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Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 395
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, spice, fruit, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some oxidized qualities that actually don't really detract from the other aromas and flavors. (610 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a wide collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts and fruity yeasts are present in the nose along with some hints of alcohol and spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has honey-like flavors of malts along with notes of peppery spices. There is some sweetness from the malts and candi sugars but this is mostly balanced off by a light amount of bitterness and notes of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some hints of warming from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: There's no mistaking the strength of this beer given the notes of alcohol in the taste but it is a nice beer to sip and a good representation of the style. (897 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a soda-like head that fizzes away in no time flat; needleas to say, there was no lace

Smell: Peppery yeast, bubblegum, tropical fruit and fusel alcohol

Taste: Spicy, peppery and yeasty, up front, with growing bubblegum, orange peel and tropical fruit flavors that develop by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fusel alcohol comes on strong, propelling the flavor profile boldly into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderately low carbonation; hot and peppery in the gullet

Drinkabililty: Although the flavors are on target, the mouthfeel and the heat just don't cut it for me, so this would not rank among the better Tripels I have encountered (705 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apple cider and honey sweetness combine for a strong and succulent tripel ale that draws comparisons to sweeter white wines with a serious alcohol kick.

Pouring a medium amber, deep golden/light copper color, the beer carries only the modest of haze, along with a short lived froathy head that dissipates to a thin sheet but retaining well all the while. Low on lace, this is what's expected from a sweeter, heavier, and more alcoholic tripel.

A mix of green and red apples govern the aromas with background notes of honey/meads, zinfindale wines, and a grapey sparkling white wine character that boarders on sodas and wine coolers. While malty breads and grains make a formitable presence, the fruity and earthy notes keep the beer aromas in moderation.

Malty rich with strong honeyish sweetness, floral flavors, appricots, pears, nectarines, and a lot of earthy teas. Honey suckle, nectar, and alcohol all give a savory and succulent impression on the front of the palate. The procession across the tongue gives the same as the forefront except with a growing sweet tobacco, chai tea character that develops into a bruised approcot flavor just before the dryish winey finish. Without full dryness, this beer leaves a lot of sugar on the tongue and eventually weighs a bit heavy on the mouth and stomach.

Though not the quentessential tripel ale, this beer has a lot of merrit because of it's malty sweet and succulent flavors, moderate alcohol impact and lightly syrupy feel- making it more akin to a complement to a fruity desert or as a stand alone digestive. (1,567 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with some bready notes.

T - Spicy and yeasty with some sweet bread crust flavor. Nice fruity bite added a crispness to the beer.

M - It was sharp and well-carbonated. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good tripel. Kasteel makes pretty good beers. (490 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/27/2011 at track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruit, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, caramel, bananas and a bit of spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy, however I do not taste much as far as the Belgian yeast goes. The hops presence is very mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s not the first Tripels I would select but it’s still a decent beer. (831 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle, brand-new label. Haven't had this stuff in years, so I'm eager to get it on my tongue, again.

Clear, pale golden hued, with a twister of bubbles rising from the bottom, capped with a gorgeous, puffy, llacey layer of thick white froth.

Aroma is an angelic blend of citrus and spice, arousing and uplifting, floral, effervescent, with distinctive yeast aromatics, and a potent, but lovely blend of fruit (apricot, pear, lemon)...just what I love in a tripel!

Taste: Mmmmm! Tart, crisp, acidic, and brimming with flavor, in this case, as said before, a tasty mix of fruit and spice. Just a little sour, with a bracing grimace present at every sip, but releasing when the brew lays back, and the overall effect is utter relaxation and splendid refreshment.
11%? Who? What? The high abv isn't so apparent, but it becomes clearer after the imbiber has admired the zing, the zap, the ping on the palate. Once that flavor profile impresses, you lay back and wallow in it, the thought finally occurs, "oh, yeah, it's damned strong, too!" (becomes ever-clearer halfway into the 750ml bottle, too!) Full bodied, with a wicked, spicy/citric finish.
And hanging heavy on the boozy side, too...for those who like that sort of thing... Me, I love this stuff!
I admit it does feel a bit one-sided, maybe a touch unbalanced, and perhaps over-the-top, but I still don't see the problem there. It's bigness is not a detriment, it's an attribute that makes this tasty brew a true champ among tripels.
If you want a real powerhouse, this here's your dog! Kasteel Tripel definitely deserves wider recognition and madder props than it gets...try a bottle out on some friends and see what happens. (1,697 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 1/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, light bread, and phenolic yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt flavors; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, light banana, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Tripel. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and surprisingly crisp sipping for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,303 characters)

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

Apparently my review got sent into the 7% Blond category, there was some confusion when I initially wrote this; this is a review from 5/1/10, the triple, moving it to the proper spot -

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark gold/amber with a mild white head, no real lace.

S: Cake batter, baked pears.

T: Sweet pilsner malt and Belgian candy sugar. Nice pear and banana esters too. A tad boozy at 11%, but it works wonders with the flavours, everything is integrated.

M: A tad overcarbonated, but a nice full body, smooth.

D: A delicious tripel with a modicum of ethanol power. Good stuff. (590 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Dumpy brown bottle, poured into a Duvel glass. This is one of my new son-in-laws favourite beers, suprised I've not reviewed it before. This bottle was best before 01-2011, so I've been storing it for some time.

The beer poured a golden bright colour, a good looking white head sat on top. Most golden beers look in a Duvel glass in my opinion.

The aroma of yeast and baked shortbread biscuits.

The taste and flavours almost hide the alcohol, but no quite. On the sweet side, it has an easy feel to it, very drinkable even with the obvious alcohol content floating on the surface. The beer is a good blend of the basic ingrediants (yeast, hops and malts), one of the better strong Belgian Tripels.

This review was taken before I hit the Normandie Camembert (very ripe) and crackers (garlic and herb flavoured). However the second half of beer went very well with food and they complimented each other perfectly. (920 characters)

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

330 ml stubby bottle from Town and Country Liquor, on to the beer:

Into a tulip it goes, the beer is semi-hazy dark blonde in color, the head is big and soapy on top when the pouring is complete. Solid head retention. The firepower in the aroma is lower than I was expecting. It's cidery, somewhat sugary, with a hint of pepper and clove.

As taste goes, the alcohol is a little hot, and it is quick to junp out on you. Like the aroma, the flavor isn't going all out. There's a bit of sugary fruit, syrupy pears, but the alcohol creates a peppermint-like taste. There's good carbonation and lightness in the mouth.

Some like it hot, some don't. If you like it hot, you may like this. (687 characters)

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

Poured from its bottled format, corked and caged. A bright gold in color with a fizzy head that crackles away.

Aroma is strong of belgian yeast, has a sweet grainy character to it. Also alcohol is right beneath the surface.

Flavor follows the nose with a sweet belgian twang coupled with light fruits (ie green apple). Noble hops lay down a grassy/herbal bitterness. Fairly well balanced and just a hint of bubblegum, must and vegetal hop.

The mouthfeel is notable. Exceedingly smooth and very crisp up front with a solid level of carbonation. Refreshing and quenching.

This is a fine beer, and the first Ive had from the Kasteel series. Certainly powerful but undeniably beautiful. (686 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a bright gold color with fairly good head retention and very good lacing. The beer smells very good, and I get an aroma of honey, ranier cherry and fuji apple. There is also some underlying spice, but it's dominated by the honey and sweet fruit flavors. The flavors on the palate completly replicate the nose, and the beer is smooth and satisfying. Alcohol is very well disguised, so one needs to be careful with this stuff. My 10 ounce goblet was gone entirely too quickly.

Impressive beer from Kasteel. (552 characters)

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. (918 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sour apricot nose and flavor is sweet and sour but malty, some lemon, smooth. Finish is clean, warming. High ABV stays hidden. Nice triple. Keeps well - bottled on Aug 19, 2009. $8.39 for a 750ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me. (365 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz Belgian stubby into a tulip.

Appearance: slightly cloudy light golden color with a huge bubbly white head.

Smell: sweet malty apple aroma with a slight hint of grain. I like it.

Taste: a sweet malty apple taste, just what I'd expect based on the aroma. Finish is slightly acidic but that goes well with the tree-fruit flavor. I quite like this tripel.

Mouthfeel: medium body and well-integrated carbonation give this a creamy, appealing texture.

Drinkability: quite good. I could drink this all day, but it is probably best that I don't. (562 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw blonde, pale ale looking body. Thin head.

S - Sweet, dried dates soaked in booze. Dry, fire roasted notes with a sweet caramel side. Malty syrup present.

T - Warming, pungently sweet alcohol. A big floral bouquet and floral hops. Grainy bread, and an evaporating alcohol finish.

M - Warming the entire mouth, with a nice full body. Clean finish.

O - A solid tripel, with a strong, earthly alcohol kick. (416 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been in my fridge for nearly 2 months now. Just barely got around to trying it.

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head and what looks to be ample carbonation into my Piraat glass. Good presentation.

Aroma is full of spice and a tiny bit of raisin and apple. Seems par the course for that.

Taste is tart and full of spice upfront with raisin and apple standing out in the middle. Sublime. Easy to drink with no offensive flavors.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, raisin and apple flavors. Goes down well.

Again, a very easy-drinking Tripel, despite the alcohol content. Just be careful as this can sneak up on you! (643 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. It had a golden color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: Smelled of fruit, yeast and malt.

T: Surprisingly average taste. Some apples, malt and Belgian yeast, but mainly very thin.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a mixed bag of a beer. Some aspects are strong, but the taste is decidedly average. (452 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a pale transparent golden yellow with a full bubbly white head leaving a decent lacing behind.

S-hints of toasted grain right up front as a light doughy malt plays in as well. fruity esters of a blast of banana and decent bit of lemon with a zesty peppery spiced alcohol light in the back.

T-the taste follows the nose with less doughy malts and even more fruity esters. the graininess is subdued in the front, light yeast presence, banana and lemon blasts its way in with a nice presence of zesty peppery spice and hint of spicy alcohol.

M-medium to light body with a moderately dry finish and strong carbonation presence lively but inviting on the back of the throat. the feel is softer and light up front switiching to the lively active finish.

D-great balance on this beer, everything you want to see in a triple and integrates the huge abv in with full flavors masking the true power of this tasty treat. (921 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Kasteel chalice, a lighter color with a white head that disapated quite quickly. It has the aroma of alcohol and sweetness. It tastes just the same, huge alcohol presence and a candied sugar burn. It is a nice beer, but it is a bit too big and sweet for me. (271 characters)

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.