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Arend Tripel - Brouwerij De Ryck

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BA SCORE
88
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SalMineo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of bskrtz
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 mj001jk
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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 axeman9182
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
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 Offa
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 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 4000qtrap
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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 benclimbs
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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 GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 SolomonGrundy
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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 impending
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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 popery
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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 BatDaddy
3.2/5  rDev -19%
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.

Arend Tripel from Brouwerij De Ryck
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.