Pater Lieven Tripel | Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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Pater Lieven TripelPater Lieven Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van den Bossche
Belgium
brouwerijvandenbossche.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 03-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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7
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8
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another likeable triple. Pleasant fruity yeast aroma. Reasonable head in glass. A fruity yeasty,quite drinkable, though medium mouthfeel not very full. Above average beer and enjoyable with light varied dinner. Underrated as a triple does not need high hops and bitterness too. On the sweeter side.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best described as a bohemian tripel. Pours a viscous bronze-copper color, hazy like a wheat beer. Hightly carbonated and forms a intermitten head of tight and loose bubbles. Smells distinctly belgian. Quite yeasty and sour to the nose for a Tripel. Carries sweet honey, spice, and fruitiness into the flavor. Sweet fruits are bold of peaches, pears, and apples. Milder flavors of plumbs and grapes also. A thin sweetness underlies all other flavors. Body is medium and prickly to the palate (almost numbing). Finishes sweet and dry. A pretty good beer. On par with other good belgians Tripels.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured to leave its loose sediment behind (even in long-standing bottles), it's a brilliantly clear amber-gold with yellow and gold highlights beneath a tenacious, creamy head of off-white foam. The yeast pour, however, clouds it immensely and thus darkens it to a very deep amber. Very fine bubbles stream upwards, helping to maintain its head; and it holds quite well and leaves walls of lace that don't stick to the glass throughout, but rather stay just above the surface of the beer as its level goes down. It's actually quite nice. The lace appears almost as mountains in the distance. The nose is sweetly bready with a touch of vanilla (cookie dough!), some candy, and a floral note; and that character follows over into the flavor with the addition of some honey and dark fruit. The alcohol makes a minor showing but never hinders, and actually adds a bit of character in its delicately peppery suggestion. The hop bitterness is obviously quite subdued - there's just enough to keep it from becoming cloying - but it seems as if there might be some slight herbal quality added in the flavor. And despite it's effervescence, the very fine and natural carbonation leaves it just lightly crisp before warming to become airy and smooth in the mouth. Quite enjoyable, and very drinkable.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Polished tangerine with multiple bubble streams zipping up to a lovely looking lid of ivory colored foam. Most tripels aren't this orange. It will be interesting to see if the flavor is impacted by what looks to be some amount of toasted malt. A second pour results in a yeasty cloudiness and an even more characterful head.

Unfortunately, the aroma is sour fruity more than sweet and spicy. If it comes across that way on the palate, then I probably won't be thrilled with Pater Lieven Tripel. Several more sniffs nail it down to a woody vinegariness. Not good.

The beer tastes pretty much like it smells, but for some reason, it's slightly more tolerable on the taste buds. Accent on *slightly*. It almost tastes like an ounce of Flanders oud bruin was added just prior to bottling. That would explain the darker color too.

What in the world did Brouwerij Van den Bossche do to get PLT to taste this way? Did they age it in balsamic vinegar barrels? Sugar syrup-saturated bananas that have started to rot and unripe apricots contribute to the flavor profile as well. On second thought, the flavor is no better than the nose. Since the 'best by' date is 6-17-08, age shouldn't be a factor.

The mouthfeel is both light-medium and stickyslick. It's as if corn syrup was added to the kettles after fermentation. The carbonation is boisterous enough, but is fizzy and short-lived. There's no hint of expansiveness.

Kerst Pater Special Winter Ale (Christmas Ale) was pretty good. Buffalo Belgian Stout was a disappointment, but was still drinkable. Pater Lieven Tripel is much too strange and too sour for its own good. I love most Belgian tripels, but can't stomach this one. Pass.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 11.2 oz brown bottle with a “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Head retention has some problems, color is a shade or two darker than the usual Triple. Orange golden hue is a touch hazy.

Smell: Phenolic and fruity. Sweet and spicy alcohol. Suggestions of melon and mango, peppery undertones from the phenols and alcoholic esters.

Taste: Medium body with a light syrupy mouth feel. Carbonation is a bit stiff with a solid crispness. Malt sweetness hits with a sweet grain and refined honey flavour. Warming alcohol is a little quick to flex its strength with esters of sweetness and spiciness that throw around fruity and peppery flavours. Fruity flavours range from pear to mango to melon. Yeast flings a nuttiness into the palate. Hops are a tad leafy with a mellow yet balancing bitterness. The malt still holds strong through it all and in the finish it still prevails with a dry grainy, almost grassy, flavour.

Notes: A good triple, not as stellar as others but still worth a visit. Still big enough to pair up with smelly gourmet cheese and pumpernickel bread.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold brown with virtually no head. Nose is a very mild citric yeast. Flavor is a meaty yeast with a tang that hits the side of my mouth. Pretty well balanced level of sweetness as well. Feel is good with a smooth liquid feel and a decent bubble on the tongue. A very drinkable tripel. Nothing fancy, but solid and smooth. I’d even make this a personal session brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, best before date was not readable..(faded)...this one poured with ALOT of sediment. Hazy light almond in color with a bright white head. Good retention and lace. Mouthfeel abit prickly and fairly high carbonation. Flavors nice and warm. Orange, candi sugars, yeast, nutty, bready, citrus..adds up to decent complexity. Alcohol noted. I'd like to try this again but would search for a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of tart malt and fruit. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt up front, high sweetness levels next, slight dry spiciness in the middle, and some hops in the finish.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium burnished gold amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light apple family and stone fruit, clove; spicy and mildly floral, classic tripel. Flavor is sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast, light stone and apple fruit, mild clove. Finishes subdued with light, sweet fruit and malt, muted clove and spices. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The aroma was classic tripel, nicely spicy, but the flavor is sweeter and the spicing is surprisingly mild. Although clearly a tripel, leans in the direction of a spicy dubbel. I enjoyed this, but it is slightly off style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with three fingers of frothy ivory head. Body is completely clear and free of haze.

Smell: very sweet aroma with a decent malty character and some candylike apple and melon fruit flavors. Nice, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Taste: sweet and bright with a very good malty flavor. Taste is a bit less sweet than the aroma with a good malt quality, and a little bit less fruity as well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a colossal carbonation. Creaminess is nearly excellent; if this beer had a little bit more body then it might have enough carbonation to be basically perfect.

Overall: a good tripel, if a bit sweet. Not as complex as a good tripel ought to be, I really do like the quality of the beer's malt character.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16th Dec 2012: on-tap in the Antwerp Gollem.

Slight haze to my golden/yellow bodied beer, on top a thin white head, it was larger when poured but by the time it arrived at the table it had sunk into it's self somewhat.

Fairly sweet malt and fruity nose, this also carried on into the taste.

The beer has something about it that I like: the yeast content sits well with the alcohol and although it might be a bit sweet for some it certainly hit the spot with me.

Complex and interesting: never seen it on-tap before or since.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace but pour slowly there is a ton of chunky bits and with the active carbonation it *looks* like a witch's cauldron. Cloudy amber color. Nose is sweet maybe bready. Starts sweet and crisp, finishes smooth but there is some alcohol in the background.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle shared with Phatz and JohnnyM2002.

A: The ale is a goldenrod color. The bottle popped with a loud sound and was pretty vigorous head-wise. The glass slowly dissapated to a small white ring around the glass and some lacing.

S: The aroma is a very sweet honey flavor with a yeasty kick and no hint of alcohol.

T: The flavor is disturbingly sweet. There is no coriander element to add a hint of spicy heat. The tripel starts out with a honey and clove sweetness and slowly turning sweeter, if that is possible! The ale finishes with an intensely sweet honey and sugary fruit flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is almost, but not quite, cloyingly sweet. I wish that there were a little more spice-wise to add some peppery heat.

D: I am glad that I had two other people to split this bottle with, as I don;t think that I could have gotten through the whole thing, it is just too sweet.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bark
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is orange-yellow-beige; the finger thick white firm head is compact and uneven. No lacing.

The smell is fruity and spicy with a sour note of yeast. There are also some notes of bitter oranges and that “wheat beer” flavour.

The taste is very flavoured, almost perfumed; there are sour wheat beer flavours, but also bitter oranges, spices (cloves? coriander? cardamom? vanilla?) and even some mild bitter notes. The aftertaste is balanced with a mild flavour of buns, dough, bitter almonds and green apples.

The carbonation is very strong, but also rather short which is typical for a Tripel.

I just described this beer to a friend: “Like a crossover of Hoegaarden and a pale strong Belgian abbey ale”. But it is, like so many other Belgian beers, an insidious brew: Despite the 8% abv, there is no noticeable alcohol in the smell or taste at all!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- best compared with a mixture of a white and blush corbonated wine.

Smell- Hint of malty sweetness with a smell of rose petals thats not overwhleming, but hard not to notice in a beer.

Taste- As expected with any Tripel, lots of excellent malt character with a small and under estimated hops attck to vaguely counteract the malt sweetness. A small note of alcohol registers, but only compliments the beers overall taste.

Mouthfeel- I would love to have more than one in 30 minutes, but wouldn't because of the alcohol content and the flavors are too good to just swallow down quickly.

Drinkability. Could have a couple in one hour but would fall asleep before I could get to number three. Plus that wouldn't be doing thid beer any justice to drink that fast. Will definetly order again.

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Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Some faint spice notes up front followed by strong aromas of white grapes and pears. There are notes of bubblegum mixed in with a yeasty aroma on the finish.

T: Spices at first followed by some faint fruit and bubblegum flavors. A sweet bready flavor brings up the finish with a slightly fruity aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and attenuated.

O: A pretty decent tripel overall, though not great. I'd like a bit more depth and balance in both flavor and aroma along with a crisper body.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from Chris at Ebenezer's Pub. His duty is to further my beer education, and he's doing an exceptional job (if in central Maine, Ebenezer's is a must stop). This bottle had a best before end of 2007 on the label. It was a clear gold color with a thick head. A nice sweet, yeasty aroma. Wonderful taste. Yeast up front, then some fruit, some spice. Nicely tart and well-carbonated. A great Belgian; I could drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold color, the head is voluminous, creamy, white in color, the lace in thick sheets, and a "Bazillion" tiny bubbles. Nose is malt, a touch of citrus, hints of bubble gum, and quite "Sniffable". Front is sweet, the top skinny, the finish is potently acidic, pleasantly hopped, the long dry aftertaste, contains a hint of alcohol. Quite a good drinking beer, and worth the effort to sample. Ranks #434 on my current 1000 beer master list,

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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