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Belgian Tripel - Mikkeller ApS

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ochsenblut on 02-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Jesse13713
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A wheaty, citrus color that is reminiscent of watching a golden-amber sunrise. A rich and spritzy head with great lacing to the glass.

Smell - Belgian funk with bing cherry, pineapple, mango, and banana. There are a lot of different fruit notes working together to create this unique smell.

Taste - A strict alcohol burn with consistent banana notes and slices of pineapple. Light notes of cherry also traverse from the smell to the taste. Obvious notes of Belgian yeast and light clove spice are evident, though the spice is very faint.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Well balanced and medium bodied with a small scotch-like mouthburning bite to it. Grainy and wheaty with fruity ethanol in the aftertaste.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

A- The liquid resembles a bright golden color with some yellow within. This one is alive as about 3 fingers of dense white foam steadily rose. Excellent lacing, thick and coating.

S- I was kind of dissapointed in the smell on first sniffs as I got a hay/barnyard scent which was one sided. This opened up quickly though, with a bunch of fruits with apples up front. A good amount of spices with cloves centerstage. Some belgian yeast rounds this out.

T- Mikkeller triple is a nice mix of light spice and fruit with Belgian yeast in between. Orange pops out with some papaya and really shines with apples and pears coming through. Getting some trace alcohol as well. Some hops in here but are not up front. A nice bready background from the belgian yeast

M- The feel gets better with some warmth but as is, this is creamy and refreshing. The alcohol is barely noticable, well hidden. This one glides down with no distractions. A nice spicy aftertaste. Just dont drink it too cold.

D- My only regret is that drank it too quickly. Put off by the odor at first I was very surprised at the outcome. Very refreshing and tasty. It's high in alcohol but what the hell.

Usually Mikkeller beer are huge misses with me, I only have seemed to love the almighty weasel. Now with the Belgian triple, I have found solace in the fact that Mikkeller can brew a lighter styled beer and hit it out of the park, besides all those crazy big ass dark beers he is always coming up with.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing gold with a tight, compact white head. Little streams of effervescence are very noticeable in the glass.

S: Aromas of pear, caramel, apple, and grassy, spicy hops are evident one the nose. This smells nice, but I would have liked to see a more pronounced hop presence.

T: Notes of lemon, orange zest, spiced pear, green apple, and caramel are balanced by grassy, herbal hops and peppery yeast. The finish is mostly fruity with apple, pear, and caramel notes.

M: Medium to full bodied, relatively dry, and smooth. Carbonation is active, yet expressive. Alcohol presence is nicely restrained.

O: This is an excellent tripel and was very drinkable on-tap. I would have liked to see a little more hop presence in the finish, but overall this was a very good experience. Worth a try if you can find it.

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 33 cl Mikkeller was intended for distribution only in Italy. I think some got out by mistake in a shipping error, but the majority is still on the boot.

The body is a dark and cloudy strawberry blond with a fluffy two finger off-white head. The bubbles are very fine and diminish to globby lacing.

The smell is herbal with notes of licorice and hints of orange zest. The yeast smell is intoxicating.

The first sip gives a soft licorice mixed with a sweetness no doubt imparted by the candy sugar listed as an ingredient. Once the beer warms and some of the suspended carbonation is spent, notes of horse blanket, hay and medicinal phenols make for a complex tasting experience. The candy sugar sweetness peaks through and plays with a soft tannin/barnyard mellowness. The aftertaste hangs around for ages. The alcohol is really well covered and appears only fumingly upon reverse gesticulation.

The carbonation is medium and is appropriate for the style.

I love the idea of a "gypsy brewer." I think this man is some sort of beer savant.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange body with a soft white head and webs of sticky lacing.

S - Typical belgian yeast aroma, raisin bread, pepper and spice.

T - Brown sugar, pear, apple, orange peel, biscuit and spice. Slightly hot.

M - Medium body and carbonation levels.

O - Not the most complex tripel but an enjoyable belgian treat. Another tick for Mikkeller.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Purchased some time ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. The ingredients include orange peel and coriander, which I would usually associate with witbier, but then Mikkeller never follow the rules. The label image of a cat leaping at a monk on a Vespa belongs in the realm of the truly bizarre...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy amber hue with chunky floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with excellent stability; it lasts for ages before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with hints of banana, clove, sugar, mild bubblegum, spice, faint orange peel, a touch of earthy coriander and stewed hops. A warm, solventy whiff of booze in the background. Intriguingly complex.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a hint of spice and a dry finish. Notes of banana, clove, mild orange peel, faint bubblegum, dry coriander, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, yet slightly sweet. A touch of hot, solventy booze in the background, followed by a restrained and faintly herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good body but somewhat lacklustre carbonation. Highly astringent - the alcohol dries the palate. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, fruitiness and bitter stewed hops.

Another class effort from Mikkeller - not quite to style but well assembled. Looks good, in spite of the sediment, while the aroma and flavour have a satisfyingly rounded complexity. Quite boozy but this doesn't detract from the experience. The body is decent, though more effervescent carbonation would be nice. Pretty close to a genuine tripel, just a shade more fruity/spicy. A pleasant sipper - worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 21/2/12

A murky peachy orange with a large three finger off white head that quickly falls to a pinkies width that hangs around for a while leaving a couple partial rings of lace.

S some yeast and brewers candy with some candied pineapple, booze, and a little apple and pear. I pick up on the sweet orange but only after reading it on the bottle

T a little cereal and spices on top of what I smell, a decent example of the style, a little sweet but no problems really

M medium bodied with good carbonation just a little heat to complain about

O a good triple but not outstanding, strange how I can only feel the booze not taste or smell it

I'd drink this again but I'm going to be broke for a while with this massive Mikkeller release here in Alberta, well with LFDM on the shelf for twice the size for a extra 1.50$ perhaps a hard sell

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

330ml bottle. Strange bit of cat-fumigating imagery on the label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, tarnished orange hue, with two fingers of puffy, tight, melted marshmallow off-white head, which leaves a perfectly consistent array of bicycle chain lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells predominantly of brewers' yeast, booze-soaked tropical fruit, herbal spices, and a sugary, grainy malt. The taste is more distinct pineapple, orange, and increasing pungent apple fruitiness, spicy, midlly caramelized grain, with an overarching stiff mixed drink alcohol warming - dull, but hard to shake.

The carbonation is quite sedate, no real fuss made, the body a solid medium weight, and pleasantly smooth. It finishes off-dry, a blend of sweet spicy grain, muddled fruit, and politely lurking booze.

A decent enough tripel, lots of multifaceted flavours flitting about somewhat randomly at first, then coming together nicely. The alcohol threatens low-key anarchy at times, but doesn't really follow through, leaving you to bear the behind the scenes brunt of its affection upon completion of the bottle - the way it should be!

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a half finger of fluffy white head that fades to a thin layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast spice with fruit, citrus, and sweet malt notes.

Taste: A lot like the smell. The yeast spice and the fruity notes are a nice combination that carries through to the finish. I'm getting some hop bitterness. Sweet but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a nice tripel. The hops seemed to be at just the right level. I enjoyed the fruit notes as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, as well as some Belgian yeast and some spice notes such as pepper and coriander.

The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of orange citrus notes, but the Belgian yeast and biscuit malt are also present. The Belgian candy sugar is also in the flavor, as are some spices and a little bit of alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy but bright orange to peach colour with a large foamy head that holds well.

Strong smelling on the nose and with a lot of yeast followed by a nice, warming alcohol smell. There is some spice as well and a mild sweetness with some orange zest too.

Mildly sour to begin with and with some orange zest and touches of citrus. There is a strong alcohol flavour midway through and plenty of spice.

Medium and smooth with plenty of carbonation and a huge, warming alcohol kick to it.

A nice beer but not quite as complex or flavoursome as I was expecting. There is a nice, warming alcohol feel to it and some light orange zest notes but there isn't too much else going on here.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eric5bellies
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Sail and Anchor, Fremantle.

A - Pours a nice Golden Straw colour with a one fingered head trhyat retains well.

S - A little hoppy with some sweetness.

T - A little sour on the start, before the fruity esters kick in. Nice lemon rind notes backed up by some decent bready yeast.

M - A little sticky in the mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation.

O - A very drinkable Tripel without the complexity of a Westmalle.

Photo of Schmoog
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Belgian Tripel from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.