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Bosprotter | 't Hofbrouwerijke

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't Hofbrouwerijke
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 03-06-2006

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 28
Reviews by BilbosNuts:
Photo of BilbosNuts
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 300mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color with some floating particulates. It has a big, rocky, white head that stays at about one finger for the entire drink.

S: The aroma is pretty sweet of the bat. As it lingers, belgian yeast and various spices can be picked up. It has a distinct peppery aspect as well as notes of sour apple.

T: The taste is definitely more muted than the aroma. I pick up on more of the yeast, spices and sour apples than the sweetness, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, all flavors are mellow to a fault.

M: Medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation. There is a distinct crispness in the finish that provides a refreshing palate cleanser.

O: I picked this up, along with a few others from this brewery, because of the label art (apparently the new labels are different than what is pictured here and are way more epic). It was an enjoyable tripel, but certainly not the best. I'd say it's slightly above average at best. With a bolder taste to match the aroma, it would become much more enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up somewhere on a USA roadtrip,and glad I cellared it several months. Pours a bit of head, lighter colour. Spicey and yeasty aroma. Very nice, dry and spicy and yeasty. Above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable,delicate balance, and finishes with a pepperness.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of desint
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerrickW
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

23rd Sep 2013: 33cl bottle in De Bierboom, Brugge.

Poured a golden hazy colour on first pour, the sediment came out with a vengeance as I emptied the remainder into my glass, turning the glass a more orange hue with a few heavy hunks sinking to the base. The white head gave some lacing and hung around for the whole beer.

The taste and nose were both fruity and yeasty, the fruits leaning towards semi-sour citrus, but not quite getting there.

I thought it different and tasty, a nice mix of flavours and overall a pleasant enough beer to sip while talking about beers with friends.

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Photo of Washuffizi98
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bryanbrick
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful from the moment it hits the glass this "Triple," as it is designated on the bottle is more of a pale as the BA page would suggest.

Hazy, unfiltered or cloudy would all be understatements about the clarity of this beer. It is down right murky, so much so that you can't see out the other side of the glass. With a nice thick band of head that dissipates quickly but leaves some clingy lacing.

Smelling of fresh hay, apricot, and some bitter understated hops notes this is appealing but not wowing or even different from most of the style.

This is full of flavor and has a really broad, long feel to it. With some initial acid this is refreshing but really this is a back loaded beer. Full of earthy, dry flavors of stone, banana chip, and dried apple, this is not nearly as ester-y as one would imagine a "triple" to be, again being in line with the Pale side of the spectrum. I love how this unfolds from front to back.

The best part of this beer is how easy it can be drunk. A bottle goes down surprisingly fast. Be sure to pace yourself.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Belgium beer especially tripels. In fact, I bought this one to bottle my home brew tripel because of the flip top and I have never had this tripel. While this is quality beverage, but not a pale tripel like I am accustomed to. This seems more like a Belgium strong dark ale. I is a amber-brown color and it has a sweet prune-brandy type flavor with some vanilla overtones. The smell is candy fruit-plum.

Little to no head with just barely a hint of carbonation. I would have preferred a few more bubbles, and a more particular "beer class" distiction. More similar to Gulden Draak than Duvel or La Chouffe Tripel.

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Photo of avalon07
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly muted aroma of fruit, malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of malt, some Belgian yeast, and a hint of fruit. That being said, this was a thin, watery beer without much personality. What taste was there was to be found up front. Disappointing.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: There are some good aspects to this beer, but a few good qualities do not a beer make.

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Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one was a huge gusher - lost more than half of the bottle before the crown was lifted off the bottle. Second time this has happed to me from this brewery. (Just a pet peeve, if a homebrewer can properly bottle condition an ale, why can't a pro-brewer? No excuse for it.)
The beer itself poured a bit cloudy with a quickly falling head. Not a pretty beer. The taste, though, is quite good. Lots of malt aroma...huge lightly-kilned, grist-like malt smell. There are some herbal hop notes as well, but the malt is the anchor to the aroma. The taste is very sweet. There's a lot of toasted malt flavor along with the sweetness, but not a lot of balance. Still, the flavor is agreeable. Light and somewhat flabby mouthfeel, except for a sugary sensation that runs throughout the body. Despite the great smell, this beer has a few problems that are hard to overcome, which hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 11-07.Good presentation with lasting white head and a pale golden beercollor. Nice nose of hops, bit bretty like( or is it spanked...?) and good maltyness with further a spicy caracter but also some orange. Quiet alcoholic in nose and even more in taste but with this full flavouring fitting and not disturbing. Good and well bittering play with the alcohol in aftertaste but before rich taste having good rich taste saison like( or is it?) anyway very well worh seeking out!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color: yellow-orange, cloudy with a beautiful white and a huge head, which is very nicely adorned with glass. Creamy head.
Aroma: spicy seasoning, slightly perceptible peach. There is also little, although I could be wrong so note some sour cream or yoghurt.
Taste: Belgian spices, cloves, a little gingerbread house, again something like whipped cream, and a little peach.
Always finish with us quite large herbal bitterness, dry, slightly astringent, it can not quite match the rest but it is not bad.
Saturation: Medium, fits here. Alcohol strongly felt, a spirit, a little bothered.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New labels. The old ones were text based and these are more graphic based. This tripel seems a bit...high in volume? Who knows if that makes sense. Mildly bready thing going on. I don't really know what to say here. This beer seems "airy." I guess that makes it easy to drink, but doesn't really provide much to hook onto as far as interesting characteristics.

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Photo of mcss
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TectonicFun
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at West Lakeview. Served in an oversized wine glass with a capriciosa pizza.

Opaque bronze color. Long lasting coarse head.

Sweet, malty, roasted carmel maple syrup smell, autumn. Some wood chips and grass, a little orange citrus.

Molasses, mild spice and almond. Slight hoppy bitterness at the end with pleasant warm booze heat.

Fuzzy, fine carbonation, a pleasure to drink. Really enjoyed this one after a hard days work...

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

266th Review
33cl bottle to snifter
Didn't catch the vintage on this

Enjoyed at Le Bier Circus in Brussels while visiting in early June 2012.

A: Hazy, medium hay color. 2+ (foamy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of all-spice, wheat, banana, and Belgian yeast. Touch of earthy hops too. Nice for a tripel.

T: Mild spice up front with notes of clove, Belgian yeast, and banana. Reminds me of a blonde more than a tripel though.

M: Medium/full bodied with loads of carbonation.

O: This beer reminds me of Westy Blonde in a thoroughly enjoyable way. The ABV is quite hidden, but the depth of this beer is nice. Very refreshing too!

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Photo of joe1510
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Flip-top
West Lakeview

Bosprotter happened to be a slow gusher; I caught most of it but did happen to lose some foam. This tripel pours with a glowing apricot body. There's some hazy from all the commotion and a little yeast got forced into the glass. The head was clean white and billowy, growing to three fingers on the pour. The head fell rather slowly to a thick cap and left circular airy chunk lacing down the glass.

Each swirl brings forward a torrent of juicy sweet aromas to the nose. Orchard fruits are front and center. Glistening ripe pear, green apples, and sweet ripe peaches all in that order from most to least. Bubblegum assaults the sense as well before an underlying layer of candi sugar comes forward. After all the freshness this beer trails off into a slight grassy and herbal hop character that really brings things together. There are even some banana-like esters popping up here and there.

The flavor, while good, doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Each aspect of the smell is present but seems a little muddled compared to how they jump out in the smell. The orchard fruits hit upfront and slowly fade back letting the slightly herbal slightly grassy bitterness shine through. There seems to be a mineralish finish on this beer along with the mild bitterness. The flavors come together pretty well after a little breathing.

When I first started drinking this beer I thought the body seemed too light and lifeless but as I drink it just keeps getting better. The body is light and shows a little stick on the swallow. The carbonation is a lot lower then I expected. With the instant gushing I figured this to be overly carbonated but it's not at all prickly.

This tripel is a very easy drinker. Juicy, refreshing flavors with just a hint of spice make it hard to slow down. The finish is a touch dry which keeps me coming back for more.

Bosprotter is a tripel I've never seen before and I'm glad I picked it up. It's a nice surprise to come across a solid beer like this every now and then. The smell and flavors all come together nicely to create an easy drinker. I wouldn't mind picking up a couple more bottles of this in the near future.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of samEBC
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmilewsk
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a creamy medium white head, good retention and lace.

S: Orange sherbet, lemon zest with some earthy greens in the finish.

T: Tasty creamy orange and lemon flavour, slightly-sweet. Light hoppiness on the back end.

M: Spritzy, creamy soft carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: A nice tasty tripel, nothing crazy, but well made to style and better than a lot of what is out there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pumpkin with all sorts of fine flecks and larger flakes. It's unusual to get this many particulates on the first pour from a 750 ml bottle. The bubbly head is midway between ivory and ecru. It doesn't have a Belgianesque texture and it isn't an outstanding lace creator, but it gets the job done. Second and third pours improve the appearance just enough for the next highest score to be awarded.

Although it doesn't smell classically tripel-like, the beer smells more like a Belgian tripel than any other style. It's golden malty and herbal hoppy, with a hint of orchard fruit and very little spice. Might my taste buds be more impressed? Doubtful.

Bosprotter is a decent tripel, no more than that. First, toasted malt or light caramel notes should not be present in beer of this style. Second, there's too much bitterness (without corresponding good hop flavor) and not enough sweetness. On a positive note, there's plenty of bold flavor. On a negative note, it isn't very complex or very deep.

Flavors include well-toasted white bread, pears and apples, steely caramel, woodsy herbs, white pepper and ground clove. It tastes like the yeast gobbled up the vast majority of the sugars, which leads to a borderline arid finish. This isn't bad beer by any means, but calling it good beer would be a stretch.

The mouthfeel isn't full enough or smooth enough due to a lack of quality bubbles. Given my experience with Hofblues, I should probably be thankful that the carbonation is within the range of acceptable.

Bosprotter is an okay tripel in the end, but I wouldn't recommend spending $13.99 for a bottle like I did. It looks like 't Hofbrouwerijke has some work to do before they can come anywhere close to joining the somewhat crowded ranks of world-class Belgian breweries.

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Bosprotter from 't Hofbrouwerijke
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.