Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Arend Tripel - Brouwerij De Ryck

Not Rated.
Arend TripelArend Tripel

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

42 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 42
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ryck visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (9) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Arend Tripel Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 42 | Hads: 92
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.

This beer poured with a clear, golden color with nice, white foam that lingered a long time and left lacing on the glass. The smell was a mild aroma with notes of malt, grain, and a hint of orange citrus. The taste was lightly sweet with malty flavor and mild hops. Typical Tripel flavor with light citrus notes and hints of spice from the yeast. Malt and hints of tropical fruit, incl. coconut, in the flavor. A very good Tripel flavor, not over the top in sweetness. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry with medium body and a clean finish. Overall a light sweetness. Very good taste and mouthfeel. This is a very pleasant and enjoyable Tripel. Very drinkable.

 674 characters

Photo of mj001jk
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

 494 characters

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 517 characters

Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

 549 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

 1,370 characters

Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yummm! Nice beer! Poured with a big, off-white, foamy head and a little lace. Color is an almost perfectly clear amber. Aroma is yeasty, dry, champagne, a little hop and a little malt. Flavor is not huge, more subtle, but quite pleasing - again yeasty, with a dry - sweet - dry action that is intriguing. Great body and excellent carbonation. Finish is very good with only a little alcohol showing a time after the swallow. Could be a session beer if you went easy.

 465 characters

Photo of benclimbs
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours clean, off opaque and golden with a thick head and a ton of lacing.

Smell is a pleasant bouquet of flowers and honey with herbal notes, and a bit of peaches

taste is buttery then dry at the end with a hint of tart fruit on the finish...good but just shy of being complex

feel is good - thick but light on the tongue

overall this is a good tripel, not the best, its a smooth, buttery, dry example, but isn't quite as epic as some i've had - i hold them all up, often dissapointingly to La Fin.

 504 characters

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

 770 characters

Photo of bskrtz
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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...

 396 characters

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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

 366 characters

Photo of JimTeal
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

 410 characters

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a creamy, long lasting white head on top.

Nose is golden fruit, dry, bit of spicy alcohol, yeast.

Taste is nicely balanced - initially somewhat dry, semi-sweet over-ripe fruit and spicy yeast, with a dry, yeasty finish that echoes of apricot underneath.

Mouthfeel is uncompromisingly creamy, fluffy from the head.

 379 characters

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 389 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 640 characters

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 732 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 1,736 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 498 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

 1,023 characters

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 540 characters

Photo of Radome
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Bottle conditioned. Medium golden color, just slightly milky instead of clear. Pure white head is thick initially but fades quickly. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is clean and peppery/spicy. Some bready malt and a lemon note. No obvious hops. Reminds me more of a saison on the nose than a tripel.

T - Flavors of crisp pilsner malt dominate initially, followed by brief cotton candy sweetness and then grassy hops. Peppery spice in the finish (could be actual spices or yeast character).

F - Medium body. Full, slightly prickly carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol presence.

O - This is an unusual tripel, with it's spicy, saison-like character. But it is clean, well-made and drinkable.

 776 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Brussels Beer Weekend.
Hazy dark gold with speckles. 4
Doughy bread starter nose. 3.75
Sugar up front, herbs, yellow apple skin, chalk, and coriander. 4
Medium, sticky, round. 3.75

Deep - nice play between hops and fruit. But missing the white pepper, which leaves it too sweet. Delicate overall, which might not suit a festival, but I won’t chase this just the same. 4

 383 characters

Photo of Patrick999
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pretty fair golden clarity with a big bone-white head that sticks. Very attractive.

S - Honeyed and relatively alcoholic, with notes of an odd spice that comes off to me as cumin of turmeric.

T - Yeasty and phenolic, yet this is too sweet for me. I like a tripel on the dry and hoppy side. Well done, though.

F - A full beer, somewhat syrupy in that it sticks to my lips like honey.

D - Ultimately, though it isn't my bag, drinkability is high. It may appeal to a wide audience, given its sweetness.

Bottle #2 Edit: My second bottle was not anywhere near as sweet as my first. In light of this, I am revising my scores upward, as the second bottle was much more to my liking - less sweet and syrupy, hops pulled through more and everything just seemed cleaner. It was a highly enjoyable tripel.

 835 characters

Photo of andyfrancis
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 309 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 323 characters

Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

 490 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Arend Tripel from Brouwerij De Ryck
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.