Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | 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 ABeezy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
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
3.33/5  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
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +1.8%
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
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.35/5  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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.