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Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: neenerzig on 09-17-2008)
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Reviews by ABeezy:
Photo of ABeezy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Got this one down at Dee's in Pittsburgh. Grabbed a few bottles, they have so many Belgians I had to get at least one. I always go for the tripel. Would do a quad if I saw it. TBH I am not sure why? Maybe I would like the double. I dunno, I never get it.

I like the short bottle. Something different.

Pour - lots of head. Like a crappy US Macro beer lol. And it dissipates quickly. No lacing really.

Smell - I am not good at picking out all these scents but it's fruity, light, sweet.

Taste - It's good for this style. It goes away too quickly tho. It's refreshing and light and probably will kick my ass anyway.

Overall it's not bad. Not sure I will get it again. Too many other beers to try. If it was cheap that would be another story.

ABeezy, Mar 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of boston2bburg
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottling on 090303 - I assume that's Belgian for March 3, 2009.

The first pour out of a traditional 750 mL green Belgian bottle is bright and clear golden with the faintest touch of haze evident. Tight bubbled swath of foam blankets the top with fairly good retention, eventually fading to a wisp. Effervescent.

Pleasant earthy noble hop nose, a bit spicy/herbal and perfumy. Fresh farm smells, deep and complex, balanced by breadiness and some light candy-like, almost banana sweetness - more with warmth. In the second pour, as more yeast becomes involved, aroma leans towards spicy lemon/orange esters, and phenols.

Again complex and deep with the flavor. Lemon-lime esters, earthy hops, crisp and spicy alcohol notes, just short of hot, probably a healthy dose of wheat. High carbonation, but just about right. Balanced spice from the yeast. Moderate bitterness. Finishes peppery, with a dry sweetness and some alcohol.

Easy to drink, though the alcohol is high enough that you feel it after one glass. Could be a bit too hot; I get a warming in the chest but also in the head. Ultimately, it's a very good shot at a higher than normal alcohol Tripel.

boston2bburg, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Satyr179, May 16, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +5%

DaftPatrick, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

warnerry, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of tazzerboy
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured into a stemless wine glass

A-Dark honey color. Good head at pour (two fingers) and it stuck around for a while. Rather cloudy with yeast fragments. I thought I might have poured it too quickly, but after second thought...I didn't pour it any faster then normal.

S-Sweet/Candy. But, there wasn't that much aroma there.

T-Sweet right off the bat. Light bitterness and some acid arrive in the middle, but it is well balanced with the sweetness. More of a floral taste arrive as it warms up.

M-Good carbonation, a little creamy

D-There is a little bit of an alcohol burn, but relatively smooth considering the high ABV.

Overall-Rather nice beer. Not the best triple I've tried, but I wasn't disappointed.

tazzerboy, Apr 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of JCWeaze
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured summery orange - in a snifter. Easy to get 1+ fingers of head.

Flavor was sweet but not cloying.

Smell was fruity with notes of apples.

High alcohol content is well hidden.

Great summer evening closer. Close but not quite as tasty as Triple Karmaliet.

JCWeaze, May 26, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ant1, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

wattoclone, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

TKEbeerman, Jun 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of supermantoine
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

Drank it from the original Kasteel chalice.

Very clear beer. Beatiful lacing, sticks to the glass. Golden color with, in the beginning, fluffy head leaving a quarter of an inch after about a minute till the beer was finished.

Smells floral, with too much banana and yeast characteristics. A lot of alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, nothing surprising. No noticable bitterness and well balanced malti/hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is ok. Very thick beer, lots of alcohol, but no warmth, but at the same little carbonation which makes it very good drinkable.

Overall a nice beer. Nothing really exciting, but good drinkable. It looks great, has most of the style characteristics and serves my needs in the triple field.

supermantoine, Dec 30, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

(Served in a chalice)
bottled in 100120

A- This beer pours a crystal clear apricot colored body with a snow white head that is bubble and soon disappears. There is a violent boil of microbubbles from the base of the glass.

S- This beer has a dry mead nose with some light yeasty characteristics and a slight sweet honey hint in the finish.

T- That taste is pretty clean much as the smell with sweet mead notes and some dry honey finish. The mead flavor turns more into apple juice as the beer warms. The finish has a carbonic acid note that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big tight fizz finish that really boost the dry finish. There is a soft alcohol heat that comes through and adds a nice touch.

O- I can actually hear the fizz popping every time I take a sip. The apple flavor and fizz really dominate this beer with not much other character and no hops showing up at all.

rhoadsrage, Jun 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

RDW, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

azorie, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +1%

This was my official B-day beer. bottled on 4/23/08 black foil cover over cage and cork, green 1pt. 9.4 fl.oz. bottle.

clear golden color, 2" high light and fluffy, all-white head with a nice 1/2" crown, dissipates pretty quick though.

Dank, musty herbs, dried wheat and corn in the malt keeps things simple. sour, earthy yeast aroma is huge. Grainy alcohol, slight vanilla and believe it or not....green apples.

Amazingly crisp, jazzy body and feel, light sweet malt seems simple with all-earthy goodness but it's damn complex. a righteous, complex yeast sets it all off! , dry wheat, sour herbs, garden veggies like snap peas. Earthy with a crispy malt, great complexity here, easy to drink except for the heat which is delivers a very buzzy effect which blends well with the hop bitterness right at the end with a dry, lasting finish.

Not my favorite of the style, but a damn good beer.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 29, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottled on 7/18/2007.

Served cold into my Watou glass.

Appearance of Kasteel Tripel is hazy staw yellow with fizzy head that settles quickly. Not much of a looker especially considering how striking others of this style have been.

Aroma is fruity and pretty mild. This part is a little tricky because my wife is cooking celery and onions in the kitchen while the charcoal grill just got started... maybe I should leave it at that.

Taste is pretty strong - big tropical fruit, especially banana and lemon, nice tart punch in the middle, finishes dry with the alcohol coming forward. This is a strong tripel!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style. Strong on the tart flavors and, again, the alcohol. Not "hot" but noticible.

Overall it's not bad but certainly not one of the best. This is usually a style I think goes great on a day like today - a warm sunny spring day - but today it's almost too much. A slow sipper indeed.

GilGarp, Apr 12, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

DruC4, Jul 30, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of emsroth
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

stubby bottle

App: Dark honey blond with substantial haze. No head.

Smell: Strong aromas of honey and slightly tart grapes. No alcoholic fumes but you can truly smell the strength. Hint of herbal, floral hops.

Taste: Whoo! Strong alcohol from the start. Slight sweet flavor that ends in a strong bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Very warming. A pleasant, slight fruity tartness hides beneath it all. Definitely overly bitter for a triple with minimal malty sweetness.

Full body with great carbonation.

Too bad the flavor is lacking.

emsroth, May 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Riverared, Sep 12, 2012
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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.