crisp, a little sticky, slightly boozy, a little filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, half the bottle is a little too much for me and there's no way that I would want another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't great, but it was still the highlight and the truest to style aspect of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and aroma, they were the downfall of this beer and they were both bland and not true to style. I might buy this beer again if I know for sure it's fresh but other than that I don't think I will be revisiting it any time soon and I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all I wasn't a fan of this beer, I wasn't expecting anything too special since the other Bornem beers weren't that great, but I was at least hoping this would taste like a Tripel and I was disappointed that it did not. This is one of the crappier Tripel's I've had, but it still isn't as bad as that Bornem Amber that I had to drain pour. This one seems like it needs a lot of work, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored out of a small bottle into a tulip glass and served cool

Initially thick head that dissipates quickly. Gold body and white head

Herbal sugar smell

Herbs, parsley cilantro and sweet grain

Very well carbonated

Not a bad beer but a bit monochromatic. Okay and would not say no to it but wouldn't seek it out

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