LaGrave
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #62
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,181
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
594
From:
Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Inspired by nature's untamed beauty, LaGrave (pronounced \l?-gräv\) is the first of our 12.7-oz. corked and caged bottle releases. Bottle conditioned and highly carbonated, this Triple Golden Ale is steeped in the tradition of strong ales originally brewed in Belgium. The unique Belgian yeast forms the bedrock of LaGrave’s complex flavors. Strong and alluring at 8% ABV, LaGrave boasts a sweet, fruity flavor with a well-rounded mouthfeel and semi-dry, lingering bitter finish.
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4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 375 ml corked, caged bottle with no date that I could see. Sampled on Feb 15, 2020.

Beautiful golden pour with a boisterous white head and fine clarity.

The aroma is an array of sensations including crusty white bread, pepper, spices, Belgian yeast, and meaty fruits like apple or pear.

Medium and smooth mouthfeel.

Sweet start and then it moves to a penetrating pepper and moderate dry bitter finale.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Feb 15, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce caged & corked bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Very slightly hazed golden color. Nice, fluffy white head. Very good retention and excellent lacing.

S---Yeasty. Bread/biscuit aromas from the yeast. Spicy with white pepper & coriander. Some fruitiness as well.

T---Spicy, with pepper & coriander in the forefront. Lightly bready from yeast. Mild floral flavor as well.

F---No boozy feel. Medium body with ample carbonation. Probably goes down too easy for 8.0% ABV.

O---Very nice effort at crafting a tripel. I was very excited when I got this one and wasn't disappointed.

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Sep 19, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent, smooth triple. I prefer this over most that I have slightly higher abv but sacrifice the taste for a boozy taste. Don’t get me wrong, I love a boozy tree in barrel aged Belgians, stouts, etc but not in straight triples.
This is a great sipper or regular drinker

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Saylor from Pennsylvania, Jul 20, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: touch of hazy muted copper , 2 finger head fades too quickly below average lacing
S: good yeast smell but not clove or Belgian like smell, I have a hard time describing it but almost flora like
T: spice and yeast are the front runners
F crisp
O ok but was looks for a more out of a triple

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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts, Jun 30, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color with a one finger white fizzy head that dissipated quickly. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles. Mild lacing present. Nose is fresh and very light lemon and spice. Fruity flavor with mild sweetness. Highly carbonated with medium-light body.

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lastmango from Pennsylvania, Jan 06, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with at least a medium body a d a nice amount of almost champagne like carbonation
Aroma is citrus fruit, citrus peel, malt, yeast, floral
Taste followed the aroma,dry and a mild hop bitterness that didn't seem to completely match with the rest of the flavors
Overall an excellent beer that's worth a try

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Oct 29, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handed to me from Jason B. in parking lot before PSU-OSU game this past weekend.

Poured with the nice, fluffy white head , and hazy gold in color. 12.7 oz. bottle was something I never saw before.
The nose is very floral, herbal, bready, spicy, and yeasty.
On the first sip it led with biscuit up front but then the yeast and clove characteristics stepped in.
There's a fairly strong yeast, wheat presence, unfortunately not characteristics I personally prefer.
For anyone that likes a wheat this would probably be in their wheelhouse, just not in mine.

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jadpsu from Georgia, Oct 03, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a delightful triple. Only bought one just to give it a try but, I will be going back to get a six. It's very smooth and fruity but not too sweet. Unlike the posted review I don't find any bitter after taste.

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden copper color with a one finger head in in Orval Trappist glass.

Interesting aroma: different then other classic Tripel – special spices, lemon emphasis.

Very spicy MF. Almost like a Saison.

Distinctive taste: fruit, space, different than other approaches to the style.

Excellent tripel. It's not classic, which makes it enjoyable and quite interesting to drink. Definitely an American Tripel.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Sep 19, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange tinged brew. Suspended stuff in here. Really nice scent with the yeast and spice. Well carbonated slightly fruit and Belgian in flavor. More gentle that I would have though but pretty darn good. Tons of carbonation and medium/thin. Really good.

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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania, Jul 30, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, there might not be anything outstanding with this beer, but does life have to be outstaning to be good? This is a
fantastic beer that poured from a 12.7oz bottle, served at around 50 degrees into a crystal chalice. It poured a beautiful golden yellow, with a 1/4" head and some lacing. Aroma reminded me of pear and light cantelope and the mouthfeel was awesome. The first reaffirmed the pear and the second to me reminded me of a very nice two row malt and it finished dry, maybe champagne yeast. If you're looking for a great drinking Belgian for the 90 degree heat, this would be a good pic. Sip, don't slurp, haha.... Really good beer from Troeg's

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Fourlives from Virginia, Jun 12, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DATE: April 18, 2017... OCCASION: watching Rogue One after a fun day of gardening and weeding... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... pours an opaque, dark amber body rife with tiny bubbles... the head is charged, fizzy, white and swift in its descent to a pencil-thin finish... immediate grapefruit, bourbon, pepper, clove, raisin, cranberry, and a nice brown ale sweetness... highly effervescent and lively at the teeth, dry at the finish, and lingering throughout the sip--encouraging the next, and the next... as per blond ales, succulently light and misleading... pepper, lilac, clove, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, and bright malts... a tight, medium-bodied ale that stays within the expectations of a tripel, as Troegs intended... what else to say? this small cork'n'cager is about worth its price tag, and definitely a slow night sipper...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Apr 19, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack, didn't see a "born on", or a "best by" date on the bottle or the 4 pack. Love the cork and cage, hefty bottle, wihch I imagine is what's needed if partially fermented in the bottle. Poured into a wheat glass (all I have at the time), a hazy gold color with an intense white and thick head, very frothy and full. The smell is spicy, with a slight alcohol smell (8% ABV), nutty and a little peppery. Taste follows through with the nose, distinct breadlike flavor with pepper and nut flavors, a little sweet at first which changes more towards bitter after a few seconds. Mouthfeel: very effervescent, and creamy. Overall I really enjoy this beer because of its full, nutty flavor and high carbonation. I'm still new at thinking carefully about the whole process of reviewing a beer so I'm still building my inventory of sensory information.

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dgamari from Massachusetts, Apr 14, 2017
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3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with the nice, fluffy white head that I was expected. As this is a bottle-conditioned beer, I actually thought there would be slightly more head, but perhaps the 8% ABV kept it from getting too out of hand. The nose is very floral, herbal, bready, spicy, and yeasty. There's also a strong wheat presence. It is pretty easy-drinking for an 8% ABV beer. Starts with a lot of biscuity notes that give way to some traditional wheaty characteristics. The mouth is as expected: good carbonation with medium body. Overall, I'm not overly impressed. It's a decent beer, but I was kind of expecting more as this is bottle conditioned and higher on the alcohol side.

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Biggtriksta from New York, Mar 13, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack, and then noticed that this a 'vintage' edition - bottled 12/31/2015.

Poured into a troegs chalice: color is hazy gold/copper, head is bright white and thick about 1 inch, some lacing and very thick lingering top.

Smell is semi-sweet, almost braggot like, but then belgian yeast finishes, pretty dry otherwise.

Taste is similar to the aroma lead in with more noticeable malt character. Flavors are semi-sweet malt, touch of biscuit like flavor, then light clove and phenol from the belgian yeast. There is hard to define character of the aging (without cellaring) that is noticeable - similar character to many actual Belgian ales - an aged malt character blended with aging yeast in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is light sweetness at first, then the zip of the carbonation and drying finish clean it up leaving a fullness on the tongue.

Overall another great one from Troegs - this and Jovial - are pleasant additions in a somewhat thin Pennsylvania belgian style market. This one seems to be maltier than many Tripels, not by much but noticeable and pleasant. Aged yeast and malt character is unique is well.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Feb 18, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This tripel from Troegs pours the traditional golden amber. Large fluffy head. It wasn't a "big" beer, but refreshing and highly carbonated. Slightly cloudy and just the right mix of bitter/sour/yeasty flavor. Quite good overall and I'll get it again as a trusted standby since it'll probably age for a year or two.

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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a frothy, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of a bit of fruit and yeast.

Tastes of the golden fruits with a layering of yeast and pale malts. Fruits lead off with notes of apple and pear along with white grapes. This gives way to a bit of doughy, pale malts with a touch of sweetness. Yeast notes come next with a bit of white pepper and spicy hops as well. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid Tripel, but could use a little more oomph.

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ocelot2500 from Maryland, Feb 11, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tröegs Brewing Company "La Grave"
12.7 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, corked & caged, "FRESHEST BY 5/18/17" and sampled on 1/19/17
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

As might be expected, Tröegs' La Grave pours a massive head of rocky off-white froth over a hazy orange-gold body with a brass cast. The head retention and lacing are both second to none.

In the nose it's yeasty, subtly spicy and phenolic, malty, and sweetish with a note of white sugar or rock candy.

Across the palate it's medium bodied with an effervescent, bristling and tingling, natural carbonation.

The flavor follows with a distinctly sweet fruitiness that's also slightly tart, giving the impression of juicy apples, pear, cherry, and lemon zest - and even some background banana and melon once it warms a bit. The malt becomes more prominent across the middle, delivering a note of crusty bread, although the fruit, and a mild note of soft clove, remain with it to the end. Spice appears in the finish, peppery and earthy, and it's drying as the lingering sugar and fruit fades.

It may not be the most complex Tripel, but it's certainly rich, and I think of it as a relaxing sipper, something to settle down with rather than just opening and drinking. I've never aged it but I think it would hold up quite well.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jan 19, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(corked 12.7 oz bottle, poured into a Troegs teku)

L: relatively-clear yellow-gold liquid with a mild haze... prior to dregs being dumped in, the head crackled and dove down and out to the sides... with the dregs in, it keeps more of a steady film atop (though very broken and thin) and clouds up super milky... no lace

S: pear, lightly-toasted lightly-sweet cereal grain, undercurrent of barmy bread dough mid-drying... no naked boozy notes, soft and/or sub-fragrant... delicate apple-y esters... after a few more sniffs, actually quite a nutty yeast note... the cork smells a bit sweaty

T: much of that nutty yeast up front with a quick whoosh of spicy booze surging through initial contact, dry yet semi-sweetish honey-ish malt lingering in finish... peppery, cracker-y aftertaste with a touch of leafy bitterness... with the dregs in, the flavor fills out, but still remains somewhat tame - really no distinguishing, unique character to this - but at the same time, nothing off flavor-wise

F: tiny ballooning burst with each sip - over-attenuated perhaps?... quasi champagne sizzle across the buds, hot-sweet heat at the back of the throat... the body is light, naturally, and the mildly-acidic buzz and vaporizing lift at the back of the palate kinda reminds me of a high-octane Canadian malt liquor

O: middle-of-the-road Tripel... they done right by bottle-conditioning this - would like to see them do more of that... I almost wish they'd taken this grain bill and used a saison yeast... the more I drank this the more the malt liquor tag seemed to stick... overall this lacks the type of dirty depth that say an Allagash seems to sport and falls way short of the sensory grope of a Dulle Teve

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Jan 09, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
A mix of deep golden and more yellow-gold with the varying thickness of the glass I used. High-leveled white head provides medium lacing as the white cap lowers with the glass's contents. Despite taking a minor amount of care, I could not prevent the yeast from getting from bottle into glass.

Nose is a tad weak in power, but nice is content, light hay with sweet pear/apple notes.

Taste is a mix of the flavors from the nose early, with a honey-like sweetness growing from those notes later in the taste. Similarly, the carbonation has a nice tickle up front, but seems to be gone by the time the beer gets to the back of the throat.

A nice offering that seems to be on point and a solid offering for when a tripel sounds like a good option.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Nov 06, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as a hazy gold with a frothy one-finger off-white head. Aromas of bread and indistinct spices. Flavors are an intriguing medley of yeast and spice and fruit. Yes, there are sweet malts and hops bitterness, but overall there is so much more. World class beer.

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Guppy314 from District of Columbia, Oct 20, 2016
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very chunky brew with dusty orange, and a large white head.

S: Sweet with light toffee, fruit, and a wine like aroma coupled in with Belgian yeast.

T: Sweet with fruit notes, plum and apricot, with a touch of clove and pepper in the finish.

M: Medium in body, with very active carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: Tasty. Maybe not the greatest Belgian style, but certainly nice.

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Beejay from Virginia, Sep 05, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Initially poured a crystal clear yellow hay color. I then swirled the bottle up to get some yeasty goodness going and got a murky medium orange color with some yeasties mostly hanging out on the bottom of the glass. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head with average retention and a half finger of lacing left behind.

4.5 S: A simply wonderful and complex nose. Quite an interplay between spicy yeastiness and fruitiness. Pear and apple heavy with apricot, guava, and even some avocado notes underneath. Pepper and clove spiciness. A touch sugary, biscuity, with pie crust notes. Hay and grassy earthiness.

4.25 T: The taste is damn good as well, but it doesn't have quite the interweaving of flavors that the nose does. The spiciness is a bit more prominent. Fruits per above. A little more bitter than I was expecting, but quite manageable. Stronger earthy notes with hay, wood, and just a hint of mineral.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Full silkiness on the tongue.

4.25 D: Really nice beer. Troegs pretty much always gets it right on their official releases. Excellent US brewed tripel.

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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania, Aug 20, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Jeremy. Aroma spot on for a tripel. Head a bit weak. Buttery consistency. Mild savory notes. Hay, grain, meadow, pepper. A bit of zing on the finish.

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stevoj from Idaho, Aug 08, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated but quite fancy corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is smooth maltiness, spices, with floral and stone fruit (pear?) following. Medium mouthfeel; substantial but not excessive carbonation. Slightly bitter aftertaste. I'm not a big fan of Belgians, so my ratings reflect that skew.

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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania, Jul 09, 2016
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