Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Hops abound in this triple Belgian ale, brewed with three times the normal amount of pilsner-malt to build on plenty of raw rich material, and an 'over the edge' amount of Hallertau and Aurora hops. Just to make it perfect with a great hoppy nose, a full round complex mouth-feel and a lingering beautiful hoppy aftertaste, in perfect balance with the glow of the 9.5 % alcohol by volume. Refermented in the keg (keg conditioned) to infuse the softness and easy drinkability of the natural carbonation. Brewery Van Steenberge craftsmanship by excellence!

House beer for Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh.

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oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
On draft at festival at Waregem. A very nice and tastefull beer with a good bitterness and alcohol touch. One of the best beers tasted over there

Jerre (3800) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2008
On tap last saturday @ Waregem 22 march. Hazy blond color, with a white creamy head. Aroma hops, hops, yeast. Medium body. Taste is sweet, full of hops, good bitterness. Alcholic warm mouthfeel and bitter aftertaste. Good.

BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2008
On draft at the meeting room of the Van Steenberge brewery during the Zythos Forum Gathering 2008. To bad I didn’t have my notebook with me. This is what I remember: hazy blond beer with a nice creamy and lasting white head. Medium carbonation. With approximately 90 EBU (according the brewer) hops are obviously dominating aroma and flavor but not to one-dimensional. Medium bodied. The bitter aftertaste lasted for over an hour.

joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2008
straw colored with large white head, flavor is of burnt rock candy with a dry aftertaste, pretty weak

Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Draft at Sharp Edge, Creekhouse. Poured hazy gold in color with a medium sized lingering head with nice lacing. Aroma of hops is very prevalent. Smells like the cross between a very hoppy pilsner and a Belgian triple. Taste is very unique. Hops come in strong, but it also has a bit of a farmhouse yeast flavor to it. It comes across a little sweet, but the hops balance it nicely. It was certainly in a league of its own and I can’t say I have ever had a style like it. Not too bad however.

f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden color with a lasting white head. Sweet aroma, yeasty, some piney hops. Average bodied, initial tripel sweetness, dry/yeasty mouthfeel, but an interesting bitter, chalky finish. A nice stab at a new style...

hiddenvariable (211) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
draught at the sharp edge beer emporium. pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head. strange vegetable piney hop scent that was backed up by a bready malt and some yeast. floral citrus hop flavor with some more bready malt and a bit of pine hops bringing up the rear. hoppy like an ipa but yeasty like a triple, except without the tasty fruity esters. sweet and bitter finish that is fairly well balanced and probably the best part of the beer. medium body with a lot of carbonation, and a resinous but creamy mouthfeel. tried to be a belgian/ipa cross, but kind of failed at the belgian part. certainly not horrible, but i don’t think i’ll seek it out again.

douglas88 (9573) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 On tap at the Sharper Edge Bistro. Made in Belgium by Van Steenberge for the Sharper Edge. It’s a kind of attempt to mix a IPA with a Belgian strong ale. Overall, it tasted too much like an IPA, the hops dominated. Also present were some spices, fruit, and a mildly sweet malt. Decent, I can’t complain. The Sharper Edge just kicks ass period.

LinusStick (3498) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2007
I chose this beer for my magical 1000 due to the fact that a local place where I discovered craft beer is the only place I can get it. Got this on draft with dinner and it was pretty good. Aroma was decent. A bit of hops with some light fruit in there. Pour was beautiful. A hazy orange with a huge 4 finger white head that laced most of the glass. I was expecting a triple IPA and then realized they meant a tripel (as in Belgian tripel) IPA. Tasted like a slightly hopped tripel. Hides alchol beautifully. Light carbonation with a somewhat hoppy bite in the aftertaste. Not on point, but I’m glad that this was 1000.

Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Draught at Creekhouse. Tripel IPA, 9.5abv. Beany nose, sweet malt, mild sugar, light tang. Malt aroma like a mild German pils, but hoppier. A cat food smell. There’s a fruity component, too. Dark golden amber clear, with white thin lacing head. Light bodied with smooth carbonation. Starts with a bit of sweetness, like an unhopped pilsener. Light alcohol. Finishes with fairly good amount of hoppy dry bitterness. Tastes don’t quite meld; mediocre.

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