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Oude Zuipers Tripel - Papago Brewing

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86
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Papago Brewing visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A truly authentic Belgian Tripel. "Old Drunk" is brewed for us in Belgium. Rich golden color, lots of Belgian yeast character. Very strong.

(Beer added by: bigbelcher on 01-31-2009)
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Reviews by hellbilly:
Photo of hellbilly
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%

pours a brilliant gold with a small white head.

aromas are typical i suppose... bananas, clove, caramel, yeasty richness and an alcohol sting.

the flavor is pretty similar but with the addition of tooth rotting sweetness. there is a somewhat spicy dry finish but, for the most part it is a sugary tripel. which, in my book is a bad thing.

the body is full with residuals yet fairly creamy.

i'll wait for the bottles and hide them for a couple of years. sweet tripels=yuck!6/3/4/4/13/3.0

hellbilly, Feb 17, 2009
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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

On-tap purchased by the generous 3frog.

Pours a perfectly clear golden-copper color with a one-finger bright white head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of Belgian candi sugar first and foremost with light fruits - bananas and pears - and light hints of apricot.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts up front with lots of light fruits. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel is good. I'd like a bit more thickness, but it still went down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I mentioned before, the ABV is very well hidden, though after a while the sweetness could be a bit much.

Overall this was a very good trippel, though it's more of a mix of a BSPA and a trippel than a pure trippel. Worth a shot if you make it by the brewery.

glid02, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

This bottle has unusual origins in several respects: first, it's contract-brewed by Van Steenberge. Nothing unusual there, as V.S. is a major Belgian contract-brewer. But for a small Arizona brewery called Papago? And, it's a two-part trade, initially handed off by Arizona BA psprings (a guy I don't even know) to msubulldog25 (a guy I definitely know) onto me (thanks dudes!). So this bottle has gone from a recipe apparently brainstormed in Arizona to Belgium, then back to Arizona, then to Oregon, then to its final destination here in Virginia. Helluva carbon footprint there...

The cork blasts off with an enormous pop (after that global zig-zagging, you'd be pent up too!). Thus, a huge head is easy to produce, and it's a gigantic cloud of fluff; as it diminishes it becomes super-creamy and as rocky as I've ever seen, with big pocked blobs of lace sticking to the glass. Color is a gorgeous rust with tons of bubbles inside it.

Aroma is hugely fruity and yeasty. With help from the malt, the overall aroma has a gooey, sweet character, like a cinnamon roll or fresh doughnut. A bit nutty as well. Not a lot of alcohol or spice in the nostrils, as usually present in a tripel, but it's very nice regardless.

First, at 11%, I have to say the alcohol is pretty well-hidden, only showing itself as a spicy/warming glow. It's fruity (peach, pear, green apple) but not overly sweet (yeah, a bit sweet, but it's a tripel!); a heavy hit of mineral, which would've been nicer if it weren't so forward; not as decadently malty as the aroma hints, although I'm still reminded of cinnamon bun, but where the nose is mom-and-pop bakery delightful, the cinnamon bun on the tongue is actually more Little Debbie; dry finish produces a little tartness/pucker; faint hop crispness in the finish. As with the aroma, very much dialed down in terms of alcohol heat (amazing, considering the 11%) and spices, certainly not your typical tripel, for better or worse.

Mouthfeel is gentle, airy, lots of tiny little bubbles producing a very subtle tingle. Kind of interesting, although the final impression is one of thinness and lack of solid presence. A light stickiness helps achieve some character here.

Well, this is certainly an interesting, earthy, raw, old-school tripel. All right, I wasn't around in the 1800s drinking tripels, so by "old-school" I just mean something untamed and unhindered by assembly-line brewing. (Although, having visited Van Steenberge, it's not exactly all hands-on, either.) Oude Zuipers is a tripel that this tripel-enthusiast enjoyed, it's just atypical and a little rough around the edges. And in the end, I kinda liked that aspect of it.

Metalmonk, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

On tap at Papago. Some festival winner. Yeasty aroma, and very yeasty taste. Cloudy peachy coloured body with lots of lace. A sipper, creamy mouthfeel.Not great, but it grew on me. Understated carbonation. Cloves, pepper, hwoever would like to get more fruit esthers.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of jason_nwx
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jason_nwx, May 12, 2014
Photo of trappistlover
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

(750ml bottle at Total Wine). Pours hazy copper color with massive chunky off-white head. Aroma is very sweet with honey, hard candy and cherry being noticeable. Taste is sweet with some hop bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is smooth, but I’m detecting an off-note-maybe slight medicinal? Overall, its still a pretty good brew and worth a try

trappistlover, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

CraigTravor, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

bca115, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Geuzedad, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from tap at Papago into tulip. Legend has it this is actually brewed in Belgium. I believe it...
Pours a reddish/brown/golden. Fizzy head, no lacing.
It looks thin but has a slight haze.
Smells of typical belgian yeasts; banana and pepper.
Taste is of almost chocolatey belgian yeasts, with a bit of fruity banana. Pretty darn good.
Smooth smooth...very smooth. No obvious signs of 11 abv.
Easy on the palate for sure.
Overall, a very good and respectable triple. Not the most amazing but very very good! Nice job!

DrinkSlurm, Mar 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

deac83, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

BrewClint, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Oude Zuipers - Brewed by Van Steenberge Brewery in Belgium for Papago in Arizona.

Appearance: Bright gold in color, clear, solid soapy head and lacing.

Smell: Aroma is of sweet malts, candi sugar, floral hops and a vague fruityness.

Taste: Initially sweet, with hop bitterness coming in the finish. White grape skin, candi sugar, pear, and a leafy herbal hop. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, and the flavors work well together here.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, clean flavors, even carbonation.

Overall: Quite enjoyed this beer, alittle on the sweet side but the 11% is deceptively well hidden. Belgian yeast leaves a big footprint on this beer, and overall a nice brew made by Jef at Van Steenberge.

Stinkypuss, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of DPFRD
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

750 in a Westmalle Goblet.

A- Cork came off like a rocket, so the head came out very active, calmed a bit and laced the glass nicely. Poured Golden, very clean looking

S- Yeast and fruit come out, definite candi presence, pale malt is detectable.

T- Sweet, fruity then yeasty, not much hop presence, has a bit of a sour close to it. Sweetness dulls a bit as it warms. reminds of La Fin Du Monde, but balanced much better. Not much phenolic presence for such a strong beer.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

D- Goes down easy for 11%, taste pretty good too. I could use more grain. the subtle sour character to it is very desirable. If this was actually made in the US, I would be highly impressed, but since it's contract brewed by Van Steerberge, I'm not so, it's merely a decent Belgian tripel, nothing to run out a grab. If you like the style give it a whirl.

Overall this was a very good trippel, though it's more of a mix of a BSPA and a trippel than a pure trippel. Worth a shot if you make it by the brewer

DPFRD, Feb 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

IpeeA, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of bigbelcher
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Brewed for Papago by Van Steenberge so it has that distinct Belgian yeasty character that a lot of Van Steenberge beers like Piraat and Gulden Draak have. Pours a nice golden color, full white head. Hides the 11% alcohol pretty well, malty and sweet but not overly sweet like a lot of high alcohol beers are and pretty well balanced for such a big beer. A really big beer for sure.

bigbelcher, Jan 31, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

orangesol, Feb 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Mebuzzard, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from the tap at Papago and served in a tulip.

Looks: light, translucent cranberry-orange. A fluffy whitish yellow head about half a finger thick grips the walls with all its might, resulting in some nice sheeting.

Smells: muted. The aroma is hard to pick up at all, but what little is there is nice and sweetly floral. Honey, coriander, a little cinnamon, lavender, Fuji apples.

Tastes: much more vibrant than it smells. Bright green apples and pear juice, some cardamom, saffron and lilac. Very sweet finish.

Feels: soft. Moderately carbonated and just a shade under medium-light in body. Not heavy in any way, which really works with the lighter flavors. A buzzy alcohol warms the throat.

Drinks: like a solid tripel. It trends a little far toward the sweet side for my tastes, but the flavors are nice.

Phelps, Sep 17, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

gleemonger, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Clear orange color, pours from the growler with some large-bubbled head. Retention and lacing are about nil, but that's par for Papago's course out of the growler. The nose is super-sweet; candi sugar plows on through and leaves little in its wake beyond some pale malt sweetness and estery, banana-like fruitiness.

This beer is overly sweet. Candi sugar and fruit: this is a dessert beer. The malt is thick and full, and brings an interesting palate of pear, green apple, banana, clove, slight pepper notes, bubble gum, and caramel. The heat comes along in the belly.

Belgian strong ale, this is. There's a heavy handed attempt at the spicing of a tripel, but it's kind of a joke. Low on carbonation, not very balanced, and overly slick.

BretSikkink, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of JBogan
3.18/5  rDev -17%

Pours a clear burnt orange with a massive and ever- growing sudsy head. Surprisingly there wasn't much lacing left behind in the glass.

Smelled of sweet honey and raisins, along with a hint of alcohol.

Tasted very close to the aroma, along with herbs and apricot. A small amount of alcohol burn on the finish, along with a strong sweetness.

The mouthfeel was slightly on the thin side, with a carbonation prickle on the tongue.

Tripels are one of my favorite styles, however this one wasn't a beer I'd really care to have again. Not a bad beer by any means, but this one is just too sweet for my tastes.

JBogan, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of ryannosaurus
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%

I'm one of the lucky few who can walk to Papago Brewing Company and pick up a growler of this. I have also had it on tap, in 12 oz bottles, and in the old cage/corked 750ml bottles. I might be a tad biased: this is my go to beer many nights to finish a good night of drinking. Contract brewed exclusively for Papago by Van Steenberge, I'm not sure if I call it an Arizona or a Belgian beer. Ages extremely well: should you find those older 750s for sale, buy them all and send them to me. The dustier the bottle, the better. Enough fan boi twaddle, lets talk about the beer in front of me .

Appearance: clear burnt orange. Restrained head.

Smell: slightly yeasty when cold, warms to banana, sex and chewing tobacco

Taste: notes of banana, pepper, clove, hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel: slippery when wet.

Overall: if you like a bold trippel, the Old Drunk won't dissapoint. I might have been slightly intoxicated when I wrote this review

ryannosaurus, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours orangeish with a huge head on it. Sweet and fruity from the Belgian yeast. Starts off fruity with coriander and sweet fruits. These fade to more sweetness mixed in with caramel malts to further dial up the sweet flavors. Ends with a little bit of grazzy bitterness on the finish. Full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Solid triple with a lot of nice fruitiness throughout. Recommended!

birchstick, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

bschinelli, Mar 28, 2012
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Oude Zuipers Tripel from Papago Brewing
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