Bornem Triple
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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3.67 | pDev: 12.53%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Bornem TripleBornem Triple
Notes: Powerful beer with an excellent sweet-sour balance.
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has spice and fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a spice and fruity flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Triple

Oct 05, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent tripel, would be mid to low tier for me. Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Orange amber liquid with a few fingers of foam. Fruity, fleshy aroma (green apple, pear, white grape) with a touch of clove. Flavor is bready, smooth caramel, banana, faint spice, clove. Nice carbonation.

Feb 28, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly hazy golden coloured body with decent enough white body
aroma is the standard butterscoth clove and hint of bananarama flavour is simlar but subtler

Oct 01, 2018
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scottfrie from California

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into tulip.

A: Pours a golden apple juice color with a billowing, thick tan head that slowly collapsed into an airy, rocky layer that persisted the whole beer through. Sticky rocky chunky lace were left down the glass.
S: Golden fruits, apple juice, and peppery earthy spice. Just a hint of banana bread. Kiss of alcohol and dry white wine.
T: Grainy wheat up front followed by sweet golden fruit, honey, and malt. The finish is full of peppery spice, cedar, a kiss of caramel. Bananas foster and spice rack linger in the aftertaste.
M: Full body, thick sweet/spicy mouthfeel, fluffy and smooth carb. Mild leafy bitterness mixed in.
O: Solid easy to drink sweetness is balanced by the spicy and earthy flavors. Clean and balanced. Great beer.

Jul 23, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks at this beers best feature, a nice golden body with light haze and a tremendously bold head.

Aroma is a little sour, but pretty solid, light hops and a bit of booze.

Taste is a grower, first mouthful was disappointingly sour, but by the second and third you start to get that malty caramel more akin to a darker brew.

Feel is average, suffers from the evaporation on the tongue syndrome which is rife when the alcohol content is this high.

Overall, this beer looks good, but just doesn't live up to the breweries other outputs. Piraat blows this one out of the water.

Jun 21, 2018
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janubio from Spain

3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden colour, short head with very long retention. Good lace.
Aroma has some grains and hops, green apples, bananas, spices.
Medium body, slick palate, good carbonation.
Taste of green apples, some lemosn, butter cookies, spices.
Just an OK tripel, a bit light palate.

Oct 17, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information available.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark straw or light copper color with exuberantly foamy (overflowed very readily), off white head. Modest retention but very goodlacing.
S: A little sours with aromas of green apple, lemon, and spice. Though I detected a hint of cloves, but that did not persist.
T: Tart up front with green apple, unripened pear and caramel. Bitterness hides in the background.
M: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Solid and persistent carbonation. Crisp finish.
O: Really surprised 1) how dramatically different the flavor proposition from the Dubbel is and 2) how different it is from other Tripels I have had. I thought it tasted more like a sour beer, e.g Berliner Weiss. Not really my cup of tea.

Sep 22, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours a pale straw color with a full frothy white head, lots of lacing, decent head retention, looks very thin and watery.

A: Belgian yeast, banana, lots of spice, no alcohol on the nose, not as deep and complex as other tripel beers I've tasted.

T: Belgian yeast, banana, malt, slight bubble gum note, spice, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has more yeast and banana.

M: Light/medium bodied, slight dry finish.

O: Not as good as other tripels I've tasted, subtle aromas and flavors, light bodied for this style, lacks the depth and complexity of most Belgian beers I've tasted.

Jul 08, 2017
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schavuytje from Netherlands

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got a belly bottle, a bright gold blonde belgian triple with a lush foam head, candy flavor candy and fruit, medium bodie of some sweet malt and yeast, much higher alcohols

Jun 01, 2017
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Zet from Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light golden colour with a nice and steady head of foam. Smell of apples, oak, yeast, alcohol and apricot. Lots of apple in the taste as well, which also has some wine characteristics. Aftertaste is dry and a bit sour. Smell and taste also appear a bit medicinal to me, but it seems to work in this brew. The taste gets a bit dull after a while though: there is no development in it. Mouth feel is medium bodied and pretty carbed.

Apr 27, 2017
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intensify from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Mar 14, 2017
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Feb 27, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Feb 11, 2017
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Jan 30, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 25, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Nov 20, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Jul 10, 2016
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Edit: A year on and another taste of a fresh one, a very good beer still. It's a better beer than Piraat Triple hop - more elegant and less work.

Jun 14, 2016
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Ant777uk from England

2.06/5  rDev -43.9%
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..!

May 17, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed on 1/3/17 from at least four tastings, all from the Global Beer sampler... a quarterly routine of mine.
Relative to the Belgian imports, this Triple seems average for the style in Looks (full blonde head, cloudy body.)
Smell have some subtle complexities of hard fruits, like pear. But its Taste could be slightly above average because it takes the Smell fruitiness and adds some lemon that enters and cuts the grease off the palate. (I'm eating pizza with this tripel... admittedly, a pairing that is a step down for the style's complexity.) Finishing dry (mostly hops to me) helps also dissolve the pizza grease; but the dryness doesn't allow the tastebuds to enjoy the fruits of a good yeast.

To improve Bornem's Triple, I'd think about working in a more complex yeast and see if that bumps up the quality to compete with what I regard as the Top Ten Tripels. I had Bornem's triple side-by-side with St. Bernardus' Tripel, and the "abbey" yeast seems to be the deciding factor between an average tripel and a great one.

I've now had 17 beers from Van Steenberge, almost double the next Belgian. This must result from the marketing Global Beer adds, I must say, is effective. While I find its products rarely compete with the best, most of Global Beer still beats the typical American crafter who dabbles in the Belgian tradition.

8/8/18 Had yet another time to accompany a bland red pasta sauce. (Actually, not as good a pairing as pizza; given this tripel's palate-cleansing qualities.) While I edited my review above and upped the OA .25, I stand by my review about Van Steenberge seemingly not having a great house yeast that the truly great Belgians use and keep.

Apr 23, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +6%
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.

Jan 24, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Jan 01, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

1.66/5  rDev -54.8%
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.

Oct 15, 2015
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Aug 23, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Jun 21, 2015
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 676 ratings