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Brewed by De Graal
Style: Abbey Tripel
Brakel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
14-Mar-12 (750-ml bottle)
This is decidedly not a sweet style of Belgian Tripel; the beer is more a hoppy, herbal, and spicy example rather than sweet or fruity. Aromas of grass hops, dried herbs, table grapes, and bready malt lead into flavors of coriander, pepper, hay, stone fruit, and bready, grainy malt. The beer is fully attenuated, very dry, no obvious sweetness is apparent, and the hops and herbs contributed light-medium bitterness. Medium-full in weight without the benefit of any sugar, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, but still smooth. Hazy, golden in color, and capped by nearly an inch of off-white head that settles to a dusty sheet. Overall, a different kind of Tripel, and one that I really appreciate. I’m less of a fan of the sweeter style of Tripel, and I’m pleased that this one is dry, hoppy, and herbal.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (201) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle. Beautiful golden pour with lasting, dense foam head. Fresh and crisp (saison?) aroma of fresh grass, lemon juice, slightly ripened cheese, apple cider. Nice. Taste is a mellow blend of apple juice, grains, Belgian white, hint of lemon, yeast/cheese. Aftertaste is neutral. Great for an early summers evening.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (199) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 8, 2015
ASPETTO: biondo oro carico, torbido. Schiuma bianca, fine, abbondante e persistente (romane sempre un sottile strato nel bicchiere). AROMA: molto gradevole, ricorda molto lo champagne, altre ad avere sentori speziati, floreali e di lievito. GUSTO: all’abbocco è fruttata (frutta gialla) e con un tocco di miele. Poco dopo compaiono sentori di luppolo, che rendono più interessante la bevuta, senza però mai far sentire veramente l’amaro, che rimane solo di "sottofondo" solo nella seconda parte del sorso. Il finale è abbastanza secco e ripulisce bene la bocca. Corpo abbastanza strutturato, carbonizzazione meda. CONCLUSIONE: una triple veramente ben fatta ed equilibrata. Non è una cima nel mondo bracciolo, ma è una bevuta sicuramente molto piacevole.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (973) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Clear deep golden color, lot of small bubbles, big frothy white to off-white head, good retention and lacing; whole array of aroma’s, citrus, apricot, lemon, cheese, soap, flowers, herbs, ginger, coriander; taste moderate sweet and bitter, coriander, ginger, floral hops; medium to full body, oily texture, spicy mouthfeel, alcohol, soft carbonation, mild bitter finish, herbal and spicy notes, alcohol well-hidden; overal a very aromatic and expressive tripel, quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1076) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 12, 2014
On tap @Buskers Pub (Rome). Dorata carica, schiuma abbondante e persistente. Al naso leggeri off flavours, lieviti, pane, sentori fruttati e di zucchero di canna. In bocca è piena, dolciastra all’attacco e ben equilibrata, ha un bel corpo e una ottima persistenza. Carbonazione leggera. Molto buona, nonostante qualche piccolo difetto.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (3135) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
Flaske fra Belgisk Bryg, delt på RBHD-samling på Tau okt-14: klar gylden med flott hvitt gardinskum. Heftig aroma og smak av lyse bær, fennikel, basilikum, anis og hele urtehagen. flott karbonert og forførerisk lett for sin omdreiningshastighet. Men passer det med så mye krydderier og urter i en tripel? Sødmen er nesten fraværende.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (3040) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
0,5 l bottle at RBHD-gathering, Tau, Oct-2014. Misty golden body with a medium white head. Aniseed, bay leaves, fennel seeds and mint on the nose. Spices also present in the mouth. Dry. Medium to full bodied. Smooth.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Holmen2 (1494) - NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Shared bottle at RB/HD gathering at Tau 18.10.14. Hazy golden. Fennel seeds, basil, anis, laurels and other spices and herbs in aroma. Same in taste. Too much for yours sincerely!!!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5464) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Shared 330 ml bottle at local tasting. Hazy golden colour, white head. Spicy sweetish aroma, notes of fennel seeds and anise. Too much spices in the flavour too, not a perfect blend.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
culchiem (2793) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle at Hermans. Hazy gold with a fill head. Aroma is fruity yeast. Flavour is some bitter liquorice, a liitle ginger on a warm boozy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (533) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2014
Troebel geel bier zonder schuim. Smaak is hoppig bitter en licht zuur, koriander en licht fruitig. Smaak blijft redelijk lang hangen. Goede tripel.


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