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De Koninck Tripel - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De Koninck TripelDe Koninck Tripel

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BA SCORE
81
good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 07-13-2005)
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Reviews by benfons:
Photo of benfons
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

benfons, Jun 13, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with a thick, medium head. The nose is fresh and with lots of fruity hints, some apple even more white grapes...some yeast as well. More to the swet side. Again, taste of fresh grapes and some spice. Nice malts, pefect finish with a nice lingering finsish. Smooth mouthfeel with a toned down carbonation. Very drinkable. My favorite of the De Koninck beers.

Popsinc, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some yeast smell, small head, medium to light mouthfeel. A bit of yeast taste, a bit sugary sweet, nominal fruitiness, drinkable.I never met tripel I did not like, including this, however I do think it is sub-par for the style.In a word, An average beer.

Sammy, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

zonker17, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of elricorico
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a bright amber colour without any haziness to it. The head is about three fingers to start, and shows almost no signs of retreating.

The smell is a mix of citrus and mustiness. This one smells more of lemon than any beer I've smelled to date. It isn't a bad smell, but I've smelled much better.

The taste is fairly light throughout, nothing overpowering, but well balanced. Up front it gives the impression of a light fruity juice, with a bit of a sugar water feel to it. In the middle a touch of grainy bread. The end is a bit flowery, and lingers for several seconds. All together a pleasant mix.

The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, and the carbonation is not too strong. Not bad for the style, but it doesn't feel as "lively" as some tripels do.

Drinkability is sky high. If I were trying to expose someone to the tripel style for the first time, this might be the beer I chose. My glass is rapidly reaching its end. At 8% this beer goes down like a 5% brew.

Best De Koninck brew I've tried, and holds its own amongst tripels. I feel that I'm missing out on any spiciness with this beer though, and perhaps that has kept it from scoring higher.

elricorico, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey/amber color ale with a large white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of cinnamon, sweet malt and typical Belgian yeast. Taste is also dominated by the spice mix, which probably includes cinnamon with some sweet malt. Body is defiantly too thin for the style, carbonation is too low but alcohol is well hidden.

Phyl21ca, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of AndrewBV
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

AndrewBV, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

irishkyle21, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of tatterdash
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, very similar to regular De Koninck, thin ring of white lace, this beer doesn't look like a Tripel IMHO. Smell was that De Koninck maltiness with some fruit, and a hint of cherry. Taste... Hmmm... That De Koninck sweet slightly smokey malt, crisp hops in the finish. I like it, but it doesn't taste like a Tripel to me. The high ABV is dangerously well hidden as well. This beer is no a good example of a Tripel IMHO, more like a "De Koninck Grand Cru", but I do like it.

tatterdash, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 3rd bottle from a De Koninck gift pack, best before date 19/07/06. Decided to finally break out and use the chalice for this one.

Bright burnished coppery hue, lots of carbonation, with the creamy chunky off-white head settling to a thin mottled cap. A sticky wall of lacing in its wake. The nose contains fruity esters, yeast, and bread, with faint floral hops and honey (I'm picking up clover). The flavour seems to be a watered-down version of whatever it is attempting to be. Sweet esters and grains up front, with a more pronounced caramel malt and bread-like flavour rising up in the middle, finishing off on a very light note of honey and floral hops. The aftertaste, while present, is almost a nondescript sweet bread presence, it's there but hard to pin down and discern. I've come to notice that De Koninck has a knack for hitting an in-between happy medium for the mouthfeel of their beers, if 3 samples is enough to pick this out. Light in feel, but with enough body that it feels full enough over the palate, like a light velvet. It's neither here nor there, it's a consistent balance that doesn't tip the scales in either direction. A very drinkable tripel, it's smooth and mostly unssauming, not much way in the way of personality at all, nothing makes it stand out (and it's quite dark for a tripel), but enjoyable all the same. Not my first pick for a tripel though.

IronDjinn, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

drtth, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Absumaster
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Absumaster, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew has the colour of a ripe pumpkin sitting in the shade, also a very murky offering with a thin head and pleasent ring and lace.
The carbonation is medium, the body full.
The aroma is of a multitude of fruits and yeast.
The taste, as the aroma is very fruity, not overly sweet and well balanced.
The end is dry accompanied by a strong sence of the alcohol.

Shiloh, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of grub
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice amber with a thin fine white head. head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. sweet bready malt. fruity. spicy. hint of clove.

taste is good. sweet, more than i expected. light bready malt. a bit of spice, maybe clove. hint of alcohol. fruity, cherries and raisin.

mouthfeel is good. nice carbonation level and good body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and tasty. maybe a little sweet for my taste.

grub, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of nighthawk
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

nighthawk, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of berley31
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

berley31, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of MercerTraieste
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

MercerTraieste, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

womencantsail, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Jespao
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Jespao, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of funkengruven
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

funkengruven, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper, pours with some nice white head, not much retention, but wonderful lace.

S: Not a lot of nose. Mostly bready malt, with a little fruityness.

T: Very well balanced, but not screaming of flavour. Maltier than most tripels, very bready, with a little caramel. Nice amount of hop bitterness. Alcohol seems very mild & pleasant... it's really hidden beneath the malt! It's seriously lacking the fruity esters and spicy phenols that are typical with this style.

M: Moderate body (a little heavier than most tripels), moderate carbonation (for the style).

D: Very good. Easily approachable (easy intro to style), and goes down like water! It seems a little more filling than some.

Derek, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors in with stable head leaving laces and amber beercolor. Nose is more koninck like then tripel style. Sweet malts with litle stable carracter, carramellic hint and some green hops. Not noticable it's the flowery Saaz witch is listed on the label. Misses some spices or spicy/fruity yeast to make this into a tripelnose though. My mind keeps slipping of to the IMO good regular but this should be somtething else. Taste is good though giving you full enjoyment. Carramellic sweet malts, alcohol making it dryer and a moderate bitterness. Fruityness there now and a plesant beer. Good mouthfeel with this full palate and cause of no sharp edges easy drinkable. But be aware this drinks as easy as the regular but has quiet some ABV extra.

paterlodie, Jul 13, 2005
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De Koninck Tripel from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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