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Trignac XII - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BobZ on 08-23-2013

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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by BobZ:
Photo of BobZ
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of standardcherry
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a hazy orange, thin white head develops. Smells like a boozy tripel, Belgian yeast, white wine, touch of wood. Taste is powerful, booze isn't well hidden. After you get past the heat though, it really is nice. The cognac notes work well. Glad I had a chance at this, it is unique...and that in itself makes it worth trying!

Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

Photo of themind
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scottwood
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wlademarsto
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very high quality beet, cognac smell and flavors is notable

Photo of Dope
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, bottled 01/22/2013.

A: Pours a deep cloudy orange. Enormous frothy light tan head that takes up 90% of the glass. Fizzy and it thins out somewhat quickly but then sticks around forever. Almost no lacing, however.

S: Huge fruitiness. Peaches, grapes, citrus, apricot, you name it. Even get some generic berry...and is that a hint of banana? Heavy carbonation really stings the nose. Nice breadiness under it all, fresh baked loaves. Sometimes reminds me of a moscato wine, oddly enough. Really nice aroma.

T: More of the same. Heavy on the fruits. Peaches for sure with lots of white grapes (hence, moscato). Lots of fruity esters in general, particularly apple. Some nice breadiness in the middle but the cognac powers on and barely lets the maltiness escape. Even get a drier white wine flavor in the aftertaste that lingers on forever with hints of apple and peach and white grapes. Not particularly boozy but there is a serious warming in the stomach.

M: Heavy bodied but high carbonation and lots of barrel character really cut it down. I would have thought more like 8-9%, 10% at the very tops.

O: Really nice barrel-heavy tripel. Cognac flavors really stand out. Super fruity. It's a strong beer for sure but not nearly as harsh as I was expecting for something 12% and barrel aged. One hell of a tripel. Not sure it's worth $40 but it was worth trying once.

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge pop when I removed the cork from this bottled on January 22nd 2013 bottle. The cork has 2012 print.

Aboot half and half of foam to liquid with my pour. Gotta mention that I opened it at room temperature over my bathtub, just in case. I read aboot the high carbonation and was prepared. Nope. Not a gusher!

It has a peachy colour to it. The foam dissipated really fast and by gawd, there is No lacing. It IS a bit hazy on the first pour.

There's what I call a big and complex nose. Getting beyond the Uber strong nose of one of my favorite non beer alcoholic drinks, Cognac, there's an abundance of fruity flavours that I could not even begin to describe.

Light pitted and seeded. No plums or prunes or raisins. .the other stuff. Maybe including bananas? Oops, this here is part of the tasting. Dang you 12% abv!

The overall character of the taste of this beer is what I would call very dry. The fruits are neither sweet nor sour. Affected by the strong influence from the Cognac? Could be and I will use that as the reasoning behind what I just said.

2nd pour and it flat out amuses me watching the respectable head of foam collapse so quickly. The haze thickens..time for another sip.

On to the mouthfeel. Medium body with lots of CO2. Not the smoothest beer to ever go down my throat but far from the worst. Orval has a similar roughness in that regard.

I bought this bottle at Liquor Shed during Craft Beer week so I got a 15% discount. I am going to say that this is worth the full price. (~$35)

I can see another bottle in my immediate future. Cheers!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

for the mission of aging a belgian tripel in a cognac barrel, this is a great success, but it is certainly a weird beer, unconventional in a good way, and a real slow sipper. thanks to my buddies for sharing this one with me, its a pricey bottle i know! hazy pale on the color, yeast sediment abounds, but it isnt chunky, and while carbonation is obviously intense, the head collects only slowly at the surface. the nose on this is more barrel than base beer, but i do get the sweet maltiness of the tripel as a starting point, and the sharp alcohol sting of the booze cuts it. oak is prominent in nose and taste, clean though, not musty or funky. the cognac does great things with the classic tripel, adding a fruitiness, a maturity, and a balance against the sweet. carbonation keeps it moving pretty well, but it feels thick in the mouth even for what it is. it just as a feeling of special around it, even if its maybe not as standout overall as it price would suggest. i love the project and i really like the beer. cognac barrels are coming into vogue right now, and i think thats a good thing. cool to see such a classic style done this way, it really works. the yeast in the beer and the intense flavor of the cognac are a beautiful match.

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Trignac XII from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.