Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Abbey Tripel
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Given as the most bitter tripel in Belgium, with 49 EBU. No Dutchmen were harmed in the making of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4574) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2014
330ml bottle pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is mild yeast with some light fruits and grains. Taste is a light fruity and malty sweetness with a bold citrus and spicy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with some generous carbonation leaving a pleasant sensation on the palate. A well done tripel that is definitely worthy of a tasting experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (360) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2014
33cl bottle bought from the good spirits co.in glasgow pours cloudy orangey yellow with large white foaming head. aroma is full grain with bitter notes taste is citrus with strong bitter and a dry finish very nice tripel

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (3533) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 7, 2014
330ml bottle. Hazy orange color. Small size, white head, stays. Fruity, sweet, citrus, lime, touch of yeast in aroma. Fruity, herbal, sweet, dry yeast in taste. Strong bitterness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (10059) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2014
330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Pleasant light belgian tripel aroma, sweetish, pale grains, slightly perfumey. Body full, a little sweet, more a strong blond than an actual tripel, which I want to be crisper and drier. Nice light malts, perfume strong, almost soapy. On subsequent sips, the soap fades, and itís just perfumey. Also the light almost flap-jacky malts come out more. Nuts from within peach stones too - almost almondy, but sweet too. grows on you, with every sip I like it more. So the alcohol is clearly beguiling! Nice strong pale belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Dense, goldenrod pour has a silvery sheen to it. The aroma is packed with fresh fruits, spices, and flowers, all golden and brown; pear, golden kiwi, dry grass, cardamom.

The freshness of this is confounding, and the interplay of the yeast with the vibrant hops and the doughy malt is a thing to behold. The rounded thickness of the body is impressive, if not as much as how wistfully dry and airy it remains at the same time.

The idea of the incredibly fresh Belgian tripel was a revelation for me, and itís incredibly bittersweet to know how rare of an experience that will be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1263) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2014
0,33L bottle. Pours hazy golden with white head. The head stays. Aroma is sour, fruits, citrus and rubber. Taste is sweet and hoppy bitter, fruits, citrus, spices, and yeast. Finish is long dry and grapefruit bitter. Overall: well-made beer, but Iím just not a big fan of the hoppy Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
venom666 (502) - Elche, SPAIN - JUN 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Deep golden color with white medium-lasting head. Ripe banana and aromatic hops on the aroma. Malt dominates on the taste, with a medium bitterness dominating the aftertaste. Great tripel!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (10123) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 1, 2014
courtesy of Anna Rohrbach - hazy blond beer with a persistent white foam; nice lacework; estery and fruity notes of marzipan; spicy; sweet and full-bodied; very tasty, pretty bitter,long estery and fruity spicy finish - lot of character

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8468) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2014 Bottle dated June 2013. Effervescent, lightly hazed amber with a tall-building white foam head. Sugar cookie Belgian Pale malt with a more moderate hop profile of grass, flowers and citrus. Medium-full body, sweet approach turning to drying, phenolic, bitter finish. Extremely clean nose, no trace of ethanol, malt is superbly soft, creamy and fine carbonation. Kind of a head scratcher that we are getting 11-month old bottles in Colorado just now (May 2014), and surprised to see itís held up so well, a testament to the brewing skill at De la Senne, sure, but not all of their beers stand up to that amount of time (see Aug 2013 batch of Taras Boulba that showed up 6 months old and oxidized earlier this year).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle (June 12, 2013 batch). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain / crackers), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with light notes of gum, pepper, alcohol, pineapple. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Dammit, I hate how so many imports we get on shelves here are already a year old, especially with stuff from De La Senne and De Ranke (oh, and Haand, and...). Why is this such a problem in this day and age? Itís not like thereís an overabundance of these beers produced in the first place...so who the fuck is just sitting on the limited stock? The importer? The distributor? Certainly not the retailer. Are these breweries sending the importer old shit? Doubtful. I donít get it. Anyways, enough of that rant. At its old age, this beer is certainly not that vibrant, and yet...itís still wonderful...enticing nose, very clean, very well-balanced, very much to style unlike most American overly sweet banana bombs. If this were fresh, it would almost certainly be a 4+ rating. I probably shouldnít even rate it as-is, in fact, but itís worth knowing that De La Senne is making a tripel that crushes 90% of its competition even after a year of fading. Curses to whomever is responsible for causing (very) old stock to be sold as new, arrgghh!

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