Steenbrugge Tripel | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Steenbrugge TripelSteenbrugge Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Absumaster on 07-17-2008

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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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Photo of travishardy929
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's in Durham.

It pours a nice translucent yellow with a tight small white head. The smell is balance (like every Tripel), a bit of pepper and sweetness. The big thing is that it goes down smooth and easy (easier than any other Tripel). Light and balanced, with a nice yeast presence that doesnt over complicate things.

Its exactly what a Tripel should be, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Fleeflam
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at My Place in Newtown, CT this one is a clear light golden color with a modest white head and vague dots of lacing. The aroma brings wheat liquor and bright oak. Nothing special but okay. The flavor offers crisp wheat and mild lemony bubblegum. This is a nice blend in a medium bodied brew with polite, fine carbonation that encourages the drinking process. Very substantial yet very drinkable. I liked it!

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Photo of Medwin
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A dark gold, light bubbles, (white) head was monstrous at first well over two fingers.

Smell: Yeast to the fullest.

Taste: Like the smell, it scream yeast. Not too complex but done just right where you truly enjoy drinking this beer.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, sharp texture.

Overall: Well done, seriously this beer does not disappoint. Bought it locally and seriously surprised me, Salud!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting, white head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, wheat, faint lemon and soft funky notes. Somewhat plain.
Similar flavours, with the addition of some soft booze. Pretty drinkable stuff.
Nice high carbonation suits the beer well.

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Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Vixie
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a thick off white head. A bit more orange than most triples I have seen, but a nice looking beer.

Smell is fruity with a bit of yeast. Seems to be hint of lemon, and the yeast gives it a smell like bread.

Taste has a bit of citrus in it, not surprising from the smell. There is a hint of pepper as well, and finishes with a bit of hops at the finish.

Little thin for the style, but decent.

A decent triple, but not a great one. Goes down very easy, and is a nice beer. I picked up a 750ml bottle at a bargain basement price, but would not have complained if I had paid full price.

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Photo of Douberd
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 330 ml, bought in a bar where the stupid barman didn't want to sell me the bottle unless he opened it first. Anyway, I brought it home and had it here.
Colour is honey like, with two finger head.
Aroma is fruity, bananas, apples.
Taste is sweet and fruity also, the high alcohol bites pleasantly on the tongue.
Average carbonation, medium thickness on the body.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 AdamP
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 JxExM
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Caged cork, huge pop (I flinched), lots of snap, crackle, & pop to the giant white head that falls super fast. Rich golden with a touch of peach, bright and clear with lots & lots of rising bubbles. It keeps a rig but leaves just a few random splats of lace. A touch of haze from the second pour out the bomber.

S: Broad range of fruit ( but not all that strong) – banana, ripe apples & pears, hints of citrus and tropical fruit, and a background note of something tart like cherry. Hint of spice & background bit of sweet pils malt. Unfortunately, all of this is overwhelmed by a brothy, meaty, & nutty yeast note that is only a ghost bit funky. I don’t see a layer of dead yeast, it is clear, & it is well with the best by date. Weird, distracting, and not attractive. A touch of honey arrives, and the meat fades, as this warms.

T: This is a bit better. Sugar cookie pils with hints of biscuit & toasty grain, and some faint dough way in the background on the back end. Fruits are more apples & pears – especially the skins – and less banana. Citrus and tropical fruit are pretty much gone except for a hint of mango. Phenolics are stronger – cloves and a bit earthy & peppery. Odd yeast note is more earthy with a hint of barnyard, but the meaty character is still present. Some spice from alcohol, but otherwise it is pretty much not apparent. Grassy & herbal hops, but not all that bitter nor forward in character. This would be a 4.0 if I did not have to try and ignore the chicken soup aspect.

M: Just a hair over medium body. It may actually be bigger, but the firm & active carbonation lightens and livens it a bit. A hint of sugary sweetness, but it is really quite attenuated and dry. Spicy alcohol and background hops provide a drying finish. Ghost hint of warming. Lingering feel is both astringent & dry, and a touch coating and soapy.

D: Okay, but is would be a whole lot better without the brothy aspect. Even for that it is still fairly drinkable. And the alcohol hits quick and strong from all the carbonation – like champagne. Other than the strange chicken soup character this is very good. It’s alright, but I’m not impressed. Maybe I need to try a younger bottle, but this one says good until 6/9/12.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in to a goblet. No bottle date.

Cloudy gold color. One finger of bubbly head that dissapeared quickly. No lacing left behind.

Very sweet banana and bubblegum. Sweet malt, toffee, and some yeasty esters.

Toffee and honey. Fruit, like clementines and pineapple. Bread, bubblegum and cotton candy. Yeasty bitterness and a bit of booze. A bit overly sweet.

Pretty heavy in body for a tripel. The mouthfeel is kind of syrupy but there is a and mild carbonation that broke up the consistency, though it did feel a bit under carbonated. Finishes with a sweet and syrupy coating in the mouth.

The bottle was pretty cheap (around $8 for the 750ml) and drinkable, but the mouthfeel and the sweetness kind of took away from the things I liked about the beer. Worth the try and I'll probably try it again, but not anytime soon.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 293 ratings