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Tröegs LaGrave | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
517
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
24.1%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 517
Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of drtth
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a 375 ml cork and cage bottle and pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy golden yellow with a 1 1/2" fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving some complex lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping keeps most of head. Even mid way through the beer the is still a complete covering of foam on the liquid and lots of floam clinging to the glass in large patches, small rings and scattered legs of lacing.

The aromas include the Belgian yeast we expect in a Tripel with hints of spice and green orchard fruits.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose with a complex blend of yeast and green orchard fruits, There's a hint of sweetness a atouch of almost peppery spiciness. Neither the hops nor the alcohol are showing here.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and nicely crisp with the visibly active carbonation. The long finish begins as the fruits and yeast slowly fade, leaving center stage to that touch of spiciness and sweetness before the sweetness leaves a nicely dry spiciness to slowly fade away. There is a wee bit of bitterness at the end but it is not unpleasant.

Overall this is a nicely done Belgian style Tripel that I'll definitely be having again. While I think in a side by side the Westmalle, which is my gold standard, it would come out second my impression is that it would be a close second. If you like Tripel's this beer is well worth trying.

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Photo of dd43
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really attractive clementine orange in color with a huge dense and creamy head. Candied sugars are more muted than in many of the examples from Belgium. Some banana in the nose, hard to pick out any other distinct fruit character. Theres a grassy note here, and an earthy must quality that is not at the level of a Westmalle tripel but is headed in that direction.

Lacks the more robust mouthfeel of my favorites in the style, but still drinks well. Definitely carbonated properly and has the soft dance across my tongue I'm looking for. Im not calling it world class but Tröegs knows what they're doing and this is a tripel they can be proud of.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Deep, rich color with a soft pillowy head, dissipates in about 7 minutes. Leaves lacing on the glass. Scents of lemongrass, sweet Belgian candi and yeast. Cloves and bananas on the nose and pallet. A bit over carbonated, is the only flaw. Also, gives a kiss of hops, not bitter. Great smooth tasting Belgian style ale. This is flat out good! Tough to find a better American version.

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Photo of Bwise73
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer at the brewery. I think it's one of troegs best, though I wouldn't call it a beer. It was more like a champagne. Fruity, sweet, with a big head.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells of cider & has a cider look. Tasted sweet and of apples and pears. A great fall type beer and I would definitely put this beer on draft in the fall.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy dark straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light fruity nose and flavor is some sweetness, peachy, some bitterness at finish. $4.59 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very very very good beer.its a bright hazy golden color with a sparkling crip head.amazing aroma on this beer, it isn't too spicy of a yeast.enjoy in a snifter most certainly,too delicate to be sipped from bottle.very fruity on the tongue some crisp taste pear,light notes of cloves,Granny Smith apples.nice bubbly mouthfeel almost champagne-esque..I've drank this beer before and I knew what I was getting into,I truly feel like this is an underrated beer and encourage people to give it a chance.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy light orange color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: belgian yeast and some spices hit the nose.

Taste: pear, clove, some lemon zest, belgian yeast, black pepper, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: an enjoyable ale that is slow sipping but satisfying.

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Photo of EMV
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 12 oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

L: Pours a cloudy deep golden color. 3 fingers of creamy white head with ample retention. Nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts... complex and fruity, banana and nutmeg.

T/F: Fruits and spices... a nice malt sweetness and a dash of honey. Citrus and banana, and what you'd expect from the style. A bit creamy on the mouthfeel.

O: A very nice light Tripel, and nice to have one made so close to home.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured form bottle to tulip. Nicely carbonated, with an overflow if fluffy, active, eggshell head that takes its time dissipating to a centimeter cap with great retention. Some little spots of lacing. Hazy tangerine in appearance, with some sediment present. Looks appealing. Aroma is light spice and clove, bubblegum and fleshy-fruit, pears and apples. Taste follows with the tiniest of bites, not a lot if nicks on the tongue from spices. Smooth, almost syrupy feel. Not the best I've had, but not bad either.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is straw and hazy with a half an inch head.

Aroma is funky farmhouse with a slight fruity note like over ripe peaches.

Fruity stays with the taste nice malty body. Notes of honey.

Light for a Belgian triple but nice for a Belgian golden

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/9/15 at 67 degrees into snifter
Aroma of apple
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), white frothy/fizzy, diminishing to irregular frothy layer
Lacing -none
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor fruity from yeast esters; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Really nice white, fluffy head. Cloudy and golden
S: Warm, earthy caramel and toasted malt
T: Has a bit of sweetness but not nearly the amount I expected
F: Lots of carbonation and way too thin for a tripel. Not bad, just isn't full bodied enough for the style
O: Really nice beer, but it's not a tripel. Classify this as a Belgian golden ale and then I'll give it good reviews

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Photo of wrogers19971
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tröegs Brewing Company LaGrave Tripel Golden Ale. Clove, banana, earthy hop profile and a mild sour finish!! Awesome Stuff and definitely worth searching out!!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: clear; medium gold in color; with a careful pour, a 2 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick, rocky cap; OK lacing; a big steady stream of bubbles rising;

S: coriander and orange peel; a little spiciness in the background;

T: coriander and orange peel up front; a nice amount of spiciness comes in at mid-palate and stays to the end; light to medium bitterness at the finish; as it continued to warm, banana came out;

M; soft; light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; very dry finish; ABV is warming, but doesn't interfere;

O: nice, complex flavors; true to style;

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Photo of username
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-14-15. Hard to make out the specific day, it is smudgy.

Moderate pour into over-sized wine. Decided to not pour the yeasty floaters. Nice golden color, fairly hazy. Some lacing.

Smells like a weak Tripel. Some rotting banana funk, raisins and/or currants. Agitation unlocks what can only be described as a canned chicken noodle soup aroma. Nothing ultimately noteworthy.

Tastes like a weak Tripel, rather, a watered-down Tripel. There is a sweet, floral, berry-like dimension to it, but I feel it could be more strongly expressed.

Feel is as exactly as advertised. Nice and balanced – not too heavy, not too light. Leans to the dry side. Lingering bitterness indeed.

A lot is going on with this brew. I am disappointed by the smell and taste ultimately. It isn't so that the smell or taste isn't complex and interesting, they just aren't potent enough compared to other Tripels, or some IPAs/DIPAs for that matter. On the other hand, the feel is fantastic. Almost too drinkable.

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful brew, boozy, fruity, yeasty nose, and a body and flavor that follow.

Sweet, dry, short finish; slight kiss of hops. One of the better American-made Tripels I've ever tried.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a pale, hazy yellow color. there is a darker grainy color right below the head (probably shadow) lots of bubbles streaming up. 1.5 finger frothy white head that looks almost cloud-like

s: banana, green apple, oats, some sweet banana, pears, and caramel. theres a slightly grainy backbone here that helps to balance out the sweetness in the aroma. nicely balanced aroma

t: follows the nose pretty spot on. banana, pear, green apple dance on the front of the tongue. theres a nice grainy/caramel sweetness that follows the sweet fruit providing the backbone of the beer. beer finishes crisp and sweet

m: its a medium mouthfeel that is on the lighter side due to the carbonation. carbonation is on the lower side of medium, but has enough to make the sweetness of the beer pop and balance it out

o: this is a really enjoyable beer. it has a nice mix of flavors providing a smooth, yet delicious, flavor. carbonation is nice as well. fairly nice representation of the style

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Photo of nbkgman
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an interesting head - very white and creamy which remained the entire time, as did the carbonation. The first sip was a little bit like a sour beer but the taste grew on me. The Belgian yeast is very prevalent.

The color was an off golden look which was slightly cloudy. The foamy head from when poured coated the side of the glass as you drank the beer.

Not a bad trple ale by any means, but there are better ones out there. As I always feel, it never hurts to try something new. You never know what you may come across.

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Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with a heavy orange hue. Heavy haze with tons of yeasty floaties. Poured with a hug, dense white foam. Good head retention. Ripe, mellow orange citrus, over ripe apple and banana with peppery phenolics and smooth, sweet booziness at the end. Medium light floral hop aromas find their way through the myriad of belgian aromas. Medium bodied with soft yet effervescent carbonation. Light creaminess following the carbination near the finish along with pleasant boozy warmth. Banana and ripe apple flavors followed by coriander and medium light hop bitterness. Mellow, malty, boozy sweetness at the end. Finished medium dry with a brief lingering bittness. Overall a very drinkable, complex beer. Balance tilted toward fruity esters in the aroma and toward spicy phenolics in the flavor with a pleasant, warm, sweet boozines. Cheers. Love Troegs!

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Photo of SebD
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful deep hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, wheat, coriander, cloves, light pepper and some banana. Very similar to a Hefe.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast upfront, wheat malts, light coriander, peppery spices (cloves) banana and faint grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Another great offering from Tröegs!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CHickman
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cork and it poured very cloudy orange gold color into a chalice which produced a thick creamy/foamy 1-2 finger eggshell colored head that had a ton of bubbles in it and brown specs throughout the head which dissipated very slowly and good foamy lacing that stuck to the side and formed a very good looking head. The carbonation was very active and raced up the brew, swirling the sediment like a geyser of yeast spinning about.

Aroma is a mix of yeast, earthy spices like pepper, coriander and mild allspice, orange peel, candied sugar, tree bark, light funk, fruit like apple, pear and banana, and some cracker or malt that’s like a wheat bread. Phenol alcohol or light booze comes through at times, but the soft fruit and earthy must combo make this a nice one to inhale and replicate a product of Belgium quite well.

Taste has more booze up front and a blast of musty yeast that is complex and a blend similar to the nose with earthy spices like pepper, coriander, tea leaf, dry marijuana or oregano, mild allspice and clove. There seems to be either floral or citrus hops jumping out with orange peel, lemon zest and some grapefruit bitterness, followed by candied sugar, peat moss, funk, fruit like apple, pear and rotting green/white grapes, and some buttery cracker or malt/wheat bread toast. Seems like a farmhouse ale or saison from the nice yeast and possibly wild yeast additions, this is sweet yet dry and flavorful. It allows the 8% ABV to come through almost like a warning, but it adds a nice element to the overall brew.

Mouthfeel is zesty and fizzy, but it slides down creamy and smooth; nice contradictions as it kept my interest and trailed off slightly bitter and chalky dry. I got this bottle at the brewery over the summer of 2014 and it seems to have aged very well as I t

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Photo of bmeehan
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heed the bottle's warning: pour it slowly and carefully. Everything about the beer is above average, but it leaves just a hint of aftertaste that isn't as smooth as the rest of it. It's a very good beer from a cool little brewery, and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Scottyboy
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pale yellow. Poured from corked and caged bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Wonderful white head, very similar to Duvel although not as thick. Great carbonation with good lacing clinging to glass.
S - Initially hit me with grassy/hay fragrance w/ the traditional candied Belgian yeast fragrance that you immediately recognize as typically Belgium.
T - Magnificent. I can taste the hops and is balanced nicely with the malts but the prevailing taste is the yeast. Overall very smooth, delicious and finishes superbly dry - the big ABV does not overwhelm this superb ale.
F - Big mouthfeel - warm yet rather refreshing w/ a bit of the bitter aftertaste lingering.
O - I think this is going to be my favorite Troegs offering. I hope I can obtain this great ale at one of my distributors. Troegs has a winner w/ this release. Bravo!!!

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