Pater Lieven Tripel | Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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84
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115 Ratings
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%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of mlazzaro
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. I found an old dusty bottle at a local liquor store. It's faded, but I think this bottle expires three years ago in 2008. (the beer it clearly still good.) I don't care for expiration dates on high ABV beers, a born on date would be more helpful.

Highly carbonated beer. Pours slightly hazy dark straw color, with lots of head that quickly dissipates. Smells of interesting yeast aromas. Peppery, zesty, almost strawberry smells and flavors coming from the yeast. Very acidic, perhaps from the high carbonation. Body is thin, which is expected in this style. High alcohol content is masked quite well. Warming to the esophagus but overall a smooth beer. Drinking this beer I almost forget about hops, bitterness and hop profile is very mild. This is a very drinkable example of Belgian yeast. Expensive, but I would have it again.

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Photo of Squelch
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy tan in color. Slight head. Medium lacing

Smell: Smells of aromatic esters. This beer is definitely begian.

Taste: Very nice. Slight ester flavor of nuts and bananas.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. unnoticable alcohol which is nice given the high abv.

drinkability: not a chugger. This one stands out from others I've had. Will drink again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For volunteering at Belgian Beer Fest 2010. 11.2oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger semi-fine white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear light orange-peach. Lacing is spotty and stringy in parts with little stick.

S: Nose is surprise!, fruity with a ton of spice and Belgian yeast. Hints of peach, apricot, strawberry, and pineapple. Tropical. Cane sugar sweetness also present. Aromatic and enjoyable.

T: Subtle boozy sweetness upfront. Sweet peaches and pineapple, cane sugar, a slight bit of citrus, Belgian yeast, and clove and other spices in the middle. Finish is yeasty and tempered. Very little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied bodied and amply carbonated. Lively and coarse in the mouth. Airy and non-sticky. Finish is subtle and there's little aftertaste.

D: Pretty much what I'd expect from a tripel. This one brings a rather unique tropical fruit combination that strays from the norm but is appreciated. Readily available so give this one a try!!

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours quite a bit darker than you would expect for the style. A little less than a finger of white head. A burnt copper color.

S: Lots of sweetness. Lots of candi sugar. Not that complex in the nose. A touch of spices.

T: Fairly clean malt. The sugar kills this beer as it drowns everything else out. The alcohol is fairly well masked until the finish. Not really estery which is the hallmark of the style.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Probably the best part of this beer.

D: A one and done for me. Decent enough but there are much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Brabander
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a tripel lover i was curious how this one would taste. I can not remember that i ever drank this one before i got on BA.

Let's go! Poured in my westy glass the beer looks ok. A nice creamy white head and a goldenyellow fluid with carbonation, some bigger bubbles.

Then the smell....not the best smell, not even neutral. I cannot describe the smell very well but it's not pleasant.

The taste is very dry and some citrus in the back.

Don't buy this one if you want to try a tripel for the first time.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bright orange with a mild cloudiness and and tight off white bubbles. no particularly sweet overly nose is floral pineapple... palate is citrus lemon tea and citrus fruit with candied qualities... mild pepper, clove and dry carbonation. somewhat simple and one dimensional but there is little room for error if you like it.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice

A - Pours a hazey marmalaide colur with a white fluffy head tha retains well.

S - Plenty of sugars and orange spice aromas.

T - Spicey pepper flavours with orange citrus and some raisin.

M - Low carbonation and medium body.

D - A solid triple that is a must try.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark blonde body, clear in apperance - probably due to lees sedimentation on bottom from cellaring. Pours tall white collar of foam, semi-long lasting.

S - Complex malt, zesty citrus and fruit esters. Mild phenolic with almost layer of hop character.

T - Sweet profile from malt transitions into fruity sensation of citrus. Clove and pepper phenols are compensating to middle balance, and very hidden bitterness of hop flavor on dry finish.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. No warming from ABV.

D - Very intriguing and fruity Triple style.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a murky golden color with a tight fizzy head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is of tart apple skins and musty yeast phenols. Nothing special about the aroma. The taste of green apples but not that tart, light candi sugar and pineapple fruitness, light spice, some floral honey, and a light malt presence. The brew has a light to moderate feel, plenty of fizzy carbonation, finishes sweet but not cloying. An easy drinking tripel, good balance. No crazy flavors but still a well made beer.

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

This is a very respectable beer. Pours a cloudy orange color, citrus in the smell (notably lemon), and a slight citrus in the taste. The ABV is very well hidden making this a very sessionable beer.

Overall I think this beer would make a good gateway beer into appreciating hefe's and tripels.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : blond/amber color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : swet, somewhat round and fruity with a spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Triple.

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Photo of erikm25
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden brown and hazy orange. Very heavy in color with slight dark molasses hue. The head was very fluffy and white like a massive cloud that receded rather quickly.

S: Relatively fruity and tarty with a hint of hops. Some nice malty and wheaty sweetness. There are some other smells that lurk out like oak and peppers and plum. Alcohol was faint but still noticeable.

T: Immediately noticed a spiced pepper taste. Some almond as well and while the smell points towards dark fruit there was a lighter fruit taste that became apparent here (pear and mango). An earthy and woody taste with the right dash of fruity spices.

M: Very round and well carbonated.

D: I enjoyed this tripel very much. The alcohol was there but it was not overpowering and this did make it very easy to drink quickly. Thicker in taste while still leaning on the sweeter side.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange,decent head and a small off and on foamy lace.
The aroma is fruits(pineapple,tropical) and alcohol.
The taste started sweet with many fruit hints and malts.The the tones of honey and syrup with some mild alcohol taste.
The feel was sticky,syrupy and still smooth enough to make the balance odd yet interesting.At times it almost felt creamy.Medium carbonation and a medium body feel.

Notes: While this may have not been amongst the finest of Tripels I have had; I felt it was solid enough to say I would have it again.It was actually a lot different than what I have in mind for a Tripel.
That said,I drank it and I liked it.The End.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very hazy amber-gold with a tight off-white head that barely settles for the duration. Aroma is full of that familiar lemon and spice common with Tripels. Taste is much like the aroma with a big hit of malt that reminds me of buttery graham cracker crust. All that malt gives this beer a medium-full mouthfeel. Buuuurrrp! It's quite effervescent. Almost too carbonated. This is a decent Tripel but I've had better examples and the heavy haze was a bit off-putting.

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Photo of TStandley13
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into glass, chilled.

A - Hazy, orange/gold color. Head is perfectly white, nothing bragable.

S - light, less alcohol smell than most tripels I have tried. Some flowery smells, and a few spices

T - Sweet and sugary, not very citric tasting. Definetely appearance of a yeasty flavor. Fruity.

M - Smooth, carbonation is a tad heavy, light in the mouth.

D - Nothing really stands out in this brew, but its still very drinkable and tasty. Similar to all mid- level tripels.

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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 tkach
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this in the store and it looked like an interesting one to try.

Upon pouring I found it to be a cloudy dark golden color with very nice head. Although it is cloudy it looks crisp and clean.

The smell was sweet and aromatic with an ever so slight zing to it, similar to many oh the beers from Belgium I have had.

Taste was pretty delicious, it has a rich thick malty taste to it which I love.

Mouthfeel was thick with the perfect amount of carbonation for the flavor. It left a nice afterbite that keeps the flavor locked in your mouth for a while.

The drinkability was ok. I found it better than average but it was something I would want to savor the flavor of so it works well when you are in a small relaxing social place, perfect for a long european lunch with close friends!

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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 ojiikun
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage into a simple corsendonk goblet. Bottle bears an expiry date, but it's a year into the future, so I'm assuming this means this is a '07 vintage. Colour is a positively standard amber, neither light nor dark. A bit of haze, but no flecks. Head is very white, very wet, and no signs of any lace yet.

Smell is light and funky. Nothing in the way of specific malts, but a good yeast funk and some distinctively floral spicing. Maybe some light candi. Deep sniffs reveal something earthy - maybe a bit of lightly toasted grain, finally. Some booze and esters, on the acrid side. Not overly mineraley yet.

Taste is sweeter than expected, and less tart than expected. Finally you can find some good light malt, and a fruity body. Solid belgian yeasting is clearly presented and the spice firms up and gets less flowery. Somewhat bitter in the middle of the mouth. Meaty near the end. Brings to mind italian table breads. Something, possibly the hops, also lends a notion of fresh-steamed vegetables, something green and stalky, but nothing in particular.

Mouthfeel is fairly warm and effervescent. Clean on the tongue but slightly sticky on the lips. A fairly well-balanced drinker, though the carbonation might come back in the form of some well-deserved belches.

A very, very standard country-style belgian triple. Shows some interesting character and well-defined tastes when slightly warmer, and makes for a good 'intro' brew, in my opinion.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin head that retains well, pushed on by plenty of bubbles, and the color is very nice dark gold.

Aroma: Honey, hops, fruit, a trace of yeast. Even a slight heat is detected, which might be expected at 8%, but it's not intense.

Flavor is certainly sweet, a million fruits come to mind, but it's balanced with ample spiciness and a mild, pleasant burn in the finish. Maltier than most tripels I've had, but it's not any kind of sweet overkill, and the interesting finish has a kind of intensity that answers its softer characteristics.

Nothing wrong with this tripel. Not the best Belgium has to offer, tripel or otherwise, but that's mighty tough competition. Taking it for what it is, a sweet tripel, it's a delight. Good dessert beer.

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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 Nipitato
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Pours with a good thick white head just under a finger thick. Deep copper. Opaque. Visibly super effervescent. A good looking beer.

S: Musty. Fruity esters are quite strong while clove like phenols are virtually absent. Strong yeast notes. Alcohol aromas noticeable.

T: Spicy phenols and fruity esters are very muted, which leaves lots of room for overly sweet malt and alcohol flavors to come through. A rough bittering and dry finish.

MF: Very effervescent. Medium light. Quite mouthfilling due to high carbonation. Slight alcohol warming.

D: Drinkable but would probably go for another triple. The beer is lacking the phenol and ester flavors that highlight and make tripels unique and tasty.

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Photo of meadhead
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a sort of honey malt
sugar
nut yeast
phenol ale

with a light brown tan color
small head
eggshell pale

taste is medium simple
leaning yes
towards the sweet

but nothing too bad
(bottle was dated recently)

mouthfeel is full:
carbonated
mellowing as it warms

drinks nice
and sips easy
a sort of non-descript charm

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Photo of Phatz
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pater Lieven Tripel
Okay so this was a mistake. Sorry fellas. I took a beer to a tasting that I had never had before. That was a mistake. Not a hit. This beer was not off. It was not bad. It had one problem. It was too damn sweet. Cloyingly so. Thank God I was sharing it with akorsak and JohnnyM2002 or even more would have gone down the drain.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with a big head and decently lacing.

Smell: Honey. Sugar. Honey. Yeast. Topical fruit and peaches and banana. Where is the peppery spicy nose huh?

Taste: The taste follows the nose in that it is one dimensional. The flavor is not completely off-putting just different than I expected. It has a sticky sugary honey fruit flavor with a yeast presence and maybe even a hint of woodiness and a drop of lemon but it is completely missing the coriander and peppery balance I anticipated. The alcohol shows up to balance a bit but not quite enough IMO.

Mouthfeel: It starts out creamy but sticky sweet and finishes crisp if you can stomach the flavor.

Drinkability: We were approaching the end of our afternoon and as I packed up to leave there was still 5 ounces in the bottom of the 750ml bottle. I wanted to reuse the bottle for home brew and since everyone 'loved this beer so much' we elected to drain pour the remainder because 3 men had more than their fill on less than one bottle. If I had not been driving I could have sat around for a few more hours and nursed some more of it, but I'd hardly call it tremendously drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
3.75 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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