Tröegs LaGrave | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs LaGraveTröegs LaGrave
562 Ratings
Tröegs LaGraveTröegs LaGrave

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by orangesol on 10-23-2013

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Ratings: 562 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of malprep
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of _nickg_
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vetbidder
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of Trentt2
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LarryMyers
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spoda1983
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fourlives
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of rypkr
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average tripel.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheWolf
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brew_ski
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of dgamari
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of GregSemenza
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwilcox767
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of jlazz222
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PprBurke
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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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