Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
’Revisited A Favorite’
Grimbergen Tripel ale pours a medium bodied clear but slightly dark amber color, the head a light beige, which dissipates rather quickly leaving a sheet of lace upon the chalice. Upon the pour, a brandyish aroma is noticed quickly, the aroma is spectacular I must admit. Hints of fruit and malt are also noticed, the start is sweet, the middle a mixture of citrus tartness and the malt sweetness, that finishes, wine dry and some what astringent.
I noticed little hop presence, although I know its there the complex aroma of malts, fruity esters, seem to hide the hops. Carbonation is moderate to high and crisp, and the dry finish adds much to the palate of this beer. At 9.0 percent ABV and a 20 or so IBU, this beer is sneakily potent, as there is no alcohol related bitterness, just a nice warm feeling in the ’tummy’.
weide5599 (48) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If I gave top marks, I’d be afraid that the monks would get lazy and stop trying to make it better. This is an amazing beer. I found it at the Leon Pub in Tallahassee and drank it was my regular order there for a year. Then I went to Antwerp and drank it fresh. I’m basing my almost perfect rating on the "trucked to Antwerp, put on a boat, sploshed to New York, trucked to Florida, delivered to my bar, old and tired" Grimbergen tripel. The fresh stuff was twice as good.
Alas, when I returned to Tallahassee and ordered a Grimbergen, I was devistated to learn that the publican was pouring out of the last keg he had and one of the handful still in the states. The Abbey has weighed in on the quantity vs. quality front and chosen quality. They have decided to forsake the golden goose of export and concentrate on brewing a superior beer.
I guess that this means I’ll be back in Belgium sooner than I expected.
StuartC (67) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Fyne Wines, Argyll. Burnished lemon-gold colour with a good solid long-lasting head. Deliciously sweet-ish tropical fruit-salad aromas; prominent flavours of white pepper, melon and lychee initially dominate palate but eventually soften to reveal notes of stewed pears and honeycomb. I should write more, but frankly I enjoyed this beer too much to concentrate on writing! Easy drinking, but at 9%abv is almost too dangerous for everyday...
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - DEC 28, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the beer that got me hooked on Belgians. Get it.
crazyeye (1) - manalapan, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a wonderful beer. It turned me on to trappist ales, though none have reached the pinacle that this one did. Sweet but not cloying. The smoothness masks how strong this beer is.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alken-Maes S.A N.V. Br.--Grimbergen Abdijbier--Biere D’Abbaye Grimbergen Tripel--Triple--2009 33 cl. Bottle. 9.00% ABV--10 IBU’s.? (4.5 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--tripel--Thin foamy off white head. Mild lace clear rich amber burgundy color. Rich toffee raisin Belgian toasted ester front. Cloying mild sweet smooth toffee currant cherry malt smooth rich body. Cinnamon nutmeg hint mild spice balanced smooth end. Tasty off Tripel Dubbelish. Sampled 2/23/2009. 3 @ $2.00 Each.
Nekronos (3967) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
VEry nice, it is strong but with character, I like the colour like orange, and the foam is great.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeastiness present throughout, while a honey and orange character provide an accompanying sweetness. Light astringency in the finish. Extremely versatile, excellent sipping beer but also dangerously refreshing. A night cap beer that would pair equally well with a citrus salad.
Ale Boy99 (19) - Twin Lake, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20