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Bornem Tripel

Rating: 3.3

Another beer that I received as part of a gift pack containing beers from the Van Steenberge brewery, this one is a Tripel version of the Bornem Dubbel that I reviewed here previously; the pack also contained Gulden Draak 9000 as well as the original Gulden Draak that I have already reviewed here some time ago. This one is an offering that was first introduced by the brewery back in 1996 but like the Dubbel, it’s not a beer that I’ve come across on my travels so it was one I was eager to try; this being despite the fact that I found the dubbel version of the beer to be quite a disappointing and poor one when I tried it. This one will also be my 91st Belgian offering reviewed here but it’s not one that has gathered particularly good reviews online and it was only a slight improvement on the Dubbel version really.


Appearance (4/5): Obviously a lighter beer than the dubbel version, this one was a golden colour that has pretty good clarity and a stream of fine bubbles rising to the surface too. There was a centimetre and a half tall head on top that was made up foamy bubbles and was white in colour, holding pretty well for a 9% abv. beer over the opening few minutes. 4.5
Aroma (6/10): Fresh and coming through with quite a bit of citrus initially, this one was zesty on the nose and lively too with some touches of lemon and apple alongside grapes and some pear too. Towards the middle it was a floral nose that came to the front with some funk and tart coupled with touches of Belgian yeast and a subtle sweetness. Some bread malts and a touch of banana followed on behind before some background fruits and a hint of spice brought things to a close. It wasn’t a bad nose on the whole but I’d have liked it to be a touch stronger if I’m honest.
Taste (6/10): Fruity initially with some funky flavours and a little tart coming through; it’s quite a lively and fresh beer to begin with. I managed to detect some grapes, apples and pears with the addition of some apricot in the taste too but none of these flavours dominated. There was some sweet malts towards the middle and some of the banana from the nose came through but it proved to be quite subtle. Nearer the end there was some cinnamon and a faint spice with oranges and floral flavours bringing things to a close but again it could have been a touch stronger.
Palate (3/5): Very lively and quite fresh, the beer was strongly carbonated but not quite gassy or overdone. It was a zesty, quite tangy offering that seemed somewhat weak or subdued at times and definitely could have used a little something extra which was surprising give it was a 9% abv. beer. The balance of the beer wasn’t too bad though and it proved to be quite a dry offering but ultimately a disappointing one too.

Overall (14/20): Lively and quite a bubbly, fresh beer that was well carbonated and featured some nice fruits at times, although they did prove to be quite subdued and even weak at times. There was some faint sweetness from the malts as well and the alcohol content turned out to be quite well hidden with some funky flavours, tart and yeast masking it for the most part. It was definitely a drinkable offering but I wouldn’t say it was particularly enjoyable, it was an improvement on the Dubbel version from the same brewery though and I guess that’s something.

Brewed In: Ertvelde, East Flander, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge
First Brewed: 1996
Type: Tripel
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: North of Ireland
Price: Gift

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  1. January 31, 2017 at 11:39

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