Steenbrugge Tripel
Brouwerij Palm NV

Steenbrugge TripelSteenbrugge Tripel
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #74
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #11,999
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
296
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Brouwerij Palm NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  19
Gots
  39
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by arkanu:
Photo of arkanu
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems to me the carbonation is much higher that it should have been. On the bright side, the alcohol feel is well hidden.
Big head does not last too long, or at least that's how it was with my bottle. Overall, feels a bit overrated to me, but I'm under no circumstances an expert on the matter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strongly flavored with pepper and fruit notes, the descript flavors of spiced pears, confectioner's sugar, and lemon zest are just a few flavors yet to explore.

This Tripel Ale pours with a zesty sprite with carbonation that billows into a rocky white topping that promptly adorns the crown of the chalice. With intricate pockets of foam, the beer leaves a pattern of the session behind.

Aromas of softly kilned pilsner malt, powdered sugar, and a sugar cookie scent kicks off the aromas. But the elegant estery, peppery profile come together in a way that reminds me of spiced pears, apple pie, and brandy.

Flavors follow up with a honey suckle-like thin floral taste, with also a soft candied lemon favor that seems to overtake the bready complexion of flavor. The balance holds true even with the lemony, peppery note deep within the session. Hop bitterness strikes late with an earthy, peppery bite that helps to crispen the beer and offer a dry citrus flavor that's so appreciated in aftertaste.

Medium-full at first because of the expansive carbonation. But after the creamy and spritzy carbonation subsides, the peppery bite and supple sweetness begins to coat the palate and mid portion of the tongue with a dryish feel and developing cotton candy fleeting sweetness that proves satisfying and rich. But the finish of lemony bite, peppery heat, and alcholic warmth all offer an element of elegance with 9% power. Both masculine and finess at the same time... so we all win!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel is unique due to the fact it's brewed with Gruut or Gruit...an herbal mixture that was the beers hops before brewers started using hops in beer.

Rushing gold color, highly active flow, crytal-white bubbly head and a crazy gyser-like center.

the aroma has rich, hearty, earthy and herbal notes all over the place. Spicey lager-yeast aroma, sour-earthy, corn, wild fruits and pepper. Very complex aroma that really is very nice.

The flavor has sour-earthy yeast that is very complex with multiple layers. Subtle dried fruits and a hint of pepper. The gruut adds futhur herbal depth to an already deep earthy punch. The malt is light and crisp with dry bready notes that falls into perfect balance for this style.

The feel is usually one of the best aspects of Belgian-brewed "bottle fermented" style beers, lush, snappy, zippy bite that is dry but goes down very smooth.

Overall, a classic and really unique.

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Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jtd1969
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slighty cloudy golden with an amber tint. Good carbonation with no lacing

S - Yeast and grape

T - Sweet, tart, some light clove, citrus.

M- Medium body with good carbonation for style.

O - Delicious and highly drinkable triple. It really is a pleasant tripel.

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Photo of brauseboof
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A golden beauty in the glass with pristine clarity. Unexpectedly clean looking. Foam collar ranges only a few millimeters.

Spicy, bready, and apple-y. Sting of booze, some quince, and a limoncello hint. Not off-the-chain as far as complexity.

Bready and spicy with more influence of apple, pear, and white grape. Toned-down booze. Yeast is a little peppery with notes of clove and banana. Tasty.

Super-velvety and languid. Not ruffled with carbonation, like some tripels. A little heavy-sitting. A satisfying afternoon beer, in feel.

Good beer. A tripel of the intermediate level. Doesn't reach too far, but the execution is here.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at a local Belgian beer tasting, 3 oz pour into a wine glass from the corked bottle.

Pours a light golden yellow color with modest white foam. Strong classic belgian smell. Taste is quite malty, but sweeter - can definitely draw out the candi sugar used in these types of brews. There's a nice alcohol heat that comes at the finish.

Overall a strong Tripel. Tasty, and easy to drink and enjoy. look forward to trying more than a few ounces.

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Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy gold with a thick white head that dies down to nothing and leaves laces down the glass.

S: Cirtus, tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, a little bit of raisin.

T: Much like the aroma, tropical fruit, citrus, alcohol, a little peach and a nice alcohol burn in the finish.

M: Medium body with a less than normal tripel carbonation. There's still a bit of peppery feel to it, but less that others.

O: A very good tripel. Good flavors, nice aroma, decent feel. Definitely a solid tripel.

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Photo of jkermitj
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of LaurensDeJong
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a relatively strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. It's an attractive tripel.

Smell: sweet with a clean malt aroma and a nice fruitiness with a hint of pear, my favorite aroma in a tripel. There's also a soapy, floral aroma that I like; perhaps this is due to the spicing of the beer (the label says "ale with spices"), but I can't call out a particular spice by name.

Taste: light malt with a lighter fruitiness than the aroma and a distinct chalkiness, which I like; but, there's a little bit of alcoholic heat, which works at cross-purposes for me. Good, but could be a little smoother, I think.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Gotta love this in a tripel!

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit. I feel like there's something in the flavor, whether it's a bitterness from the spicing or an alcoholic heat, which negatively impacts its smoothness. Still, it's a drinkable tripel I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of jmfc8237
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kayrex
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle. Brewed by Palm.

Pours a nice golden color, a bit deeper than a German pils with a large, billowing bright white head. No lacing.

Smell is average for a tripel, it is nice and fruity and yeasty but it seems a bit too filtered and nice. There are hints of the breadlike malts as well.

It again, tastes like an average tripel, nice spiciness, the hops are very noticeable and citrusy, and the malt is a nice backing, not bad. There is some nice bitterness here.

It is too carbonated though, the mouthfeel is sharp and biting.

It isn't too bad of a brew, sort of middle of the road for tripels.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RuudJH
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tripel enriched with gruit. 33 cl. bottle, bb 12 may 2012.

Dark golden colour, nice head.
Fresh fruity smell, and also a lot of the expected gardensmell, Foliage and floral too.
Taste doesn't deliver as well as the smell: the balance between bitterness and sweet is ok, but the real flavours are gone very quickly.

Overall it's a reasonable ale: balanced, with both hops and other spices it's interesting for sure.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this at my local D's for $6.50. Seen elsewhere for at least $9.99 I happily picked it up.

A - Very nice carbonation, bubbly witch a solid inch and a half of head. Color is a nice clear yellow and head is not very sticky.

S - Bright fruit notes of pear and apple and in the glass I am getting a fruity bubblegum smell of mild yeasts.

T - Quite good actually. The flavors are light but they work it sort of taste like a champagne only with more pear and apple flavors. Yeast is also mild and fruity with a nice clean finish.

M - Light to medium the ABV is almost none existent. Tasty. Only a slight warming after half the bottle consumed.

Overall a very drinkable tripel that is worth a try especially at under 7 dollars a bomber. Recommended.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beer4colin
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - On tap @ Union Zbrewhouse, 12 oz pour, $6. Minimal head in UBH fashion. Crystal clear oak tan blends into the bar.

S - nice and clean, sweet citrus.

T - very tasty. Cherries and bananas lead off. Finish is a tad bitter but not objectionable.

D - Oh yeah! I can drink these all night (if I'm not driving). I love trips and this is very good. Glad to see Palm expanding a bit here in States.

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Photo of BobZ
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One half of a 750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow in color normal for the style. A very nice rich billowy head to a 1/2" and hangs around. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet with some spice, mild phenols but I would say spice is dominant.

Taste: Again, fits the basic tripel profile only mildly sweet up front, but this sweetness gets stronger as the beer warms (in a pleasant way, not at all cloying). Nice hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, very smooth.

Drinkability: Very solid (surprisingly so) example of the style. Reasonably sessionable.
I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an Orval chalice on 9/25/12

Best before 03 14

The color is a lightly hazed medium shade of amber. Foam is smooth and fairly dense, but reaches only a half a finger. The head drops a tad, but retention is very impressive; it holds the entire time. Lace does catch until halfway through the glass, but, when it does, the foam leaves solid sheets.

Lots of light fruits in the aroma, some ripe and some fermented. Apple, pear, orange and lemon pie. I don't believe I've encountered gruut before, but it's very strong here; it kind of strikes me as a cross between pepper, clove, prairie grass, herbs, tea and cinnamon. Toasty, lightly buttered grains peak out from time to time.

The gruut is in fine form in working the palate. White pepper, a myriad of grassy tones and spices are all over from start to finish. The middle finds a decent helping of toasted grains and some buttery notions. Faintly sweet. Fruit is less apparent than I might have imagined, adding only a modest, tangy element to the underside of the beer. Earthy, musty overtones emerge with warmth. Pepper lingers as alcohol builds on the finish.

Everything about the feel of this beer is ridiculously smooth. The body is a delicately-moving medium with a mild silkiness; carbonation is robust and fluffy nearly to the point of hilarity. Silly as it may sound, my first though was, this is like drinking air (or a cloud). Letting the beer meander about finds a more pointed feel; quick sips, though, retain the initial, smooth feel.

Overall, this is pretty enjoyable. It's not the best Tripel, but easy enough to drink and has some interesting things going on. This is on my list to revisit sooner than later. Worth checking out.

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy pale amber brew, a white solid head with little lacing. Good curtains.

The aromas are sweet dried fruits, apricots and mango.

Tastes sweet as well, sugar, bread, fruit, peaches and some lemon zest.

High carbonation, smooth and soothing texture, a big body.

A nourishing and well tasting fruit soup.

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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 296 ratings