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Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 395
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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). (289 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,567 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Seeker41184
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of jessycho
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of Avantyawn
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of ABeezy
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of impending
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
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.
cheers
jd (438 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Appearance:
Icy yellow with a fading enamel head and bubbles streaming up the side of the glass.

Aroma:
Grainy, slightly citric character. really not all that pleasing.

Taste:
Hard bout of chilly alcohol upfront followed by dry grains, lemon peal, tangerines, and a chalky, semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel:
Very clean and crisp, a touch sticky in the aftertaste. Carbonation is strong and body is medium.

Harmony:
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?:
Nope.

Bottled: February 2010
Served: February 13, 2011 (814 characters)

Photo of tkarsies
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (698 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,697 characters)

Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.