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Tripel Abdijbier Dendermonde - Brouwerij De Block bvba

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Block bvba visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-23-2004)
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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with tons of active carbonation and a tall white head. Nose is pale malt with a touch of yeast and sugar.

Taste is light and barely toasted malt. Very slight sweetness, a touch of lemon and yeast, very smooth. A light noble hops bitterness but the balance is more pale malt, finish is dry with no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. A model tripel, smooth and not difficult at all to quaff.

assurbanipaul, Nov 22, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent gold color, lots of puffy white head, close to an inch on a careful pour. Very thick sheets of lace on the glass. Sharp lemon-rind aroma, chalky in the background. Carbonation is lower than medium, giving the body more heft than I anticipated. Almost honeyish on top of its bready malt base, some sense of sprinkled confectioner's sugar, yeast is subdued in character. There is a decent bitterness to help balance things, but the beer remains fairly heavy in tone, and doesn't really have that light, airy, and dry sense that I look for in a Tripel. Almost a wooliness in the second half of the profile. Tastes OK and is drinkable, nothing particularly special stands out for me.

ADR, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $3.25. I figured that was a fair price for a random triple. This beer however, wasn't terribly impressive. Sure, it was smooth and drinkable, but the flavor fell flat. There was a sweet bready malt profile with a hit of vanilla spice, but that's really it. No spicy hops or significant fruit. Not really worth trying for the price.

tempest, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddie's (Pipmeister) grilfriend brought this back from Belgium.

Pours a nice amberish saison yellow with a nice frothy white head. Nice lacing.

Smells spicy almost like a saison.

Tastes more like a saison. Like an extra malty one. It is pretty light for a tripel. Not enough yeastyness.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carb. Nice maltiness.

Overall an easy drinking beer but I don't this k I will seek this one out.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a fairly hazed gold color with a massive cap of white head. Fades slowly and leaves a decent amount of lace. Best by date of 2012/05/07, looks like I got a pretty fresh one here, assuming the bbd is 1 year from bottling.

Nose is heavily influenced by the yeast...bready as hell with plenty of tropical and medium-dark fruits. More funkily aromatic than most tripels, lets see if that is a good thing...

Yes it is. Lots of sweetness, light...lighter than grainy even. Lets go with marshmallow cream-like sweetness. Biting carbonation and alcohol flavors keep this from being cloying though. A little bit of hop presence is noted, which is appreciated. This tripel is a little more 'funky' tasting than most, certainly will never be considered clean but without brett and bugs it is not a bad funkdified showing. The abbey yeast is strong in this one, young jedi. At this point I am rambling, but I would say with certainty this is worth a try if you like the tripel style. Better than just good, but does not quite crack the very good status.

twiggamortis420, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Bobzilla
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: Cloudy pale golden yellow. White head with medium lace to the finish.

S: Buttery, lemon, biscuit mixture.

T: Buttery, herbal, flowery finish.

M: Sizzle of alcohol on the tip of the tongue. Smooth finish.

D: Nice rich warming beer. Not as light as some other tripels, but the weight/sugar quality seems to fit this beer.

A nice tripel that has a bit less of the estery fermentation that is typical of the style. Regardless, this seems to be a highly drinkable beer, that has hints of a wit or hefeweizen quality. The lemon smell is a nice light armora, and hte taste doesn't have a heavy herbal flavor or a sweetness that can sometime be overpowering in some tripels.

Bobzilla, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light amber in color, with a small white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy notes of cloves and ripe bananas, as well as an earthy characteristic from the yeast, and some understated bread notes.

Taste: Sweet and spicy at the open, with cloves, phenolic alcohol, earth, and tart malt. Throughout, there bread notes, and a litttle light fruit. Finishes with a mildly spicy orange rind note and some restrained herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, with a bit of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasing and well-crafted example of the style, well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass long neck-style bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Nov 04, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head with good retention. Smells like a caramel candy with notes of floral hops. Taste is hops then caramel, with a lasting aftertaste of rose hips. Very delicate and crisp. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated, more like an english ale than a triple, albeit more bubbly. Drinkability is excellent, with the floral flavor balancing the malt. Not my favorite tripel but definitely one to try when its around.

roblowther, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of GreenCard
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: nice golden color, two fingers of white lush foam, good head retention, great clarity, lacey

Aroma: typical tripel... clovey and malty; toast, floral hops

Flavor: mild malt sweetness, some acidity, a bit raspy and grainy, a fair amount of herbal hop flavor, bubblegum, finishes quite dry with not much aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, prickly club-soda carbonation, minerally

Overall Impression: It's OK. Started out promising, but didn't follow through. Not very complex.

GreenCard, Mar 23, 2004
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3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow that is brilliantly clear with a big, rocky white head.

Smells of pear, apple, some bready sweetness, sugar, and bright yeast character...no real hop character comes through.

Up front apple taste, almost champagne, that morphs into a boozy, pear/apple middle, and ends on a slightly bitter yet still tart and crisp finish. The alcohol really stands out as there isn't much else going on in this other than some estery notes. Not bad, not great.

Lighter to medium body with medium carbonation. Not enough carbonation for my tastes. Alcohol is far too apparent.

This is a one note pear/apple kick that is quite champagne like. Some yeast complexity comes through but the lack of anything else leaves the alcohol too open. A triple that misses a lot of things that make the style great.

TenHornsProud, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of pinkano
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I have poured my glass twice. First, it was pretty clean gold, but when I poured the second half of the bottle, it was hazy orange with nice head
S - nice buttery aroma with citruses, grapes, yeast and malt
T - too much going on here! earthiness, yeast, malt, peppery, fruits. Alcohol is not so hidden, however pretty good on the high ABV
M - medium to high carbonation with full body
D - drinkable, but very full and heavy, so the best to the end of the day or after nice dinner

pinkano, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a brilliant trippel by any stretch, but it is quite good and worth seeking out. The beer is just too thin, not nearly yeasty enough, and lacks the candied sugars to make this a real trippel experience. What you do get is quite good though. The beer pours a cloudy orangish hue with a white frothy head that moderately retains, and leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is the low point as there isn't much there. I'm detectin a yeasty tartness, maybe in the green apple family, malty sweetness, and not much else. The taste is quite mild, decently carbonated, and light bodied (very much so for a trippel). I'm getting some spiciness, rose hips, maybe a tinge of citrus in the orange rind family, and a weak finish. The aftertaste is mild and this is surprising at 8% ABV. There is no alcoholy warming notes and not much left over in the throat for a beer of this strength. The mouthfeel is subtly creamy, but you'll in no way find that delightful syrupy feel so characteristic of abbey ales. It's a good beer, very drinkable and enjoyable. L'Chaim.

albern, Dec 16, 2007
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2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: thick head that settles to decent head & some lacing. gold color, almost hazy with carbonation flowing a good amount.
s: some malts with a strong herbal/medicinal aroma
t: lots of spices consistent with the aroma, with some sourness attached like grapefruit
m: light body for a tripel with fair amount of carbonation
d: disappointed with this one, just didn't represent tripels very well especially with the medicinal smell and taste. wouldn't buy another.

belgbeerdrinker, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Trajega
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle

I had some difficulty appreciating the beer due to the carbonation. The overzesty flavor felt chemical and blurred some of my taste buds.

I bleed some of the carbonation off, and it became more tasty yet lacked a true depth of flavor.

Trajega, Jan 03, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up somewhere in Brussels -one of the corner shops, enjoyed chilled in a tulip from the 330cl bottle.

The color is hazed golden with 3 fingers of head that holds well with avg sized bead and visibly carbonated with thick lace. The smell is fragrant with yeast aroma that is supported by a light woody hop scent and mild sweet almost floral odor with gentle fruity tropical aspect from the yeast with subtle nutty and banana-like aromas. The feel is very good with semi-sweet entry with light bitterness and medium carbonation level with slight spiced middle and dry lightly alcohol textured finish.

The taste of this tripel has mild fruit and slight caramel type sweetness with malt and candy sugar cohesive taste perhaps with a woodiness and spice from the hops carrying through in the taste with mild hint of dark sugar and light alcohol as it finishes dry. Overall this is a very good tripel I wish I could find stateside as it is very subtle with alcohol and the sweetness in the taste is restrained-very drinkable for the style.

Slatetank, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tall Maredsous chalice. Pours out a very hazy peach color with a substantial head and lots of tiny, fine bubbles. Ripe lemon-citrusy aroma, an appetizing mixture of hops and esters that blend well. Flavor is fruity, with a touch of honey, with a piquant, herbal bitterness. The bitterness is balanced by a tart acidity, making for a more clean than dry finish. Just a touch thin in the body.

Nice tripel, worth getting again.

allengarvin, Oct 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

tbeckett, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Dated 2008/04/06, sampled 2007/07/21

Aroma: A very mild vinegar sour with a peppery Belgian yeast and citric rind that goes mostly lime and orange.

Appearance: Murky amber chalice with a thin cover of off white manages some minor lacing.

Flavor: Mild for a trippel, not as much peppery or alcoholic kick which gives it a very drinkable flavor. Refreshing taste while having the Belgian earmarks of rock candy, a slight orange liqueur in the finish that goes just a bit sour.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation level keeps it lively but not fizzy. Medium light body and clean finish help drinkability.

Overall Impression: Heavenly! Great taste, nice nose, flavor is slightly sour but gives it an interesting note. Good stuff!

HardTarget, Jul 23, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malted (hazelnut ?), with notes of yeast and alcohol.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Tripel.

thierrynantes, Jul 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Pens1967, Jun 20, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Belgian pours a thick, grainy orange, taking on the look and consistency of a grapefruit, with much sediment and a considerably murky visage. It is quite inviting and looks like it'll be a pretty hearty ale.

It bursts with the sharp and sour aroma of citrus fruit and the smell is reminiscent of a stronger doppelbock or more alcoholic lambic. This strength is also prevalent in the taste, which is quite bitter and not unlike an orange rind.

The taste hits the palate hard, matching the roughness of a beer like Ruination without the hoppiness or flavor. It really focuses on the tart aspects of citrus fruit without adding any lighter qualities, which is different for a tripel, but that doesn't mean a touch of sweetness wouldn't have helped balance this beer out a bit.

deapokid, Jan 13, 2009
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

EvilOverture, Sep 02, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Riotously bubbled saffron with a clam shell colored crown that is simply gorgeous. I continue to be amazed that even beer from a relatively unheralded Belgian brewery can deliver such a wonderful looking lid. This is one is hugely rocky and is so sticky that massive chunks of lace are sticking to the glass.

The nose is shocking in that it's so simple and so imbued with the scent of alcohol that I'd have trouble identifying the correct style if I didn't already know it. Although some tripel-like characteristics are noted, I'm concerned at how Dendermonde is going to fare on the taste buds.

Things aren't quite as bad on the palate, but they aren't a whole lot better either. I liked this brewery's Satan Red, so I know they have it in them to create good beer. There's very little that's appealing about the flavor profile. Dominating all it surveys is unmasked alcohol that tastes like 10.0% at least. It's as if a good tripel was watered down and a splash of grain alcohol was added.

Fruit is hard to come by and Belgian yeastiness is even more scarce. I was intrigued by the website's claim that 'authentic spices and herbs' have been added (the label makes no such claim) since they aren't typical in a beer of this style. As it turns out, they aren't appreciable anyway. My tongue isn't quite numb enough to have missed them, but it's getting there fast.

The mouthfeel is on the light end of the tripel spectrum, which is fine by me, and is expertly carbonated. I'm sure the less than outstanding flavor has a lot to do with it, but I can't get too excited about the mouthfeel. Less stinging alcohol would have helped.

Dendermonde means, literally, 'mouth of the river Dender, which is where the city is located, in the Flemish province of East Flanders. Brouwerij de Block, as noted above, is perfectly capable of brewing good beer. Unfortunately, this tripel isn't anywhere close to good beer; especially considering what else is available in the Belgian section of most beer stores.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 21, 2007
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Tripel Abdijbier Dendermonde from Brouwerij De Block bvba
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