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%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
8
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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 750ml corked bottle, poured into a pint glass. Shared the bottle with Phatz and Akorsak.

A - Poured a hazy straw color with a foamy head that simmered down to a white ring around the glass.

S - Something isn't quite right here...I get a funky aroma of flowers and ripened fruit.

T - Starts with a banana flavor, and where it should blend with spices...nothing happens. The flavors begin on a sweet note, and just keep getting sweeter through the finish. Hard to put a finger on it, but the flavors never fully develop and all I get is a yeasty banana taste that's packed with sweetness.

M - Bubbly and creamy...a little thinner as it got warmer.

D - Just too sweet for me...a shame because I love tripels. I really thought it was just a bad bottle, which it very well might be...but I get the feeling that this is the intended flavor. I'd like to find another one in a few months and see if there's a difference.

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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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bomber

A-Nice light golden body with plenty of carbonation. Head was light but rocky. Very little lacing. I like a little more of a copper orange body for a tripel, but still nice looking.

S-I am attributing the heavy cork smell to a semi-bad bottle. Past the wet cork, there was heavy tropical fruit smell. Belgian yeast is not very present.

T-Again, the cork comes through with a wet cardboard (oxidation). The fruitiness comes through on the tongue nicely. A hop and yeast spice comes through before the earthy finish. When colder, this is remarkably saison-like in wet-grass and straw taste. As it warms, the soft, sweet fruitiness comes full-circle. I still miss the yeast attribute.

M-This beer is very soft and mellow from start to finish. A spiciness is leftover, but very welcome. A grainy aspect adds to the depth.

D-Like mentioned, the cork presence threw me off a little, but I can see the potential of this beer. Easy to drink and definately gentle enough to be an all-nighter.

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

Pours a very pretty transparent gold color with many tiny bubbles. Head is huge, fading slowly to a nice thick cap (1/2 finger) of whiteish foam, leaving a bit of lacing as it recedes. Nose is bready/yeasty with a small amount of coriander and cloves, pretty subtle. Pretty classical tripel thus far. Taste is definitely spicy, much more than the nose hints. Good bitter underpinning, and a definite alcohol burn toward the middle that quickly fades to a pleasant warmth. Flavor is semi-sweet, reminiscent of mild fruit juice, perhaps apples. A bit of yeast is evident as well. Finishes with a slightly astringent taste. Mouth is definitely bubbly, wet, with a mild body. Pretty easy across the tongue, and about as bubbly as most tripels. Drinkability is very good; 8% alcohol is strong but not obscenely so.

Overall: A very good tripel, recommended.

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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 bort11
2.34/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Huge frothy white head that tooks it's time to settle down. Color is a bright golden yellow. Smell was a bit on the sour side. Taste was vinegary and sour. I'm afraid I got ahold of a bad bottle. I wasn't able to finish and had to pur most of it down the drain. This is odd since it had a best by date of 17/06/06. It looked like it was stored properly at the store. I may give this another chance if someone else is buying.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a tulip glass. best before 16/3/07.

A: real purtty. big gorgeous rocky dish soap head. slight haze to the deep golden body. a bit of lacing.

S: yeast, apples, peaches, some white grapes

T: soft and smooth up front. yeast and sugar hit first, followed by plenty of fruit. peaches, grapes, green apples, some citric qualities as well. as the fruit fades, dryness pulls through. a little woody, a little coriander-esque. mid palate theres even a little bubble gum quality. finishes pretty dry and a touch tart. superb balance between the opening sugar and finishing dryness. rock.

M: oh so soft and luscious. near perfect mouthfeel.

D: i give it a 5. nuff said.

i love this big little beer to death. it seems to be a sleeper in the triple category, so expertly crafted but relatively unknown. i paired with a dinner of steak tips, peppers, onions in a pineapple salsa sauce that (all modesty aside) was one of the best things ive ever cooked. along side two aged dry cheeses. all went exceptionally well. cheers.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a towering head of airy white foam over a clear deep golden body. Head slwoly recedes, but leaves little lace. Aromas of tangy earth, coriander, pepper and other herbs as well as sawdust and a slight hint of citrus. The flavors ride into the mouth on a healthy dose of carbonation. Subdued yet sweet caramel provides the base, while other flavors of pepper, coriander, earth and a slight yeastiness offer an interesting concert of accents. A healthy crisp bitterness adds balance. Lean to medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Crisp and light upfront in the mouth, but finishes smooth and clean.

This tripel seems to be a more balanced example of the style due to its lack of an over the top sweetness providing the more subtle earthy and herbal flavors to really come through. Refreshing and extremely easy drinking with a healthy dose of complexity to boot. A fine ale.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 that seems to read as best by 10/16/07 purchased at Merchat's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Huge head of white over clear burnished brass. Good retention and lace.

Tart and fruity with some spices. Crisp apples and a bit of lemon zest with some sugars, chalk, and a pinch of basement funk. Mildly phenolic. Very nice. The nose hits all of the classic aromas for the style without being to tart or alcoholic.

Tastes tart upfront with some sweets from the malts and then a nice apple flavor comes in. A bit spicy with some hops and a dry finish that retains some of the apple juice. Some yeast in the end as well.

The mouth is a bit puckery but that is expected for the style. Just the right amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and it walks the line that seperates Triples from BSPAs. I really like this beer. One of those beers I had passed by many times. I regret that.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange-gold...very lively head..laces and drops to 1/8" and stays. Looks very good in a Duvel tulip.
Smells spicy..clove..dough , banana...a hint of phenol.
Tastes really good...lighter in flavor than a lot of other Tripels...not as sweet , either. Yeasty malt, with light citrus...banana and clove..doughy bubblegum finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Nice mouthfeel...light, highly carbonated.. velvety as it warms....a little drier than most.
As drinkable as Tripels get. This is a good one.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

bb 07.. month & day smudged.

pours more deep brownish amber than i expect from tripels, but the head is fierce and climbing with an airy texture of dish soap.. this i am familiar with in the face of the blond belgians. smells yeasty for sure, very tart lemon wedge and something metallic. papaya and phenolics, little buttery balance. ok but too green compared to what i think this style should exemplify in aroma. taste brings a whole new fruity dimension to the experience... the beer expands beautifully like a spring blossom, the amber richness explains itself with a velvety cream texture that contrasts well with a spritzy carbonation. taste is more balanced with alcohol heat meeting light hints of sugary malts. finish is rather hoppy with almost-american influenced citrus accents. the alcohol in the front of each sip limits drinkability.. and this beer would probably jump up a point or two by the end of the year. still a decent example and something for those who like their trips crisp.

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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 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 bigdeuce
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is excellent. Not too sweet like a lot of Triples I've had in the past. Nice fruity flavor, no hop presence, outstanding color, smooth drinkability. I usually go a little lower with Belgians on drinkability because I take that to mean, how many can you drink at once and since this beer is higher in alcohol, that rating is a little lower. This has good carbonation and tangy fruity nose smell. Nice combo on an orangy-lemony taste but not too tangy. An excellent beer, a little pricey, but terrific nonetheless.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice colden color with a 2 finger head that falls to a very healthy coat over the brew. The nose is very nice. I get coriander, lemon and a slight sourness. Very impressive nose. The flavor is right there with the nose. Lemony, orangey, a bit tart, slightly sweet. I like it. The feel is moderate with a a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, a rather nice brew. I like the flavor a lot. I would get this brew again.

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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 Shultzerdugen
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle.

Tons of dregs suspended in a cloudy dark gold body with a light fluffy head.

Fresh fruit of a tropical variety: kiwi, star fruit, etc. Definite funkiness, aka barnyard funk. A touch of booze.

Thinnish body with a lot of spritzy CO2.

Light and fruity. Alcohol is hidden but still noticable. Bone dry finish. Barnyard funk is there for sure.

Interesting and better than I hoped for.

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Photo of granger10
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is really fruity and has some residual sweetness with it. I'm getting a strong honey sweetness up front. Quite thick for how it looks. Bready base underneath and a banana flavor is in there as well. Alcohol seems stronger than 5% and a little out of place. The finish really gets me though. It seems oxidated and leaves a wet cardboard taste in my mouth. Still drinkable but the oxidation hurts. Otherwise this was a solid tripel.

Once again, many thanks to the much to kind CRJMellor for the bottle!

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Photo of kegerator
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this seemed to come off as a typical belgian, meaning there did not seem to be anything special about it, it was just there.
poured out a coppery blond with a nice thick head.
smell was slightly sweet fruit with your typical spicy notes.
taste was not complex but very simple and straight forward.
all in all a decent belgian beer just nothing jumped out about it.

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Photo of MrBen
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have a moderately priced and well presented beer. I love Belgian tripels and quadrupels, and this one has been a repeat buy for me for a while now. Great color -- a honey/amber/copper -- and nose. The 8% ABV still lets the sweet flavor come through, where I feel 9-10% would swamp it. The carbonation is right on the money. Pater Lieven Tripel is a great beer for any time of the day.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Highly suggested by a number of my fellow quaffers.
Poured out a golden apricot color with a big, fluffy head but very little lace.
Smell is amazing with notes of sweetness, malt, citrus (orange & tangerine - Florida law requires residents to know the difference :-) ), a peppery spice, and some yeast.
Taste fell short of the wonderful smell. Hops, malt, a huge alcohol bloom (@40 degrees F), spice and citrus. Balance was poor, alcohol really overpowered the flavors here.
Mouthfeel was a bit rough around the edges, much like a hoppy bite but not actually from the hops which were quite restrained. Medium/full body with nice effervescence all over the mouth and tongue.
Drinkability would be just acceptable. There are many better tripels available. I must report to those who recommended this brew that it came up lacking, in my opinion.

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Photo of truthbrew
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy straw yellow to golden. Huge white fluffy head, leaves only moderate lacing on a clean glass. Bready spiced bananna nose with a hint of alcohol. Body is sweet, malty, with moderate to high carbonation. Something is missing for me but can't quite pin point it. For some reason it feels very thin in the mouth, but upon drinking the finish revives it. Good easy drinking, though nothing stand out.

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

Amber/orange color, transparent, light carbonation and an off-white head. Retention is low and lace is clingy. I miss judged my pour and got some large chunks whirling around. Aroma is tart and yeasty and grassy. Flavor is lightly sweet at the start with a dry slightly tart finish. Peppery attributes dominate the character of the taste. A tripel in the Westmalle tradition, but not as thick and intense. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly effervescent. Light hop bite. I fail to see any complexity of Pater, but it is an enjoyable version of a tripel.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a brownish orange color with a small hovering head. There are lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. This lasts throughout the beer. Lacing is good too.

Smell: It has a very sweet, malty aroma. There are hints of aged fruits and oak.

Taste: The bulk of the flavor consists of a flowery and fruity combination. This being said, it isn't an overly sweet beer. It is well balanced with whatever malts are in the mash. The flavor seems to transition - taking a pear like sweetness and amplifiying it into an alcohol finish that really warms the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The body comes in very wet, but it gets surprisingly thick once it makes contact. You can really feel it grow and spread over the entire tongue and mouth.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a 33cl bottle I scored in Amsterdam and lugged back home... Poured dark golden, with plentiful, minute bubbles steadily rising through the clear liquid. Bier filled the goblet about 1/2 way; the rest of the gob was filled by the head! The topping was light beige colored and very billowy and whipped-cream like. It slowly collapsed upon itself yet still maintained at about 1/2" throughout, with lovely lacing in the glass. Pater has a very noticeable nose with spiciness and pepper notes. The aroma suggests a dryness in the bier. It had a medium body, yet a slight rough, prickly feel on the tongue. Flavor begins with some bready, doughy malt, along with slight intimations of tropical fruit. The finish is indeed dry, with mild spice qualities. Not a bad Tripel at all, and though lacking some complexity, I'd have another if available.
Prosit!!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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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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