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Kasteel Triple - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Kasteel TripleKasteel Triple

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very good

299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: neenerzig on 09-17-2008)
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Photo of farrago

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 18:00:36 | More by farrago
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:41:52 | More by avalon07
Photo of jyeast101


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 22:36:22 | More by jyeast101
Photo of Newsman

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 22:26:02 | More by Newsman
Photo of gdfan47


3.8/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 22:01:43 | More by gdfan47
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 04:01:22 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of dancinwillie


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:00:30 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 13:36:33 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of edbeered


4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
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!).

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2008 01:19:10 | More by edbeered
Photo of neenerzig


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

reviewed from notes as this was enjoyed by me a few weeks ago.

Tried a bottle of this as recommended by a very good friend of mine during a Friday night visit to La Cav DU Vin several weeks back. An 11.2 oz bottle poured into a fat tulip glass. pours a cloudy, crisp looking medium golden color. The white head was well over an inch when poured. Good retention and lacing here indeed! Eventually settles to a good 1/3 inch and then 1/4 inch. malty aromas, vanilla, clove, and other spices. maybe a bit of fruit here as well such as apple or banana. Has a sweet and caramel malty flavor with a bit of the aforementioned spice and fruit, definitely banana. the taste of alcohol is slightly noticeable, a bit more than in most 7% ABV beers I suppose. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. A fine beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 02:59:59 | More by neenerzig
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Kasteel Triple from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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