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.

Witches Brew – Brouwerij Van Steenberge (Belgium)

Witches Brew (Belgian Tripel) – Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 9.3% ABV – 750 ml., (Ertvelde, Belgium)

(from the brewers of the iconic Gulden Draak and Piraat)

on the back label:

Enjoy this bottle conditioned blond triple living ale. Its pleasant hoppyness is masterly balanced with a soft round and joyous sweetness, enveloped in a radiating glow.

It will put a spell on you!”


Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Twisty steel cap with composite cork. Pours translucent dirty copper orange with a large 1 inch frothy head, sticky lacing, a fine layer of micro retention, clusters of micro steady streams. Suspended bits of sediment along with some black bits, likely from the cork.

Nose: honey-chamomile sweet malt, hints of apple (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-tingly-full

Mid-palate: alcoholic heavy, sticky (lvl-7-sweetness), honey barley malt, chamomile, background subtle tangy

Finish: apple-honey exhale, residual weighty alcohol

Summary: A decent, heavy-hitting tripel, but after one glass the alcohol becomes too overbearing and the sugars overpowering the palate. Can’t say I loved it, but I can sense the quality of craftsmanship.

Jambe-de-Bois Belgian Triple – Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels, Belgium)


  • My Rating: B

Jambe-de-Bois Belgian Revolution Triple – Brasserie de la Senne, 8% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)


“Given as the most bitter tripel in Belgium, with 49 EBU. No Dutchmen were harmed in the making of this beer.”

  • Style: Belgian Triple
  • Taste: Creamy/fizzy bitter grapefruit peel hopped honey lager barley malt 
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 33cl., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Ultra cool label. Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a large long-lasting super foamy head, clustered sticky lacing, lots of activity, lots of sediment in the bottle.

Nose: sweet citrus/grainy barley malt, traces of puke (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: ultra crisp, creamy/sharp fizzy

Mid-palate: creamy mouthfeel, (lvl-7)-sweetness, medium tangy, (MAIN) honeyed malts, lager-like barley, tangerine, bittersweet grapefruit

Finish: persistent hopped bitterness, alcohol bitterness, barley malt finish.

Summary: Very appealing visually and super smooth texturally, hiding the ABV very well. Quite a bitter triple, as advertised.

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.


Tiger Tripel – Nøgne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)


  • My Rating: A-

Tiger Tripel – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 9% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front side label:

“A tripel is light, strong with big, dense and creamy head. It’s balanced with a sweet finish. We at Nøgne Ø like to do things our own way. ‘How to make a signature flavour in a Tripel?’, we asked ourselves at one point. We concluded that peat smoked malt of Scottish origin was the answer. Subtle yet present. Enjoy at 6°C with cheeses, seafood or poultry. This product is unpasteurized and unfiltered.”

  • Style: Tripel
  • Taste: Peach subtly smoked malts soft hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $10 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: A menacing tiger on the label for a menacing 9% ABV beer… Pours golden marmalade orange, no head, very thin ringed retention, lots of micro CO2 steady streams scattered throughout.

Nose: faint peach fruity malts. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: balanced smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tingly crisp mouthfeel, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) peach/apricot, grassy malts, mild alcohol bitterness

Finish: fruity-sweet + lightly smoked soft-hoppy bitter crisp finish.

Summary: Once again, Nøgne Ø doesn’t disappoint with their take on a Tripel. Full-flavoured yet supremely drinkable, this one is awesome and smooth for a 9%.

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)