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Duinen Tripel - Brouwerij Huyghe

Duinen TripelDuinen Tripel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2001)
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A lot of stuff floating around in this one, yellowish to bronzish color with a small head.

S - More malty than I was expecting, with a lot of fruit. Pleasant, but would have liked a little more of the yeast to come through on the nose.

T - Carmel, fruit, and a bit sour. More of a grainy backbone than I was anticipating on a triple.

M - Light with some good carbonation.

D - Goes down easy, nothing overpowering in the taste that makes you stop.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 19:58:42 | More by AgentZero
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2004 Cork Date, Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, orangish-tinged, full gold color. It is topped by a frothy, pale, off-white colored head that starts out four-fingers thick. The beer is extremely well carbonated with lots of streams of carbonation bubbles rising up through the beer. The carbonation keeps the head aloft for quite some time, and the head leaves a lacing pattern on the sides of my glass. The aroma certainly has aged notes to it; a sort of mix between caramel candies, a touch of sherries, butter rum and lots of toasty, malty biscuit-like notes in the finish.

The taste is dry up front, but quickly picks up a caramel candy sweetness as well as a sherry'd, aged malt character. The beer finishes with some nice spicy notes reminiscent of ginger and white pepper. Touches of vanilla are noticeable around the edges as well as some earthy, green spice notes that remind me of cheap American grown coriander seeds. This beer is quite light on the tongue and definitely is deceptively easy drinking considering its strength. This beer is still holding up pretty well, it is probably better when had fresh, but I am quite pleased by how well this has held up over the years.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 05:13:50 | More by Gueuzedude
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard, but good trippel. The look is a solid copper / golden color with a hearty sediment and nice carbonation and head retention. Sprinked with spices and yeast, this promises to be a quality Belgian. Smells rich with fruits (peaches and pears), toasted malts, sweet sugars, spices, and tartness. Tastes deliver when the aromas promised. Ripe but rich fruits with dates and pineapples added. The solid malt base gives a rich malted barley flavor that melds well with the sweeter candy sugars. Spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon flavors and sweet alcohols. Tart throughout with a confectionate / sweetheart characters. Alcohols are warming and sweet. Aftertaste reveals a very yeasty / bready flavor with a bit of a plastic note. This is a nice beer, especially for the price. Prefered over most Trippels because of a firm balance and consistent quality from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 04:33:51 | More by BEERchitect
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml (notched L4-03) light gold with a medium sized head of foam that sharank down to a fine layer quickly. Plenty of lacing....

The smell has strong notes of sweet caramel mixed with some alcohol.

The taste is less sweet than the nose indicated. There *is* some caramel malt there along with fruity tones of plum, apple, and cherry and a good kick of lemony sourness near and through the finish. The alcohol is also noticeable and does have a warming effect but it doesn't dominate so we're ok there.

Bottom line: A good Tripel that's worth having from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 16:20:51 | More by Bitterbill
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Painted white bottle with frail gold foil over a caged & corked 750 mL. Touting 9.0% ABV. Golden polished coppery glow hue giving way to rising carbonation champagne bubbles to a frothy craggy cratered surface of the moon 2 inch statue that paints the glass with a frothy lace.

Peppery notes of doughy spice wafer.

First swigs: Straight forward tripel flavors of metallic grain, followed by a honeyish delicate dry wood and floral petal character. Middle of slightly syrupy butered pancakes with a crisp dough and a leafy green bite.

Feel is impressive. Lightly bodied, clean finish with a soft hint of peppery bread dough.

Last swigs: Flavorful proper tripel that just leaves a little punch to be desired to be excellent. Certainly good. Reminds me most of Stoudt’s although more buttery in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 18:31:33 | More by blitheringidiot
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dzturner

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured: into large snifter a dark yellow amber with huge fluffy thick head.
Smell: came off a little sour not like most tripples. Does not give off a complex smell. Not its finest quality.
Taste: quite carbonated and highly achoholic. Tasted a bit sour (fitting to the smell). More sour then most tripples I have had. Full bodied flavor but not complex. While I am not an expert I feel that it could use some aging to mellow out a little and allow to taste more flavors.
Flavor: a little bit of sour apple, acidic like a very acidic fruit like pomegrannte this hits most at the end, I may be crazy but I got a faint flavor of black licorice
(note this is my first review :)

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 00:27:58 | More by dzturner
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a amber color with a huge white head. The bubbles in this beer look like club soda, this is very carbonated.The smell has a very "bisquity" aroma. Like walking in a bakery. The taste is a fruity mix. The most pronounced flavor is of apple, but you can make out some sweet malt, dark fruit, and an alcohol warmth thats not overblown. The m/f is medium with a good mixture of flaors. This is a damn good beer , and one where the 9% alcohol is only slightly in the flavor picture. This is a beer not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 05:32:09 | More by jmz62565
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badbeer

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Amber color with a nice white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Caramel, plum, yeast, bread, pretty sweet smell, no hops perceived. Taste is very sweet as well, tastes of dark fruit, as well as notes of apple and pear. Light carbonation, medium bodied, and pretty light on the tongue. Pretty good beer and a pretty reasonable price tag on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 04:43:27 | More by badbeer
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pillowy, white, three-fingered head, fades very slowly ( should be poured slowly) and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Color is cloudy amber. Nose is sweet malt. Starts and finishes sweet - a combination of raisins and citrus; the high ABV is not noticeable. Corked 750ml bottle, bottled March 2004.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 23:19:22 | More by jdhilt
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a single of this one at a little, obscure liquor store here in town ... bottle a bit dusty and opaque white. No date to be found ... poured into a Moinette chalice from the 11.2 oz bottle.

A - Golden orange with discernable yeasties in the glass. Thin, white head with lacing sporadic so far ...

S - Sweet and caramely nose. No hop aroma, and is within my expectations for a Belgian tripel. Smells promising.

T - Hmmm ...mollasses and citrus flavor play off well. Pretty high carbonation in this ale. A bit drier finish than expected. Noticable alcohol warmth and flavor, but not overblown. I almost bought the Dubbel, and this one reminds me more of a dubbel in some ways. Very good flavor though.

M - Warm and thick with a bit of a bite. Coats the mouth and the hops linger in the back of the mouth. Pretty complex, really.

D - Complex and attractive ... this Tripel is a good one. A lot going on here and probably not the one you'd want to use for a benchmark for the style. I'll buy the Dubbel and try it next ... this one, I'd definitely have again. Good beer ... doesn't receivee the press that most other belgians get, but its in the class.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 19:03:11 | More by beerphilosopher
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light golden color, with a slight orange hue, cloudy with a moderate head of foam. Smells fruity like sour green apples with a perfumy tartness. A definite sweet alcohol aroma is present. Taste is tarty, dry and alcoholic. It is citrusy and the flavors dissemintate into your nose. I detect some bitterness. Finish is not as sweet as expected. It feels light and thin, and very highly carbonated. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 21:25:00 | More by bennetj17
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid orange color with a finger of head head that is maintained with a very active carbonation. Incredible cascade of bubbles up the side of the glass. The nose is big citrusy lemon and orange. No alcohol. Flavor is initially tart lemon, but quickly moves to a light raisiney in the middle and finish. Slightly drying on the finish. Feel is moderate with a very active carbonation. Overall, this is a nice brew. Everything balances well and it really disappears from the glass quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 01:28:16 | More by kmpitz2
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WetCoaster

California

3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*2004
*Corked and caged

Appearance: Poured into a Westmalle chalice. Hmmm... Golden, but a bit brown as well. Very carbonated, fizzy, pure white head, fair retention, decent lace. Meh.

Smell: Sweet and quite dense. Caramel, cola, butterscotch -- really more like a dubbel. A bit odd, frankly.

Taste/Mouthfeel:A bit thick, but very assertively carbonated. This is oddly un-tripel. Sweet -- but simply sweet, like honey -- a bit buttery, and then finishes hoppy and a bit boozy. I don't know quite what to make of this.

Drinkability: I think there's too much crammed into this beer and it got away from them; it's just too big.

Or not. I think this is going to be a temporary review because I'm baffled by this beer. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it, maybe it was a bad sample (although a year-old 9% beer corked in an opaque bottle...), or maybe it just isn't that good. Still, I think it deserves another shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 00:38:17 | More by WetCoaster
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ReebShorts

Washington

2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Creamy orange appearance, head faded quickly to slight white layer in my goblet.
Smell was a bit tricky, not sure but I think I picked up on Plum, Cherry, Orange, Grapefruit, raisin, and begium yeast. It smell really good, and actually had I not seen this beer i'd have guessed it a bit darker based on the aroma.

Damnint. Pretty disappointed in the taste. It smelled so good, but flavor was sour and funky. Cork said 2004 on it, maybe this wasn't stored correctly, but the flavor is not too good at all. Not one i'll try again soon at any price, but this one was $8.50. I feel like I should get a refund on this one. Blehhh

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 04:58:33 | More by ReebShorts
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DogFood11

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ehhh decent....for the style I thought it could have stood up more...you know claimed its territory....it basically stood its ground and did a few tricks.

smelled like a yeasty/fruity typical tripel ten sizzled and became course in the throat. I would reccomend this beer with some sharp cheese and a BJ.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 05:59:31 | More by DogFood11
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Peach colored with a nice pillowy off-white headand fairly active carbonation despite no pop from the cork. Fruity citrusy orange aroma with a touch of cloves. Very similar flavors and pretty spicy with lots of orange. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth with a spicy dry finish.

Easy drinking tripel with only a touch of alcohol.

Per Label: "Bottle Conditioned" & "Anno 1107" & "Duinen - Reserve St. Idesbald"

($5.99 / 750ml / 25.4 oz tall straight white ceramic champagne style bottle - corked, caged, and wrapped with bright gold foil)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 17:18:37 | More by RBorsato
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I poured this beer and there was a lot of chunks floating around in it. Maybe it was old or I hadn't stored it properly, but I strained it and reviewed it. I'll probably review it again to do justice to this beer. Color was an opaque golden honey. The smell was of wheat and apricot. The taste was of a lemony sourness, apricot and honey. The mouthfeel was tingly and light, but good and dry at the end. My conclusion, certainly a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 15:35:47 | More by tomthumbsblues
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle with cork.

Appearance: Honey, dark straw, thin white head.
Smell: Neat-o! Apple, banana, honey, tart.
Taste: Holy shit! Very tart, fades to maple, honey, then a hop bite, long hop finish. Also pretty dry.
Mthfl: Dances in the mouth.
Drinkability: I think I could get carried away with this.

A very pleasant surprise, I will try Duinen again

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 14:41:58 | More by Shultzerdugen
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the typical white, corked 750 ml bottle, this was the 2004 vintage. The liquid is a foamy, fruity, yeasty, highly carbonated mixture…it’s wonderful. The heads is huge, and sits atop a clear, golden-yellow colored brew. The aroma is a mix of yeast and alcohol, ripe meaty fruit, and spices. The smell seems mildly sugary at times, as well as peppery. It’s fairly sweet, but is very well balanced. The carbonation make it similar to drinking Champaign. Complex, full bodied, and terrifically enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 20:59:31 | More by Suds
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great looking package - I love the white bottle and the artwork on the label. 330 ml bottle.
The look of this beer is very nice. Golden, somewhat peachy cast to it with a nice prominent head with some staying power. The head is off white and finely pebbled. All through the tasting I could give the goblet a little wiggle and the head pops back straight away. I like to see that.

First whiff is oranges, yeasty bread notes and a smoky spiciness. Then some hints of burnt candy. Real nice and real interesting.

The taste begins with a pleasant mild bitterness which is overwhelmied by the citrus and orange. There is a nice balance of malt and citric fruits with a peppery, earthy murk. Before you can nail down what comes next the super fine carbonation swells up and you've got a mouthful of foam. A very interesting combination of brightness and syrupy body. For a moment I thought there was a hint of sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, but that's probably just a fore shadowing of Thanksgiving dinner. After all this there's a bitter, herbal finish. Pretty cool.

That foam makes the mouthfeel very silky and juicy. It's got substantial body. I like this alot, although it's not as 3D and complex as Westmalle.
Very drinkable, but at 9.0% I don't think I can go all night. A great changeup after something lighter earlier on.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 01:49:54 | More by horndecker
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003
Mostly clear gold with a well-fed capping of white.
Nose features sugared pineapple to the exclusion of nearly everything else.
Begins sweet, heavy on powdered sugar, and candied pineapple and kiwi. Dries as it progresses, with traces of white peppercorns, clove, and gravel. Turns increasingly weizen-esque. Minor tartness on the home stretch, with squirts of green grape. Ends with a rose petal hop notion and flames of white rum.
Airy and bright in the mouth, and although its heft is generally kept in check, it does rear back and fire away at the close, leaving this the slightest bit unsettling. But not at the sacrifice of tastiness.
Better than decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 16:50:07 | More by cokes
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RedBaron

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A well-made tripel on a cool autumnal evening is just the tonic! This was a 25oz. sample, with a cork date of 2003.

Appearance: Deep gold color; creamy, well-carbonated head (what you'd expect in a good tripel); left good Brussels lace.
Smell: Vague clove, some banana; nice, subtle aromatic hop additions.
Taste: Complex maltiness in the fore, nice dry hoppy finish. Good fruity esters (apples, especially) throughout.
Mouthfeel: Remarkably well-balanced for a 9%abv brew. Very well attenuated.
Drinkability: Nice tripel, perhaps shading Duvel a little too closely, but still a creative treat, nontheless. For tripel lovers, this is must-have (and the price I paid was only $6.99. Very nicely priced).

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 03:13:42 | More by RedBaron
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Zorro

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML Bottle, the cork is dated 2004.

Pours a clear golden brew with a slight bit of haze. High carbonation level looks like Apple Champagne maintains a thick head.

Smell is mildly sweet and spicy with a strong scent of apples with a tart scent like granny smith apples.

Taste is sweet and tart with strong coriander and apples flavor. Stronger bitterness than you would expect and it hides the alcohol content very well, only the warmth in your throat and stomach betray its presence. The Sourness is from a trace of lactic acid like a Belgian Sour beer.

This has the Mouthfeel of Champagne.

A nice drinkable brew, this one may be an exception to the rule that Belgians age well.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 04:39:37 | More by Zorro
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BeerManDan

California

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, it was loaded with foam, so pour slowly. The color was a medium dark golden brown with loads of foam. It had a fruity aroma, with sweet maltiness on the nose. The taste had a spritzy feeling in the mouth reminiscent of brut champagne. Not a really outstanding tripel from Belgium, average to just below average to some other tripel's that I've tasted from Belgium

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 22:16:33 | More by BeerManDan
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 faux ceramic bottle, served slightly chilled into a St Bernardus goblet. Pours a burnt orange body that is somewhat hazed. Head is offwhite in color and quickly falls into film and collar foam. Lacing is minimal, and also fails to impress.

Aroma is of a divine nectar, exceptional even when compared to any other Belgian ale. Banana, mango, cotton candy, honey, spiced fruitcake, cookie dough, and some woodsy mushroomy yeast. I spent several minutes inhaling these divine aromas before moving to the sipping stage. Aromas get no better than this.

Mouthfeel boasts the exploding, fizzy carbonation so common to the style. Like a Pez candy tablet that melts in your mouth. A mild alcohol bite is present on the tongue.

Spices greet the palate up front, with an array of nutmeg, black pepper, and coriander. Overripe banana and fresh mango lead the fruity component. Bread dough, warming alcohol, and yeasty barnyard add to the likeable complexity. An odd note of fresh popcorn was picked up midway through, but was very fleeting. The finish is dry, and an aftertaste of dried apricots lingered for awhile.

I found this to be an outstanding Tripel. I can't explain the mediocre appearance, but the aroma and taste more than atone for this mild fault. The complexities of this Belgian mask the high abv just enough to make this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 11:22:37 | More by merlin48
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