Steenbrugge Tripel | Brouwerij Palm NV

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3.9/5
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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:
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Added by Absumaster on 07-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,276
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
292
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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18
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39
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Mitchster
1.94/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack for $20 at BevCo. "Ale brewed with spices, refermentation in the bottle" 8.7% ABV.

Pours out to a clear pale straw golden, forming a voluminous white soapy head with very good retention and lacing no thanks in part to it's very brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs. Aroma of nail polish remover immediately hits the nose, followed by DMS. Mouthfeel is effervescent , exploding upon the tongue and filling the mouth with foam. Medium bodied likely due to lots of cane sugar. The taste is not good. Acetone, tons of banana (isoamyl acetate) and either DMS or actual corn. Boozy. Poorly fermented. I'm not getting any distinct spices but coriander is the most common in a triple. Finishes bone dry with a firm bitterness, which is peculiar for a triple....more along the lines of a Golden Strong. The aftertaste is of saccharin, nail polish remover and corn tortillas. Ugh.

Not a very good triple in my book. Boozy, loaded with fusels, DMS, wierd bitterness. Probably the worst tripel I've had in a long time. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, and I'll be giving these other bottles away to friends.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of brutalist
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bob402
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jtd1969
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Chetti
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of CowboyRob
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 292 ratings
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