Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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86
very good

358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
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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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of Jeffo
2.23/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger thinner looking white head. Colour is amber or golden poppy orange and is very clear. A good amount of carbonation with large bubbles all over. A decent film remains and leaves some thin lacing down the glass. The head lacks a bit and is a little thin. A little lack luster for the style.

SMELL: Mild nose of toasted malt, sweet red apple and some pear. A touch of caramel in the background, which is unique, and a touch of yeast under it all. Not bad, but a little too weak.

TASTE: Toasted malt right away, with some sweet red apple and lots of spicy alcohol. Aftertaste of sweet malt, red apples and sugar candy, as well as spicy alcohol is medium strong and long lasting. Interesting but very alcoholic, perhaps a bit too much as it is quite overwhelming. This makes it a bit of a chore to drink.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with medium to higher amounts of carbonation. Goes down with a bit of a scratch and a bite at the end. Finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Alcohol presence is a little too much on the palate as well.

OVERALL: A very strong triple, dominated by the unnecessarily high ABV. It's too boozy for my liking and not smooth enough on the way down. I could finish it, but it wasn't really enjoyable. I've had more than my share of triples and this one was a bit of a mess. Doesn't hold a candle to their wonderful Bruin. Not a favourite and I won't be picking this one up again.

Photo of csrbv
2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

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

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 not my favorite tripel thin body with too high carbonation.

The flavor of this brew to me is lacking, just tastes like a high alcohol brew instead of a true tripel.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an ornate Kasteel goblet.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. About a half finger of frothy white head that falls quickly.

4.0 S: Clove and bubblegum are the strongest flavors. Grassy and floral with hay. Somewhat earthy, yeasty, and some peachy fruitiness.

2.0 T: Bready and yeasty. Boozier than I'd like. Earthy with hay and grass. Peppery spiciness with much less clove than in the nose. Cracker malts. Not really that good.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Not bad here.

2.5 D: I must say that I'm not a big fan of this and probably Kasteel in general. This is the second of their beers that I've had tonight and both have been pretty underwhelming. This was a pricey brew, especially given the price tag.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of ronniebruner
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Im very disappointed with this beer. I really wanted to like this beer. It has a great aroma, but when poured into a glass, there are chunks of hops or yeast floating in the glass. I actually thought I poured it into a dirty glass and had to get a new glass which was crystal clear and the same thing happened. At the bottom of the glass was a buildup of some sort of sediment. The beer left a bitter taste in my mouth as it is way too sweet. There was an average amount of lace and head. Overall, a way overpriced and unsatisfying brew.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange marmalade colour, clear body with light bead. Head is snowy white, lovely, thick and dense with a bit of wobble to it and sinking slowly to a thin crown. Standard for style, fairly decent.

Smell give you a huge, sweet, syrupy whiff of baked apple upfront. There's hints of some bready grain, oatmeal and marmalade on there. Yeah, honey-oat really, a bit too much with lots of fruit. Some spice or phenols would be nice, just smells over-sweet.

Taste starts out sweet, with more of that baked apple flavour, marmalade up front and some hints of honey and barley. It's kind of a tale of two palates - front is quite sweet, almost tangy, then it switches tracks halfway and becomes all phenolic. Just thick, mediciney without quite hiding the alcohol which is there in all its Benedictine glory. Strikes me as slightly similar to one of those Dogfish-head ancient pottery recipe beers. It's unbalanced, heavy, a bit of a mishmash really and a bit lacking in the pleasant factor as well.

Nicely full body but there's a real heat from the alcohol that really rather dries out the palate.

Unbalanced, but tolerable drop.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A hazy, almost opaque dull grain color with a fizzy head. There's a tiny bit of sediment, not enough to be imposing.

S: Smells potent with apricots, peaches, molasses, overripened canteloupe and a bit of oregano spiciness.

T/M: Tastes strong. The warming alcohol feeling takes over everything else. In the back, you can taste figs, peaches, red grapes, sweet dried fruits along with a medium amount of carbonation. The potency makes it a lot closer to a barleywine than a tripel.

It's a decent beer, but there wasn't much of an attempt to disguise the alcohol warmth.

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2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.