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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Photo of Gehrig
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at The Independent in Tampa, FL.

Thin patch of white foam atop a clear golden body. Not much of a looker. Faint aromas of fruit, with some lemon, apricot, and sour apple. The taste is somewhat of an improvement, with ample sour apple and apricot. Not a very complex Tripel. This lacks effervescence largely from the get-go, rather flat.

I should have known not to get this, for I didn't enjoy the Dubbel much at all. This was little better, and might have been slightly abetted by being on tap. Nothing special and not worth the $7/glass.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold and a solid one finger head (nice pour) that dies slow and leaves lace on top of, at first smell, typical orange/citric and yeast/wheat twang Belgians give off. Digging further I uncover some spicy notes, touches of earthy hops and some caramel but also fruity sweetness. It is smooth and easy to drink this as at times it seems light and creamy, but there is some nice action going on and it is evenly balanced. There is a touch of peppery spiciness w/ earthy hops for the dryness and crisp finish, but this bitterness is countered by a plush wheat twang and some fruit flavors that could be tropical, or at least pear/apple (cherry?) and some sugary/caramel sweetness. ABV well-hidden and just an easy to drink beer that should please any fan of style.

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Photo of skypup
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchase 2be in Brugge, Belgium.

.33L Bottle served in tulip glass.

A- Cloudy, Deep Brown. Poured in two stages, lots of course, bubbly head. not much retention but lots of lacing.

S- Yeast, nutmeg and clove.

T- Initially very yeasty, with a hint of sour citrus and spices. Has a mulled quality. mellows to a mild bitterness.

M- Full bodied; medium carbonation.

D- This is a pretty good beer. I had this beer on tap in Belgium as well and it didn't dissapoint in the bottle either.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, bubbly white head. Very active carbonation is noticeable in the glass. Looks like every other tripel I've run across. Nothing sets it apart really.

S: Nice aromas of spices, alcohol, and citrus. A little on the sudued side as far as Belgian tripels go, but it still smells pretty nice.

T: This is where this beer comes alive. Notes of brandy, peach, coriander, lemon, orange, mineral water, and grassy European hops immediately make their presence known. Finishes dry and spicy with mineral, orange, lemon, and coriander notes.

M: Could be a little better. The ridiculously active carbonation gets in the way of the thick, luscious feeling this beer generates. Average at best, but could be outstanding if the carbonation were not so distracting.

O: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. I just wish the carbonation were toned down a bit so that the gorgeous aromas and flavors could meld with the substantial mouthfeel more effectively.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer with thanks to by brother in law Maarten. He is becoming a new BA soon I guess.

A - A nice inviting golden color with a fluffy head. Some carbonation bubbles are trying to get to the top.

S - Pine, citrus, yeast a very inviting smell.

T - A good decent triple, malts, floral hops mixed with spices make a real good body with is in its turn full of flavor. The body is not to thin and not to thick.

M - A good medium carbonation, up front even a bit high. The fluid is slightly sticky and the alcohol in the finish is warming and pleasant.

O - A nice triple, worth buying, fresh in taste and very drinkable with a decent body.

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Photo of ggourde
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bit of chill haze that cleared up to show an effervescent tawny gold. A good head that left the typical Belgian lace. I caught a whiff of bananas but there wasn't much smell (I am starting to wonder if my nose is weak). Good mouthfeel, the bubbles and alcohol make it creamy and make if feel almost full-bodied, but I reckon it's actually on the light side of medium. Very fruity with a slightly dry/bitter aftertaste. Definitely drinking this again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Steenbrugge Tripel

Pours a clear golden color, with over an inch of soapy foam. Aroma is yeast driven and somewhat fruity. In the taste, small dry fruitiness, with white grape and green apple skin notes. No hint of the abv, and the herbal bitterness is so mild it is barely percievable. A little sweet, but quite easy drinking and satisfying. Light bodied feel, champagne like. Overall, this is a good triple which I would definitely visit again.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL amber champagne bottle, with cork, cage and foil. Brewed with hops, gruut, and a smoky, phenolic yeast strain; bottle-conditioned and best before 6/9/12. Pours golden orange, with brilliant clarity (probably the most clear conditioned beer I've ever seen), lots of carbonation, and two fingers of white, crackly froth that doesn't deposit much lace, but it does try. It is quite aromatic, phenolic for sure, floral and perfumy, spicy, fruity and tropical, with notes of pale malt and chalky yeast. Tastes of sweet malt, orange and spice, herbal and floral notes, peppery/spicy phenols, a dash of hops and a mild lingering bitterness on top of a light, moderately-carbonated and dry body. Easy to drink, smooth, unique, quite flavorful, and well-balanced. Perhaps a touch too bitter, but that's just nitpicking. An interesting take on the style that I would recommend to any fan of Belgian beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A crystal clear golden ale pours to a two finger white head which recedes slowly to a thick froth, leaving ample lacing.

S -- Tropical fruits, honey, sour cherries, and some spicy booziness.

T -- Rich, malty grain and honey on the front; herbal hop tones, faint biscuit flavors, a mild nuttiness, lightly bitter and spicy.

M -- Full in body and carbonation, resinous with a lingering dryness.

D -- Very nice brew, worth a pickup and a revisit.

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Photo of emsroth
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Good until 4/2014, so this is a young bier!

App: Beautiful, clear, light gold. Darker than a pilsener: blond ale color. Head that stays and stays with great lace.

Smell: Definitely smoky, as they say on their website. Apparently from the yeast strain. VERY cool! Besides that there is a retrained grape skin aroma. A touch of rosemary and lemon.

Taste: What can only be described as a lemon-custard sweetness and creaminess. The hops hit hard and fast with dry herbal notes, but they never go overboard with bitterness. (I do, perhaps, wish for a touch more bitterness).

Full mouthfeel with a prominent, but balanced hop character. But the dryness almost finishes too thin. The mouthfeel starts thick and ends thin, which is weird.

Reminiscent of Westmalle's tripel, but a bit more reserved all around. Perhaps the age of the bier is related. I will have to have it more aged.

A very odd scent. Definitely smokier than some smoked biers. Not what I look for in a tripel but still nice and worth seeking out.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The whole line of Steenbrugge brews were on sale at the local bottle shop, so I picked up the trippel. This one came in a bomber and was poured into a Stella Artois glass

a- pours a slightly hazy dark gold color. an inch of fluffy white head settled slowly. seems slightly light for the style.

s- sweetness, Belgian yeast, fruitiness as well, maybe raisin and some banana. some clove perhaps

t- lots of belgian yeast, some dark sugar and caramel, raisin again. finishes with some herbal bitterness which I can assume is the "Gruut" that the bottle talks about. flavors seem a tad light for the style

m- i really like the feel of this beer. nice carbonation jumps the flavors around, its extremely drinkable, and finishes nicely. 8.7% abv is not detectable.

overall, this is a nice tripel. it seems a tad light in its flavors for the style, but extremely drinkable and tasty. Not quite up there with some of the great tripels, but i picked it up for $4 a bomber, and at that price, its very solid.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light gold color w/ a massive 4 finger off white head, which lingers for a while. Massive amounts of carbonation and lacing on this beer. Very light in color, easy to see through, although not completely clear. This is a young beer- best before 1/2014.

S- Barley malt, yeast, clove, pepper, spice. Reminds me of another Belgian tripel, but I can't put my finger on what. Slight sweet smell comes out as well. Definitely on the reserved side, although everything is pretty balanced. Nice.

T- All the smells come out in the taste, along with a slight bitterness to the beer. Slight alcohol burn as well, but only 8.7% ABV. This isn't quite as nice as the nose, but I bet it would age really well. Definitely not one of the best tripels I've had, but solid nonetheless.

M- Bitter bite followed by alcohol burn. This would most definitely mellow out with age. Still, not among the best for the style.

O- This is a good tripel, but nowhere near world class. Still, it goes down pretty easily, and is worth checking it out if you're a fan of the style. I probably won't pick this one up again though.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of fizzy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma - lots of tropical fruits - and some malt as well.

T: Tasted of cherries, some light fruit (mangoes), malt and yeast. Phenols were present, but not overwhelmingly so. For the style, this flavor was much lighter and fruitier, but not any less appealing.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While it doesn't exactly conform to the tripel style, this is a light, refreshing tasty beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
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 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 rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of impending
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip. Opened with an explosive PoP. Pours a crystal clear, new penny copper color, frothy dense white head, sticky lacing. Gorgeous

Yeasty aroma, a blend of light fruits, apricots and white raisins with a phenolic undertone.

Taste begins with complex sugary fruits then significant phenols kickstart the aftertaste and is joined by a solvent alcohol ruining a promising beginning. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Improves considerably with warmth.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden color, completely transparent, with no sediment or haze. small amount of white foamy head.

S: Belgian yeast, sweet apple, straw, dandelion, and other herbal / floral scents.

T: Belgian yeast is the first and foremost flavor, but there was a ton of floral flavor rushing in behind it. Honeysuckle, rose, champagne and sparkling apple cider.

M: Very champagne/cider-like texture. Not much else to say. Bubbly and medium-to-light body.

D: Its a bit too light and saccharine sweet with all of the floral scents and flavors. My wife completely disagrees.

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Photo of Brabander
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this Steenbrugge tripel from a friend for ma birthday. He knows i am a triple lover.

Poured in my small Westvleteren beerglass this beer looks ok but not spectacular. A bit darkyellow fluid with only little carbonation. The is a half finger head which disappears rather quick. No smell at all i would say but that is not true,

The taste is good, no question about that. A bit dry but not too much. Soft and round taste with some citrus and spices. Good mouthfeel. Overall a good tripel beer.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this brewery.Poures a nice medium gold and builds an enormous head, due to good carbonation. It leaves fast and the lacing is minimal.
Smelling the beer I notice apple, little peach, bread , grain.
The taste is very complex and the front gives away bread, grain mixed with apples and peach, maybe a hint of banana. In the middle the malt adds honey notes and sweetness. At the end the hops keep everything in check and produce a great balance.
Prickly mouthfeel makes this beer very enjoyable.
Great beer, will buy it again and try to taste more from this brewery!

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Photo of BobZ
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 BobMagruder
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at venti's
Beautiful blond pour with light lacey head.
Nice estery nose with a zest of spiciness
Flavor was great a touch lighter on carb than I would expect, however, this beer was still fantastic. The ester and spice combination was divine and the beer was very drinkable. I would say this was one of the best Belgians that I have tasted.
Hops come out in a smooth finish that is semi dry and helps finish this great beer

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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 jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Slight hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Fruity, spicy nose and flavor is tart fruit with hints of sweetness. Higher ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
3.86 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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