Kasteel Tripel - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 13
Gots: 60 | 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 matty
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is spicy.Taste is sour green apples,spices and alcohol.When you look at this in the glass it looks very much like a macro.Then when you smell and drink it you can definetly tell the difference.Very warming and enjoyable.Recommended and I will purchase again.

Photo of yesferro
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from Joboto, cork says april 2008

Golden color, very nice looking. Smells sweet with a hint of sour in the background. Tastes like a very sweet apple, the alcohol is almost felt as an aftertaste. There's hints of citrus there too but mainly apple for me. This beer is very alive in your mouth too, the only reason I can't give it a full 5 on drinkability is because there is no way I can see people just sit down and down a few of these and actually enjoy it after nr 3 or 4.

I love this beer, I prefer the donker/dark but since it has been about 7years since I had that last I am going to have to hold out till my visit to the brewery this summer to make my final judgement.

Photo of JCWeaze
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured summery orange - in a snifter. Easy to get 1+ fingers of head.

Flavor was sweet but not cloying.

Smell was fruity with notes of apples.

High alcohol content is well hidden.

Great summer evening closer. Close but not quite as tasty as Triple Karmaliet.

Photo of becktone
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 4-1-09

Done horizontally with Maredsous Tripel, Augustijn Tripel, and Westmalle Tripel.

Eye: This one pours lightest in color of the group and is a hazy lemon-square yellow (like the kind grandma used to make). Head is creamy and sits at about one finger. Appetizing to look at.

Nose: Some faint green apple aromas. Also some spiciness and hints at alcohol here. Seems pretty straight forward and uncomplicated.

Tongue: Sweetness from the malt comes through and thankfully there's not too much of that apple going on in here. Alcohol is also present giving balance to the beer, however, here its hotter, and less refined than the Westmalle. This one is quite a bit maltier than the Westmalle, more of that sweet malt coming through, more of that candied type of flavor-caramel of varing colors and such. However, it is much less balanced and much less complex. Flavors in the Westmalle are melded here, it seems they are just sitting in line, one being detected after the other.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is light and the aftertaste is longer lasting than Maredsous, yet that green apple is there followed by an almost astringent alcohol. Carbonation is light and delicate, just a bit more would be nice if you ask me. Nothing special nothing damning. As far as drinkability, I'd go for the Maredsous over this one, better flavor and considering that this one is 16 and change for a four-pack....well it'll be a while till I drink this one again if ever. It really doesn't do it for me. Not a bad beer, but it should be better for the price...I mean the Donker and the Rouge are worth the price, this one....not so much so.

Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been in my fridge for nearly 2 months now. Just barely got around to trying it.

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head and what looks to be ample carbonation into my Piraat glass. Good presentation.

Aroma is full of spice and a tiny bit of raisin and apple. Seems par the course for that.

Taste is tart and full of spice upfront with raisin and apple standing out in the middle. Sublime. Easy to drink with no offensive flavors.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, raisin and apple flavors. Goes down well.

Again, a very easy-drinking Tripel, despite the alcohol content. Just be careful as this can sneak up on you!

Photo of grub
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, best before 05 2010. sampled may 8/09.

pours pale amber in colour with just a touch of haze. a medium-sized white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a bit of lace.

aroma is good. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. faint tropical fruit. bit of yeast and light spice. floral. tangerine and orange peel. a touch of earthy character too.

taste is good. white bread and cracker. bit of caramel. light alcohol. tangerine and orange peel again. bit of tropical fruit too. light non-specific spice. touch of yeast.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. fairly dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance. a fairly balanced tripel, but not quite my favourite.

Photo of iNHaze
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kasteel Tripel, actually it was "triple" on the bottle, from a 750mL to a wine glass.

Kasteel poured a honey straw color with some golden highlights. Very nice clarity, and lots of large bubbles. Light head which faded to kind of like the bubbles on a glass of sprite after it's been sitting out a few minutes.

The smell was nice, very yeasty and fruity. Reminded me of champagne in the aroma, I got definite white grapes, complex yeast notes, and a bit of alcohol. I've never smelled a beer quite like this.

No real hops to speak of in the flavor. Definite malty sweetness with a bit of caramel in the backseat. Bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue. Very floral yeastiness, in the style of a good belgian. The aftertaste was rather unusual though, I got a bit of a metallic tang, and then it was almost cloyingly sweet. After a glass or two the aftertaste started getting to me, not making this brew undrinkable, but also not my favorite. I'm not a big fan of hops in belgians, but perhaps a little bitter would do this beer good.

Mouthfeel was not bad, very smooth and almost oily, yet with a good bite of carbonation.

Overall, the 11%ABV obviously makes this something you wouldn't really want to session. Putting that aside, the lingering sticky-sweetness would probably make me pass this one over in the future. However, I'd call this beer a good value at $8 or so for the 750, and it's definitely not something I'd classify as 'undrinkable.'

Photo of Jeffo
2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger thinner looking white head. Colour is amber or golden poppy orange and is very clear. A good amount of carbonation with large bubbles all over. A decent film remains and leaves some thin lacing down the glass. The head lacks a bit and is a little thin. A little lack luster for the style.

SMELL: Mild nose of toasted malt, sweet red apple and some pear. A touch of caramel in the background, which is unique, and a touch of yeast under it all. Not bad, but a little too weak.

TASTE: Toasted malt right away, with some sweet red apple and lots of spicy alcohol. Aftertaste of sweet malt, red apples and sugar candy, as well as spicy alcohol is medium strong and long lasting. Interesting but very alcoholic, perhaps a bit too much as it is quite overwhelming. This makes it a bit of a chore to drink.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with medium to higher amounts of carbonation. Goes down with a bit of a scratch and a bite at the end. Finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Alcohol presence is a little too much on the palate as well.

OVERALL: A very strong triple, dominated by the unnecessarily high ABV. It's too boozy for my liking and not smooth enough on the way down. I could finish it, but it wasn't really enjoyable. I've had more than my share of triples and this one was a bit of a mess. Doesn't hold a candle to their wonderful Bruin. Not a favourite and I won't be picking this one up again.

Photo of JBogan
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly standard looking light honey color with a very small white head which leaves almost no lacing.

Smells very bready, with a slight citrus note and a hint of alcohol.

Taste mirrors the scent. The yeast is in the foreground, with slight citric accompanyment, and alcohol letting you know it's in there too.

Mouthfeel was very good. Medium bodied, smooth and slick, with a good carbonation bite.

Overall this is a rather average tripel. I'd reach for a number of other tripels first, but if this is all that's available it's decent enough brew to please most people.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap.

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thick head that hangs for a while.

Smells of fresh malty grains and maybe a little tart.

The taste is comparable, a bit of citrus sweetness with malty body. The alcohol comes through, mostly on the aftertaste.

Feels sharp, good carbonation. Otherwise dry and easy going.

This is a big beer. Good drinkability, but not sustained drinkability. Pretty dry. A pretty good Belgian trippel worth trying.

Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a somewhat hazy golden liquid. The head is massive and brilliantly white. The aroma is a little spicy, with some alcohol and fruit notes (pear, lemon, and apple). The spice is a bit peppery, and there's also a little yeast in the smell (no notable hop aroma). Although the taste is a semi-sweet, it is balanced with a not-quite hot spiciness. Alcohol warming is intense. There's considerable bitterness that starts in the hind-taste, and continues well through the finish. Medium body and very carbonated, giving the beer a 'prickly' sensation. Good tripel.

Photo of tazzerboy
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass

A-Dark honey color. Good head at pour (two fingers) and it stuck around for a while. Rather cloudy with yeast fragments. I thought I might have poured it too quickly, but after second thought...I didn't pour it any faster then normal.

S-Sweet/Candy. But, there wasn't that much aroma there.

T-Sweet right off the bat. Light bitterness and some acid arrive in the middle, but it is well balanced with the sweetness. More of a floral taste arrive as it warms up.

M-Good carbonation, a little creamy

D-There is a little bit of an alcohol burn, but relatively smooth considering the high ABV.

Overall-Rather nice beer. Not the best triple I've tried, but I wasn't disappointed.

Photo of Nick3
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounces with a bottle on date of Nov. 28, 2007. Beer poured into a Kasteel chalice. Hazy golden color with ample carbonation. Enough lacing to admire. Aroma is yeasty and doughy. Alcohol and floral notes are there as well. Was expecting more of a singe from the alcohol given the ABV. A lot of yeast and bread in the taste; the hops give it a nice bite. Really shocked that this beer is 11%; the alcohol is there but is masked quite well. Beer has a champagne like effervescence. A very worthy tripel; I'm still not sure how they masked the alcohol so well. If you like tripels, this is a good bet. Not the best that I've had but a good bang for the buck.

Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a short, stubby bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October. Date stamped on back of label indicates: 08-2009. Poured into my clean, clear Ommegang goblet.

A Lots of visible sediment, some light colored flakes even, floating in the golden yellow but translucent body. Head was surpisingly made up of large bubbles (I expected the creamy, velvety type of head) and dissipated within a minute. I love the look of this beer in my goblet.

S A great yeasty, malty, alcohol blonde smell, right on target for the style.

T Wow, nice kick of alcohol after an initial rush of sweet malt and Belgian yeast. This is a classic blonde tripel and Tripels are my favorite style.

M Full with big malt, yeast, alcohol tastes. Carbonation is actually a bit more than I expected but it is true to style.

D One and done for me but that is just because it is such a big beer. I finished my beer without hesitation though and enjoyed every drop.

Notes: Consider me impressed. Everyone should try this beer and especially if you love Tripels like I do.

Photo of CMW
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprised to find this at a restaurant that is not a beer bar.

A - Pours a golden straw yellow with a nice two finger head that has medium retention. There is considerable lacing on the glass.

S - Extremely sweet, even for the style. Pears, apricots and bananas are present with some bread-like yeast. The alcohol is present in the nose as well.

T - Much like the nose. Sweet fruits give way to some tasty malt and yeast notes. The burn from the alcohol is a little high compared to others in the style.

M - Carbonation is a little high for me, but otherwise the beer is thin.

D - While the taste is nice, the 11% would knock me out if I had more than one or two of these.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Tripel poured a golden color with a 1/2 inch foam head that was tightly packed together. Not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was fruity and had mostly sour notes like apples. It was lively in the mouth and had a good amount of carbonation which seems to be typical of this style. It was semi dry and had a good bitterness to it. Overall I enjoyed the brew and would buy again once a year or every two.

Photo of farrago
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden color with hyper-aggressive stream of bubbles filling the middle, renews the light white froth across the surface, clings effortlessly to the glass walls. The nose aims for a steamroller of sweetness, candied lemon to orange peel, honey, molasses, brioche, beeswax, flower water, pear to peach fruit, doesn't offer much counterpoint, soaks into your nostrils in a simple, upfront manner. Medium-bodied, fun frothy attach which fills up the mouth momentarily, emphasizing golden honey, tangerine citrus, wax, yellow apple, banana to apricot fruit, cinnamon stick, clove, polished mouth feel although one might say the carbonated fizz ain't all that classy. Looking for hops? Look elsewhere. This is full throttle kid run amok in a candy store sweetness. And it's good.

Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. It had a golden color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: Smelled of fruit, yeast and malt.

T: Surprisingly average taste. Some apples, malt and Belgian yeast, but mainly very thin.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a mixed bag of a beer. Some aspects are strong, but the taste is decidedly average.

Photo of johnyeast
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very bright golden color with a decent white head. An obvious smell of candied sugars that you find in most Belgian beers. This beer masks the high alcohol content fairly well but has a bit of an aftertaste. As it warms the taste mellows and you get a bit of a fruity flavor, but the aftertaste is still there and lingers on the tongue. I like this beer but have found better versions in the style.

Photo of Newsman
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this with a lovely steak friet combo at De Gulden Spoor in Bruges. The joint had a fairly typical 20+ beer list, but hadn't seen this one before, so decided to give it a shot.

Served in the bottle with the appropriate glass -- I admit, the little glass castle at the base of the goblet is modestly cheesy, especially compared with the simple gold and silver rimmed goblets the Trappists use. Still, poured a deep rich brown/black, modest head, nice looking brew.

Smell was pretty good, but the alcohol was more noticeable than I've experienced in other tripels...11% ABV will do that, I suppose, but other high-octane brews do blend it better. Still, very warming, with some notes of yeast, licorice, chocolate.

Taste...well, this is where it lost me. VERY sweet, even for a tripel. And very alcoholic right behind it. Any other hint of flavor is lost between the two, and all you end up with is Belgian Power Brew. Sugar and booze. Not that this is a bad thing, but other tripels simply manage things better.

Mouthfeel was fine, very typical of the style, and goes down smooth once you get past the sugar blast. It helped that I had food with this, because I don't know if I could've finished it without something to break things up!

Overall, this one remains representative of the style, but boy, others do it a lot better.

Photo of gdfan47
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a cloudy white color with a little head
S- figs, sugar, candy, alcohol
T- sweet, but not too sweet, really can taste the alcohol, a few fruits but hard to pinpoint one
m-very smooth easy to drink
D-pretty good, but obv a high abv

not my fav. trippel but worth trying

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle from Town and Country Liquor, on to the beer:

Into a tulip it goes, the beer is semi-hazy dark blonde in color, the head is big and soapy on top when the pouring is complete. Solid head retention. The firepower in the aroma is lower than I was expecting. It's cidery, somewhat sugary, with a hint of pepper and clove.

As taste goes, the alcohol is a little hot, and it is quick to junp out on you. Like the aroma, the flavor isn't going all out. There's a bit of sugary fruit, syrupy pears, but the alcohol creates a peppermint-like taste. There's good carbonation and lightness in the mouth.

Some like it hot, some don't. If you like it hot, you may like this.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at my local beer store here in Lake Mills, and I was a little surprised to see find it there. Not what I would think of as a typical small town beer, so I bought it on a whim.

Pours the color of a pear. Starchy beige, loud effervescent head makes a lot of noise, then is gone. A little island of foam, just a bit bigger than a silver dollar remains suspended in the center of my glass.

Aroma is a bready yeasty and sweet as well.

Taste is yeasty sweetness. A bit of an alcohol kick, but not too bad considering. Has a white wine acidity to it, and maybe a little pear or apple flavor mingling around in there as well. Faint honey is detected.

Mouthfeel is decent, maybe a bit less carbonation wouldn't hurt, but I could deal with it.

Drinkability is medium for me, the high alcohol content would stop me from having too many. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a bright gold color with fairly good head retention and very good lacing. The beer smells very good, and I get an aroma of honey, ranier cherry and fuji apple. There is also some underlying spice, but it's dominated by the honey and sweet fruit flavors. The flavors on the palate completly replicate the nose, and the beer is smooth and satisfying. Alcohol is very well disguised, so one needs to be careful with this stuff. My 10 ounce goblet was gone entirely too quickly.

Impressive beer from Kasteel.

Photo of edbeered
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Belgian Beer Fest at the Muddy Pig in St Paul on 9/14 and again on draft on 9/17(leftovers, woo-hoo!), this pours a hazy golden color, with a small white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a fine white lace on the glass. The smell is fruity and citrussy. The taste, oh the taste! To me, this was the best tasting Tripel at the Fest, and there were a bunch of them(including Gouden Carolous, St Bernardus, St Feullian, Val Dieu, La Rulles, and Des Rocs, as well as some domestic versions). The flavors I tasted included banana, cherry, a brandy-like alcohol flavor, a slight citrussy lemon/orange flavor, a sweet caramel/honey flavor, and a light crispness I found irresistable. The disparate flavors blended into an outstanding whole. The mouthfeel is light yet full-flavored. This is a fantastic beer, and one I will continue to enjoy until it's gone(hopefully, not for a while!).

Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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