Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 13
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: neenerzig on 09-17-2008

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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ML into a snifter/ Bottled on 080423 (April 23, 2008?)

P: Sits a very dull and cloudy gold color with a loose, soapy white head on top. Shows poor retention (but it is 11% ABV) as it immediately sinks to a thin halo and fails to leave even a smidgeon of lace.

A: The nose is good with notes of sweet toasted malts, citric fruits, clove, yeast, and some booze. Actually, there's a little more booze in here than I would like, but its understandable given the ABV.

T: Sweet malts greet the palate with citric fruits hitting thereafter with a sharp, acidic citrus twang that puckers my tongue with tartness. A little apple and pear underneath that don't quite work in unison with the above-mentioned citrus notes. Clove spices take over from there, with the spicy alcohol finally taking off its mask in the warming finish. Aftertaste is full of spice and booze, which isn't the most pleasant flavor to be left with.

M: Medium-light bodied with a sharp edge that is only added to by the excessive amount of carbonation. It is already kind of unrefined on the palate with some rough edges, and the huge prickly bite from the carbonation doesn't help matters in the least.

Notes: This is a decent tripel that definitely hides the 11% ABV well (until the finish at least), but the rest of the flavor profile seems kind of weird and is all over the place at times. The citrusy notes seem to clash with the soft fruits and overwhelm them with that tart, acidic sensation that makes it taste kind of awkward. The aftertaste is rather off-putting as well, and really hinders the drinkability as a result. Overall, this one missed the mark as far as I'm concerned.

More User Reviews:
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 boston2bburg
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of tazzerboy
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of JCWeaze
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of supermantoine
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of emsroth
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a golden yellow with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity malt (most notably apple) with a lot of spice and some yeast as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is full of spices up front with some alcohol soaked fruit in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Kasteel Tripel is a pretty decent Tripel that is worth trying.

Photo of RickS95
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 090303

Pours a hazy, deep golden straw color with some light shades of orange to give it a slightly darker look. The head is nondescript and fleeting, eventually leaving a white ring up top.

Pepper is dominant in the nose. Belgian yeast is present, but only barely. Some grape or pear is also there.

Taste follows the lead of the nose in that pepper, yeast and some fruits are there, but everything is muted because of the pepper spice and the alcohol.

The pepper is abundant, overly so, and combined with the heat from the alcohol, it really hammers the palate. After just a couple sips, my lips are still hot. The carbonation doesn't help tame anything.

It's a very manly beer, and not everyone is going to like it. It's not something I want to dry again for a long time as there are plenty of other triples out there to try.

Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy sunshine yellow beer with good retention on the head; lacing is great

S: Quite astringent from the alcohol; lemon rind; a yeasty touch to the grainy malt aroma; subtle banana and cloves from the yeast strain as well

T: It kind of puckers the mouth from the citrus and alcohol; it also has a dryness and grainy quality that is pleasant

F: A bit thin but with over all even mouth feel

D: A good tripel but the pungent alcohol quality makes this beer a slow sipper

Photo of vincicle
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the look is a clear, golden-reddish ale.
The smell is slightly alcoholic, with an effervescence that is almost similar to champagne. There are hints of fruit, with a pearish sweetness and slight spiciness.
The taste is balanced without being too sweet or bitter. The alcohol taste is still apparent as you would expect with 11% but slightly less mellowed than some of the best belgium tripels.
Overall this is a decent beer, but it seems incomplete and could possibly better with age. (mine was about 13 months old from bottling when tried.)

Photo of Glibber
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw calor with a rather solid white head- poured agressively out of a corked bottle. Smell of yeast and some light lemon citrus. Drinks easily, I felt the alcohol was very well concealed, nice carbination and relatively sweet on the front end, with a short bourbon alcohol burst, but a bread, slightly floral back end with very little lingering alcohol.
Actually a good value for $8.50. Not as complex as I prefer, nor the dark fruit undertones I love, but very Farmhouse Ale that tastes like 7%ABV- but it is actually 11%.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, sugar, fruit, banana, spice, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, sugar, alcohol, grain, banana, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Upon first inspection of the aroma on this one it was pretty close to what one would expect from the style as far as the notes given off throughout. Once I took the first sip I was really off-put by the alcohol note going on in this one as it was very distracting from the other flavors going on in this one. There was a nice representation of the style going on despite this fact, but the alcohol just dulled it down for me personally. Worth trying if you get the chance especially on tap.

Photo of GRG1313
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with almost a brown tint with a short offwhite head.

Nose of big Belgian fruit - peaches, stone fruit, ripe pears and ripe bananas.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and well balanced.

Flavors follow the nose with rich assertive flavors of big carmel, raisins, pears, stone fruit and bananas.

Finish is big malty fruit. Nice if you like a big malty brew.

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 BoitSansSoif
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into Chimay chalice...clear light golden color with initially high but light head that got denser and displayed respectable retention. 0 lace, carbonation bubbles visible throughout.

S-Smells like a biscuity champagne with touch of lemon, spice, booze and candy sugar. Also some tart yellow fruit esters.

T-Slightly sweet malty biscuit flavor with fruit overtones that match the aroma. Finish is nice and dry w/some malty sweetness that persists.

M-Light-medium bodied with some booze heat, good balance between sweet malt and dryness, moderate carbonation.

D-Disturbingly easy to drink for an 11% beer. This one's been in my fridge for two months and the high temperatures have slightly abated, allowing for a my first heavy beer in a while.

Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet/chalice.

Appearance of the head is... whoops what was that... I missed it after I was excited about the giant cork pop that went flying across my room. I turned around after the pour and the head was gone like a bank robber who fled the scene. There isn't even any lacing on this at all to get an idea of what I missed of this faint finger white foam head. Color is nice but highly carbonated of a deep gold with super super small lacing. Not impressed by this at all.

Smell improves. Faint skunkiness (not ruined) of big yeast, carbonated hopsy and sugar sweetness of honey. Dry on the nose somewhat also.

Initial crispness on the front with carbonation but gives way to sweet taste of honey and alcohol. Somewhat thick but not too much making it at least pleasant on the palate.

I'd have another but I know for sure I've had much better.

Photo of edbeered
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Belgian Beer Fest at the Muddy Pig in St Paul on 9/14 and again on draft on 9/17(leftovers, woo-hoo!), this pours a hazy golden color, with a small white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a fine white lace on the glass. The smell is fruity and citrussy. The taste, oh the taste! To me, this was the best tasting Tripel at the Fest, and there were a bunch of them(including Gouden Carolous, St Bernardus, St Feullian, Val Dieu, La Rulles, and Des Rocs, as well as some domestic versions). The flavors I tasted included banana, cherry, a brandy-like alcohol flavor, a slight citrussy lemon/orange flavor, a sweet caramel/honey flavor, and a light crispness I found irresistable. The disparate flavors blended into an outstanding whole. The mouthfeel is light yet full-flavored. This is a fantastic beer, and one I will continue to enjoy until it's gone(hopefully, not for a while!).

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

Castle beer, bottle conditioned, yet allmost completely clear pale ale, thin head.
Slight hints of sweet white Moezel and Saarland wines (so grapes, i guess), combined with hops. It's a tripel of decent quality.
Very present alcohol, but smooth nevertheless.
No bad words about this tripel. In a perfect world it would have a hard time, but now it's holding it's own.

Photo of ABeezy
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.