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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Added by Dukeofearl on 05-12-2007

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by SmashPants:
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of BeerIsland
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*nice gold in the glass with a pretty head that hung in there. pretty lacing

*mild nose, lightly floral

*a bit of bubble gum on the tongue, candy malts toward the end

*very easy to drink, conditioning is fine

*I like this item considering it's been in the garage for over a year. Brought back from Belgium by my daughter as a very thoughtful gift.

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Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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 NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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 tux_alin
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mar02x
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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 mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Momon
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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 JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Antyk
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corneliusfontaine
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Dukeofearl
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oringinally Brugse Tripel brewed by De Gouden Boom (and now retired in BeerAdvocate), this one has been rebuilt and is now brewed by Palm, and is widely available in the touristy areas of northern Belgium (and perhaps other places too, but I haven't seen). Note that this beer has a number of reviews placed in the Brugse Tripel notation, but new reviews are not being accepted.

33 cl bottle, this was my last beer of my wife's and my recent trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. This one is basically an average tripel- not bad or terrible, just ok. An overly sweet rich malt base that is very lacking in the spciy herbal peppery complexity that makes a great tripel. Easily drinkable, almost more like a highly alcoholic Belgian pale ale than a tripel.

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Photo of desint
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GTJayG
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, Brown 33cl. Brewed on the old Gouden Boom site by Palm.

Best by 13 April 2008, drank 20 may 2008, a little behind the BBD.

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Good deep amber, dirty old gold colour with a full slighty off-white head. Very little sediment got into the glass, but what did could be clearly seen through the otherwise misty body of the beer.

Aroma of Toffee Apples and Candy Floss, was I at the fair?

The taste tells you this is serious stuff, the alcohol is there straight away. Is it dry, bitter and sweet at the same time? Maybe, it doesn't carry the Candy Floss into the taste, but toffee and cooking apples are in there.

The mouthfeel isn't right, it isn't watery, but it isn't rich, thick or creamy in any sence of those words either. A kind of alcoholic mix containing a headache making formula.

Not sure about this, I've had it in Brugge and liked it a lot more than I did during the tasting, if I have another under reviewing conditions and it is a different drink I'll re-do my review.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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