Arend Tripel - Brouwerij De Ryck

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BA SCORE
88
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Patrick999 on 12-11-2008

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer is a pale orange color with a small puffy head. It has good clarity and visions of carbonation coming up through the glass. Solid lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: vanilla, spicines, yeasty esters, apples, pears, bready malts, Belgian candy, and golden raisins.

Taste: Very tastey for a tripel. A little dirty for a tripel, but still a good one. Everything detected during the aroma was present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit dry, a bit boozy, and more delicious as it warms.

Overall: This tripel is very interesting. The taste could be a bit cleaner, but all the other festures are there for what you would expect out of the style. Still a solid beer, and would have it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Big “psst” when the cap is cracked, as the fine mist of CO2 escapes and ripe fruit starts to fill our noses. Hazy golden color, and the lacing is a sight to see. Thick fruitiness, ripe kiwi and papaya, then some cookie dough and peppery alcohol in the nose. Smoothness rolls over the palate, unfolding complexities. Peppery, earthy, wild herbs, yeasty, marmalade, animal feed grain, pineapple, walnut skin and faint sage, just off the first sip. Warming but very mellow alcohol, with a semidry finish. A down and dirty Tripel here, the flavor makes up for the rawness of it all.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into a small chalice.

Hazy gold, white foamy head lacing up nicely.

Sweet fruit and floral hop wafts over a light malt base on the nose.

Medium bodied, nicely balanced sweetness, hops, and abv. Lingering spicy-sweet aftertaste.

Tripels are not usually my favorite but I could have a few of these.

Photo of mj001jk
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thick, white head that persists surprisingly long.

Aromas are fresh and tart, highlighting citrus, honeysuckle and dry grass with a mineral edge.

Taste is similar the the description of the aroma, with an added malty roundness and light funk that balances the other components nicely.

In was a bit overcarbonated at first but mellows out after a while in the glass, leaving you with a fresh and satisfying long finish. It is one of my favorite Tripels right now.

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark orange amber with a beautiful thick, firm and bold pure white head.

Nose is all huge assertive Belgian candi sugar and esters. Big assertive fresh cooked bananas with undertones of sweet honey.

Mouthfeel is medium rich and lightly creamy with nice balance and character. Feels "high quality."

Flavors are layered and complex. Front palate is sweet malt, sweet fruit and honey that goes to green spice and herb character to a green pepper bitter finish.

This is a rich bold and very flavorful beer. Layers and complexities - something for everyone although if you love big rich malts or you're a hop head, it may not be for you. It is, however, a beautifully balanced brew and may be just about the perfect "middle of the road" drinkable beer.

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy copper with a persistent and creamy head. Spicy and peppery on the nose, malty but dry. There's a bit of candi sugar and bubblegum, but it leans toward the dry and spicy side. The palate is understated but quite flavorful, peppery with notes of caramel and ripe fruit, light leafy and grassy hops. Sweetness is restrained, and the finish is quite dry, spicy, moderately bitter. Highly drinkable for the style; a very nuanced and balanced beer with a refreshingly dry mouthfeel.

Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by dkachur over a game of Brewopoly

A: VERY heady... Took me by surprise. Hazy light golden with some rather large bubbles coming up to add to the billowing head.

S: Salt and pepper potato chips., light almost closer to plain... But potato chip and breadiness. Not much fruity yeasts.

T: There it is again... but a little lemon zest. Lemon pepper potato chips? Weird. I like it, but it is rather odd. More as it warms, bringing out a slightly salty apple.

M + D: Not too bad... Very interesting and bizarre. Nice body, foamy feel... Easy drinking In that sense.

Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into chalice.
A: Pours a cloudy and carbonated yellow-orange with nice thick frothy white head (~1/2 inch).
S: Fresh yeast, citrus, mineral, and grass notes.
T: Hints of pineapple, honeydew melon, lemon grass, and faint mineral bite. Honestly, a little diluted though.
M: Very smooth. Coats the tongue well. Doesn't linger quite as long as you'd like though.
D: Good drinkability. There are better tripels out there, but this one is a good representative of style.

Photo of JimTeal
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good find, new to Lee's Las Vegas. Traditional look of hazy, lazy pour, good adequate head to release some very fine flavors. No doubt about the citrus out front, but then some subtle fruitiness, followed by some very nice malt. I must admit I am partial to good tripels and this one does not disappoint, almost perfectly balanced and wonderful ABV level that is never boozy. Rest assured, this is a fine beer.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: A fair amount of fruitiness to the nose, especially bananas, pears, and apples. There's some somewhat sweet and bready malts with a touch of some sugar. Though it's sweet, it's fairly dry.

T: Nice sweet fruits up front, particularly apples and pears. There's a pretty decent citrus character, particularly orange peel and maybe some lemon zest. There's a moderate sweetness, but it's pretty dry for a tripel (the way I like them).

M: The body is medium with a pretty high level of carbonation and a drying finish.

D: This is more what I look for in a tripel, much more toward the dry side instead of intensely sweet.

Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle (best by July 2012) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a somewhat dirty and yeasty brownish amber color. A thick finger of rocky off-white foam falls steadily over a minute or so and leaves behind streaks of lace on the glass.

S - Sugary sweetness and bready malt up front. A bit of yeastiness, some earth, a good amount of booze.

T - Sweet, spicy, Belgian yeastiness. Lots of bread layered underneath at the base. Alcohol is noticeable, but fairly well integrated and hidden in the flavor. Smooth for a tripel.

M - Smooth, creamy carbonation with just a bit of a tingle in it. Body is medium level. Mildly warm from alcohol, marginally Belgian spicy/fruity.

O - Good tripel. Doesn't really stand out in the crowd however. Solid, but nothing really stands out. Flavors actually seem a bit muted...this is one of the easiest drinking tripels I've had because of this.

Photo of bskrtz
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from 11.2 ounce bottle to glass beer challis.

A) Splendid hazy golden triple with suspended yeast and fine carbonation.
S) Sour dough, cooked fruit, root beer and waft of alcohol
T) Delicious and complex. Sticky sweet honey, banana, apricots, raisons -- its all here and its darn good.
M) Ample, fine bottle conditioned carbonation is smooth and refreshing
O) Going back for more...

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head dissipates quickly. The beer is unfiltered and quite cloudy. Very aromatic and floral.

Smell: Astringent alcohol aromas. Very hoppy.

Taste: The carbonation is high. It finished well and the alcohol taste doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel: It feel like a heavy lager in the mouth. High carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a classic beer. You have to be a serious beer drinker to reckon with this one. If you can handle the strength and strong taste it is rewarding. Not for everyone.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from State Line. This came with the recommendation of Brian Hunt (Moonlight Brewing Co.) via Chris. The bottle's notched July 2012. Consumed while watching Yojimbo.

Clear orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention, this is a great looking tripel. The nose is pretty unique. Surprisingly bready and fruity, this is like a tropical fruit salad with bananas, poached pears and white grapes. This combined with the bready malt character makes this a little cookie-like even, with some sugar, honey and a very floral character, jasmine being the most noticeable. Mildly biscuit-like (the English variety, not the American), this is complex and enjoyable.

The palate opens mildly sweet, bready and yeasty, with plenty of fruit flavor - mango, pear, peach and grapes. Doughy malt character is present, but it is pretty dry, lending flavors of rising bread without unnecessary sweetness. Mildly spicy as well with a little bit of clove and some pepper, maybe? The combination of clove and pears makes me think of poached pears. Hop flavor and bitterness is low, though there's just a little Hallertau -like. In some ways, it makes me think of Kellogg's Frosties, with a sweet, cereal-like character. Drying on the finish with a blend of spices and fruit, this medium-light bodied beer is medium-high in carbonation and is very enjoyable. Impressive stuff.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitting on all cylinders, Arend Tripel provides a full and juicy palate of fruit an spice with firm herbal bitterness, champagne-like lift, and a semi-dry finish- ideally suited for its high alcohol and hazy golden appearances.

But those appearances start with a billowing separation of beer to foam until the beer settles with a dense mousse-like head that casts over the bright yellow beer. The typical haze of yeast and wheat point toward complexity and flavor to come.

The zesty scent of fruit dance on the malts with grace and playfulness. Lemons, apples, pears, apricot and give character to the bready and light honeyish malts. Balanced by the aroma of pepper, herbs, and freshly mulled grasses, the hops and yeasty spice intertwine for to offset the fruity sweet nose and deliver a snappy accent to the alcohol.

Flavors of juicy fruit, candied lemons, pears, banana, and apples, and fresh baking breads combine on the front of the palate for a sweeter and fruitier introduction. But the rebuttal of coriander, curacao, white pepper, and clove give a dry spiciness that refutes the sweeter start and ushers in a semi-dry finish. Accompanied by floral hops to start, the light notion of honey suckle develops into a soft herbal bitterness accents the bitter taste of alcohol late.

Medium bodied as the beer opens with the creamy malt texture that's beefed up by the spring of zesty carbonation. But the malty weight is soon sheaded and the carbonic prickle brings life to the spicy, bitter, and warmly alcoholic finish for a dryish finish of grass and fruit.

Without trying too hard, the Arend Tripel stands out by conforming to the tripel style with accuracy and precision. For the tripel lover, this beer fits like a glove.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 11.2 ox bottle

S: Tart and minerally edge to a fruity (fresh lemon, apple, and grapefruit), spicy (coriander), and equally malty (honey/caramel, toast) beer. Moderate alcohol arrives only after it warms and is well-integrated at first but becomes close to being too much after a while. A touch of clean, herbal hops. Layered and intense…. Generally very nice.

T: Doesn't live up to the nose unfortunately. Fairly sweet breadiness and caramel fruits (pear, mango) up front with a medium, almost full body and medium-high carbonation. Move into a weak, slightly grassy hopped, syrupy tart green-apple/lemon middle in which the bottom drops out of the flavor to large extent with only a hint of spicy character. Out of nowhere the spices briefly explode in the finish, which is nice. However there isn't much that lingers on after that and it’s a quick, dry finish with a touch of pepper and alcohol.

Notes: The nose and first half of the sip are intense and delicious, but then it just loses momentum in the second half of the sip and finish.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold with a small white head of delicate bubbles.
S: Biscuits and peppy yeasty esters. Typically Belgian.
T: Nice and crisp. A roasty biscuity backbone with that classic Belgian medicinal (phenolic) note which I think is related to that red winey bubblegum flavour. I think I know what I'm talking about. Sherbet-like citrus in the finish. Almost dry.
M: Frothy mouthfeel but has a soft effervescence. Gives you a nice snap of bubbles as you swallow.
O: I'm so completely bored of Belgian beer but thinking objectively it's not bad.

Photo of BatDaddy
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a wonderful clarity, light amber orange like apple juice. Active white head foams up and then settles down to a persistent layer of foam on top with nice lacing.

S - Smell is light and pleasant. Light fruits, apple and pear. Light yeast and a bit of sweetness, almost floral.

T - Drier than expected. Very dry. A very slight touch of honey. Peppery. Surprising - I'm not really getting much of what I picked up in the nose. Just a bit of yeast. Taste is a bit of a letdown, as there just doesn't seem to be much of it. A bit more comes out as it warms, mostly some very faint wisps of fruit.

M - Not bad. Very dry. Carbonation is a little much, seems to detract from the flavors.

D - Not bad, but not great. Alcohol is well hidden, but there's not much here that really makes me want to drink a lot of it.

Notes: This one's a bit of a letdown. The taste just doesn't live up to the enticing nose. It's not bad, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a decent head (though not nearly as impressive as it should be for a Belgian); a few splashes of lace remain

Smell: Bread and sugary cake frosting with hints of stone fruit and phenols

Taste: Bready and slightly sweet, up front, with a spicy phenols developing along with the stone fruit flavors; after the swallow, apricot, coriander and honey tones build, though there is a lingering tartness to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a bit too much age on this one but an interesting Tripel; I like that it is not overly sweet like many others I have tried; the carbonation appears to have suffered over time, limiting the score

Thanks, briiguy, for the opportunity

Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange with a magnificent dirty white head that stands strong and lasts long. A little funk floats out and about. Rolling sheets of lace cling to the glass. Aroma is clean with spice, light fruits(apples, oranges and pears) and some taffy notes involved. Tastes sweet up front with a big Belgian yeastiness followed by a river of light fruits (including melon), some spice and bubblegum and with just enough bitterness to pull everything back in line. Medium bodied but slightly airy and creamy to the core makes for an excellent Tripel!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 6/2013.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasant beer to drink. Smooth and somewhat light, though not since it is a tripel. Don't know if that makes sense, but that is what is hitting my brain as I drink it. I don't really have anything to say on this one except that it is a nice drinkable ale. Nothing showy or out there; just a pretty good beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has cooled off some, which makes it a good opportunity to drink some tripel. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The orange color looks a little murky. Tints of gold make themselves shown. A frothy inch thick head which retains well and leaves creamy lacing around adds character to the appearance. The nose offers fruits like pear, candied oranges, and because this is a tripel, a good whiff of alcohol.

At first, this is an alcoholic and slightly sweet tripel with a few complexities. As with many tripels, this one gets better as it warms, which uncovers extra notes. Alcohol soaked pears are easily noted. The carbonation provides some zestiness. Grassy and floral notes break up the sweet and alcohol flavors. Touch of earthiness too. Pleasantly complex. Despite a body that is nearly full, it's airy, creamy, and the tingling carbonation is well placed.

Can't argue too much with one more quality tripel out of Belgium. Arend Tripel may be a little harder to find in the US, but if you do, give it a chance.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 750ml brown bottle - Pours a light slightly cloudy yellow with a small white head. Smells mostly Belgium yeast are dominating the nose wit some fruits coming through. First sip is sweet and with a strong yeast presence complimenting the malt and the thin hops. The mouthfeel is OK - just slightly under carbonated. A very clean finish really adds to the overall quality of the beer.

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Style/abv: triple/8%

Smell: sweet clementines with subtle herbs and delicate spices

Taste: spicy maple syrup, sweet clementines, and a warm-scotch after-taste with effervescence; lots of head and bubbles

This beer pairs very well with oceanic food, especially raw ahi tuna and sushi...it also goes well with aged dubliner Irish cheese and cracked pepper triscuits

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Arend Tripel from Brouwerij De Ryck
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.