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Trignac XII - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Trignac XII
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BA SCORE
88
very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BobZ on 08-23-2013)
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Reviews by BobZ:
Photo of 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.

BobZ, Aug 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of standardcherry
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.

standardcherry, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of sammy806
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

sammy806, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of WynnO
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!

WynnO, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of themind
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.

themind, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of scottwood
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.

scottwood, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Zekenyce
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Zekenyce, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Kramerbarthomer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of ryannosaurus
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.

ryannosaurus, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev -2.7%

hellhammermario, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Daniellobo, Apr 05, 2014
Trignac XII from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.