Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.36/5 rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review taken from notes: 2nd weekend in August, 2013.
750ml brown bottle with a nice summer time looking label. Tropical looking artwork suits its name very well. Bottle is of the highest quality, thick and massive. Synthetic cork was quite easy to pop. Not sure how I feel about them, but hey it does its job. Poured into a Belgian style stemmed Tulip glass.
A - bright golden orange body in the light with the haziness giving it some gloom when out of the light. Fluffy but foamy off white head looks beautiful sitting on top. Massive and takes its time settling. Leaves very nice stick as it crawls its way slowly down the glass.
S - toasted coconut whiffs up front followed by grains of paradise, orange, peach, mango, and a hint of pineapple. Very topical fruit forward aroma going on. The Belgian style yeast is spot on and never dominating the tropical whiffs. Rather sitting back and paired with a sweet bready character almost guiding the whiffs of tropical goodness through the nose. Very nice.
T - flavor immediately starts with a big splash of peach. Orange, mango, and pineapple follow quickly, but are secondary notes to the busting peach flavor. Toasted coconut flavor almost has a toasted oak like character. Toward the middle sees the addition of bitter like citrusy hop flavor paired with the peach and tropical fruits. Belgian yeast is very well done with a sugary sweet Belgian style bread like malt flowing smooth in the back drop. Alcohol esters with all the fruit, coconut/oak takes on a rum like booziness which is brilliant in this. Finish is Brett like dry.
M - medium full body that is stunning in terms of complexity and texture all while staying balanced. Alcohol Booz is present, but it lets off those oak/rum notes that just add to the overall quality this ale has. This is a perfect late summer release and is highly enjoyable. It coats overly well and carries an excellent texture/thickness.
O - most collaborations miss the mark for me. Almost great brewers coming together and instead of crafting a great beer they try to put too much into it from both sides and you end up with some way too crazy and complex yet so different the final product just doesn't have enough in common to be great. This isn't the case. This is one of those rare collaborations that was just meant to be. Idk if its a Tripel, more a wild like ale for me with its Belgian roots and American boldness. It's damn good, and almost a shame such a great beer is a 1 time deal. If this ever does see the light of day again ill buy multiple bottles. It's just well thought out by 2 top brewers and crafted to perfection.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 16:21:38 | More by BradtheGreat7
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3.96/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
portion of a 750ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours the color of honey; hazy.
Aroma: spot on given the "Tropical Tripel": there's a substantial note of coconut, pineapple, citrus and other tropical fruits plus a Belgian tripel in the background. A subtle trace of oak.
Flavor: the base ale makes a stronger appearance in tasting where it is nicely balanced by the fruits and a hint of coconut. Appropriately sweet but eventually leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 23:23:24 | More by chinchill
Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.