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Brewed by Brouwerij Palm
Style: Abbey Tripel
Londerzeel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Triple beer with a malt character and fragrant hint of hops with Bruges’ subtle herbal mixture (gruut). STEENBRUGGE Tripel has an alcohol content of 8.7 % Alc/Vol (bottled) or 8.5% (on tap). and is best served between 8° C and 12° C.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beer4000 (4615) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2009
330 ml bottle. Golden with a big foamy white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet like candyfloss. Flavor is light malty, light spicy, a bit fruity, some warming alcohol and a sticky sweet finish. The sweetness is dominating and the rest of the beer is pretty one dimensional. Still drinkable in smaller amounts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2009
Bottle, at Cardinal. It pours an almost clear, orange-golden head under a diminishing off-white head leaving lacings. Fruity nose with white sugar, some spices and a little alcohol. The flavor has a pronounced grainy flavor as well as fruits and white sugar. Some alcohol gives a little warmth, and it finishes sugary sweet and spiced. Dry, still sweetish mouthfeel, with a touch of something like chewing on wet cheap cardboard. A decent one, nothing more. I’d rather drink its weaker brother Blond. 090728

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2009
33cl bottle from Dranken Geers. Orange gold, with thin white head. Very moderate aroma. Some tripel style fruit in the mouth. Some tropical fruit. Quite muted but smooth and not offensive in any way, but needs a bit more character maybe. Drank it pretty quickly though so I must have liked it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
June 2012 Best by Date; Sampled July 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a nice amount of lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a rich gold hue that has a touch of copper to it. When held up to the light the beer shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, bright, rich gold color. The aroma is quite fruit focused with notes of ripe pear, Macintosh apple and perhaps some fruit white grape notes. A touch of grassy grain character comes through after things settle down, but this remains a fairly straight forward smelling Tripel.

The beer is sweet tasting, though not cloying as there is some peppery carbonation, a touch of hop bitterness and some higher alcohol spiciness that helps to balance the sweetness. This flavor has a solid fruit contribution, and though it is not at the same level as the nose I still taste notes of ripe melon, a touch of kiwi fruit, aromatic pear and some sweet apple notes. There is a touch of earthy spiciness in the finish as well as a spicy clove note that tends to linger a bit on the palate along with some warming alcohol notes. This is light and drinkable for a beer of this strength, though it could perhaps use a touch lighter body.

This is the best of the Steenbrugge beers I have had so far. This still isn’t a great example of the style though, it could use more spiciness and some more fermentation character & nice malt backbone (appropriate for the style of course) would be nice as well, but it is serviceable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2009
33 cl bottle at Øl&Mat09 in Oslo. Dark golden/amber color, big white head. Aroma is Belgian; fruit, yeast and spices. Flavor is a lot of fruity sweetness. Alcohol. Halfdry finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alobar (2873) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2009
On tap at Blue Dog. Pours a yellowish amber with no head. Aroma of spice, honey and fruit. Flavor of spice, some fruit, and of all things-hops. Ok, but not impressive at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slokop (107) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2009
Use before 25.07.11 the label says. 10 degrees pour. Fairly regular triple with reasonable head seeks knowledge to a sheer enjoinder. An it worked out well. Good carbon, quite bitter and, also important, not at all sweet, though not dry either. Bottle mentions that it contains ’gruut’. The label is a saint drinking in front of a yellow church-window on black background. Ah, it is truly an abbey beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanEric (1027) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2009
Golden colour with a slight head. Aroma a bit of malt, hops. Tastes soft, some spices, bitof honey and citrus and small carbonation. A bit bitterness in the finish. For a triple a reasonable one, not good and not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Golden with a white head. Aromas are caramel, pear and brown sugar with bubblegum and spices. Flavours are sweet citrus, pear and caramel with toasted notes and caramelised fruit. Dry and spicy on the finish. Pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Draught at TND: Aroma of slight spices, light lemon, slight yeast, and slight hops. Poured yellow/gold in color with a small, creamy, white head that lasted as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of yeast, bubblegum, sugar, toasted caramel, light pale malts, slight grains, and slight barley. Light to medium body. Thin, dry texture. Average carbonation. Light to medium sweet, yeast and caramel finish is dry. 8.5%ABV is totally hidden.


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