Steenbrugge Tripel | Brouwerij Palm NV

BA SCORE
86
very good
288 Ratings
Steenbrugge TripelSteenbrugge Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV
Belgium
palm.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Absumaster on 07-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
288
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an aroma that is much better than the flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear golden liquid that is topped by a massive head; while the retention is good, the lacing is not particularly impressive

Smell: Sugar cookie malt, Red Delicious apples, bubblegum and spicy phenols

Taste: Sugar cookies, up front, with Red Delicious apples and bubblegum developing; by mid-palate, the spicy phenols take over the profile, and dominate the finish, though the sweet and fruity favors linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, slightly prickly, carbonation

Overall: Decent enough, but not in the top echelon of tripels

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 4/1/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation; this is a great looking tripel. Aromas of big apple, pear, grape, honey, apricot, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, candi sugar, bread, and light yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of apple, pear, apricot, grape, clove, light pepper, grass, floral, earth, honey, bread, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, floral, earth, honey, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity; with a great malt and spicy yeast ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and foamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Tripel! Great flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and easy to sip on. A very enjoyable offering; and very much in line to what I like to see in the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large 2 finger fluffy head that fades at a med pace, lots of lacing, crystal clear orange honey colored.

Nose brings the usual, citrus and light orange rind, spices, bit of Belgian golden malts, light booze and esters, hints of Belgian yeast fruit with the spices.

Taste starts sweet, again light candi sugar, Belgian malts, then a decent wallop of booze and some light esters with that. Booze is very warming and tingly, feusel alcohols. Then light citrus and orange rind, hint of spices and a nice fruit from the Belgian yeast. Fruits bring light white raisin, dried apricot, fig, and some bitterness. Finish brings more bitterness, spices, sticky sweetness but slightly dry, and more booze.

Moth is a bit bigger bodied, nice carb, lots of booze.

Overall not bad, good fruits and spices, malts, sweetness, but the booze and feusel alcohols are a bit much.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Steenbrugge Tripel

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellowish gold with a densely creamy bright white head that reduces to a solid quarter inch and then holds throughout the glass. The lace rises in solid sheets from the surface, and although it drops it always leaves the appearance of distant white mountains around a valley.

Smell: The aroma delivers a sugary, bready malt with a soft note of vanilla that leaves it reminiscent of cookie dough, fruit, and light spice (alcohol, clove, black pepper).

Taste: The flavor is fruity (green grapes, apple) and spicy upfront, revealing a sweetish, bready and lightly earthy maltiness across the middle, and finishing with a lingering sweet bready malt, hop bitterness, and light spice. Unfortunately, the alcohol is clearly present throughout and can at times be distracting.

Mouthfeel: The body is light with a very fine and highly effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue with a light zest.

Drinkability: A really nice beer that's quite interesting, rich, and full of character.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation and just a small amount of visible white yeast sediment. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas of pale malts with candi sugar, light fruits (pear), and spices (pepper and clove). Additionally there is just a hint of vanilla.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell, there is a moderate presence of pale malts with some light fruit sweetness (green apple, white grape, and pear) along with some candi sugar. After that, there are note of pepper and clove spices along with just a hint of vanilla. Light notes of lemon that leads into a light to moderate amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink, the fairly high ABV is well hidden. Not the greatest example of the style but still an enjoyable brew. This beer was a nice distraction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when we had no power so beer reviews could only be done during daylight (and not entered until after the fact).

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly available at a little Italian restaurant in Newton, MA.

Straw-gold color with a mild chill haze. Moderate head that settles in a few minutes. Leaves little lace.

Relatively dry smell for a tripel. There's a touch of alcohol and no notable hop.

Classic tripel flavors. A definite yeast presence but no bite. The swallow features warming alcohol with a short aftertaste. Full bodied. Nothing extreme about this one, but it would be easy to drink this regularly.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange gold with a nice frothy crème head. Nose is inky dough with minor spices on there as well. Flavor is good. Nicely meshed sweet tones work with a barely noticed alcohol presence that goes away as the beer warms. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is about right, though slightly biting. Overall, this is a pretty nice tripel. I can't really say there are a load of complexities here, but I certainly enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle notching indicates good till April 2014?

A very soapy white head is poured and produced, lots of large bubbles with some surprising retention. Body is a crystal clear orange pale amber, rising column of bubbles coming up in the middle, this is very nice looking, with the body being the most impressive.

Bouquet is quite mild. Soft sugary Belgian candy, light malts, a nice touch of clove like sweetness. Kind if subtle, almost reminds me of Leffe territory, but I can dig this.

A real sharp sweetness, hits the palate in the middle, combining with a real nice tight carbonation. Good sparkling quality, and a mild sense of sweetness on the finish. VEry crisp and dry for a tripel, but a good richness of malt and alcohol sweet without boozy character.

A pretty solid tripel, quite unexpected to me for this one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a glass chalice.

Pours golden with a thin white head that doesn't retain well, soon becoming a small slowly vanishing patch. Lacing doesn't stick. I was hoping that subsequent pours would produce a better head and some lacing, but to little avail.

The smell is herbal, somewhat dusty, with orange peel and some grainy aroma.

The taste is of sweet graininess. Orange peel and slight banana give some fruitiness, especially as it progresses. It began chilled, and warming to room temperature helped a bit, but still was hardly worth the wait, progressing only to mediocre, in my opinion. An herbal touch balances it enough to give a semi-sweet finish.

Light bodied with carbonation that is more sharp, even towards harsh, than effervescent. Alcohol is well-covered.

Not the greatest example of the style, by any means. It only hints at the style, and has a general blandness to it... That's not to say it's "bad", certainly not "offensive", but there are too many great brews of this style coming out of Belgium to have this one again (unless you really want something of the style and it's the only one you can find, I suppose). The grainy maltiness just dominates too much (and even that is mild-ish), and is just lacking in general compared to other examples.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

This is a beer I enjoyed a few times as I returned to the world of craft after a long hiatus; it helped to introduce me to the tripel style and was easily available at the corner liquor store. There are certainly plenty of nicer options for this style but this one isn’t too bad in a pinch.

It’s a clear amber colored beer with an excellent fluffy head. Retention and lacing are decent. The nose is very yeasty and spicy, with clove and coriander prominent. A touch of malty sweetness and some fruity esters (orange/lemon/sour apple) also discernible.

Flavor is a bit sweet and fruity, with cookie-like malts and very faintly grassy hop notes. A bit of yeasty spiciness, orange peel, and a trace of booze underneath. On the simple side for the style but not bad; perhaps a touch overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is quite good, decently creamy with spritzy carbonation; maybe a little on the high side.

I probably won’t be going back to this one, as a handful of bottles are probably enough and there are quite a few options I have yet to try or review in this category. Still, it’s an acceptable option if unexceptional.

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
3.85 out of 5 based on 288 ratings.
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