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Bornem Triple | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bornem TripleBornem Triple

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 669 |  Reviews: 410
Reviews by Richie71:
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bornem Triple Abbey Ale has a thick, spongy, white head and a hazy (which, becomes even hazier when one swishes and pours in the caked, bottom contents), very bubbly, golden appearance. Decent lacing is left behind. The aroma is fairly harsh- dank, musty grain husk (think Camo Black Ice), some sweetness, a bit of fruitiness (pineapple?), and sugar. Flavor is of alcohol, inexpensive champagne, pepper, pineapple juice, sugar, malt, and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick, and Bornem Triple Abbey Ale finishes mostly dry, sweet, drinkable, and substantial. Overall, this is a beer that lets one know "where it’s at", and is not for the weak or faint-hearted. Overall, I think it’s just macho and great. Definitely one not to miss!


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Photo of mothmanscott
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Popsinc
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden pour with slight cloudiness. The head is huge and frothy. It looks great.

The nose seems rather dull. I'm having trouble detecting very much except to say that there is a slight sweetness there.The taste of the beer starts out very dry and bland, maybe a little wheaty. Towards the end it develops some sweetness and a touch of tanginess that i detect at the back of my mouth. Nice mouthfeel, i like this sort of lively & bubbly type tripel.

Overall it was not a bad beer, quite drinkable actually. The only problem i have is that as far as tripels go, it's not nearly the best example out there.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A modest head atop a very cloudy light orange ale.

Smell – The spices are big in this aroma. Huge coriander along with tons of white pepper and a few others. Beneath that there’s some solid malt scents, but this is all about the spices.

Taste – Tastes more like a BSPA than an Abbey Trippel. The spices are big on the tongue, supported by an excellent malt base. There’s a little yeast in there to mix things up and a light orange sweetness, but the spices lead the way here. It finishes with a little dryness. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel – Good, live carbonation and a medium to full body characterize this ale.

Drinkability – Nothing wrong with this one. Why it has a < 4 rating after 40 reviews I do not know.

Comments – This tasted more like a BSPA, and there was absolutely not a hint of alcohol in this 9.0 ABV bottle. I was overwhelmed by this underappreciated ale.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Masterfully poured into a St. Bernie chalice at Maduro a bright light hay, transparent, with an uber thick, white creamy crown. Huge head and a great aroma to go with it. Unrippened orange peal aroma reminds me of the fruit of a prickly ash tree. Dry green apple cider is also huge in the nose. Not all that complex but damn lovely. Taste matches but at a lesser degree. Nice dry, light feel. Bubbly. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steelerguy
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice golden honey color, but with very little head and it faded fast leaving no lace. Carbonation was also on the low side.

S - Green apple, spice, Belgian yeast, smells like a decent tripel.

T - Lots of spice, an astringent quality, some esters, and finishes a bit boozy.

M - Very thin, like a tripel should be but lacks the carbonation expected...no pop. A little warmth at the end which is nice, but it better be there considering the boozy finish.

O - Was excited to try this, but it turned out to be nothing special. A disappointment after a great surprise a couple days ago with a Tripel Karmeliet.

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Photo of heddar33
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Todd
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml short, stubby brown bottle. No freshness date.

A semi-hazy golden brew topped with a white wisp of a head; lacking, no retention. Light phenols, chalk and a pear-ish fruity aroma. Fairly malty, sugary sweet, ripe fruits (like apricot), touch of burnt sugar, creamy mouthfeel and a massive alcohol profile; spicy and warm. More spice from an herbal/phenol character. A bit dry and crisp in the middle. Notes of lemon grass. Musty yeast character toward the finish with some bread crust and yeast flavours and bitter/dry raw grass.

A bit one-dimensional and average for the style, but still a tasty and powerful Tripel.

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Photo of grynder33
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew looked like apple juice in my glass.Had a fruity malt aroma, typical of this style, on the tongue it had a fruit sweetness but thinner then I expected. Lacked the complexity that most other triples have. A little tartness became evident in the middle, came in for a somewhat dry finish. Unless its on sale , I'll probaly won't buy it again.

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Photo of R_Kole
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 330ml/11.2oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy light golden yellow color with an excellent, huge white head. Its head is thick and frothy with stiff rocky peaks that last forever.

Smell: The aroma is fruity and sweet with a nutty malt character and strong funky yeast. There is even a hint of coconut as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor starts off dry, with earthy yeast that turns malty, sweet and fruity. There is a slight hazelnut flavor along with tropical fruit notes and even a light coconut flavor as well. Hops add a light bitterness and herbal flavor to the finish. Its alcohol adds a pleasant warmth and sophistication to this smooth textured, medium bodied ale.

Notes: This is a very good triple that has a standout flavor that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Guden
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A- A light hazy pilsner malt color with a huge brilliantly white head with great retention and thick spots of lacing.

S- Big pear and sour apple aroma coming straight out of the bottle before even poured into the glass. Light spicy coriander and clove character and a bit of banana and mint can also be found in the mix.

T- A yeasty spicy character is there, but nothing too strong, a light biscuity malt flavor is the main taste with a bit of banana and bitterness on the end. Not nearly as interesting as I would've liked.

M- Medium bodied, this one seems moderately thick for the style but the effervescent carbonation makes it feel creamy and very good for the style.

O- Despite the great body and nice smell the beer is a bit listless in the flavor department. It's an easy drinker but I would've liked more complex spices.

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Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml short brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Lots of bubbles, an almost champagne-like carbonation. Big foamy rocky head stays two fingers deep for a while. Hazed dusty golden hue.

Smell: Apple skin, old lemon peel, ripe pear, musty phenol and a chalky yeast are in the aroma with a faint bitterness as well.

Taste & Mouth-feel: Nearly a bone dry maltiness off of a strong crispness. Moderate body. Mild acidic twang. Bitterness plays back and forth from phenol to yeast to hop and even alcohol. Maltiness is a bit one way and the yeast lingers on forever. Hops are there with bitterness yet faded in flavour, thick herbal phenol ends up being quite clean. Vague fruitiness and a warming alcohol are the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: A modest brew, still a flavourful brew just not a brew that will knock your socks off. Worth a try though and it should certainly be treated like a dry champagne.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little, stubby bottle pours a hazy, apricot body with a shortlived, offwhite, head that fades into some attractive, draping, sheet lace down the goblet.
Fine aroma is dominated by tropical fruits, beginning with mango, followed by banana, finished off with ruby red grapefruit, producing an overall bouquet resembling Juicy Fruit chewing gum.
Mouthfeel features a typical, Belgian, explosion of carbonation that softens as it warms, producing a smooth, medium body.
Taste features an amalgam of tropical fruits, think Juicy Fruit(again), pineapple, mango, and mango. Yeast is very subdued in this one, offering only a soft, musty, note. Alcohol is cleverly concealed, but reveals itself in a warming note midway through.
Nothing heavy duty, or industrial strength here, to overwhelm the senses. Just a dandy example of a solid, Belgian Tripel, that is an easy and fine sipping ale. Very pleasant, and significantly better than their Dubbel.

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Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale house NYC, always interestind in trying a new Belgian, I gave this one a go...Pours very light, dull yellowish and cloudy, well deeloped white head, leaves nicely developed lacing. Nose was lemony and fresh. This beer was suprisingly light and thin for a triple. Notes of lemons, wheat, sort of like a creamsicle. Finished crisp and tart. Not my favorite triple, seemed more like a tart wheat beer. Of course it was pleasant and very drinkable, to hold its own as a triple they would need to kick up the malt bill, add some more candi sugar,spices and yeast phenolics.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Byeast
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured golden and bubbly. Massive head on this one at first that shriks to 1/4 inch. Smells pretty good with some pear- banana and alcohol as well as some other sweet citrus like smells. Taste is citrusy and alcoholic. Also kinda spicy and hoppy. Medium thin mouthfeel. Seems pretty drinkable , but a little to sweet for my taste. Still a very good beer though. Also , 9% ABV makes it quite a pleasant tasting. Id stay at their abbey any day . ( as long as they served these strong ales)

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Marius
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Bornem Triple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 669 ratings