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Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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151 Reviews
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Reviews: 151
Hads: 403
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 21.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 151 | Hads: 403
Reviews by farHillsBrewer:
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 11.5 oz clean golden amber into a tulip glass, with a fizzy head that slowly faded.

Fresh aroma of light fruit esters and grain, and some citrus.

The taste was balanced and complex, incuding a sweet malty base with notes of apricot, apple and bit of banana, offsetting some slight but not offensive phenol, finishing dry with a presence of mead and just a little hop bitterness.

Wonderful mouthfeel with lots of warm alcohol and a tingle of carbonation throughout, the flavors changing as it warmed.

I could drink it all day except that 11% would knock me out.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tazzerboy
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of JCWeaze
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of wattoclone
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jmbraxton
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of supermantoine
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, caged and corked Champagne-style bottle, a bit of a straggler for this line of recent Belgian arrivals around these parts.

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a veritably teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves a bit of arching and sudsy wavecrest lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat doughy pale malt, a twinge of caramel sweetness, strong apple and pear fruit notes, a soft earthy nuttiness, thankfully faint phenolic yeast, a further honey-fed floral sweetness, and a heady weedy, leafy, and overly perfumed hoppiness. The taste is mildly gritty, grainy caramel malt, a still sturdy pome fruitiness, abetted now by a meek citrus thing, hard to deny nail polish astringencies, some fading wan nuttiness, a scared-seeming yeasty banality, and plain earthy, herbal hop bitters. Oh, and that pesky 22-proof alcohol does a little less than well to keep its grubby hands to itself.

The bubbles are nice and peppy in their mouth-filling frothiness, the body a surprising medium-light weight, and not particularly smooth, as that boozy-booze, while respectful enough, can't fulfill any and all promises, aight? It finishes sweet, none too complicated, and kind of hard to love by the same sword.

Yeah, I'm getting the feeling now (ok, not JUST now) that this brewery likes to sort of fuck with convention, in a dumbed-down boardroom meeting sort of way - 'people like low-calorie fruity drinks?' Ok, add artificial sweetener to our so-called lambics. 'Beer geeks like Tripels, etc?' Ramp up the booze, then already! Unfortunately, the cracks are verily evident in the facade here, and I gotta say, getting through a glass's worth of this one is much harder than I might have initially envisioned.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.