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Tripel
Ommegang Tripel

Ommegang
Tripel

Second bottle of this. L1 061022, 06/04/24 Not to be confused with the US brewery of the same name. Classic, golden Tripel pour with a lovely pillow-like head that hangs around nicely. All of the requisite attributes for the style are here, both present and correct. Sweet, white pepper notes up front with plenty of estery pineapple and such that fades to a nicely drying, lightly bitter alcohol finish. Clean as a whistle the style is nailed and beautifully presented. Those gentle spicy elements...

Paix Dieu

Paix
Dieu

I first came across this beer back in April/May of 2020. I had seen it at an online retailer in Belgium and I didn't recognize it. I am assuming that it was relatively new at the time. In a style that I generally love, obviously it was a no-brainer for me to order it and try one. I happened to mention this in passing to an acquaintance of mine who lives in Belgium and he was very excited. He's not necessarily a beer guy per se, but he mentioned that the brewery is relatively local to him and...

Jambe de Bois

Jambe
de Bois

If I'm brutally honest, not a beer for the purist. To be fair, the label does describe it as a 'Hoppy Tripel'. Again if I'm honest, this isn't a great start for me. I'm a big Tripel fan, but mostly for the reason that they offer a sweetness that is not related to hoppy beers, so this angle isn't necessarily where I would start or what I would look for. Having said all of that, De La Senne has sufficient equity with me that I'm very happy to press on. A cloudy orange body with some tremendous...

St. Bernardus 75th Anniversary

St. Bernardus
75th Anniversary

Bottle No: 1845 (out of 11,000) Never thought I would get a chance to try this, as very little probably made it to the USA and it sold out online pretty quickly too. This is not a gentle Tripel. It's aggressive, and has a drying, warming feel about it that makes it feel like a special beer. In that regard I think that St. Bernardus has achieved what they set out to do. Every bit of the 8.7% feels like it's there, which is another way of saying that it feels well over 8.7, and more like a...

Abbaye D’aulne Winter Triple Ale

Abbaye D’aulne
Winter Triple Ale

I *think* this is the former Abbaye D'aulne, Christmas Triple Ale rebranded, but I'm not 100% sure. The pour is fine, but the initially nice head fades to not much. No significant lace, although the color is pretty. A clear, garnet hue with a real eye-catching red in the right light. Tripel? I dunno, more like a WW or BDSA. The beer is a little thin in terms of body, but there's a decent winter spice about it, and some bitter, drying fruitiness in the back end. A few contradictions in there!...

Ommegang Belgian Essence

Ommegang
Belgian Essence

This must be a collaboration, right? But no mention of New Belgium being involved other than the obvious text across the front of the bottle. Best before 26 JAN 2024. Honey orange pour with a great head, nice retention and some lace. A little darker than I was expecting TBH. Nose is very Triple-like with plenty of spicy white-pepper on warming. Tastes are a little more bitter than I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, the triple character lives on, but it isn't as sweet as many in the style....

Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel

Oud Beersel
Bersalis Tripel

Apparently I've had this before today but I have no notes, and I was somewhat surprised to find out that Brouwerij Oud Beersel made a Tripel given their sour-laden portfolio. The pour is an astonishing color - deep, deep golden, great hues Head is great too (for the ABV), bone-white and has decent retention and some lovely lace. Absolutely perfectly presented beer. Nose has lovely, sharp, clean alcohol with a white pepper blast. Tastes are truly Tripel with the mild spice, the solvent alcohol,...

Straffe Hendrik Triple WILD 2015

Straffe Hendrik
Triple WILD 2015

11.2 oz bottle, Best before end of 2019. Greens, Buford location, Atlanta, GA in late 2022. Pour is well-carbonated (considering the age) initially, that fades quickly to give no lace but a semi-decent film across the beer. A surprisingly rich copper color with good clarity. To be honest, in terms of appearance the beer exceeds expectations. After a few minutes of warming it goes relatively still. There’s a gentle syrupy note to this beer at this age. Obviously (or at least I guess) a ‘Wild...

Cuvée Prestige Tripel De Garre Barrel Aged

Cuvée Prestige Tripel De
Garre Barrel Aged

Lot: n°1 - 2022. Dot-matrixed on top of cage 24/11/24 GBO, 24KU13:36 I got really lucky in acquiring this beer, so rather than dwelling upon that too much I'm determined to enjoy it and savor it. One thing that a lifetime of buying, sampling, drinking and being immersed in great beer has taught me, is that no matter how great any one beer might be, you owe it to the brewer and to yourself to open it, drink it and enjoy it. Head is smaller, and much less pillow-like than regular De Garre....

Tripel De Garre

Tripel
De Garre

Tripel De Garre is an astonishing beer in many respects. That amazement goes way beyond the contents of the bottle and extends to reasons that aren't necessarily obvious. As anyone who has been drinking for any length of time knows, there are several external factors that can influence how one views any given beer. One of the the strongest influencers is nostalgia. Remembering a great visit to a bar or brewery, or a wonderful vacation, or even a particularly fabulous time in one's life, each...

Tre Fontane Tripel

Tre Fontane
Tripel

I'm a bit curious about the age of this bottle. Difficult to know, and other than "L17 40" printed on the label there's nothing else to go by. I'm hoping this is not a reference to 2017, but TBH with no other information to hand, who knows? Various shades of gold out of the bottle, dependent upon the addition of the bottle conditions yeast or not. Smell and tastes give up quite a lot of the herbal fruit that ultimately turns out to be the eucalyptus. Not sure that I could identify it...

Three Blocks Tripel

Three Blocks
Tripel

11oz pour, attractive tulip glass. It has taken me a little while to warm to The Landing Beer Co. in downtown Fort Wayne. If I’m honest that’s not really a big knock on them, it’s just the typical situation for a legacy drinker these days. Fake sours, pastry stouts and too many hazies/IPAs. Of course, these are universal, not local problems these days. However, on this visit we see 7/11 beers that I would happily try, so that’s a huge improvement on so many situations that I run into lately....

Tripel Golden Ale

Tripel Golden Ale

Purchased in Columbus, OH at Perfect Pour. 750 mL, corked and caged affair. Reserved pop on opening, no drama. Pour is a yellowish-golden rather than a distinctly golden-golden. A little chill-haze. Head is bone-white and above average. Decent lace, quite "coating" on the glass, and somewhat in the mouth. I'll start by saying that I like this - I like it a lot - but, this is a VERY dry Tripel, if a (typical) Tripel at all. The requisite sweetness is largely absent. The website describes the...

Trappistes Rochefort Triple Extra

Trappistes Rochefort Triple Extra

I first got this shipped to me in June 2021 directly from Belgium and before it was available in the US, but have had probably about 6-10 bottles of it since. Let’s get this out of the way immediately. This doesn’t drink like a typical Triple; at least not for me. A mid-golden, slightly hazed pour with an above average creaminess on the head. There’s a lot of depth to the mouthfeel, and it drinks more like a wheat beer in terms of its body. It drinks like a cloud. Yes it is orangey (likely as...

Straffe Hendrik Tripel 9°

Straffe Hendrik Tripel 9°

Arguments abound over which beers constitute the quintessential examples of many styles, but perhaps Tripels attract the largest amount of such attention. Westmalle is of course the first beer out of people’s mouths when Tripels are the subject of that particular conversation, but Straffe Hendrik Tripel seems to be a beer that I’ve heard in these exchanges more and more. Those comparisons seem fair as soon as the beer is opened. Highly carbonated, with a huge, light head that fades to give...

Spits Tripel

Spits Tripel

Orange clouded pour. Nice head with some sticky lace. Color is a little too orange for the style IMO. This is odd, and well outside any Tripel parameters even with generous interpretations of style (something I seldom have much truck with). Surprisingly, quite a lot of hop character on the nose - see what I mean? Not so much happiness in the initial taste, but still. Lacks the big alcohol kick of a Tripel, and has next to nothing in the candy, sugary, Belgian yeast/ester department either....

Leffe Tripel

Leffe Tripel

Another beer that I enjoy, but also one that many purists frown upon. Is it a classic Tripel? Some would say no, and perhaps prefer to categorize this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but for me it has enough Tripel character to carry the beer through, and to keep it relatively stylistically true. Hazed, golden color pour. Nice, lively head. Sweet, candy esters meet the nose, and intensify in the early sips. Paradoxically light, but still with a gentle element of cloying. I know that sounds...

Tripel Burner

Tripel Burner

750 mL corked & caged. Expensive at around $21+. I’ve become much more discerning in terms of the beer I buy these days. Brooklyn is a brewery that I generally trust, but at these prices some bottles might be purchased, others might not (Kriek). Even Brooklyn has to pull me in with the beer description and contents. I bought this because this beer does that. Love a Tripel, and white wine barrels are a ‘thing’ for me too. All in all, plenty of things to pull me in right here. Big pop on...

Beer To Drink Music To

Beer To Drink Music To

Bright copper body with a wispy, white head. Looks great. Nose has good levels of clean orange that reflects the color. Light viscosity and alcohol are certainly present and forceful. The beer seems a little clean and bitter for a real Tripel. Yeast is not a big presence and it feels a little imperial pils like. A little noble bitterness. Increasing spice pushes through the bitterness. Some white pepper notes that are more authentic for a tripel keep on keeping on. I like it, even if the yeast...

Sweetwater 18th Anniversary

Sweetwater 18th Anniversary

Corked & Caged, nice presentation. Promising, and then ... ... 'Belgian style' Tripel? As opposed to what? I supposed that's supposed to tell us that it's not actually Belgian. OK Errr ... why does a Tripel, trigger a 'Hopped Up' badge on @untappd? Dumb. A lot of misplaced bitterness in this "Tripel". Not surprised that they got it wrong. Bitterness replaces the sweet, white pepper and fruity notes that should be in a Tripel. It's a miss, and incredibly disappointing. It ends up being...

White Monkey

White
Monkey

I hold my hand up here and admit that I screwed up. The thought of Golden Monkey aged in white wine barrels was definitely something that I would be very interested in. I tend to gravitate toward some of the white wine options for barrel aging, and Golden Monkey strikes me as beer that would do well, and be suited to such a treatment. However, I failed to read the label correctly, or do the research properly, and when I found that we were talking about oak here, my heart immediately sank. Oak...

Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)

Samuel Adams New World Tripel
(Barrel Room Collection)

Never thought I would see this on shelves in GA. Love the presentation in the corked and caged, unique bottle. Pour is pretty impressive. After the huge pop when the cork leaves the bottle, the beer pours with a massive, and impressive fluffy head into  the Duvel tulip. Lace is great, and the retention is excellent. A nice rich golden body too. The etched Duvel tulip provides the perfect stream of carbonation to showcase the beer. It looks really, really good. Some quite significant,...

Long Strange Tripel

Long Strange Tripel

A beer, which on the one or two other occasions I have drunk it, I enjoyed it so much that I never got around to reviewing. I just didn't want the experience of drinking it to be interrupted by note taking. Boulevard really has made some excellent beers in the Smokestack series over the years. This time I planned the review. The bottle was purchased from Binny's in Clybourn, Chicago, IL along with a few other gems. Cork is released from the cage and bottle with a healthy 'pop' and a good deal...

Trade Winds Tripel

Trade Winds Tripel

The usual Bruery presentation in the 750 mL bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. The latest Bruery offering to arrive in GA. Beautiful pour with plenty of fluffy white head that comes with good lace and retention. The color is interesting because it changes with the light more than most beers. In strong light there is a lovely, bright orange hue and in lower light it takes on a deeper, darker honey color. I like to see it in full light, but either way it looks great. It also exhibits a wide...

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Brewer’s Art Green Peppercorn Tripel

750 mL corked and caged bottle. Thanks to lackenhauser as part of Veterans BIF. Clouded orange body with plenty of thick, yeast sediment coming from the depths of the bottle. Head is initially a high, white affair but it fades quickly to leave a thin film and a white ring at the edges of the beer. There is a lot of fruit (pineapple especially) and alcohol up front as one would expect, and then there's a traditional white pepper note as well, but the finish brings that much greener, fuller,...

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Tripel Perfection

The usual, 750 mL presentation with cork & cage from Ommegang. Purchased from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Decent pop on opening with some gunsmoke. Body is quite a dark orange considering the style. Head is decent, but fades to a collar and some spotty surface note with no lace on standing. A high level of Belgian yest in the nose. More yeast are the initial tastes. Plenty of alcohol and it warms slightly. Also the requisite white pepper but the alcohol comes back (along with the...

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Gouyasse Triple

Fantastic ice-cream-like head over the clouded yellow body with some haze. Lace, retention and general appearance of the head are second to none. Light tangerine color. Nose has some light floral notes with a touch of white pepper and a little yeast character. The tastes reflect some of the nose but refuse to deliver the sweetness or indeed the alcohol blast, that one would expect from a beer in this style. Spices are generally missing. Finish is dry and the bitterness builds to a degree. More...

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Heavy Seas
Yule Tide

22oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. So far I've been pretty unimpressed with the recent Heavy Seas/Clipper City bomber offerings, with the DIPA being especially poor and the Pumpkin and Märzen not really setting the house on fire either, so I approach this with a bit of trepidation. I feel a little more optimistic about Yule Tide, since I love a good Tripel and this is the kind of beer that should sit well at the elevated 10% ABV level - we'll see. Pour is a golden orange which is a...

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Witches’ Brew

750 mL corked & caged from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA $11.99. I've passed on this a few times at the store, finally took the plunge when the stock seemed to go down to the last bottle. Van Steenberge is solid, so thought I should go ahead. Pour is very impressive. Firstly the beer pops with a healthy blast and the gunsmoke is good. The color is a deep orange with just the right amount of cloudiness. Even more impressive is the head. Bone white and fantastically sticky and...

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Sierra Nevada Belgian Trippel

Delighted and surprised to find this on tap at Taco Mac in Douglasville, GA, USA. 16 oz pour. Pours with a bright, bright golden body, a decent head and amazingly clarity. Normally I'm a huge fan of such clarity but to be honest I expect my Tripel's to lack some that and have a least a degree of chill-haze about them. Surprised at the clear nature of the beer. Nose reveals some typical bubblegum notes. The tastes are essentially ALL, massive, sweet, sugar! There isn't really the slightly...

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Tripel

11oz pour at Taco Mac on the East West Connector, Austell, GA, USA. Pour gives a classic, hazed yellow body but a rather disappointing lack of head (at least in terms of size). Lace is good. Very strong, even "artificially" so; plenty of bubblegum aromas and a lot of sticky sweetness. BIG estery fruits and plenty of alcohol too. Now, of course, all of this is completely in order for the style, including (to an extent) the slick mouthfeel, but to be honest it seems a little floral and...

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Tiger Tripel

500 mL bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour yields a really quite yellow, slightly chill-hazed body with some nice white head. Wispy, light lace. Color changes to a darker he when the final yeast sediment is added from the last pour of the bottle. The nose gives some fairly typical but rather restrained notes. Yes there is some subtle, peppery, alcohol infused character. Some yeastiness with light esters. Tastes are pretty authentic for the style too. Alcohol prominent BUT at the same time...

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Tripel Abdijbier Dendermonde

11.2 oz bottle from Tower on Piedmont, Atlanta, GA, USA. Probably an older bottle but it should hold up OK. We'll see. The pour is an attractive golden body with some decent lace and retention. The carbonation is rather good. Somewhat sweet nose, but obviously in keeping with the style. The beer does have some musty notes (possibly age), but the alcohol and white pepper come through nicely. Just about what I would expect for the style. The brew flirts with some cloying sweetness, and the...

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Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale

22oz bottle. One of my favorite styles from a brewer that usually does a great job, this looks promising. Pour is odd. Lots of large bubbles in the carbonation, but this leads to virtually no head, no retention and obviously no lace. It looks a bit dead in the glass. Disappointing from the carbonation angle. Color is a beautiful, deep orange color but even considering the ABV it seems lifeless. The mouth feel confirms the lack of carbonation, and while I wouldn't call the beer "flat" I feel it...

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St. Vrain Tripel

22oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a wheat, colored, light yellow hazed body. Head is disappointingly thin and lacks presence. Unfortunately this is a feature of the beer - a lack of depth and presence. Lots of banana notes more than anything else. In fact, this almost seems like a banana, alcoholic cocktail! It certainly skates around the Tripel style, but to me it really feels quite thin. Alcohol is resent, but that's OK becuase the style demands it, and to be honest given...

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River Horse Tripel Horse

12 oz bottle from a recent trade. OK, essentially this is a Quad. Right from the appearance, the ABV, through to the nose, the taste and the way it drinks. Much darker that a standard tripel, the beer pours out a really dark orange. There is a very large amount of yeasty sediment in the viscous body. Head is small, but very sticky - both functions of the ABV. Nose releases a slight sherry note which is reproduced to a greater extent in the taste. The body looks quite viscous. That's not a...

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Tripel

22oz bottle from Jim - cheers. ST is a bit hit and miss to say the least with me, so it's always an interesting experience to open up a beer of theirs that I've no had before. Pour yields a clear golden body with a frothy head. The whole thing seems a touch over-carbonated to me and the mouthfeel (prickly) confirms this. The nose reveals some sweet hops, and to be honest it seems like the hops a re manifesting themselves a little too much. The hop presence (too great IMO) is carried through to...

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Prophecy

Interesting to say the least. OK, here's my take; 22 oz bottle that on opening creates a small spew of foamy discharge. Poured into the Gouden Carolus chalice, the beer has a very deep, rich butterscotch hue, thin film of head that is produced after the aggressive pour that produces the head recedes somewhat. Nose is soaked in oak but still managaes to remain subtle. A very good sign. This is what I really want to say about Prophecy; I am REALLY dissapointed in this as a TRIPEL. The oak...

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Exit 4

Red plastic covers the capped, 750 mL bottle. On opening there is a touch of gunsmoke but not much other signs of life. The words "American Trippel" on the label. I'm not keen on the spelling, nor on the word American coupled with the word Trippel - it has me worried, and as it turns out with very good reason. Pour is a promising, orange hazed affair with better head and lace than I initially thought I was going to see. Nose gives gentle citrus in the form of grapefruit and not much else....

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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration

Thanks go out to my BA secret bunny 2009, mday. 12 oz bottle. The usual screen-printed, Stone style. One of my favorite styles from a combination of three (generally) superb breweries looks like a winning combo! Pour is a slightly hazy, golden body with a touch of carbonation. A few floaties. Nose offers a light, chardonnay grape note with a mild, alcoholic fruit. The fruit has some dry character. The tastes reflect the alcohol and the mild fruit. It's grape based, but is also quite dry like...

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Solstice

$11.75 for the corked and caged affair via mail from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC, USA. Bottle says 9.5% ABV and has the text, "January 2009 +". Possibly the most tightly wound cage that I have ever come across, a bit of a pain to get off. Follow this by perhaps the most tightly inserted cork ever, and you get the picture. BIG effort yields a very small pop and a tiny whiff of gunmoke. Pour is a light orange/golden color with some good head and lace. The head lacks density somewhat but it is...

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Tripel De Ripple

On tap at Brugge Brasserie and on tap downtown at Buffalo Wild Wings. This review reflects my experience at the source. Served in a goblet/chalice, the beer pour a typical bright golden hue with a significant amount of clouding. Head was a little disappointing and offered very little in the way of retention or lace. Alcohol is certainly a large factor as it the sweetness. Mild white pepper overtones (good), but a little on the slick side (bad). All in all a solid rendition with the emphasis on...

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Triple Seven (7^3)

Advertised on their beer board as 7^3 (i.e. seven raised to the power of 3), the waitress called this beer "Triple Seven" (obviously the niceties of mathematics are not a strong point at The Ram) and told me it was 8.00% ABV. It drank pretty well at that point to me. Anyway, she described it as a "Belgian Wheat" that was brewed as batch 777 by the brewery. Apparently they mark these numbers with special beers. Nice Tripel color and it sit well in the glass with good head and lace. The beer is...

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Sweetwater Dank Tank The Creeper

On-tap at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. #1 in the Dank Tank series. Golden pour with an impressive head and some nice lace. Nice carbonation. Would definitely categorize this as a hoppy tripel rather than a Belgian IPA. The sweetness is certainly a big factor with some distinct Belgian type candy notes. It also has the Tripel alcohol, but it lacks much (if any) of the white pepper notes that we might expect. The hop bitterness is very much in the back for me. A tasty beer and perhaps a...

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Hansje Drinker

A Dutch Tripel? I have my doubts, let's see... $3.95 for the 11.2 oz bottle form Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Nasty looking pour - dirty brown Dubbel appearance. Looks like dirty, ditch/dish water. Head is short lived and no lace in the Duvel tulip. Looks drab. Big sweet Belgian candy notes and a touch of yeast complete the nose. The aroma is the best part of this beer. Tastes are mild caramel with a little residual sweetness alongside some chewy malts. A little alcohol in the finish,...

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)

From notes: Thanks go out to Robet for a chance to try this at a recent Brick Store gathering. A lighter than expected golden pour with a nose that reflects the oak. Robert said that chips were used rather than the barrel but to me it's difficult to detect such a nuance. A light smokiness in the nose and taste which is probably a combination of the oak and my inability to pik it up correctly. Some of us at the tasting also got some estery pear notes. i got a touch of pineapple too. However, to...

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Kerberos Tripel

12oz bottle for a $7.99 four pack from Tower on Piedmont. I've been putting off trying this for a while, not sure why. Dark orange almost amber pour into the Duvel tulip. Head is scant and short lived, to leave a few bubbles and some spotty head on the surface of the beer. No lace on the glass. Definitely a "triple-like" beer but ends up coming up a little short, and you can tell this is not an authentic, Belgian Tripel. Body lacks something, and although the nose and taste both have some...

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We’re Only In It For The Money

Purchased from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. 22oz bomber. 4th in the Zappa series from Lagunitas. Poured into the Ommegang chalice the beer has a classic dark orange/golden Tripel hue, and initially a good head. This fades quickly though and leaves not much lace at all. Not ALL that surprising given the ABV. A little white pepper and lemon grass in the nose. A little spice here and in the taste. Mouthfeel is a little slick at first, but gets creamier as you drink more. Good fruity notes,...

Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel

Ondineke
Oilsjtersen Tripel

Additional notes 02/08/23 (Pictured) Bottled 18 Jun 2022. A small gusher. Lace is good again. Again, fifteen years later and this time out of the bottle and not on draft, plenty of alcohol is present. Nice, light burn. Not as fruity as some, muted esters and a lack of white pepper that is typical for the style, I would put this as a bit of an outlier in terms of the style, it seems a LOT drier. That said, I like it. Original notes 06/21/08 On tap at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Small...

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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap

750 mL corked & caged bottle with that nasty synthetic cork. $8.99 from Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. Opens with a healthy 'pop' and poured into the Duvel tulip. Mid orange body sits underneath a towering head with wonderful lace. Darker than many Tripels but with the lacing this looks VERY good. Lacing is some of the best I have seen in some time. Nose has a big, musty Belgian candy note. VERY malty in the aroma too with lots of Brown sugar. The beer drinks much less sweet than...

Chimay Cinq Cents Tripel (White)

Chimay Cinq Cents Tripel (White)

Additional Notes 07/28/22 I enjoy this beer a lot more than the notes below indicate, and 18 and 14 years on from those I have a true, and much deeper appreciation for the beer. However, I STILL maintain that the White is not necessarily a quintessential Triple. There's a hop note in the back end (the soapy element that I note below), and a distinct lack of driving alcohol sweetness that one gets with typical examples of the style. In that regard come with an open mind. It's a beautiful beer...

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Urthel Hibernus Quentum

11.2oz bottle, with a new, updated label and a different shape from the picture in the BA database. Purchased at Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. Typical golden, hazed orange body, light head with some lace in the Val Dieu Goblet. Fine bubbles, vibrant colors. Looks nice. Light Belgian candy in the nose with some yeast. Silky in the mouth with light, fine bubbles. Plenty of sweetness in a typical triple fashion, but also with a really distinct hoppy finish. Reminiscent of a Houblon...

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Green Flash Trippel

22oz bottle, purchased at State Line Liquor, DE, USA. $5.79. Poured into the Val-Dieu chalice. Pour is a very nice, slightly cloudy classic orange body. Head is not very well retained, but is attractive, and very fluffy. Lace was impressive. It loks attractive and inviting. Some mild pepper in the taste, but also some edgy, solvent like alcohol. Warming on the way down too. The slightly watery texture adds to the solvent nature. Definitely some lemony, acidic and sour notes, and these take...

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Merry Monks’ Ale

12oz bottle. Golden hazy pour with a thin film of "head" on the surface. Basically no lace. Strong bubblegum aroma. Sweet in the nose with some artifical (estery) pineapple and some alcohol. Prickly carbonation in the mouth that I don't much care for, and some drying, medicinal alcohol. Fruity notes are missing. Dry alcohol finish. OK, but not a very good Tripel IMO.

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)

Allagash Curieux
(Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)

Pictured 03/25/23 Original notes 12/01/07 Purchased on recent trip to Greensboro, NC, USA. A mistake because it arrived in GA while I was out of state! Corked & Caged 750 mL bottle. Poured into the Duvel tulip, this is basically a slightly darker Belgian Pale. Honey colored. Creamy, small head with some lace. Aroma has some yeast, but is dominated by an alcohol solvent smell. Quite strong, not exactly sinus clearing but nevertheless very noticeable. Belgian yeast character, but two things...

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

Additional notes 05/13/23 (Pictured) Bottle - Belgian Style Ales. Golden body, perfect head. Classic sweet Tripel with an excellent alcohol edge and clean lines. Perfect example of the style with white pepper and spice at an appropriate level. Some fruit but the cleanliness of the beer is its signature. Original notes 11/03/07 On tap at the Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Small serving in a goblet/wine glass. Appearance is a lemon/mustard yellow, clouded with a small ring of head and lace that...

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De Ranke Guldenberg

11.2 oz bottle, notched best before Jan '09. Green's, Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Very cloudy orange pour into the Brasserie des Rocs chalice. Not much head, little lace. Quite a lot of debris in the bottom of the glass once the beer has settled. Sweet, but light bodied Tripel. Frankly lacks depth. Some yeast character but not much. Residual sweetness again, but rather light. A bit disappointed, I expect more from this stable.

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La Rullés Triple (Bière De Gaume)

On-tap, the Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Small pour in the correct glassware (as ever). Has the appearance of a high quality Wit, but with a better head (rocky, dense and bone-white). The second beer that I have had in the last couple of weeks that I would describe as a "light" tripel. The standard charactersitcs ARE there, but the tell-tale alcohol and Belgian candied and yeast characteristics are somewhat muted and depressed. The upside of this is that the beer becomes drinkable and...

Trade Winds Tripel

Marin Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale

22 oz bomber, thanks to Solomon420 for the trade. 2007 version with a label rather than a screen printed bottle. Aggresive pour gives a nice head, but it is scant and short lived and there is a distinct lace of lace. Body has a true golden, tripel coloration. Some bubble gum in the nose. This drinks like watered down tripel! There are hints of the Belgian yeasts, candied sugar, banana, other fruits and alcohol, but frankly the whole pacjage seems very muted. The side-effect of this is that the...

Trade Winds Tripel

Eau Benite

In English, Holy Water. Corked & Caged 750 mL bottle as a part of the Unibroue tasting at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Not currently available in the USA. Well, I'm running out of new things to say about the Unibroue range. So many of the beers are similar, solid examples of Belgian styles with much to please. Beautiful light orange, slightly hazed color with a large, billowing white head. Decent lacing. Characteristic mild, light fruits with the unmistakable prominent yeast...