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Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: neenerzig on 09-17-2008

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Ratings: 378 | Reviews: 151
Photo of Cannybrew
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive looks. Golden, high carbonation, 1 inch head which disappears quickly leaving a steady thin lace. Smells sweet chocolate orange and spice. Tastes dry, crisp and bitter with a subtle sweetness but not enough to shout about. Feels long and lasting and refreshing. Very nice.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Lightly hazy golden hue to this one tiny fizzing CO2 activity and a good head with roughly standard retention.

Smell - Caramel and fruit tones to this. The fruit is hard to describe it is almost fruit salad like with a grapefruit base. There is also an almond marzipan aroma linger in here as an almost undercurrent.

Taste - Marzipan almond and sugar notes dominate the front end while a heavy boozy element cut with sharp grapefruit rides through the whole mouth and.

MF - Around a medium body here. Very boozy and warming. Nice linger but nothing heavy or overly impressive.

Overall - A pretty good brew by all standards and not badly balanced but it is equally only slightly above average in any category except the aroma so IMO it is not the best in the style.

Photo of Dentist666
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.
Pours clear deep golden to orange with 3-finger white head, recedes to 1-finger in several minutes. Aroma not as intense, yeasts, floral traits, pale malts, vinous. Taste contains tons of alcohol, outshining nuances of the style. It's actually hard to define them.

Photo of Grogsky
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Dellirium, great setting to have this for the first time. Have it with it's intended glassware.

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

I live in Florida where a premium beer is Budweiser! I probably rate good beers higher than reality but Kasteel exceeds FL standards. It's drinkable and not overly filling. Nice balance of fruit flavors. Going from drinking good beer up North to scalvaging a good one when the ship comes in, ahh a good day!

Photo of MellowDia
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very heavy, not well balanced. Tough after taste.

Photo of Zac9876
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok a little to dark though

Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger thick fizzy white head, fades to a thin ring, a few dots on the glass. Smell: pear, dried apricot, golden apple, clove and booze notes, sweet with spicy hopping not making too much of an impression. Taste: pear, soft golden delicious apple, clove, pepper, grape and coriander in the finish, vanilla-ish booze. Lighter-medium and slick, growing carbonation midsip then ending in a sticky finish cut by clove. A bit messy and boozy but pretty tasty overall.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%

Bottle to go from World of Beer. Dated 2012/04/07, so clearly been around a bit. Pours slightly hazy golden color with a one finger quickly receding head. Aroma is a bit pungent with massive notes of booze and rotten fruit, honey, pears, smells incredibly sweet. Flavor is overly sweet and funky booze pears and honey, not much else going on here, banana and yeast esters, a hint of spice. Heavy on the palate with very high carbonation. I think 11% is just way too much here. Tough to choke down.

Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

330 ml. bottle. Pours a deep golden colour, with a medium head that fades quickly, leaving a small lace. Semell of apricots, banana, clove, floral, honey., cloves. Surprinsingly medium to light boyd, I expected more froma Kasteel on the palate. Taste of apricots, citrus, honey and full bodied wine, the kind of sherry or manzanilla, or oloroso.

Photo of Donnyk23
5/5  rDev +31.6%

one of my favs

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE - Pours opaque light brown, with a one-finger head that dissipates in about a minute. A little lacing.

SMELL/AROMA - Herbaceous, very sweet, piney.

TASTE - Quite sweet and mildly piney. Lacks ale bitterness. ABV not well hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Not much carbonation, viscous and syrupy.

OVERALL - I really like Imperial IPAs better than Tripels. This one is cloyingly sweet and a bit too boozy for me.

Photo of tomordonez
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite Belgian breweries. High carbonation, medium to low head. Nice amber color. Smells like bread, nuts, caramel and a tiny floral. It has some noticeable alcohol aroma. They don’t hide the strong taste of alcohol. At room temp the alcohol is even more noticeable and with a flat head. I still prefer the Rouge and the Cuvee the Chateau

Photo of jonb5
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale golden, clear, small head, faded fairly quickly,
looked very lively, very bubbly throughout.

S: Yeast, esters, apple, some booze.

T: Yeasty, fruity esters, bittersweet, hint of apple, did a reasonable
job of hiding the booze.

M: Crisp, well carbonated, light body for the high abv.

O: Thumbs up from me on this one, not bursting with diverse flavors
but its what I’d like a tripel to be.

Photo of AMack11
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle,best before May 2016. Been in the fridge for 6 months or so. Poured into a snifter (I usually always pour my Belgians into a goblet,but having had a few of these, I feel that at 11%, the snifter benefits this ale)

A - bright orange,with a finger of bright white head. Look very clear.

S - this is an odd smelling beer. Honey,apple,a touch of cinnamon, tons of alcohol. This beer has a strange floral scent, with a white wine type scent as well. Very odd.

T - alcohol right off the bat, followed by a honey and finishing with a white pepper. Slight hints of banana. Maybe even some coriander.

F - smooth, creamy and syrupy

O - this beer in very,very unique. It's unlike an triple that I've ever had...more than that,it's unlike any beer I've ever had. The honey notes,combined with the spicy finish,are odd, but weirdly do work. I would suggest pairing this beer with some like a Chinese honey chilli chicken, some sort of sweet and sour dish. I give this beer a 4 overall, for being a very enjoyable and unique experience. A must try for Belgian beer geeks like myself.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date bottled: 10/23/12. Date reviewed: 5/4/14.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a beautiful, shimmering golden color. Huge, inch-high head faded into some attractive swirling. Decent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Somewhat subdued, but the hints of honey, mustiness and wood rosins make it stand out.

Taste 4.0: Front is flat, with slight hints of wood rosins near the front of the palate. Middle is dry with light notes of wood and candy sugar (without any hint of sweetness). Finish is bone dry with hints of sugars, rosins and a slight acetone taste. Aftertaste is short and features a brief hint of the malt that -must have-- gone into this beer but is now long gone. Smooth and balanced at every taste level and no hint of any alcohol.

Mouthfeel 3.75: A bit too bubbly for me, but nothing distractive.

Overall 4.0: The most unusual triple I have ever tasted. I would dare anyone to try this beer blindfolded and tell me it is actually a beer. Everything that makes a beer a beer is gone from this brew's flavor profile: no malt and no hops. Still, what is here is like alchemy: lead into gold a brief foray into the magical. This beer is strange; it grows on you and if you are a home-brewer like me, you wonder what kind of yeast cleared this out of sugars like this, what kind of wood is that I taste...not the best triple I have ever had, but surely the most interesting and challenging to the style. Recommended.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice glass.

A: Slightly cloudy golden yellow color. Forming a creamy thin bubbled white head. Medium retention and lots of lingering lacings in the glass

S: Sweet and fruity. Vanilla, honey, caramel malts, orange, peaches, sweet grains. Traditional notes of Belgian yeasts. A bit boozy in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Notes of honey, vanilla, sweet grains, caramel malts, orange and peach notes, sweet bread, bready Belgian yeasts. In overall a bittersweet taste. Good hops bitterness in the end

M: Heavy body with lots of carbonation. Bittersweet and very malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic Belgian Tripel. Good

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, spice, fruit, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some oxidized qualities that actually don't really detract from the other aromas and flavors.

Photo of Act25
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 year old bottle. A reviewer wrote: "I'm eager to get it on my tongue, again."

A; Clear, light golden, capped with a dense, rocky, lacy, lasting thick white froth.

S: Aroma is tripel all the way - complex, yeasty blend of citrus, spice, uplifting, floral, incense, pepper, with blend of fruit apricot, pear, lemon.

T: Complex, crisp, acidic, and rich with flavor, a slightly sour, peppery mix of fruit and spice. with energetic power in each sip, each with a fine bitter sweet, and long peppery arc that fades slowly on the tongue.
MF: A lot of pepper tingle on the palate, sharp and needle like finish. Leaves you in a great place, but you must like pepper!

"It's a power house" that ought to be tasted against the best Trappists. A bit strange and a bit peppery and sweet at same time. Arc from sweet to pepper.

Photo of ikantspel
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10.26.11 on bottle

Served into a chalice

Pours horsepiss golden color with a small declining head that is gone quick

Smells of champagne, caramel, green apple, and some slight dark fruits

Hits heavy with spice, yeast, banana, clove.

Finishes dry. This hits hard right away. Reminds me of thier donk is so many ways

Photo of a0lbudman
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-slight haze yet some clearness with a large white head that faded and leaves a very little lace
S-banana, pepper, coriander, and clove
T- spice and pepper are strong with the alcohol warming coming in strong in the aftertaste
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-many strong flavors in this beer, it is a good winter type beer for me

Photo of jdense
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Belgian Beer Research Project, Sabbatical 2013.

One finger uneven white head leading to thin broken layer, quick dissipation over medium gold body, a bit of chill haze, minimal visible carbonation. Coriander and noticeable sweetness in the nose, almost a candi sugar aroma. Boozy taste masks the coriander notes, funky mouthfeel, not very effervescent, this seems a bit under-carbonated. The alcohol is pretty overwhelming, wonder if this might be better after a year or so of cellaring. Don't think I will have this again.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 1/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, light bread, and phenolic yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt flavors; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, light banana, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Tripel. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and surprisingly crisp sipping for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Flounder57
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a snifter. Bottle 8/12/10. 3+ years old.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a golden straw yellow with good clarity and tiny bubbles can be seen coming up through the middle of the glass.

Smell: Apples, pears, vanilla, spiciness, Belgian candy, yeasty esters, and a little warming alcohol.

Taste: Pretty much same as above. Really sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, boozy, spicy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid tripel, but tasted really sweet. Everything else was spot on.

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with apparent carbonation and three fingers head with good retention.
Aroma of honey, oranges and Belgian yeast.
Flavor of booze, sweet oranges, white wine, burnt brown sugar and toasted malts. Hints of herbal hops, cantaloupe, spices and apple vinegar. Smooth aftertaste.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation. Given it is a high 11% ABV, it is noticeable but not enough to utterly unbalance it and it feels lower.
Not the most complex of Tripels, but still average, and I felt that this beer could be a bit more balanced if it had more body or flavors (not sugar) to conceal its petro. That said it is still a good beer that fits this cold day.

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.