Arend Tripel - Brouwerij De Ryck

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BA SCORE
88
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ryck visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Patrick999 on 12-11-2008)
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Photo of Hunter
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Average in most respects (decent light amber color, weak head, no tracing, lovely maple aromas on the nose) until you get to the taste. From there - sour, wheaty, very little by way of candi sugar or other characteristics I've grown accustomed to with this style. Decent enough, but somewhat disappointing.

Photo of BatDaddy
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
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 axeman9182
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, a souvenir from this year's BBF, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Arend Tripel pours a nearly opaque orange. There's about three fingers of frothy white head that threaten to spill over the top of the glass. Head retention is pretty good, but lacing is basically nonexistent. The nose is fairly weak and one dimensional. What is there is good though, an aroma of pale fruits lightly soaked in alcohol. The flavor profile is a bit more varied though. That same boozy fruitiness is there, but now it's got a light black pepper phenolic note to play against it and liven things up a bit. The intensity is still a little bit lacking, but it's not as egregious as in the nose. The body is nice and light, just what I'm looking for in a tripel, but the carbonation is way dull. By the time the beer hits the middle of my palate it's essentially fizzed out, and it wasn't even that lively to begin with. This is probably one of the less impressive tripels I've had

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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 popery
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden liquid with a big rocky white head, which puffed up hugely as I poured. Smells of light coriander, lots of simple sweet malt and apricots. The flavor is just sorta simple and sweet. Lots of sugar and very light caramel. It's a nice, enjoyable beer but lacks depth. Spicing takes a backseat to the sugary malt. Mouthfeel is gentler than expected. Bit of a cloying aftertaste. I'm a fan of the label.

Photo of Proteus93
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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 SolomonGrundy
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quickie tonight - Pours a hazy orange-amber, beautiful, creamy head forms and settles into a queen's crown. Nice lacing. Scents you'd expect are there in the nose: alcohol (8% ABV), Belgian yeasty spice, some fruity notes. Nothing ground breaking or special yet...Very nice flavors rolling around in here. A little too much alcohol hits you in the late-middle/early-finish, however. I like my Belgians to better mask the ABV. Some nice, sharp, malty yeasty notes right upfront. Carbonation is welcome and vibrant. I would rate this ok and typical for the style. Slightly more upfront than many tripels, but too much alcohol on the palatte for me. Generally well priced around $3.99/11.2oz. bottle, though, so drinkability is heightened by this.

What I like most: Beautiful pour. Decently priced.

What I like least: Lack of uniqueness along with noticeable alcohol flavors.

Verdict: You can find better, but not likely in the same price point. Worth trying.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Dougology
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of brandonld23
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Tinfang
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

33 cl bottle poured into a St. Martins tulip. Best by of May 2015.

Aroma of hops and sweetness.

Appealing appearance - medium amber with a solid white head. Good retention with little lacing.

Perhaps I would like this better with more age on the bottle. All the flavor elements seemed to be competing rather than uniting. Sugar followed by a metalic tang and occaisional tastes of phenols, hops and honey. Surprisingly strong alcohol taste for an 8% abv.

Overall pleasing, but i would not buy this again.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dull golden body with a tall, foamy, white head. Gobs of frothy, spider web lacing on the way down.

Smell: Pale malts soaked in peach schnapps and dusted with sweet-smelling candi sugar and white pepper.

Taste: Pale malts followed by a pop of candi sugar sweetness. Splash of peace juice. Jigger of booze. Very light banana. Mild floral hops present only a small amount of bitterness attempts to combat the sweetness. Faint spiciness. Fruity, lightly warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good, fairly enjoyable tripel.

Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber, slightly hazy with a medium-big off-white head very slowly shrinking.

Aroma is rich bread, fruitiness with dried fruits, metal, wildflowers, and overall very nice.

Taste is lightly juicy-spicy with light spicy-zesty bitterness just dominating, with light, vague juicy fruitiness, coriander, light bright alcoholic quality, and a faint hint of gin-like character. It has no bread, or grain character noticeable. It has light sweetness. Overall, it is light, the character elements very light and quickly becoming very faint, and it lacks depth, and ultimately, although it has some range of character as noted, the elements are all so light that it basically seems fairly one-dimensional and even bland.

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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 zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Arend Tripel from Brouwerij De Ryck
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.