Steenbrugge Tripel | Brouwerij Palm NV

Steenbrugge TripelSteenbrugge Tripel
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Steenbrugge TripelSteenbrugge Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Absumaster on 07-17-2008

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is honey amber. A tall head that pours quite dense and loosens as it fades leaving a good amount of lace.
Aroma I feel is the weak point because though there is a nice nose it isn't very pronounced.
Malts, spices yeast and a bit of hops come through but barely.
Drinks thin over the palate with effervescent giddiness. Flavored with malts, yeast and some spicy hops. Finishes dry and semi-bitter.
A good tripel and excels nicely.

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Photo of Shatter
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of blmar311
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Chrysostom
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I just had a $15 of Koningshoeven Quadupel Oak Aged before this - or, more like half of one - which was severely disappointing, bordering on undrinkable, and a Chimay "Special 2012" Blue Label before that. I'm still mostly sober, and this review is live - not from notes of any sort, but puzzled out as I drink the potable in question.

This is my first ever bottle of this beer. It goes without saying my ratings are subject to revision upon additional bottles being consumed. I've been disappointed with new beers recently.

(As with all my reviews, contra some sites and some guidelines, I review according to style, ala BJCP, modified by personal preferences [contra BJCP], not according solely to personal taste.)

Without my normal, customary little introductory anecdote/story, without further ado, a review:

Presentation: 750mL bottle, corked and caged and wrapped in foil like champagne, poured in to a Chimay goblet/chalice. Served chilled, around 40-45ºF, warming as I write the review and sip. Bought around July through August of last year. $8.99 for a 750mL bottle. Thank you to Blacklick Wine and Spirits in Columbus, Ohio.

A: Bright golden colour, very clear for the style with the slightest haze (the yeast has settled nicely in to the bottom after I've aged this for nearly a year), with an absolutely ridiculously massive, fluffy head indicative of extreme carbonation, even on a gentle pour. The slightest bit of vigour on the pour giveth a head which be larger than the liquid beer. It looks like a Champagne the colour of apple juice, and, frankly, delicious. Lacing is non-existent even on a massive, three-finger head. Some white lees present in the transparent beer on the last pour.

S: Some barnyard funk and wet dog right off the bat, strongly reminiscent of Orval, with pretty strong undercurrents of bread and yeast, surprising for such a clear beer. There is absolutely, and I repeat absolutely, no alcohol character whatsoever present in the nose, which is surprising, again, for an 8.7% beer, especially served strongly chilled, bordering on cold. Some earthy hop, but little malt, is present in the nose.

T: This surprises me with how good it is. Light spicy flavours, reminiscent, again, of Orval: veritably savouring of Orval. Strong funk, again, like Orval. The spice is similar to that present in a Rochecfort, although here much attenuated. Huge amounts of bread and toast, yet again surprising me, for the fifth time (?) in this review, due to the clarity of the beer. Has notes of the ill-defined "Saison" style, just as Orval has.

Citrus on the front of the palate, an extremely dry, toasty (as in toasted bread or croutons) back-palate, which is quite refreshing. As is standard with Belgians, neither malt nor hops are the dominant flavour (even if the dominant ingredients), but the malt on this is by far predominant over the hops - although the hops are not meek, and make their presence known. Hoppier than most Tripels.

Mild floral (lilac and lavender) notes throughout. There is no alcohol whatsoever noticeable on the palate. This may be the least alcoholic-tasting high-ABV beer I've ever had. Moderately complex. Not as complex as a St Bernardus, or an Orval, but still pretty complex. I think I've teased out the main threads of taste, but not nearly all of them.

M: High carbonation. Astringent, yet dry and smooth. Clean. Champagne-like. The mouthfeel is the highlight of this surprisingly-good beer. Somewhere between 4.75 and 5 on the mouthfeel. It blends well with everything else.

D: Moderate. Complex, yet refreshing, yet again still high in alcohol. One could drink too many of these without becoming (too) tired of the taste, but it would be inadvisable. Not compulsively drinkable like a Chimay or St Bernardus, but quite above-average drinkability for a brew of comparable complexity and flavour.

O: This is a good, close to great, beer. As you have observed, the words "reminiscent of Orval" and "surprised" run throughout my review. For what it is (and, of course, it is what it is), Orval and surprise are my general take-away from this.

It hits the "Tripel" style on the head, with the addition of funky characteristics such as are present in Orval and some other Trappists. There seems to be a bit of a funky Saison-like character to this beer, as well. It's not as clean as the Tripel offerings from St Bernardus, Chimay, or Westmalle; all of the aforementioned are complex, but none have the Orval-like funk of this beer. It far exceeded my expectations. 90/100 for the style.

One and three-quarters thumbs up (I'm a bit more reserved than Siskel and Ebert), with a definite and enthusiastic "buy" recommendation from me, especially for $8.99/750mL. This beer could be sold for the standard "Trappist price" of $11.99/750mL and gather no untoward gazes. It's worth a try, especially if you like this style, Saison, or Orval.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gastama hostel bar in Lille.

Pours clear gold with a soapy long lasting white head that laces the glass. Unending stream of bubbles float through the glass.

Smells nutty, yeasty, and fruity with pear, apple, and other general fruitiness.

Heavy malt flavors on this yet some herbal and slightly bitter hoppiness is there as well. The fruity flavors are there with some peppery spice.

Smooth and wonderful mouthfeel.

The hop level seems to separate it a tad from other tripels out there. Worth a try.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden and clear with a 2 inch persistent head - good lace.
Bananas, faint bubble gum, spice, yeast all in the nose.
Fruity (banana again), hot, spice, finishes dry.
Medium bodied, smooth, mid to high carbonation.
Overall a good beer - true to the style and enjoyable.

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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 76.6% out of 100 with 291 ratings
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