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Finesse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A 3 grain (barley, wheat, rye) tripel aged on pine needles.

(Beer added by: number1bum on 06-26-2010)
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Bruisin' Ales. Fine presentation, paper covered plain brown bottle with a little cardboard tag which reads "Best before August 2012". We are well before the cutoff, even so, into my trusty big Tripel Karmeliet it goes!

A. Massive, fluffy eggshell white head explodes into the glass, sticks around for the better part of the show, and sneaks out the side door, leaving gobs of generous lacing stuck to the globe of my goblet. The beer is a bottle conditioned (yeasty bits abound) opaque dirty orange-gold. Lots of character here.

S. Sweet, with a distinct apricot note, grainy and dare I say, Kiuchi like. Once you know what to look for, the rye is evident. Tangerines and, peachy wheat. Sweet and full, billowy. Yeast from the bottom adds character, some vitamin B. Could be more spicy and dry for my tastes; this takes a different tack.

T. Stays on course following the nose: lots of sugar-sweets, orange colored fruits, mildly tropical, creamy, some white pepper, wheat spice (Hefe), well rounded and full flavored, good, but lacks that really intriguing dry / fluffy note I really love in Tripels. This is fuller bodied and less carbonated, despite the huge head.

M. Mid-heavy, adequate carbonation but not as zippy as it could / should be... long lingering spicy-rye orangey fruity flavors + a little warmth from the booze. Nice.

O. This is a good Tripel, but not one of the greats. Better than most, worse than some I suppose. A little on the untraditional side. I would buy Finesse again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 01:35:40 | More by kkipple
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, small white head goes fast to sticky lace and some floating bubbles.
Rye pops in the smell, and green spicy hops. There's also caramel and honey, flowers, apple, apricot, some pine.
Taste is complex and has that specific Dochter van de Korenaar feel, with slightly smoked mixed cereals, some sour lemon zest, faint pineapple and unrripe orchard fruit (thus a bit acidic). Belgian yeasts. Honey sweetness, herbal notes, a bit floral, and lots of pine and leafy hops in the finish.
Medium body, kinda fizzy, but helps lift to the palate the spicy hops (+ the yeastiness). No alcohol apparent, but should be drunk carefully.
Tasty and strong, a nice mix of spicy grains and hops, might seem weird and off to people that aren't used with Dochter van de Korenaar brews. Not the usual tripel.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange colour, nicely transparent, some carbonation bubbles showing up. Thin white head (at most one finger) but nicely firm and persistent

S- Sweet caramel malts, maybe a hint of honey. Lots of fruity notes also on the fruity side, i'm picking peach and pear. A light herbal whiff. Feels nicely plenty/rich on the aroma

T- Sweet malts as suggested, bready and caramel with a touch of rustic spiciness. A nice bittering herbal feel brings balance and leaves you wanting for another sip. Fruity esters as suggested by the aroma though not so bright, a touch of warming alcohol feel

M- Dense body as well as quite dense carbonation, very full on the mouth but somehow not so round, i'm feeling a bit of an unpleasant sharp edge on the palate

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Nose shows caramel, bready malt and a cidery notes. Also some industrial booze.
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Glowing orange-amber with thin white film that sheets.
Deep honey malts, woody whisky notes and some spice.
Overripe nectarine, apricot jam, rye spice, some pine resin, and a big noble bite.
Grassy finish and fruity linger.
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Way too dark and thick for a tripel, with no spice to cut it. The bitterness (I do get the pine needle aging) just about saves it. You could tell me this was a RyePA and I'd believe it - but I still wouldn't love it.

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Finesse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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