Brewed by De Graal
Style: Abbey Tripel
Brakel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3028) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (445) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
Le graal version triple … Quel programme !!! Nous allons bien sûr voir si tout cela est vrai (sans jeu de mots...). Etiquette qui affiche 9 % abv, c’est un bon début. Couleur dorée brillante. Un peu de levure en suspension. Bulles moyennes vraiment partout dans le verre (un tulipe de Duvel). Mousse bien blanche à flocons moyens et fins. Arômes de houblon fin magnifique, fleurs blanches, blé, pain blanc, amandes. 1ère bouche soyeuse de houblon, coriandre, fleur d’aubépine. Arrière-bouche avec du malt clair, du houblon et de la levure. Belle. 2ème avec de très belles saveurs, de grandes harmonies. 3ème bouche passe à l’équilibre entre le malt et le houblon, mais toujours avec une touche fleurie. Arrière-bouche très agréable, fusionnelle. La longueur est bien régulière sur le thème, avec des fleurs, houblon, coriandre. La levure est douce, fine, elle paraît un peu juste pour une triple. L’alcool est bien dosé, aide à la définition. La finale propose une envolée fleurie, mais en s’appuyant sur un ensemble malté construit. CONCLUSION : une bière qui sait de quoi elle parle … (ce qui n’est pas le cas du Graal …), mais n’est-ce pas dans ce genre de bière que l’on peut trouver le graal, si on est éveillé à tout ce qu’elle procure, et si on cherche toujours la quintessence d’une triple. La triple est le genre rêvé pour faire une grande quête, et nous en avons encore une preuve glorieuse. Gloria in excelsis deo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomerJ79 (18) - Roma, ITALY - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle (33 cl) from beergium.be. Hazy deep golden with some floaters, medium white head. Spicy and slightly fruitya aroma with some almond paste, some alcohol. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (555) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 18, 2014
BOTTLE 33CL. Look: pours clear golden with some yeast at the bottom. Big white frothy to creamy head with average retention. Aroma: Fresh, fruity and flowery aroma, white grapes, honey?, a clear spicy bite, some acidity, light toast. Some yeast aroma at the bottom. Taste: light fruity, dry phenolic tripelesque character, spice, light dry bitterness. Body a little to thin. Not much hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (6460) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ home
Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, sugar, dried fruits, citrus and a faint hint of metal. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a warm and fruity finish. Body is medium to full, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (1563) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2013
Tasty tripel with a dry and bitter body. Quite hoppy and with some fresh notes of fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (5217) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle (33 cl) from beergium.be. Hazy deep golden with some floaters, medium white head. Spicy and slightly fruitya aroma with some almond paste, some alcohol. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (5086) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle from Belgisk Bryg. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of yeast, spice, fruit and grassy notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yves (2073) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2013
33cl bottle at home. Clear blond coloured beer with small white head and no carbonation. Herby vegetable aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is bitter herby dry sweet hinted. Easy drinker vor 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (405) - ROMANIA - AUG 15, 2013
33cl. Pours hazy orange with a moderate quite fast diminishing white head. Aroma is moderate malty, sweet, citrus, yeasty. Flavor is moderate bitter with a average to long duration, sweet, a bit sour, acidic at the begining as it prickles all your mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (4078) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle: served in a Graal Chalice: Medium sized white foamy head, which changes into a lacing on top of a hazy yellow to murky yellow colored beer. Aromas of soap, fruit like apricot, light creamy aroma, crispy, flowers, light hop and malt flowers. Flavours of hops, bitters, spices, light light alcohol toch which disappears right away, fruity, yeast, corn, grains... Aftertaste is bitter, yeast, floral, fruit and some spice. Low carbo, soft creamy thicker mouthfeel, fuller body and a creamy thicker texture. Not a fan of it’s style, but this one is nice!

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