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Kasteel Triple - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

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 thecheapies:
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2012/01/10. 750ml bottle split into two different Belgian goblets.

Pours with decent clarity, boasting a honey tangerine-gold color. The head is a little disappointing. Really fizzy bubbles expelled themselves almost at the speed of gravity.

White bread, banana, green peppercorn, alcohol, coriander, wheat, and clove. Pretty big in the nose. Not as brash as I had remembered, but the aroma is unmistakable even from a distance.

Strong and spicy. Lots of peppery spice and coriander. Clove is here, too. It's the spiciness of the yeast and the booze that kill back the huge crusty bread notes from the aroma. Even the fruitiness of the banana and pear and light bubblegum get lost in the bitter and dusty yeast and 11% ABV. Tastes like it was meant to be a 'big balls' kind of beer, but I have to knock it for imbalance. The flavor is good, if not impressive. I just wish there was more fruitiness (not necessarily sweetness) to balance.

Very hot in the gut. Slightly burning in the back of the throat, too. Body is supple. Carbonation speaks for itself--a high note for Kasteel Tripel.

A beer I used to love, but my palate has changed and I have tasted so many epic tripels now. One of the first of the style I ever enjoyed. That was a younger me. This beer actually exceeded my expectations; perhaps, I feared the booziness of the big bottle and refrained from revisiting it over the past few years. It's been at least that long since I've last had one. And, guess what, I'd go after another one sooner than later. I guess it just still sticks with me.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:25:22 | More by thecheapies
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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

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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.

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Kasteel Triple from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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