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Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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 ronniebruner
2.85/5  rDev -25%
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 Seeker41184
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Date Drunk: 12/9/10

750mL to pint glass

A: Goldish color with yeast specs floating around.
S: Alot of different types of fruits here; apples, bananas, hint of mango. All these fruits give off a very sweet scent.
T: Sweet, fruity, and malty triple. The 11% ABV peaks through, but goes away once the beer warms up. When the beer gets too warm it comes back, so there is a happy medium here.
M: High in carbonation, almost too much.
O: Definitely not the best triple, but is very very unique, and worthy of purchase again.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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 jessycho
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Gorgeous beer! Possibly the most beautiful beer I've ever poured. Great visible carbonation, translucent (not clear) with a nice golden bronze color.

S - Hints of apple and spices, similar to Epic's Sour Apple Saison but more tolerable.

T - Bit of fruit flavors, definitely some spices, reminiscent of a saison with less clove and better overall drinkability.

M - Love the full body feel in your mouth, similar to a big oakey Chardonnay. And doesn't skimp on the carbonation. By no means is this a "flat" or dull beer.

O - Incredible Belgian, definitely better ones out there but very impressed. Especially for a product that was getting discontinued at my work.

Not entirely sure how long these bad boys last. It says, "Bottled on 091201" I assume that's December 1st, 2009? Haha I hope so. Better not be September 12, 2001.

Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Daytona, FL @ an ABC store in Sept. 2008. Shared with my wife last night over our supper which was chicken, mashed potatoes & green beans.

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle, best before 10-2009.

Appearance: 2-3 fingers worth of foam that disappears in the blink of an eye. It has a dusty gold color and little flecks of sediment floating around which i always like. Not the best of appearances.

Smell: Apples, sourish a little which scares me but it gets better with some assorted fruit & spices.

Taste: Pears and banana with a good yeast presence and a slight peppery finish. As it warms, a honey-like texture and flavor develops. No tartness thankfully.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is prickly with some zest. Body is quite full in the mouth.

Overall: Not bad actually. I was a bit apprehensive at first but it turned out ok. The ABV is extremely well hidden and not felt at all. Worth checking out.

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

750 caged and corked

A: Clear golden filtered ale. Thin head, not much swirling, nothing exceptional but better than average.

S: Yeast , cloves, overripe fruity banana, desertish , very nice, not amazing, but has a nice sweetness that is appealing.

T: Refreshing, smooth, chewy, yeasty. Very simple for the style, but it is a great food companion. We just had it alongside a goatcheese and arugula salad and gnocchi in a marinara base and it went much better than expected with this savory meal.

M: Nice chewy creamy grainy yeasty mouthfeel. Satisfying and slightly noble. Carbonation is on the light side.

O: Overall this is a very good Belgian Triple. It isn't over the top, drinks easy, and it packs a punch at 11%, It is thoroughly refreshing and easy to drink. I am always looking for beers to share with my lady who tends to like Tripels, and for 10 bucks for a 750 bottle I will definitely buy this again. A good buy and a good drink.

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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

[Best served in a Trappist glass or Tulip glass]

Poured a clear golden yellow with a medium sized white fizzy head that dissipated quickly and had poor lacing. The aroma was of grain malts, a light herbal hop and a cobweb scented yeast with notes of citrus and honey. The initial flavor was slightly sour and acidic with a hint of honey and finished with a bitter yeast flavor that had a hint of citrus and a slight alcohol aftertaste that lasted a little while. Mouthfeel was very light and mild in body with a watery texture. Overall a surprisingly refreshing brew that is a little to easy to drink considering the high alcohol content.

Photo of dasenebler
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl, best before November 2013.

Pours a rich, clear golden hue with a lackluster, frothy head. Poor retention, no lacing.

Aroma is intense, with lots of phenols and plastic-like yeast notes. Some white grapes and acidity, though also potent booziness.

The flavor is sweet but not sugary, with a strong, drying alcoholic character. Lots of candy, marzipan, and ale fruitiness. Touch of bitterness. Finishes dry with some interesting vinous, grape-skin notes. The alcohol is very potent for a Tripel: this beer is a warming 11 percent ABV. The mouthfeel is a weak point, as it's a bit soda-like and thin.

A hefty and unique Tripel. Decent.

Photo of impending
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy honey straw. Minor head subsided quickly, unexceptional lacing.

Aroma is sweet white skinned fruits plus citrus. Lots of yeast and booze, but in a nice way. Slightly floral and spicy.

Alcohol is the dominate characteristic, tummy warming. Very sweet with a pepper ending. Finishes mildly dry, aftertaste lingers but nothing special. Mouthfeel is medium and gritty yet slightly cloying.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Kasteel Triple | 750 ml. | 11.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Style: Tripel
Glass: clear plastic cup

Icy yellow with a fading enamel head and bubbles streaming up the side of the glass.

Grainy, slightly citric character. really not all that pleasing.

Hard bout of chilly alcohol upfront followed by dry grains, lemon peal, tangerines, and a chalky, semi-sweet finish.

Very clean and crisp, a touch sticky in the aftertaste. Carbonation is strong and body is medium.

This is a Tripel that should be dialed down from 11% ABV for the sake of balance. There's not a whole lot of complexity, but alcohol and dry grains dominate to a disproportionate degree.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: February 2010
Served: February 13, 2011

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

Served cool from 750ml bottle in my Westy chalice. It warmed up all the way to 32 degrees outside today so had to move from stouts to something lighter. Cork has a date of 5/2009.

Appearance: color is golden, like I expect my Tripels to be. Active carbonation is visible. Head is white in a thin layer, not quite as substantial as some other examples

Smell: Sweet in the nose with fruity aromas.

Taste: Fruity, yeasty. Tastes like a tripel should...mostly. A vague soapy flavor coats the tongue in the middle. End has a touch of sourness. Little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation on the tongue. Some stickiness on the tongue and lips.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Do not notice the alcohol in the taste, just the spinning of the head. Nice overall. Easy to drink example of a Belgian tripel. Not the best but a reasonable example and worth drinking again.

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

Very clear appearance. Light, slightly yellow, orange color. Dense, cream colored 1/4 head at pour. Settles to a thin ring around the edge and some fine cover to the face of the beer. Bright, bready aroma. Seems like there might be some spice to the beer, but definitely pick up the orange, and other citris notes. Highly carbonated. Body seems medium to slightly heavy with the alcohol and yeasty/breadiness of the this one. Pick up more of the citris notes towards the end of a drink and on the finish. Dryness of alcohol becomes slightly greater with warmth. Hasa decent mouthfeel, but dryness on end limits the drinkability of this one. Finish doesn't stay too long but, just enough to remember

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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 atsprings
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a slightly murky pale orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is tart lemon and sweet fruits with a hint of spice. The taste is a nice amount of sweet fruits with a great spice kick of coriander and pepper. The beer is medium bodied with just slight alcohol presence. This is a great draft Belgian beer, I'd love to see it on-tap more often.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of rtepiak
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow for something that is so high in alcohol it was quite refreshing and perfect with korean food. the pour show a meek head but it has a continue supply of bubbles to replenish. golden clear with a finger of small white head. nose is ester rich port wine, pineapple, and lemon zest. palate is smooth with a nice carbonation that broadens a very crisp take on something quite simple. pollen, belgian yeast, citrus mild fruit ester blending with malt and sugars. not too much of any one type of effect. very lean but well placed abv.

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is of sweet malt slightly fruity and alcohol

T - Starts off with the sweet malt then some fruit flavors come in and finishes with some alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is an enjoyable beer it has a good taste decently drinkable for being 11% its worth a try sometime

Photo of rapidsequence
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle from Pints O Plenty-- $8.50. The cork says 10/09, the bottle says 8/09 (well, 09/08 actually).

Appearance: Sparkling, clear pale yellow. The head at first is pretty nice (great really), but there's almost no retention (gone in 2 minutes)and no lace. That's not how a tripel should look.

Smell: Smells like tart, slightly sour, sweet fruit-- pears, apples, white grapes. Yeast smells spicy and a little bready. Alcohol is noticable.

Taste: Its boozy, tart, and a little bitter. Tart light fruit and spicy clove. The finish is just loaded with hot alcohol, and thats a shame. Not nearly as sweet as many tripels with more bitterness from hops and booze than many.

Mouthfeel: This is the best part of the beer. Lively carbonation stops just short of being too much. It leaves the beer slightly creamy and foamy in the mouth, but it finishes pretty clean.

Drinkability: This beer does some things really well, and some not so well. All in all its OK. The too-high alcohol is one of the main problems in that it makes it too hot tasting and probably hurts head retention and lace. There are better tripels.

Photo of masonl
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky yellowish/orange. Slightly cloudy

Smell/bouquet: Bold smell of yeast and apples. Subtle hints of lemon, coriander, and perhaps nutmeg

Taste: Mildly malty and moderately sweet. Bold taste of yeast. Subtle elements of the above mentioned elements as well as bananas. Slight hoppy bitterness on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Moderately acidic.

Drinkability: High drinkability.

A solid beer. Kasteel makes a rather light tripel that is both refreshing and unique. While certainly not the best tripel on the market, it is unique.

Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured slighlty hazy, golden color with medium head that dissipated slowly leaving slight lacing around the edges of the glass.

S - Mostly yeast upfront with hints of citrus and some other fruits.

T - Bready to start followed by fruit sweetness with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Smooth and easy going with 11% well hidden.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.