Straffe Drieling Tripel – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (Hood River, OR, USA)

TL:DR – “Mostly floral-light citrus bright coriander wheat maltish, stealth alcoholic.”

Straffe Drieling Tripel (organic farmhouse tripel brewed with spice) – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, 8.8% ABV, 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)

on the front-right label:

“…The tripel style ale is probably the one style most commonly brewed by breweries in all of Flanders. Tripels are characterized by a complex, sometimes mild spicy character. Our Straffe Drieling tripel is brewed with pale malt and grains balanced by a judicious amount of whole cone noble hops and a deft compliment of traditional spice to create the extraordinary flavor of this organic beer.”

  • (now closed, sold and re-opening in 2018)
  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: sweet floral-citrus wheat malt subtle tangy-tart light oak
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge / Burnaby
  • How much: $16.45 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: deep and complex

Visual: Warning, extreme gusher upon openings! Pours cloudy dirty orange with a nice 2cm creamy slowly dissipating head, half-sticky lacing, several slow loose streams.

Nose: yeasty apricot, slight alcohol detection, chamomile malt (lvl-6)-pungency.

Attack: light tingly, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tongue-numbness-airy, tangy, subtle sour, (lvl-5-sweetness) laced with alcohol, floral-lemon citrus sweet wheaty malts, green apple

Finish: coriander dry, light funked woody oak exhale, subtle bitter hops

Summary: A good burst of flavour with depth and a refreshing mouthfeel. The alcohol hits stealth after a glass, but the start-to-finish complexity is keeping me interested.

Kapittel Watou Tripel Abt – Brouwerij Van Eecke (Belgium)

Kapittel Watou Tripel Abt – Brouwerij Van Eecke, 10% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Weighty honey-chamomile barley malt astringent nutty date/cocoa
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.70 CAD (after 10% off), December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah.

Visual: Pours dull copper brown-orange with a small 1cm foamy head, super clusters upon clusters of active streams, suspended sediment – glorious.

Nose: yeasty funked out lagered barley malt, with honey notes (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker, micro-tingly

Mid-palate: smooth-rounded, alcoholic weighty, almost salty, (lvl-6)-sweetness, honey-chamomile barley malts, off-putting date note,

Finish: clove-banana exhale, nutty cocoa malt, soft bittersweet residual malts

Summary: Visually – great, 10% ABV – wow. The mouthfeel and texture are delightful but I just didn’t appreciate the almost salty note in the mid as well as the dark nutty date flav in the mid to finish; Somehow the honey/floral didn’t match up correctly for my palate.

Straffe Hendrik Wild 2016 – Brouwerij Van Halve Maan (Belgium)

Straffe Hendrik Wild 2016 – Brouwerij Van Halve Maan, 9% ABV, 33cl., (Brugge, Belgium)

on the front-left label:

“Traditional top-fermentation beer. Brewed by the unique family brewery De Halve Maan, which has been located in the historical heart of Bruges since 1856. Straffe Hendrik Wild is a version of the original Tripel beer, in which the beer is re-fermented with ‘wild’ Brettanomyces yeasts that give the beer a longer shelf life with a unique evolution in taste over the years.”


  • Style: Abbey Tripel (9%)
  • Taste: Creamy heavy tangy chamomile pear barley malt elderflower
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.70 CAD (after 20% off), October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: 2016 edition. Pours clear light copper brown with a massive long-lasting ultra foamy head, sticky lacing, super clustered active stream. Visually impeccable.

Nose: chamomile-floral, bright yeasty, elderflower (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: very crisp, tingly

Mid-palate: lengthy (lvl-7-sweetness), tangy-prickly chamomile, heavy-sweet barley malt, pear

Finish: elderflower exhale, residual off-dry alcohol

Summary: I’d be hard pressed to say I found any amount of Bretty funk in this – instead it’s rather clean, well-hidden alcohol, chamomile-pear malt character goes down smooth just a bit of heaviness in the mids. Exceptional quality.

Eau Bénite Triple – Unibroue (Chambly, QC, Canada)


Eau Bénite Triple – Unibroue, 7.7% ABV, 330ml., (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

-part of the 2015 Unibroue Summer mixed case of 12.


printed on the back label:

“L’Eau Bénite is a golden ale with a slightly fruity taste and a light spicy aromatic flavour.”


  • Style: (Abbey-style) Triple
  • Taste: Sharp CO2 bite apple sweet banana wheat malt alcoholic soft clove unelegant
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $25 for 12 mixed-pack– 12x330ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: get a tripel from Belgium

Visual: Pours translucent pale orange with a large dissipating head, 1 mm layer of micro retention and wet sticky lacing, spread out clustered streams.

Nose: unfiltered apple juice, banana wheat malt with a bit of yeastiness. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, mouthful of sharp tingly-fizzy CO2

Mid-palate: red apple juice, (lvl-8-sweetness), banana wheat malt, tangy alcoholic hit, background sweet barley malt

Finishclove, subtle hopped bitterness, roughish finish

Summary: Mostly banana wheat malt dominant with aggressive alcoholic sweetness. Somewhat palate non-compliant in the mids. Overall it is unelegant.

Val-Dieu Triple – Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu (Aubel, Belgium)


Val-Dieu Tripel – Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu, 9% ABV, 33cl., (Aubel, Belgium)

on the back label:

“Val-Dieu is the only TRUE Belgian abbey beer, for it is brewed in the abbey itself, through the ancient infusion method and from the traditional recipe handed down by the monk-brewers of the cistercian Abbey of Val-Dieu. Beer secondary fermentation in the bottle.


  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Creamy dense sweet honey barley malt tangerine hidden alcohol
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $3.30 CAD (10% off) – 33cl., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, for the love of God.

Visual: Pours pale light golden orange without a significant head, spotty layer of ultra micro bubbles, spread out steady micro clusters of activity.

Nose: honey barley malt, tangerine undertones. (lvl-)-pungency

Attack: Crisp-micro creamy, thicker smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: background orange citrusy tangy alcohol mixed with dense (lvl-7-sweetness), honey-sweet, light toasty barley malt

Finish: subtle alcoholic heat, tingly residual honey barley malt, very subtle hops.

Summary: A solid tripel with excellent balance – not too heavy or harsh, good sweetness and that characteristic honey-floral-candi sugar barley malt flavour.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #23 – Surly Blonde Big Belgian Triple


Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #23

Surly Blonde Big Belgian Triple – Phillips Brewing, 9.1% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Let sleeping dogs lie… or you’re gonna get bit. This ol’ girl’s not getting any tamer with time. Better grab a muzzle if you take her for a walk.”

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Smooth sweet honey chamomile apple barley malt heavy alcoholic
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: get an import instead

Visual: Pours light orange with a smallish dissipating bubbly head, ringed retention, tight clusters of micro streams, suspended sediment.

Nose: honey, orange citrus, chamomile barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp, incoming honey

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, mild citrus tanginess, (MAIN) honey toffee malts, red apple, chamomile

Finish: residual sugar, alcohol heaviness

Summary: It certainly does have Belgian tripel flavour qualities, though it lacks a bit in length and carry. Still very drinkable. Belgians do it better.

Tournay Triple – Brasserie de Cazeau (Templeuve, Belgium)


  • My Rating: C+

Tournay Triple – Brasserie de Cazeau, 9% ABV – 75cl., (Templeuve, Belgium)

description from

“A blond IPA beer with 9% alcohol brewed with Pilsen barley malt and 4 hops, with a dry hopping during maturaton. Tournay triple is a particularly hoppy beer leaving a white wine taste at the back of the mouth. We recommend you drink Tournay Triple with seafood or strong cheese.”

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Alcoholic chamomile-pine honey malt bitter hopped
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek Liquor Store
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 75cl., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not 100%

Visual: Heavy duty beer bottle. Pours almost clear golden yellow with a humungous lasting foamy head, lots of sticky lacing, tons of activity.

Nose: Floral chamomile honeyed malts, medium bright. (lvl-6)-pungency.

Attack: alcoholic bitterness, cream-fizzy mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: tangy-bubbly (MAIN) chamomile, pine, honey, malts, citrus

Finish: soft bitter grapefruit hops, lingering bitter hopped/alcoholic finish.

Summary: Lots of fizz, pine, chamomile-floral, and alcohol bitterness. Quite heavy on the palate and tough to finish a 75cl bottle alone.

La Rulles Triple – Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles (Rulles, Belgium)


  • My Rating: B+

La Rulles Triple – Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles, 8.4% ABV – 75cl., (Rulles, Belgium)

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Apricot honey malt coriander soft bitter hopped
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off) – 75cl., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours golden marmalade orange with a smallish creamy head, a creamy thin layer of retention, lacing, lots of steady streams.

Nose: apricot honey malts. (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: creamy-crisp-fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: incoming hops, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) honey, malts, apricot, toffee, light yeasty

Finish: soft/gentle bitter hops, coriander numbness, bitter alcohol, hopped finish.

Summary: Very drinkable at a great price. Great body, texture, flavours and structure.


Floreffe Triple – Brasserie Lefebvre (Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium)


  • My Rating: C

Floreffe Triple – Brasserie Lefebvre, 8% ABV – 330ml., (Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, hop, canesugar, yeast.

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Creamy-fizzy salty chamomile honeyed malts
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours golden honey brown with a large cream-foamy head, long retention, lots of sticky lacing, lots of steady streams.

Nose: typical tripel honeyed malts with chamomile (lvl 5)-pungency

Attack: super crisp fizzy

Mid-palate: creamy mouthfeel, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) weird saltiness, chamomile, honey malts, 

Finish: salty off-dry hopped finish.

Summary: The strange saltiness in the mid-to-finish is hard for me to thoroughly enjoy. Although the body and depth are there, I can think of several other Belgian tripel I’d much rather enjoy.

Belgian Tripel – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)


  • My Rating: B+

Belgian Tripel – Mikkeller, 9.0% ABV, 330ml, (Copenhagen, Denmark)

on the back label:

“Tripel brewed with: water, malt, OAT, WHEAT, candy sugar, SWEET ORANGE PEEL, CORIANDER, and yeast.”


  • Style: (Belgian-style) Abbey Tripel
  • Taste Profile: sharp crisp malts -> silky/malts/honey/citrus -> coriander/peel bitter/alcohol/malty finish
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off), June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Kiddish artwork, still cool in my book. Pours cloudy golden orange with lots of suspended chunky sediment, decent-sized dissipating creamy head, thin layer of retention, some visible slow-moving streams.

Nose: sweet HONEYED malts (typical tripel-style), mild citrus & floral notes.

Attack: dense incoming sweet malts

Mid-palate: ultra-silky creamy mouthfeel, (MAIN) toffee malts, honeyed sweetness(8) orange citrus, (HINT) mild sour/tanginess

Finish: burpy CO2, coriander/yeasty, orange peel bitterness(5), alcohol detection(9), malty bittersweet lingering finish.

Summary: It packs a potent punch. Flavourful and drinkable, another good brew from Mikkeller. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)