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Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: neenerzig on 09-17-2008)
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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

smakawhat, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  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.

atsprings, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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

brentk56, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

rtepiak, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +5%
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

armock, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

rapidsequence, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of masonl
4.08/5  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.

masonl, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

taigor, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

cpetrone84, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.98/5  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.

BoitSansSoif, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of suretolose
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Golden and suprisingly clear. A very white head that lasts.

The aroma is sweet almost like a sweet apple wine.

Tastes like it smells. Very sweet and has a nice carbonation to it. No bitterness.

Heavy enough to coat the mouth, but not overbearing.
A little too sweet for my liking but not bad.

suretolose, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like white grapes with somewhat sweet candi sugar and sour Belgian yeast, and a bit of funk.
T: It tasted like champagne with lots of sweet white grapes and some sour Belgian yeast. It had a sweet and sour aftertaste, with a little lingering metallic character.
M: It was somewhat thick with smooth carbonation.
D: This was a very nice tripel that was very clean and tasty. The body was good not great, but the alcohol was very well hidden, so it was quite easy to drink. More like champagne than beer, but I liked it. Not sure if age would help (this was nearly a year already).

Pencible, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- beautiful bubbles light, golden yellow, nice thick foamy heady good look,

Smell- malty, apples, yeast, overall good sweet nose, spice,

Taste- slightly sweet with good malty flavor, slight gentle spice walks around the finish, very nice balance and good flavor on the finish, wow very nice tripel, impressive and simple yet very satisfactory flavor profile

mouthfeel- heavy and smooth but enjoyable

Drinkability- very drinkable, alc level extremely hidden with a very great balance, just be careful this hits you hard but its very enjoyable, will try again for sure

Stunner97, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemony citrus aromas with a bready yeasty spiciness. Hazy golden, bright nose, but the palate explodes with the flavors here. A tart sour apple note predominates, with complex fruit flavors that linger and subside slowly. Finish is balanced, like a great tripel should.

Light yet full bodied, unbelievably drinkable given the weighty abv, this is a sipper to be savored, one of the quintessential examples of the style.

robbyc1, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of daledeee
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is so nice not having the state ruin our beer!! I have in my possession a fresh Kasteel tripel to try.

This beer pours a nice very light yellow with a medium head and lots of bubbles.

The nose is awesome with hops yeast and grain

Taste is very nice with pears and Belgian hops. A hint of malt in the finish. Very nice medium mouth feel with bubbles. Way easy to drink. I can't believe it is 11%

daledeee, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip (split with a buddy).

Appearance: Rich head, good lacing throughout.

Smell: A hint of spice with both sweetness and light citrus.

Taste: Fantastic! Sweet right away with some spice and really nice balance. Incredible, you would have no idea that this beer is so high in ABV, the alcohol is completely masked.

Drinkability: Too drinkable, so good, so tasty, the 11% ABV will reach up and grab you.

I have to say this is my favorite tripel so far, I prefer it to both Fin Du Monde and Westmalle!

BobZ, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of the short, stubby 12 oz. bottle.
A-- It had a clear straw yellow/gold color to it. It's hazy. Some foamy white head and lace.
S--Has a sour, almost skunked scent.
T--It has a celery taste mixed with caramel. It's got a strong alcohol undertone to it. It's quality, though not in love with.

Amalak, May 28, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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

dbossman, May 16, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

cjgator3, May 14, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet bottled on date 090317.

a-slightly hazy light gold. low and tight white head.

s-candi sugar. slight clove. some apple.

t-a bit sweet. Very low hop bitterness and low hop flavor. Very sweet malt. Needs more hops and could be a bit drier.

m-medium-high carbonation. No alcohol warmth. nice

d-a bit sweet to drink a bunch of. 11% alcohol is hidden well. dry this beer out or up the hop bitterness.

organicbrewer, May 13, 2010
Photo of emsroth
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.

emsroth, May 09, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.8/5  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.

GilGarp, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange in color with a foamy 1/4 inch white head; spotty lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells of lemon, yeast, orange peel, herbs, light malt and spices - dare I say what I expected from a Belgian Triple.

Tastes of lemon, spices, toasted malt, yeast, orange peel, citrus, light sweet malt, herbs, light hops, grass and pepper...very complex and tasty, this brew hides the alcohol well and allows the ingredients to work together well.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body, light and crisp feel overall, and very light carbonation. Smooth for triple and quite nice.

Considering the strength of the alcohol, this beer felt a lot lighter than it really is and I had to hold back from drinking this faster. A very tasty and very enjoyable beer that I will have again.

CHickman, Apr 10, 2010
Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.