Tröegs LaGrave | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs LaGraveTröegs LaGrave

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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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +12.3%
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 -14.1%
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 +9.7%
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 jwilcox767
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -3.6%
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 NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of Guppy314
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +8.2%
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 and a touch 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 +1.3%
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%
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 +13.3%
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 +1.8%
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 -11%
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 +13.8%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.3%
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 -2%
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 +2.3%
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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