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Kasteel Triple - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: neenerzig on 09-17-2008)
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Photo of Amalak

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

05-28-2010 18:24:23 | More by Amalak
Photo of dbossman


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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

05-16-2010 17:41:38 | More by dbossman
Photo of cjgator3


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

05-14-2010 04:23:35 | More by cjgator3
Photo of organicbrewer


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

05-13-2010 22:59:47 | More by organicbrewer
Photo of emsroth

New York

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

05-09-2010 02:08:54 | More by emsroth
Photo of GilGarp


3.8/5  rDev 0%

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.

04-12-2010 00:50:08 | More by GilGarp
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

04-10-2010 04:32:49 | More by CHickman
Photo of mjgarrett2


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

04-08-2010 20:56:29 | More by mjgarrett2
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

04-02-2010 22:10:27 | More by seanyfo
Photo of obywan59


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-28-2010 05:48:42 | More by obywan59
Photo of Radome


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

03-14-2010 05:27:09 | More by Radome
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

03-14-2010 00:45:23 | More by irishking1977
Photo of ToasterChef


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-08-2010 16:06:35 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of GRG1313


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

02-04-2010 11:32:42 | More by GRG1313
Photo of boston2bburg


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottling on 090303 - I assume that's Belgian for March 3, 2009.

The first pour out of a traditional 750 mL green Belgian bottle is bright and clear golden with the faintest touch of haze evident. Tight bubbled swath of foam blankets the top with fairly good retention, eventually fading to a wisp. Effervescent.

Pleasant earthy noble hop nose, a bit spicy/herbal and perfumy. Fresh farm smells, deep and complex, balanced by breadiness and some light candy-like, almost banana sweetness - more with warmth. In the second pour, as more yeast becomes involved, aroma leans towards spicy lemon/orange esters, and phenols.

Again complex and deep with the flavor. Lemon-lime esters, earthy hops, crisp and spicy alcohol notes, just short of hot, probably a healthy dose of wheat. High carbonation, but just about right. Balanced spice from the yeast. Moderate bitterness. Finishes peppery, with a dry sweetness and some alcohol.

Easy to drink, though the alcohol is high enough that you feel it after one glass. Could be a bit too hot; I get a warming in the chest but also in the head. Ultimately, it's a very good shot at a higher than normal alcohol Tripel.

01-15-2010 03:13:37 | More by boston2bburg
Photo of Intelligentsia


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a beautiful straw that exhibits darkness around the edges and a mild head that never became too large, but sticks around nicely. Ring around its edge.

Smell is alcohol, esthers, apple, pear, spices. Belgian all the way. Much later the malt approaches subtly. Delightful.

This is one heavily carbonated beer that exhibits many great qualities of a spicy, fruity tripel. I'm a really big fan.

Perhaps because of its heavy carbonation, it's not particuarly quaffable in large doses. It certainly tastes, smells, and look wonderful, but the carbonation is a bit too much to overcome to be sessionable.

01-13-2010 03:19:44 | More by Intelligentsia
Photo of benclimbs


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Not much head on this one, but overall, a fine looking beer...

nose is a lot of honeysuckle and flowers very floral in fact.

Taste is similar, quite sweet, definitely not a dry tripel - pears, apricots, cloves etc.

nice mouthfeel, but not as pronounced as some others.

very drinkable and nice for an 11% tripel, though just a bit over the top in my opinion, i prefer ones that are slightly drier.

12-07-2009 20:23:58 | More by benclimbs
Photo of civilizedpsycho


4.65/5  rDev +22.4%

Poured bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Poured a golden color that was somewhat cloudy, with a pretty full head.

Smell: Has a strong fruit smell, that reminds me of grape and citrus. Strong, but tempting.

Taste: Fantastic. Has very good, and strong flavors of fruit and a little citrus. One can taste the alcohol a bit too, but that's okay.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body from the carbonation. It's kind of bubbly like champagne.

Drinkability: Based on taste alone, this should get a 5, but the high alcohol content is the only detractor here. At 11% ABV, I could only have one, maybe two, in a sitting. But that is the only problem here.

12-02-2009 17:19:42 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of mwalters


4.85/5  rDev +27.6%

Had a 750 of this bad boy in my cellar. Upon popping the cork, it made a nice bang, held carbonation very well. When I poured it, the head built up in my glass just right and then fell slowly back down to a managable size. Some tripple's have a head that grows so tall that you have to wait quite a while before you can either pour more or drink any, this was perfect.
The bubbles kept going and going helping to keep the nose vibrant and full of life. The nose reminded me of grapefruit or tart candy. The mouthfeel was excellent, full of body and fizzy. The taste was beautiful with citrus, floral notes and tasted like champaign.

11-05-2009 21:05:54 | More by mwalters
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

10-14-2009 02:08:07 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

10-10-2009 17:08:19 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of RuudJH


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Castle beer, bottle conditioned, yet allmost completely clear pale ale, thin head.
Slight hints of sweet white Moezel and Saarland wines (so grapes, i guess), combined with hops. It's a tripel of decent quality.
Very present alcohol, but smooth nevertheless.
No bad words about this tripel. In a perfect world it would have a hard time, but now it's holding it's own.

10-08-2009 19:31:12 | More by RuudJH
Photo of Rayek


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy gold, with hyperactive carbonation. Rocky cream colored head is huge and has great retention. Leaves generous lace.

S: Spicy and complex. Coriander, cloves and pepper struck me the most. As I lingered, I could smell oranges and biscuits.

T: The aromas and flavors integrate nicely. Apples, oranges and green grapes make up the sweetness. Coriander and clove flavors provide a spicy bitter kick. Finishes with a dry lemon tartness. Alcohol adds a generous warmth going down.

M: Medium body feels soft and has the right amount of fizz.

D: A very nice tripel that holds its own with the many fine beers in this class. The high ABV makes for a good nightcap. Definitely worth the pickup.

09-11-2009 22:56:45 | More by Rayek
Photo of sweetbrew82


3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

750 ML into a snifter/ Bottled on 080423 (April 23, 2008?)

P: Sits a very dull and cloudy gold color with a loose, soapy white head on top. Shows poor retention (but it is 11% ABV) as it immediately sinks to a thin halo and fails to leave even a smidgeon of lace.

A: The nose is good with notes of sweet toasted malts, citric fruits, clove, yeast, and some booze. Actually, there's a little more booze in here than I would like, but its understandable given the ABV.

T: Sweet malts greet the palate with citric fruits hitting thereafter with a sharp, acidic citrus twang that puckers my tongue with tartness. A little apple and pear underneath that don't quite work in unison with the above-mentioned citrus notes. Clove spices take over from there, with the spicy alcohol finally taking off its mask in the warming finish. Aftertaste is full of spice and booze, which isn't the most pleasant flavor to be left with.

M: Medium-light bodied with a sharp edge that is only added to by the excessive amount of carbonation. It is already kind of unrefined on the palate with some rough edges, and the huge prickly bite from the carbonation doesn't help matters in the least.

Notes: This is a decent tripel that definitely hides the 11% ABV well (until the finish at least), but the rest of the flavor profile seems kind of weird and is all over the place at times. The citrusy notes seem to clash with the soft fruits and overwhelm them with that tart, acidic sensation that makes it taste kind of awkward. The aftertaste is rather off-putting as well, and really hinders the drinkability as a result. Overall, this one missed the mark as far as I'm concerned.

08-25-2009 00:57:28 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of icemanrulz

New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Bought a 750 mL bottle at my local grocery store. Poured into a Rochefort Belgian style goblet. The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1 finger head (not what I was expecting from a triple). The nose is malty and floral but not overwhelming. Very soft, fuzzy mouthfeel. The taste is malty sweet up front with a slight alcohol finish. The hops are well blended into the flavor and the alcohol is not overwhelming despite the high content (11%). I found this beer to be very drinkable. A good representation of the style.

08-07-2009 22:54:33 | More by icemanrulz
Kasteel Triple from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.