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Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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 masonl
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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%

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%

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 04, 2010
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of mjgarrett2
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

A- Golden wheat color with a nice light head. Just a touch of cloudiness from the bottle conditioned yeast.

S- Yeast, herbal hops, maybe a touch of citrus.

T- Bready yeast, delicate but well pronounced hops. Some earthy notes from the barley.

M- Bright and crisp. Not at all overpowering given its weight, but maintaining the depth of a big beer.

D- Surprisingly light and composed. Easy and dangerous if drunk too quickly.

mjgarrett2, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of seanyfo
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

33cl bottle poured into the proper Kasteel Goblet.

A- Cloudy orange hue with lively beading. 1 finger head that quickly reduces to a crown, obviously due to abv, lacing is moderate.

S- Lots of malty caramel syrupyness, some belgian yeast. A sticky apricot/peach quality

T- Lots of sugary malt up front, reminds me of Eku 28. There is a lovely apricot note in the finish. Alcohol is amazingly subdued, not hot at all.

M- Syrupy, but not overly so. Moderate carbonation.

D- Very tasty tripel but not what i was expecting! Much more malty than expected but the fruityness is very pleasant, taking away the expecting syrupy sugary sweet quality. Alcohol very well hidden in the mouth, but soon made my head fuzzy after half the glass! Only 1 thanks!

seanyfo, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of obywan59
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours golden to golden-orange with pure white 1 1/2 finger head receding to 1 finger and seeming to hold till I started sipping it. Tons of carbonation along with the decent white head reminded me of an inverted snow globe. Moderate lacing. 2nd glass is more cloudy and has much less carbonation.

Sweet herbal or flowery aroma with a whiff of Belgian yeast.

Sweet and spicy citrus. Some bitterness in the back. Way Belgian. Irishking, I get your apricot. The mouthfeel contributes to this.

Slightly syrupy, but not cloying. Peppery on the tongue.

I whizzed through the first glass and gave it a 4.5, but on the 2nd glass, the ABV kicked in and put a serious crimp in the drinkability. I had to cut it down to a 3.5. As good as this feels, though, that's not really a complaint.

Overall, I would definitely try this one again.

obywan59, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Radome
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance - 4.0 - Light orange/yellow color, bright but with a hint of cloudiness when held up to the light. Head is maybe 1 cm thick on pouring and fades to a thin but solid layer. Foam is pure white with fairly large bubbles, giving the appearance of soap bubbles.

Aroma - 4.0 - Sweet, fresh aroma seems like a mixture of noble hops and grains. Bright, slightly sweet and inviting.

Flavor - 3.5 - Flavor not as inviting as the aroma. Some low hops bitterness. Clean malt flavor followed by low grainy notes and some sweetness. No yeast contributions obvious in the flavor. Somewhat like an imperial-strength pilsner, but no hop flavor. No alcohol apparent, which could be dangerous for an 11% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel - 3.5 - Moderate mouthfeel and some prickly carbonation suits the style well.

Overall Drinkability - 4.0 - Pleasant, uncomplicated and drinkable. Lacking the complexity and depth I like in a Tripel, but very easy-going considering the high alcohol content. This one could definitely sneak up on you.

Radome, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

A: Clear and gold with a moderate fluffy white head that leaves ample lacing. Sort of reminds me of a non-cloudy hefeweizen.

S: Spicy and strong. Alcohol is right there but doesn't dominate. What does dominate is aromatic belgian yeast and a strong sweet scent.

T: A remarkably tasty tripel. Quite sweet. Has a sugary taste to it, in addition to a spicy clove and pepper background along with Belgian yeast in the background. Hints of fruit, most notably pineapple and apricot are also present.

M: Smooth and creamy. Intense fruity sweetness resides on the tongue for some time. Virtually no hop bitterness present, but a spicy/sweet tang at the finish.

D: For an 11%er, this hides the alcohol well. Intense sweetness definitely does most of the hiding; it could be a little less sweet and a bit more dry, but overall, that is a minor gripe. It's certainly not cloying, but very sweet. An excellent sipper, and even better aperitif.

irishking1977, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Reviewed from my notes. The beer has a translucent golden yellow appearance. There is a thin ring of white soap bubbles on top of the beer. After swirling the beer around the glass, it deposits a good foamy film. As the amount of beer in my glass got lower, I noticed that looking straight down through the beer, it was clear; it was only transparent when viewed through the sides of the glass. It has a lemon citrus aroma, with a bit of musty yeast. The taste has some flavors of Belgian yeast, crisp lemon citrus, and both crystal and candy sugars. There is some hops present in the aftertaste. It has a medium body and plenty of carbonation that makes it feel a bit peppery. There is a little bit of mouthcoating, but not as much as the ABV lead me to expect. It's a crisp beer, but the sweetness and strength would make me limit myself to one pour.

ToasterChef, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

GRG1313, Feb 04, 2010
Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.