Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by cindyjeffsmith:
3.61/5 rDev -5.2%
appearance: Hazy golden. Big foamy Tripel head. Attractive enough, nothing outstanding.
smell: No denying it's a Tripel. Some yeast, some fruit (a faint apple cider smell comes through. Again, a nice Triple, though nothing to distinguish it so far.
taste: Much like the nose. A nice fruity apple cider note in the finish, but mostly good enough, nothing great.
overall: Nice Tripel. Glad I tried it. Not wowed.
06-10-2013 23:24:16 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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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.
01-15-2010 03:13:37 | More by boston2bburg
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.
04-07-2009 02:04:35 | More by tazzerboy
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.
05-26-2009 00:04:26 | More by JCWeaze
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.
12-30-2011 00:01:58 | More by supermantoine
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.
06-15-2011 13:46:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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.
07-29-2009 03:19:59 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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.
04-12-2010 00:50:08 | More by GilGarp
2.9/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
05-09-2010 02:08:54 | More by emsroth
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
Found this at my local beer store here in Lake Mills, and I was a little surprised to see find it there. Not what I would think of as a typical small town beer, so I bought it on a whim.
Pours the color of a pear. Starchy beige, loud effervescent head makes a lot of noise, then is gone. A little island of foam, just a bit bigger than a silver dollar remains suspended in the center of my glass.
Aroma is a bready yeasty and sweet as well.
Taste is yeasty sweetness. A bit of an alcohol kick, but not too bad considering. Has a white wine acidity to it, and maybe a little pear or apple flavor mingling around in there as well. Faint honey is detected.
Mouthfeel is decent, maybe a bit less carbonation wouldn't hurt, but I could deal with it.
Drinkability is medium for me, the high alcohol content would stop me from having too many. Overall a decent beer.
11-05-2008 00:00:30 | More by dancinwillie
Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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