702: Tripel de Ripple

Name: Tripel de Ripple
Brewery: Brugge Brasserie
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Broad Ripple, Indiana
Style: Tripel
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.85%
First Brewed: 1995
Price: Got this in a beer trade with my buddy Tom. Cheers, man!

Tasting Notes
Tripel de Ripple pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. It gives off a slightly floral and citrus nose that leads to a tart flavor base; hints of ripe fruit with some fleeting sweetness around the edges. The ale finishes with lime zest.

Ricky’s Thoughts

It has been a long time since we reviewed a beer. We have been blogging a lot, just not about beers. There aren’t many left that we can get, and the list is becoming less and less important. We need to just decide to ditch the list and start writing more lifestyle content. But that is just sort of happening anyway. But I did recently do a beer trade with a buddy in Indy.

When we lived in Indianapolis, we would visit Brugge Brasserie a lot. Their food was great, and their beers were a good representation of what you could, or at least we assumed, find in Belgium. We’ve since been to Belgium, and yes, they are a good representation of what you will find there.

After we moved to Arizona I called the brewery to see if they were still bottling the beer. “No, but we might bottle again in the future. We just aren’t sure when.” It wasn’t until my buddy Tom asked me about it… He said it was readily available and he grabbed us a bottle. The label didn’t change, but it says, “Made in Terre Haute, IN” on the side. This beer isn’t brewed in Terre Haute. It is brewed in Indy. I need to do some research on that, because if that is the case, technically this isn’t the same beer. Unless they opened a location in Terre Haute for distribution. Which is possible. Tom, do you have any idea what is going on?

I will say, I don’t remember liking this beer that much when I had it last. But my palate has changed, and I am excited to try it again. So here we go. Tom, this one is for you, buddy. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer has a nice copper color to it and a thin white head. It doesn’t appear to be too thick, which is a trait of this style I like. I prefer thicker sweeter tripels. Let’s see what it smells like.

Nose: I am getting some fresh fruit notes and a hint of sweetness. Almost like a mango and a pineapple scent. That isn’t a bad thing if the sweetness is there. The last time I had this was at the brewery on January 13, 2012. I rated it 2/5 on Untappd.

Flavor: This is much better than I remember, and as this beer heats up, more flavors are really coming out. It isn’t thick, which I wanted, and it isn’t too sweet. But as it warms up, the yeast flavors really start to shine. My palate has changed over the years, that is for sure.

Mouthfeel: Like I said, it isn’t too thick. To be honest, it is a bit too carbonated. But the sweetness that kicks in, as it warms, is nice. The beer is really easy to drink, too, which is scary at nearly 10% ABV. They hide the alcohol nicely. I don’t get any lime zest, though. Not sure where that came from.

Aftertaste: This is my favorite part of the beer. The sweetness really hangs on, and you can really taste the yeast. I wonder how brewing companies like this find the right yeast. There aren’t many brewing companies in the world that can use actual Belgian yeast. We are going to be in Europe in a few months. Hope to find some more Belgian beers while we are there. Even though we are going to Oktoberfest and my focus should be on German beers!

At first, when it was ice cold, I wasn’t going to go much higher than 2.5 on this. But over the last 45 minutes, the flavor has really started to shine and I am glad that I let it warm up. Changed my rating a lot. If you get the chance to get your hands on this, do. It’s worth it. Drink one for my home town. Cheers! Oh, and Tom… Thanks again, buddy. This wouldn’t be possible without you.

Tripel de Ripple – The bottle says: “Best enjoyed often.”

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

We really haven’t done a list beer in quite a while. This one is from Brugge Brasserie, which is back in Indiana where we’re from. We really didn’t know how we would manage to get it, since it wasn’t bottled anymore and we don’t live there anymore. But, it found a way. So here we go.

In the glass, it looks kind of a cloudy orange color with a few little tiny bubbles floating to the top. It didn’t really have much head at all. It smells mostly fruity with a hint of spice to it. It smells and looks pretty good, so I have expectations of enjoying this beer. Of course, you never know. I guess we’ll just have to find out.

First sip… it’s got quite a bit of carbonation to it that sits on your tongue for quite a while. It does have a bit of fruit and a bit of spice to it, but the carbonation is really what hits you. It’s definitely got a lasting aftertaste. It’s an interesting flavor. Ricky just said that he’s had it before. He didn’t like it then, and still doesn’t like it now. That’s a bummer. I don’t think it’s the best beer I’ve ever had, but it’s not bad either. It has an interesting flavor to it.

This is a hard beer to rate. It’s not my favorite, but I enjoy it. I always try to say if I’d order it again. I think I probably would, but of course, it depends on what’s available. It’s definitely one to try if you get the chance, though.

Rating: 3.5/5

701 bottles of beer on the wall…

2 Responses to “702: Tripel de Ripple”

  • Glad I could get a bottle to you two to try again. As Ricky says, the aftertaste lingers nicely and the beer gets better as you work your way into it. Tripel the Ripple carries a 4.0 average rating on Untappd and that’s what I put it at most recently myself. The Brugge Braserie is located in Broad Ripple village in Indy, thus lending itself to the name of the beer. It is just off the canal that was noted in some national media back in 2010 when our somewhat crazy Colts punter, Pat McAfee, took a pre-dawn swim after a night of drinking in the village. Otherwise, the canal is typically associated with its duck population, hence the bottle artwork. After selling their brewing operation in Terre Haute they opened Outliers Brewery in downtown Indy just off of Mass Ave, although they still do limited production brews at the Broad Ripple location. Otherwise I cannot explain the “Bottled in Terre Haute” on the bottle. Brugge Braserie is one of the veterans of the Indy craft beer scene, and I believe Tripel de Ripple is still their best.

  • Oh, and cheers to you both as well! I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on some other Hoosier brews, particularly this next batch I’m putting together for you.

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