Trignac XII - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BobZ:
4.34/5 rDev +5.6%
750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to sleuthdog for this generous gift.
Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a nice rich and billowy head with excellent lacing.
Smell: Sweet with citrus (lemon) and the cognac is noticeable.
Taste: Very nice citrusy sweetness up front with a cognac twist. The cognac barrel does not overpower the classic Kasteel tripel flavors, it just blends in adding a new dimension to the flavor. A slight amount of hoppy bitterness on the finish & all-in-all a very tasty tripel. The alcohol is completely masked.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, creamy, and clean on the palate.
Overall: Excellent take on the Tripel style, I really enjoyed the added dimension provided by the cognac barrel. A delicious and highly drinkable beer.
08-23-2013 17:50:35 | More by BobZ
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3.31/5 rDev -19.5%
CBC bottle share.
A: Cloudy golden color with a thin white head.
S: Smells of apples, yeast and lemon. A bit of wood and warming cognac.
T: Yeast esters are the main thing I could find. A bit of oak, tiny bit of cognac and light lemon tartness.
M: Medium/full bodied, light carbonation. Boozy finish.
O: Decent. Have to admit that I'm not a fan of tripels though. I was hoping for more but there was barely any cognac.
08-27-2013 22:51:06 | More by standardcherry
4.54/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a deep gold color. Low power but very nice nose---the signature yeasty aroma tells you that no fakery is going on ehre.
Small sips reveals a bit of heat, but a typical 1/4 to 1/2 ounce drink hides the heat and makes for a terrific well balanced cognac-based experience. One has to suspect that letting one of these sit for a year unopened would make for a very good treat.
Throw a Kasteel Tripel in a cognac barrel and this is what you get. Well, I'm sure it's not that simple, but it can't be too far off. This is actually a cut above their tripel, so I suspect some degree of TLC was given to bring this to market.
This is most memorable untried beer I have tasted in quite a while. Yes, try this!
02-27-2014 13:15:56 | More by WynnO
4.16/5 rDev +1.2%
Triple aged in cognac casks makes this triple a treat for me. Pours your standard Belgium large head with a deep golden color. The aroma is nice, the cognac is subtle here but recognizable. The taste was good with a nice cognac finish. Overall I think this is a good offering but the $33.00 dollar price tag and limited availability make this a brew hard to seek out. I was happy to try and move on.
Bottom Line: Original attempt by Brouwerij that is worth drinking.
09-02-2013 22:52:42 | More by themind
3.96/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottled in May 2012.
Appearance is much like any other tripel, except perhaps a bit darker. Aroma is barely detectable, but what is there is pleasant enough. Sipping reveals a robust mouthfeel relative to the style (but not too thick), and good complexity of flavor, with apple, raisin, and spice notes. 12% ABV is completely masked.
It's hard to review a $33 beer without either having unrealistic expectations, or trying to justify the expenditure, and I won't buy it (or any other beer) often at that price -- but I'm glad I bought it once. A great twist on the style.
08-05-2014 04:38:14 | More by scottwood
4.53/5 rDev +10.2%
75 cl bottle poured to tulip snifter
Hazy gold color, clean white head
Light but unique aroma: smells of white grapes and a touch of oak
Taste has a gorgeous grape addition from the cognac oak, which would have been lost in a heavier beer. Tasty light malts, Slight sneaky hop bitterness, nice CO2 bite. Yeast neutral.
Mouthfeel is damn clean and refreshing for this heavy ABV... I rarely score anything perfect. Perfect.
Overall opinion: amazing and well defined cognac element defines this beer, and yet it doesn't come off as boozy. Light french oak and clean malt. A bit off my normal price point, but money isn't everything. If you like good cognac and Belgian beer, you cannot pass on this. But the price makes it a very special occasion brew.
02-11-2014 03:38:53 | More by ryannosaurus
Trignac XII from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.