Brewed by Abbaye du Cateau
Style: Abbey Tripel
Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France


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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Brewer description : A triple fermented golden premium beer, brewed from a unique process using two different yeasts and an old regional secret. This “Bière de Garde” is refermented in bottle and has rich, copious and persistent foam. With it slightly cloudy aspect, Vivat Triple is of a great aromatic complexity. It delivers very good hope bitterness at the finish. It has been rewarded in 2008, by the most prestigious award for food and drinks’ quality in France: Golden medal at the “Concours agricole de Paris”.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiong (6716) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 5, 2013
330ml bottle from Alko Arkadia

Pours clear golden with a large foamy head. Aroma of soapy fruits, herbal notes, spices and malts. Taste is smooth, malty, slightly soapy and fruity with hints of herbal hops and spices. Finish is sweetish, spicy and slightly soapy with some yeasty notes. Decent tripel, but the soapy notes are a bit unpleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9673) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2013
Overcarbonated, UFO-riddled, metallic orange-copper beer, slowly gushing to huge, dense, ultra-stable off-white head. Alcohol, caramel and sugarnose, smelling rather ’hot’; sharp vegetables/herbs, faintly pickles’ aromas. Bitterish, dry flavour, slightly metallic; bit oxydation (the malts?); probably not very distinctive hops. Sugary sweetness (re)appearing warming up. Hint at sourishness (the ’pickles’ in the nose), but not disturbing. Fizzy, bit ’raw’ taste/feel; medium bodied and slick. Not bad, but there IS a certain doubt, concerning that latent acidity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braastad (459) - FINLAND - MAR 23, 2013
Pours very pale yellow. Some (chill?)haze. Lots of carbonation and a massive head. Spicy aroma mostly, not much else. Rye-like maltiness, spicy and peppery and also some hops there. Cant believe this is 8,3%!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerheart65 (1497) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Hazy honey with big dense creamy white head, good lacing. Looks good. Through head I sense ripe fruits, yeast, bit flower and herbs. Crisp and fruity in mouth, very belgy, medium body, soft feel, long fruity finish, sweet, apples, bit banana, ripe fruits. Good aromatic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SperkeleForce (791) - FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle 33 cl. Pours hazy yellowish with a big lasting mushroom head and a fruity scent. Taste is fruity, yeast, some herbs, citrus and smooth. Not bad. Ensipurasu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3874) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Golden, hazy, average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate malty – some wheat and sweet aroma, dark fruits and some caramel, light herbal hoppyness and light alcohol. Body is medium to full, malty – some wheat and sweetish flavor, caramel and some fruitiness, light citrus - herbal hoppyness and light alcohol. Finish is average, malty – some wheat and sweetish, some caramel and some fruitiness, light herbal hoppyness and light alcohol. Caramel sweet and fruity tripel – alcohol and hoppyness make finish bit drier. Too sweet and too much caramel for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 28, 2013
330ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
Initially bready, but then very spicy aroma, hard to place, but clearly in the Belgian-triple mould. Very mellow in the mouth, sweet and soft, but crisply carbonated. A hint of something like glue or acetone in the retronasals occasionally, but it passes before you can obsess over it. Body is a classic Belgian strong - bready, spicey, and really not very strong! Finish has some fatty resiny spicy, hops. Covers the alcohol very well, it’s an easier drink than the blonde. It’s a slightly more boring drink than the blond too, lacking the same crispness and magnitude of hoppy bite. Not floral enough to really press my Tripel buttons, and maybe a bit too sweet too. But still, a solid Belgian Tripel. Improves as it warms - spiciness comes out more, and is almost peppery. Poured a mostly clear gold, with a brief head, constant gentle carbonation, not enough to support the head. With a splash of yeast until it’s very hazy, the body becomes grainier and hazier, I can’t say I preferred before or either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (16042) - DENMARK - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle, 8.3%. Clear deep golden with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeast, orange peel and spices. Flavour is malt, fruit, yeast, orange peel, spices, medium sweet, little bitter, hop, little liquorice and a little metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (7434) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 11, 2013
Ceramic bottle 500ml. -Cloudy yellow/golden coloured, big white head, some sourish yeasty notes in the nose. Moderate malty and slight alcoholic with pleasant spicy and yeasty notes. Some discreet fruit accent also. Slight acidic spicy finish. Pleasant brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6739) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2013
(Bottle, 0.33 l - BBE 31/05/14, from Alko Arkadia, 20130130) The beer poured golden and hazy. Its head was quite large, long lasting and white. Aroma had fruitiness, sweetness and Belgian style yeast. Palate was medium bodied and somewhat numbing with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, sweetness, honey, malts, Belgian style yeast, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste had honey, Belgian style yeast and bitterness. A quite balanced and clean tripel but also easy to forget. The palate was unpleasant.

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