De Koninck Tripel - Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a shiny gold colour, light mild haze in the body and nice strong stream of carbonation which does nothing to revive a flagging head - more a thin film - of off-white foam. Lacing cradles the glass very nicely. Decent tripel, really.
Nose is quite pungenetly boozey, but it's part and parcel of a marmaladey sweetness. Plenty of nice Belgian phenols with hints of banana, peach and pear. Some light clovey and peppery spice and a touch of gooey caramel. Great tripley character, all in good proportions.
Taste is a little disappointing. Doesn't have the blossoming potency of the nose. Quite musty overall, but starts with an almost treacly sweetness, fortified wine as well I guess that turns quickly fruity, giving off fresh bananas and pear notes. Gives way halfway through to a phenolic spice that leaps and bounds for a long finish. Notes of white pepper, coriander seeds and a eucalptus edge that has a very nice tamed quality allowing it not to overwhelm the palate.
Dryness on the back is inevitable from the style and strength, but mouthfeel overall is nicely weighted, with a decent texture.
Balance is well-struck here and the strength is only faintly noticeable. A good beer, but not a truly great one. Pretty much run-of-the-mill tripel. But then, I like tripels.
12-20-2010 05:54:21 | More by laituegonflable
3.3/5 rDev -6.5%
A: The pour is a light amber color with a mild cream colored head on top.
S: The nose is quite light. I don't pick up too much, but there are some aromas of yeast, sweet malt, and spice.
T: The flavor is similar to the nose, but a bit better. There is a bit of yeast, some citrus, spice (clove, coriander), and a some sweetness.
M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation.
D: I wasn't really a fan of this one. The flavor is decent, but nothing really stood about this one.
04-07-2010 05:03:31 | More by womencantsail
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
On tap at Kickoff's in Waterloo, poured into a branded chalice.
Pours a nice mid-amber hue, about a cm. of head, tons of lacing.
The smell is very mild, hard to detect even after the beer warmed up. A bit of yeast, apple, spices. Not bad, but hardly there.
The taste was certainly much better. Apple, cherry, malt and yeast combined to make a fine BPA. Neither too dry nor too sweet. Very nice.
The body was a bit thin, probably could have had some more meat to it. Carbonation is about right, medium-high.
All in all, a very drinkable Belgian pale. Enjoyed it thoroughly, and will certainly go for it again. Well worth a try.
12-02-2009 00:02:37 | More by JohnnyBarman
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev 0%
A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished very quickly to about 1/4-finger size. Body is almost completely clear, with a dark, golden color. Some small particles from the bottle. Not too impressive for a tripel.
S: Good amount of yeast in the aroma, plus some citrus and coriander notes.
T: Yeast and citrus are the main aspects here, with nothing coming through overly strong. Mild sweetness. Alcohol (at 8%) is masked very well... I can't even detect any warmth at the back of the throat. Average duration.
M: Nice on the palate, with a medium-bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation.
D: Oh, it's drinkable... maybe too drinkable for a tripel. In fact, it's definitely the weakest tripel I've had to date. Not a bad beer, but not a good representation of its style.
09-26-2009 15:28:11 | More by berley31
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Amber, almost no head, and even that small head dissappears almost immediately. Really not impressive.
S: No strong smells, kind of fruity, but nothing stand out
T: The taste is quite nice, refreshing but once again nothing bold. The taste dissappears quite rapidly.
M: Tastes more carbonated, then it looks, which is a good thing in my opinion, too bad the bells are quite small.
D: Easy drink, bit dangerous because the alcohol isn't quite clear.
Overall this tastes just like a regular De Koninck, with more alcohol. It adds nothing to the regular drink. It's drinkable but unnecessary.
06-13-2009 21:17:26 | More by benfons
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
Drinkability - this tripel goes down like cool water and would be fantastic on a hot summer day. The character fits the style but I prefer more pronounced complexity and carbonation from a belgium tripel.
Appearance - clear copper brown with good carbonation to start and a creamy head to start. However, the head retention was short lived.
Smell - very mild sweet fruity, nutty, caramelly, malt.
Taste - quite mild and refreshing. The complexity is there but at low levels in the background. Very well balanced with low hop bitterness. The 8% alcohol is very well masked and has a sweet finish.
Mouthfeel - Light and watery with very smooth delivery from the low carbonation. The beer became rather flat half way through the drink.
01-03-2009 06:01:05 | More by ecoastman
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.68/5 rDev -24.1%
330mL bottle from sample pack with best before date stamped on back label. Poured into De Koninck chalice.
Pours a deep copper, with plenty of red hues. White head is abundant at first, but fizzy and dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing, only a thin haze. Some nice carbonation action seen in the glass.
Nose is the sweet, yeasty, phenolic smell I'm finding in a lot of De Koninck beers. A little one-sided.
Taste is a cloying fruit to start, but then a more pleasant berry sweetness mixed with some clove. Finish is medicinal, and overpowering on some sips.
A solidly medium body on this beer, but little carbonation. Slightly sticky on the mouth.
This beer hides the alcohol remarkably well, but the overly phenolic finish makes this more of a chore to finish than other beers.
Well, I don't know how much of a tripel this beer is, really. It's not exceptional on its own either. I'll be avoiding this one.
12-21-2008 01:02:32 | More by nighthawk
2.93/5 rDev -17%
A clear, copper colored beer with very low visible carbonaution.
Smell is sweet malty with a chewing gum smell. Hints of clove and exotic fruit like mango.
Taste is sweet and has a distinct caramellic character with a light metallic twist. The lack of carbonation is doing this beer no good. It tastes like a normal Koninck, but with a higher alcohol content. This beer is all about the malt and from my point of view, this has nothing to do with a tripel.
11-29-2008 21:39:43 | More by Absumaster
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
On-tap at the Quinten Matsijs in Antwerp...
Orangey-copper topped by a billowing white head. Fruity and sweet pale malt in the nose. Hints of alcohol and spice.
Taste is also sweet and fruity with some noble hops evident in the finish. Finishes remarkably clean and the 8% alcohol is masked very well. Some sweet maltiness in the aftertaste.
Pretty fair tripel and certainly drinkable. Worth a try.
10-18-2008 03:14:19 | More by ViveLaChouffe
3.05/5 rDev -13.6%
A - orange brown, thick head not constant
S - alcoholic, bready malt and some fruitness.
T - some fruitiness on it, but still has some bitterness on it, but still different from any other tripel I've tried, yeasty at the beggining, felt the alcohol at the end of the bottle
M - Feels really good, the alcohol is present but it does not harm the set
D - Good drinkabilly, I could have some more easilly
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-29-2006 19:11:49
07-11-2008 03:11:31 | More by Jespao
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
Got this in a gift pack, this pours a clear amber, a little head, not much going on there. Smell is sweet, a tad fruity, not bad. Taste is similar to smell, fruity, lots of malt, a bit sour in the finish, reminds me a bit of their amber ale. Relatively easy drinking and quite smooth too.
If I didn't know any better I would have thought this was their standard offering. Doesn't really resemble any Tripel I've had before, but still isn't a bad beer and is worth a try.
01-03-2008 22:57:50 | More by funkengruven
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours with little head. No retention or lacing. Has a clear amber color.
Smells of sweet candies, fruits, yeast and pale malt.
The nose and palate are a bit to laid back for me. Notes of slightly sour fruits, followed by a very sweet malt and a hoppy spice.
12-14-2007 08:03:44 | More by irishkyle21
De Koninck Tripel from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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