Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by neenerzig on 09-17-2008

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Photo of vincicle
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the look is a clear, golden-reddish ale.
The smell is slightly alcoholic, with an effervescence that is almost similar to champagne. There are hints of fruit, with a pearish sweetness and slight spiciness.
The taste is balanced without being too sweet or bitter. The alcohol taste is still apparent as you would expect with 11% but slightly less mellowed than some of the best belgium tripels.
Overall this is a decent beer, but it seems incomplete and could possibly better with age. (mine was about 13 months old from bottling when tried.)

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Photo of benfons
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light orange colour; clear decent head (that eventually almost disappears)

S: peach and pineapple, orange peel, a hint of pepper

T: the citrus is still there, but there is more yeast, more bitterness and the peppery notes kicks more; overall still pretty sweet

M: dry, creamy, alcohol lingers (not surprisingly)

O: a good solid beer, nothing wrong with it, altough a rather heavy one

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Photo of Holland
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: served out of a bottle, gives some head, looks clear golden color and bubbly. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the side of the glass.

S: smells of fruity esters and alcohol along with sweetness.

T: tastes much the same, as expected from the smell. Nothing too complex here.

M: solid mouthfeel, crisp and clean feeling with a medium body. Pretty nice and dry.

O: As with my Rouge, the bottle was very old - over 18 months in this case. Still, you have to expect a tripel to hold up to 18 months, and I didn't sense anything off about it, just wasn't good. Maybe the year and a half took off some flavor.

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Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 11.2 oz bottle

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates fast but leaves a fresh white collar

S= nice aromas of fresh fruit.with sweet malt and citrus

T- sweet citrus ,loads of light fruits,sweet baked bread

M- mild carbonation with a sweet coate on the tongue of malts and fruit

O- a good triple but $$..it a treat 2 have one now again

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a golden yellow color w/ a nice one finger white head. Super transparent- this could almost pass for a lighter beer in appearance. Nose is that of apple, honey, grape, grain. Somewhat sweet on the smell. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, with fruit sweetness and malt really coming through. Feel is medium, with sweetness, malt, and alcohol burn all competing for the top character. Overall, this is a good tripel, just not a great one. The good news is that it's priced well, and readily available around Washington DC. A good solid beer, and one I'm glad I tried on draft.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 11.5 oz clean golden amber into a tulip glass, with a fizzy head that slowly faded.

Fresh aroma of light fruit esters and grain, and some citrus.

The taste was balanced and complex, incuding a sweet malty base with notes of apricot, apple and bit of banana, offsetting some slight but not offensive phenol, finishing dry with a presence of mead and just a little hop bitterness.

Wonderful mouthfeel with lots of warm alcohol and a tingle of carbonation throughout, the flavors changing as it warmed.

I could drink it all day except that 11% would knock me out.

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Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold amber with a one finger dull white head that fades slowly into a thin cap with some lacing.

Aroma of sweet citrus, spice and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste of grainy bread, sweet pineapple, spice , floral hops and an alcohol finish.

Mouth Feel was medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp with an alcohol warm end.

Overall this a very nice enjoyable Triple.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw blonde, pale ale looking body. Thin head.

S - Sweet, dried dates soaked in booze. Dry, fire roasted notes with a sweet caramel side. Malty syrup present.

T - Warming, pungently sweet alcohol. A big floral bouquet and floral hops. Grainy bread, and an evaporating alcohol finish.

M - Warming the entire mouth, with a nice full body. Clean finish.

O - A solid tripel, with a strong, earthly alcohol kick.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The fragrance is sweet, rich in sugars and there sees a touch of vanilla. The flavor is mostly sweet alcoholic and without that beer lacks balance. At the tasting, it is quite creamy, round palate and easy, if not pleasant to drink. Lingering bitterness in the finish. It is much more pleasant in the mouth Kasteelbier Brown and the dose of sugar is much lower. Lovers of sweet beers, but still fear the loathing will be delighted.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kasteel Triple is a crystal clear golden ale with a small white head that quickly vanishes. It has a light, slightly sweet aroma of clove and stone fruit. It's full bodied and pretty slick all the way to the finish. It tastes pretty phenolic with hints of apple and apricot. A light, green bitterness emerges at the finish. There isn't a lot of flavor, but the alcohol is hidden pretty well. It doesnt seem super refined but it's pretty inoffensive.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sour apricot nose and flavor is sweet and sour but malty, some lemon, smooth. Finish is clean, warming. High ABV stays hidden. Nice triple. Keeps well - bottled on Aug 19, 2009. $8.39 for a 750ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy Golden colour with a White head that reduces to a film and laces.

S - Decent aromas of grains, grapefruit, pineapple and some spicey citrus.

T - Nice boozy flavour with green grapes, spice , peach and spice flavours that balance it out. A little sweet on the finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation that is nigh on perfect for this style.

O - A very solid beer that beats the Duvel hands down.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : golden yellow color, with white foam head (nice lacing).
Smell: sweet and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : creamy, nutty, round, with notes of vanilla and spices.
Drinkability: average beer in the style tripel (more like a Barley wine).

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A hazy, almost opaque dull grain color with a fizzy head. There's a tiny bit of sediment, not enough to be imposing.

S: Smells potent with apricots, peaches, molasses, overripened canteloupe and a bit of oregano spiciness.

T/M: Tastes strong. The warming alcohol feeling takes over everything else. In the back, you can taste figs, peaches, red grapes, sweet dried fruits along with a medium amount of carbonation. The potency makes it a lot closer to a barleywine than a tripel.

It's a decent beer, but there wasn't much of an attempt to disguise the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
bottled in 100120

A- This beer pours a crystal clear apricot colored body with a snow white head that is bubble and soon disappears. There is a violent boil of microbubbles from the base of the glass.

S- This beer has a dry mead nose with some light yeasty characteristics and a slight sweet honey hint in the finish.

T- That taste is pretty clean much as the smell with sweet mead notes and some dry honey finish. The mead flavor turns more into apple juice as the beer warms. The finish has a carbonic acid note that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big tight fizz finish that really boost the dry finish. There is a soft alcohol heat that comes through and adds a nice touch.

O- I can actually hear the fizz popping every time I take a sip. The apple flavor and fizz really dominate this beer with not much other character and no hops showing up at all.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/27/2011 at track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruit, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, caramel, bananas and a bit of spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy, however I do not taste much as far as the Belgian yeast goes. The hops presence is very mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s not the first Tripels I would select but it’s still a decent beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apple cider and honey sweetness combine for a strong and succulent tripel ale that draws comparisons to sweeter white wines with a serious alcohol kick.

Pouring a medium amber, deep golden/light copper color, the beer carries only the modest of haze, along with a short lived froathy head that dissipates to a thin sheet but retaining well all the while. Low on lace, this is what's expected from a sweeter, heavier, and more alcoholic tripel.

A mix of green and red apples govern the aromas with background notes of honey/meads, zinfindale wines, and a grapey sparkling white wine character that boarders on sodas and wine coolers. While malty breads and grains make a formitable presence, the fruity and earthy notes keep the beer aromas in moderation.

Malty rich with strong honeyish sweetness, floral flavors, appricots, pears, nectarines, and a lot of earthy teas. Honey suckle, nectar, and alcohol all give a savory and succulent impression on the front of the palate. The procession across the tongue gives the same as the forefront except with a growing sweet tobacco, chai tea character that develops into a bruised approcot flavor just before the dryish winey finish. Without full dryness, this beer leaves a lot of sugar on the tongue and eventually weighs a bit heavy on the mouth and stomach.

Though not the quentessential tripel ale, this beer has a lot of merrit because of it's malty sweet and succulent flavors, moderate alcohol impact and lightly syrupy feel- making it more akin to a complement to a fruity desert or as a stand alone digestive.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of Seeker41184
3.07/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of jessycho
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ABeezy
3.38/5  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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.