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Arend Tripel - Brouwerij De Ryck

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BA SCORE
86
very good

42 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ryck
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Tripel | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Patrick999 on 12-11-2008

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 92
Photo of Hunter
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
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

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The color of tea, cloudy.
The head very modest and short-lived, white color.
Malt aroma, strong honey, promises a lot of sweets.
Taste intense, clear, there are plenty of honey, very strong and very sweet tea, sweet counters delicate acidity and a touch of alcohol.
Hop bitterness at the finish only weak and very short.
Saturation fairly high, here relevant.
Alcohol is true perceptible but not mind.
Aren Tripel a pretty good beer, smooth, slightly oily.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Tinfang
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Offa
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite tripel. Much darker than most examples, and more boozy. Taste and nose consisted heavily of scorched caramel and a hint of dark fruits.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of impending
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy butterscotch honey. White fine bubbled head hits two fingers. Decent lacing.

Aroma is citrus drizzled over yet to be ripe light skinned fruits. Nearby, bread will soon go in the oven.

Light bodied mouthfeel. Not too sweet for a tripel and finishes just slightly dry, aftertaste doesn't linger. Minor phenol characteristics. Alcohol doesn't come forward although I would welcome it. Hops are minor in the finish, mostly for aroma.

No negatives of any measure but nothing noteworthy either. Significant improvement with warmth. Competent.
cheers
jd

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arend Tripel from Brouwerij De Ryck
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.