Bornem Triple
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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3.67 | pDev: 12.53%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A monster 750ml brown glass Belgium flask complete with the archetypal dimpled base. Simple banner-like white label on the long slender neck that has a double dark blue line border with the words “Abdij van Bornem” set inside and astride the silver colored Bornem Stork shield. The main label looks just like the one on the 33cl shown in the BA Avatar. Listed as Alc. 9% by Vol. Corked and restrained with a silver colored wire cage and cap.

Appearance: Yet again, an awesome pour, a thick creamy bleached white colored head quickly forms into a fluffy thick foamy and rocky Triple head. The partially hazed blonde peach body exhibits the archetypal Triple-tastic look. Inviting and luscious. Limited lacing yet with excellent conditioning! Another looker in the Duvel Goblet.

Nose: Spicy Hops leap out of the bottle and right up your nose. Peppery malts with some light spices that beg to be sniffed in an effort to be recognized, there are fresh herbal hints at times. Sharp acidic odors at the back end are citric in their edginess.

Taste: Nice whisk of light toasted malts intermingle with a spicy hoppy tangle that captures some black pepper bitterness amidst the sharp sulphuric anhydrous saliva vaporizing middle. A fruity feel in the back which has slivers of Jaffa Oranges, Satsuma, Peach, Mango and Apricots. Finishes with an astringent hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy feel, the finely dissolved carbonation lends a massive smooth silky feel to the overall sensation that wraps the mouth. Bold tastes are ably supported by the conditioning.

Drinkability: A tasty Tripel that certainly drinks way above its Nine-Clicks. It’s a 4+ hands down this one!

Overall: As with the Dubbel, this has allegedly been brewed since the early 1970’s for the St. Bernardus Abbey of Bornem. It is rumored that the Monks could fast on this Beer for 40 days, so Beer really is Food it seems. Cost a greenback more than the Dubbel at $8.99, I found it to be worth the Sterling-Euros but only just. A tasty and solid Triple that is pushing the value for money boundary.

Oct 02, 2004
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Jun 20, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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!


Apr 23, 2013
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Apr 16, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden orange with a three-finger, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled fruity with notes of clove and yeast.

T - It tasted spicy, fruity and yeasty. It had a strong caramel backbone with a touch of clove.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A light to medium-bodied Belgian.

D - This is a pretty good tripel. A nice solid Belgian ale.

Aug 18, 2009
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Beer4Baltimore from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes and from a brewery sampler pack.
A - clear gold with bubbles.
S - some spices with malts and hops. Nothing is overwhelming.
T - expected more spice but still find it satisfying.
M - easy moving light to medium body.
D - drinable but not in the same way as other triples I've tried.

Apr 24, 2011
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wescj from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Head is huge and foamy, weighing in at a solid two fingers. Light, golden amber in color, and pretty good lace.

Smells fruity and yeasty, giving it an almost spicy aroma.

Tastes pretty malty and very crisp. Again, spicy with a strong alcohol taste. Hops are mild. Nothing is really extravegant in the taste, and the separate notes just kind of run together.

Mouthfeel is dry, and this one is drinkable enough, but not very exciting.

Feb 16, 2009
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heddar33 from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 30, 2017
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Poser from Alabama

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with a decent top. Crisp aroma with some fruits but a little subtle. Goes down very smooth. Flavor is clean and crisp without much characteristic other than the same subtle fruits. There is the warming alcohol at the finish. Not bad.

Mar 16, 2008
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Loveyourbeer from Virginia

3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Jan 22, 2016
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vikingmike from Canada (ON)

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

A: Golden straw colour. Seems to have much more clarity than other tripels. Perhaps a bit overfiltered at some point? (like Leffe)

S: Yep, its got that Belgian tripel smell. Yeasty and fruity.

T: Apples, some grapefruit-like astringency at the finish. Alcohol is pretty well concealed.

M: Thin..a bit more watery than other tripels.

D: This is a perfectly adequate Belgian tripel. Nothing stellar or outstanding about it, but it definitely holds its own.

Nov 28, 2009
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Jetlag767 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

May 15, 2015
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azorie from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Dec 03, 2013
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Birdlegs from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 09, 2017
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Eltrandos from France

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 21, 2019
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tmitch75 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label was different from the one in the photo. Bright gold color, hazy, with huge over-flowing head.

Peppery and musky in the nose. Also a little fruity. Smells interesting.

Clean malty flavor, same as the smell with a more discernable lemon flavor. Clean tasting. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly.

A good light Belgian ale, pretty tasty.

Sampled on 4/11/08.

May 31, 2008
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BeerDocT from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An old friend of mine, one of the first tripels I ever purchased. More than happy to purchase this again once I saw it at Mink's off Delk Rd. in ATL.

Using the old La Trappe goblet again.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a completely translucent, shimmering gold. Decent 1/2" head quickly dissipated leaving the requisite foam. Lacing is good. Beautiful in the glass.

Smell 3.5: Very subdued bouquet. I get a sense of alkaline mixed with maybe a note of barley but that is it.

Taste 4.25: Nice. Front is slightly sweet, but more on the dry side. Middle is smooth and has a nice big hit of malt before fading back down into a silky, dry sensation in the center of the palate. Finish is where I tasted a pleasant biscuit malt, mixed with a noble hop; this is all very smooth and somewhat dry. Aftertaste is short, clipped and pleasant with a brief sensation (not taste!) of alcohol in the very top of the palate. I have never had a tripel this dry with the taste of alcohol so completely hidden.

Mouthfeel 3.75: A bit too conditioned for my taste, it was, nonetheless, enjoyable.

Overall 4.0: Dry, delicious and dangerously sessionable, this tripel will sneak up on you and rob you of all your Belgian francs. Or euros. Or both. Fantastic as a sipper, its dryness would allow it to be paired with almost any food of which you can conceive. Excellent work (once again) by the maestro brewers at Van Steenberge Brewery.

Jan 26, 2014
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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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JayTheFinn from California

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Watching the pour, it was so clear it looked like water. In the glass it's like a field of dried wheat. The bright white head is tall and has staying power. Smells a little grassy. Tastes wheaty, kinda hefeweizen-esque. I hadn't put one in but I swear that I tasted lemon. Little bit bitter on the tongue. Quite drinkable. The high alcohol level goes right to the head.

May 27, 2006
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RedneckBeerz from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Apr 14, 2013
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supercolter from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- was wonderful, more head than one could ask for and some pretty decent lacing as well
Smell was good. suprisingly very little alcohol smell present It was dominated by both sweet and dry malt with a touch of dark fruit. The taste followedt the same characteristics.
Mouthfeel and drinkability were at the same level. Decent body decent flavor, overall a nice beer.

Aug 19, 2006
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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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jrob21 from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 28, 2015
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Doshkin from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - light/pale orange/brown, can't say tan because it's a little more vibrant. about 1.5" pure white head that settles to a film for the rest of the glass. beer is a little hazy. minimal lacing

s - as it warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent. pretty sweet (honey) smelling and citrusy. smells a lot like a white wine with citrus because of the sweetness and alcohol.

t - carb/citrus bite up front, goes to sweetness, and finishes with a very smooth bitterness. flavors flow very well together

m - very light and bubbly for the alcohol content. smooth and wine-like.

o - the aromas exploded after letting the beer sit out for a little while to warm up. this is a delicious tripel and i pretty much finished the whole glass during this review. if someone asked me if they should try this tripel, i would absolutely say yes. i think it is quite light, but still captures all of the elements of a tripel.

Nov 18, 2011
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.12/5  rDev -15%
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.

Jan 27, 2015
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