Brugge Tripel | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Brugge TripelBrugge Tripel

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Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of janubio
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden colour with medium head and retention. Good lace. Aroma of fruits, oranges, banana, spices, cloves. Almost full body, alcohol is present in the palate. Taste of oranges, cloves,fruits, spices. Great.

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Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden pour with a tall white head. Smells of pilsner hops, spices and caramel. Sweet, with a metallic feeling, with notes of yeast, sugar and spices.

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Photo of drmeto
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

-pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-grainy,apples,herbs,sugar,honey,coriander,white bread,onions
-honey,grainy,apples,white bread,sugar
-very clean finish for a Belgian ale
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
Fairly dull Tripel

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark golden color with off-white head. Aroma has much alcohol and some yeast esters. Taste starts sweet and estery, grainy, with a hint of honey and the finish is more bitter and earthy. Body is medium, quite dry and slightly acidic. Carbonation is on the high side. Not bad overall but the alcohol is too present for my taste.

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden body with a thin foamy white head. A very appealing appearance!

S - Light, fruity. Citrus, apple and yeast.

T - Light fruity and round but also a bit spicy. Fits the smell.

M - Smooth with some carbonation, light and little oily.

O - A very enjoyable and balanced Belgian beer.

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Photo of Zet
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light orange haze with a moderate head of foam that quickly fades but keeps the surface covered with lacing. Smell and taste both have citric and earthy flavours, all in all not very complex. The 8.7 abv is barely noticable; it's very easy to drink. I have mixed feelings about this one: smell and taste are fine and remind me of a decent but not exceptional beer like Cuvee des Trolles, but where is the promised gruut? There is no herbiness/spiciness whatsoever. I got another one cellared; maybe these babies need some maturing.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.
Aggressive pour reveals slightly hazy orange amber beer with 2 finger white head, moderate retention.
Smell - yeasty, spicy, fruity.
Taste - is not so poor, as other Palm beers have got, semisweet, boozy. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy gold with big white head. Nose of yeast, spice and some fruit. Sweet, spicy taste with some sourness coming in on the finish. Nice creamy mouth feel, medium carbonation. Bit of warmth on the finish.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Oh boy did I love Brugge the city. Here is a beer named after it for a brewery that used to be ther I believe... brought back from Belgium so hopefully better than the US imported version.

Pours a ridiculous 3+ finger head that forces me to stop pouring about 2/3 of the way through, bubbly airy over carbonated head fades at a med pace wtih spotty lacing, over a very clear golden blond beer.

Nose brings Belgian golden malts, a sweet malt base with a touch of blond candy, a bit of light candi sugar as well. That's followed quickly by loads of esters, peppery spices, and a phenolic booze. Typical phenols, mild spices with a banana fruity esters, and hint of wheat I think, as well as a bit of orange peel.

taste starts again with the sweetness, sweet candy malt flavors, a Belgian blond malt with a touch of a caramely flavor, candi sugar is there, and touch of a syrupy white molasses like. Also bit of wheat and toasty flavors. Booze comes right through with more phenols, a slight chemical phenol and pure fusel alcohol flavors. Next is the esters, plenty more esters, a little peppery light spices, some fruity ester flavors, more banana, and a bit of orange peel with all that. There is a bitterness from the orange peel and some tannins from the esters I think that add a weird bitterness that is a bit unpleasant. The finish is dry but sticky, more almost anestesizing booze, sticky candi sugar, esters and phenolic booze lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, way too much carbonation and too much booze too for only 8.7%.

Overall not bad, just gets too boozy and overcarbonated and really gets a bit too much overall.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 330mL bornw bottle, a standard Belgian label that is a touch better than the usual Belgian.

Appearance: a hazy amber-orange colour with the usual one-finger, thick off-white head that slowly drops to a rocky cap.

Aroma: toffee and some heavy caramels here, plenty of brown sugar also. Pretty darn good on the nose.

Taste: drops a little here in my opinion - simply not as motuh-filling as the aroma led me to believe. The stewed apple, caramel and toffee characteristics are all still there, hwoever they are a bit muted.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with a dry finish that suits the style well.

Mouth feel: a bit flat - I think this is what is affecting the flavour on the palate. Lower carbonation with a somewhat watery medium body.

Overall: at well over AU$125 per case, this one is simply not worth it. Better versions out there for similar or even lower price.

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Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's very bizarre to see a Tripel served in a weizen glass - just further evidence that Brouwerij Palm - whose flagship ale I consider a bad imitation of one of Belgium's worst beers, Stella Artois - doesn't really "get" their country's rich brewing heritage. Brugge Tripel, however, with its hazy golden colour and abundance of head, looks traditional (even if its branded glass is not).

The aroma, too, is pretty par-for-the-course for the style, brandishing sweetish cereal grain, orchard fruit esters and a prevalent yeasty spice. There's footprints of toasty amber malt but they're hard to fully make out given the densely aromatic strain of Belgian yeast; it's a perfume so strong I'm surprised you can't see vapors of it.

The taste continues with yeasty spice and lightly-honeyed malt, but also showcases candied or dried notes of apple, pear and peach. There's also a higher appreciation of dried herbs. A style like this (which showcases fruit, grain, savory and spicy notes) is what makes beer so fascinating; four basic ingredients can create an infinite number of complex flavours.

Tripels drink with a deceiving lightness; this one especially looks (and by and large drinks) as light as any pale ale or pilsner but turns out to be much more satiating. Bubbles with sports car pep, ample malt and extroverted yeast manage to fulfill the appetite as well as pacify the mind - you really start to appreciate how gratifying it is once you feel your head get heavy.

Indeed, Tripels enclose another paradox: they are easy and effortless to drink despite startlingly high alcohol content. Brugge Tripel may not offer the intricacy of flavour or sublime drinking experience that the best Belgian examples can (Karmeliet, Westmalle, Het Anker, etc), but in this final category (approachability), it is every bit as agreeable as the others.

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Photo of spoony
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle (dated April 15, 2014) into matching pils-style glass. Reviewed from notes dated May 24, 2013.

A-The beer is mostly clear with a light golden color. There is a lot of chunky carbonation visible, but the white-colored head is thin, albeit with good retention.

S-I smell medicinal, sweet alcohol with apple and pear flavors being accompanied by yeast scents of dough and overripe banana. The alcohol is penetrating and aggressive.

T-The taste follows the smell with a lots of fruity, sweet alcohol notes playing against a mild yeast of dough and banana. There is just a slight grassy straw kick to balance the sweetness.

M-The carbonation is assertive, especially for a Belgian beer. The high level of carbonation makes for a light, thin feeling beer, despite the high ABV and sweet flavors.

O-This is not the worst beer I've had, but there are certainly better tripels. The flavors are pretty one-dimensional (and alcoholic) and the surprisingly aggressive carbonation detracts from the drinkability. I understand that tripels can be rustic and aggressive, but the good ones have charm, too, and this mostly brew misses that element.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Au Brasseur in Brussels, and served in its own glass. It actually looks like a weizen glass! On to the beer:

This tripel is paler golden colored with good lace from a head which retains well. An aroma of fruit, sugar, and citrus provide a solid to good base for the nose to please itself. The first impression upon tasting it is the flavor of heated liquid sugar. Some citrus, primarily orange, comes across to diversify the flavor. A slight grassy hop note is there too. The beer is surprisingly light and airy in the body, with easy approachable carbonation.

I think it was ironic that I was in Brugge just hours before I tried this beer in the nation's capital. A fine tripel to have no matter what city you're in.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle.

Very hazy deep orange amber with a huge lively orange-tinted head that shows fantastic retention. Aromas of vanilla yoghurt, spices, cherries. Sweet vanilla and toast flavours, spicy, cherry fruit. Peppery finish, mild bitterness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, full-bodied.
I really liked this one.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My brother in law shared this beer with me. Slowly he is getting into beers, so keep on going and surprise me Maarten.

A - An clear amber colored beer with on top a off white head

S - Fruity and spicy along with some citrus and yeast.

T - Spicy tones go hand in hand with fresh fruits.

M - A high carbonation is a killer for this beer. In the end comes a medium bitterness.

O - What can I say; just another triple, nothing is really out of balance (except the carbonation though) here. After one glass you have had enough.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well executed tripel from Palm Thick, fluffy head, buttery smooth texture, aroma of spice, hops, and hay. Taste mildly sweet and tart, butter, caramel. one of my favorites

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Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Steenbrugge Tripel and Brugge Tripel are exactly the same. See the website of Palm Breweries:

In that view it is strange that Brugge Tripel scores an B- (3.38), while Steenbrugge Tripel scores an B+ (3.83).

This beer is a real surprise to me.

L: The looks are great, like many other tripels.
S: But what is that smell? There's a great funky, earthy, brett/kriek-alike background smell that makes this tripel very, very interesting.
T: in line of the smell; ending with a nice accord; quite round, but not so round and sweet like Gouden Carolus or Tripel Karmeliet. Better!
M: good carbonation. perfect alcohol (8.7%).
O: can it compete with Westmalle Tripel. I think so!

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Photo of swojchelowek
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shockingly, it looks like MarketBasket made a deal with the brewery/distributor and now it can be bought in London Derry MB for 10.99 under the name Steen Brugge. (Or maybe they just changed the name of the brand and now it's going to be called Steen Brugge everywhere, but it's the same beer). It's a big deal to find such a beer in NH in a grocery store.

It's a real Brugge Tripple. A bit less complexity than I expected from a belgian trippel, but still very enjoyable. I didn't have the right glass but I poured it into "Bruggse Straffe Hendrik" and it looked beautiful. The only drawback is that the head does not last.
I'm not good at describing the taste, but can you imaging a belgium trippel with less spice and more earth? That would be it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out a hazy yellowish gold color. The head was foamy white and nearly went over the brim of my glass. The smell of the beer had a decent spiciness to it and got me a little curious to taste it. The taste right from the start was metallic, Kind of gross. As the beer warmed that flavor faded and became more of a floral and spicy tasting brew. The mouthfeel was average, had some carbonation that settled by the end of the bottle. An average Tripel in my opinion.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with ample, but not durable, head.

The aroma is light and fruity.
The flavor is unique, with more resemblance to a pils than expected.

M - a bit odd but certainly not objectionable; semi-dry.

O - not as complex, challenging or idiosyncratic as expected from a Belgian tripel.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. corked bottle which soarded across the room when I popped it open. Sampled on January 2, 2011. The pour is a nice looking orange-yellow with about an inch if fluffy, white head that settles to a thin ring after a few moments. Poured into a wine glass so thew carbonation flows upward frorm the center like a funnel. Yeast and wheat greet the nose followed by herbs and ripe fruit. The full mouthfeel coats the tongue. The taste has a thin but sour hoppy ending with pleasing yeasts and malts in the mouth. I paid $6.99 for the bottle and it is cleayl competitive with some of its more expensive counterparts.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap and at half hour at our hotel so I couldn't turn down this 23oz pour with 1.5 euros...Pours a dark but very clear gold. A thick white head has very good retention, ok lacing...A light aroma of floral hops, and corn, very sweet for a tripel...The taste is really light buts its incredibly easy to drink at almost 9%. Corn, light flowers, bitter finish.

This is not a very good beer, but its basically a high alcohol marco that's super easy to drink and not skunk water to drink. If I lived in Belgium and just wanted to get hammered cheaply and quick, this is a good bet.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into snifter from growler. Pale amber colour, thin bubbly head. Center of the head fades quickly while a bubbly ring is left.

S: Not too many strong aromas. Hops, mainly and some sweetness that you find in many Belgian tripels.

T: Initial is a burst of flavour including malts, slight hops, some sweet honey-like flavour. Downside is that it doesn't last very long. Aftertaste is almost non-existent.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, almost creamy.

D: Goes down very easy, barely any alcohol presence. Not a bad beer but there are triples out there far better.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this while grilling chicken in the rain. It pours to a nice color, not much head, though. A nice golden color in the glass. A bit of honey in the taste, and the typical sweetness I find once you get past 8.0% ABV. It feels good in the mouth and is very drinkable.

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Photo of Briken
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy orange amber with thin white head with okay retention and poor lacing. Adjunct herbal tea with a little sweetness. Very strong yeasty tea with poor bitter linger with some honey and apple. A semi-dry finish and bad aftertaste. Slightly syrupy with moderate to low carbonation.

Well, I always wondered what an average to poor belgian ale was like... now I know. There were some okay flavors but the bad hops and aftertaste was too much not to mention the mouthfeel was weak.

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