Brewed by Brouwerij Palm
Style: Abbey Tripel
Londerzeel, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle: Hazy golden with a white film of head. Odd aroma- some vegetal character and pastry sweetness accompanied by an odd apple-like fruity hint. There’s some plasticy phenols in there as well. Light body with some Belgian pale malt doughy/pastry honeyish sweetness. Not much yeast depth or spiciness that I like to see in the style. Vague and not dry enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2009
750ml. Clear to hazy orange with a small head. Aroma has banana, clove and the rest of the kitchen sink of spices. A bit of honey and citrus too. Flavor is mostly sweet, banana, leaves and faint spice. Some more honey, a bit bubbly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meatmallet (126) - Salem, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear light orange color with a medium sized white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen cominf from the bottom of the glass. Smell: Smell is light with apples, apricots, and cloves. I also get a bit of wheat and malt in there too. Very slight alcohol smell. Taste: Nice and sweet. Apples, honey, oranges, and grain Peppery with a slight hop bitterness. You can taste the hops more in the after taste. Mouthfeel/drinkability: Highly carbonated and light bodied. Very good taste. It opens up a bit more as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle at Peter’s tasting, courtesy I think of Trevor. Pours a clear orange with a light white head. Sweet, stone fruit, candy, little bit of hay. Medium bodied, a bit chalky. Dry and lightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1871) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Pretty nice. Notes of dry honey, spice,oranges ,perfume ,raw alcohol. Malty rich sweetness gives a good aura. Very eazy to put away , could be thicker and more full bodied .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beer5000 (5901) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16503) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17278) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - 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

   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.

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