Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mwilbur on 06-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Wayne Wambles.
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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Mayor in Fort Collins.

Tropical Tripel is a hazy amber orange with a half inch of creamy white head. It settles slowly and leaves a perfect sheet of lace on the inside if the glass.

Aroma is fruity, tropical in a way, in with a fantastic Belgian yeast character

Flavor is bold but still in keeping with the Tripel style. Pale likened malts and lots of it. Balanced by a healthy dose of fruity hops and that bitterness that comes with them. Great depth and balance, expertly constructed.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall an excellent tripel. I was hesitant to buy this at the store due to the high price ans modest reviews but I may have to reconsider.

Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tropical Tripel is a collision of orange and gold. It is rather hazy. There might even be a few specs of yeast swimming around. Backlighting gives it more of an orange, slightly amber look. A soft white head covers the top. It stands just under a finger tall and is quick to recede to a surface covering. Lacing was little sticky, but lighter.

It smells very fruity and sweet up front. Orange, pineapple, and peach notes are readily apparently throughout. There might even be a little white grape here. It features strong earthy, grainy, and musky scents. I know Brett is in the mix, but it doesn’t smell very funky. It does feature that classic Belgian yeast spiciness. Clove and pepper are the most notable spices. Unfortunately, I’m not getting any coconut. That’s slightly disappointing. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but it doesn’t come through all that strong.

The flavor is pretty impressive. The strong fruit flavors kick things off. Peach, orange, pineapple, and even apple flavors are present. They blend nicely with the Belgian yeast spicy notes of clove and pepper. I expected they might be at odds, but that’s not the case. It is very earthy, grainy, and musky. Despite the presence of Brett, it’s really not funky. Perhaps it’s just masked by the fruit and spice flavors. I actually am getting some coconut flavor here, and I like it. This beer’s all the better for it. Good stuff. Alcohol is there. It’s not really warm or hot though. Just there. Finishes fruity, spicy, and earthy.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is nice and soft. It’s maybe just a tad thin to really feel smooth. Nevertheless, it goes down pretty easy, especially for a beer of its size. Not bad at all.

Tropical Tripel is a pretty good collaborative effort between De Proef and the fellas from Cigar City. Despite the fact that it is sweet and incorporates some interesting twists to the Tripel style (peach and coconut), it works! It’s tasty beer that’s really growing on me with each passing sip. Easy recommendation.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange/amber body. Mostly clear. Small white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Coconut. Pineapple. Fruity and boozy. Some pale malt.

Taste - Much fruitier. Pineapple and fruit. Less coconut. Grainy. Very boozy. Nothing delicate about this.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The coconut is very nice. Everything else is meh.

Photo of goochpunch
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served a hazy orange marmalade color with hardly any head. Smell is heavy on vanilla and fruit (both actual fruit and yeasty smells). Flavor at first is pleasant. I don't pick up much coconut, but I get a lot of peach from the fruit used, mango and pineapple from the yeast, and vanilla. This is ridiculously sweet. Where is this dryness that I read about in the reviews? Mouthfeel is sticky. Could use a lot more carbonation to cut through it. Overall, it has some good flavors going for it, but it's kind of a sweet, boozy mess overall. Don't recommend this.

Photo of rjp217
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip glass...

A - One finger head with good lacing and retention. Light orange color

S - Peaches, coconut, tropical fruits, caramel. All blends together well for a wonderful aroma

T - Much of the same as the smell though less coconut and a lot more peaches. Peach explosion! I also get some malty flavor and oak chip aftertaste. This is a wonderful combination

M - Mild carbonation but in no way bitter, pretty smooth

O - Fantastic collab. Usually not a tripel guy but this blended together very well. The fruit mix is very much upfront with a mild oak aftertaste. Well done indeed

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a tulip, medium amber body, lines of bubbles stream from the bottom; full head of ivory fluff, left lacing down the glass

S: sweet pale fruits and biscuit yeasts, some resin and earthy notes as well

T: lots of stuff going on here, as was the idea - tripel-esque malts provide a rustic grain base for the rest of the gang: fresh wet orchard green apple and peach, hints of musky pine and dank musty sheets, tart chewy yeast, hints of toast and coconut, oaky woods and dry barrels

M: medium-full bodied, ample carbonation, tart and slightly tacky, refreshing and fulfilling

O: a well-made tripel with great complexity. Had to come back to this to review after having time to really appreciate this brew. These guys have done a masterful job of tweaking the tripel. Not a traditional tripel, of course, but an adventurous take that rewards those fortunate enough to get some. This is top 10 tripel material, for sure. Go for it.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spicing, tropical fruit, hints of coconut and vanilla. Flavor of coconut, bready yeast, light fresh fruit, Belgian yeast. Finishes with oak, clove and light hop bitterness. Medium body with nice carbonation. An unusual and interesting take on the tripel style. The coconut is not overdone, but dominates enough to mask the details of the fruit flavors. Still a nice balance of fruit, malt and the coconut and tripel spicing. Refreshing on a warm night.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doin' it hard at Haven's 4th anniversary party in Orange, CA.

This done sucker is throwing Raul through a loop like Danica Patrick trying to navigate an oval. It has great, luscious tripel textures; and that tropical spice like Elvis doing "Blue Hawaii" is all kinds of splendid and just off the hook.

Just lovely. Just lovely for Raul.

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted oak and peaches are present in the nose along with some hints of coconuts.
T: The taste is similar to smell, with dominant flavors of peaches and toasted coconut along with hints of coconuts and candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very interesting mix of flavors, some of which definitely make this taste like a "tropical" tripel.

Photo of mwilbur
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. A collaboration beer between Dirk Naudts (De Proef) and Wayne Wambles (CCB).
A: Pours a clear yellow-orange with moderate carbonation jets producing a 1 inch bubbly white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Soft melon (a trademark of De Proef and yet here is appropriately more subdued than usual...blending well with the other elements), honey, sweet citrus, white pepper, and (with warming) peach. With additional warming, notes of toasted oak and coconut emerge.
T: Peaches and cream, candi sugar, toasted oak, coconut, mild brett sourness, and in the background you'll find a stronger hop (Simcoe) presence of pine bitterness.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the ABV. Sticky sweetness melds with bitter and dry hop notes. Fairly refreshing. Lingers nicely on the palate (peaches, cream, coconut).
D: I have full faith in De Proef, and yet I was a bit doubtful this one could deliver on its promise (a tripel with brett, peaches, coconut, and oak...how could this possibly work?!?!). However, this brew is deftly crafted...perfect balance of the flavor profile. I recommend allowing this one to warm a bit to fully enjoy the spectrum of flavor as well as to allow for a better balancing. This one is a more subtle beer, which serves it well. Gotta love the creativity and FL flavor influence/sense of place Wayne brings to this brew. Seek it out!

Photo of JGlitz87
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at the Meddlesome Moth 10/19/13

A: Yellowish orange with small white head. Very clear

S: Hoppy citrusy. Peach and vanilla notes as well.

T: Lots of peach and vanilla. Interesting profile for a beer, unlike much else I have ever had. Smooth and well balanced, Hops and pine flavors combine well with the citrus elements.

F: Light body and carbonation

O: Living in Texas I do not get the chance to have much Cigar City. This collaboration excites me to try more of their stuff. Exceptional beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark golden color with a staying 1 finger head and great lacing
S-sweet candy sugar malts ,coconut earthy smells
T-sweet candi sugar with great tropical hops yeast malts coconut slight peach juice a citrus and dank taste
M- nicely carbonated sweet with slight coconut
O-nicely done twist on this tripel a bit pricey thou worth a try

Photo of MCain04
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a goose island matilda glass.

Slightly cloudy golden body with white head of good depth and retention and moderate lacing.

Smells like a typical belgian tripel but the peaches are prominent in the nose. Not much coconut though.

Peaches, tropical flavors and cocount, a tad bit of tartness, sweet candied malts, really nice taste, oak is very subdued though.

Mouth is medium with good medium carbonation and a crisp finish.

A great brew, not worth the $18 I paid but definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice creamy rich 1.5 finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy lacing and overall retention. mostly clear but sediment laden honey wheat orange colored.

NOse is very tropicaly, lots of coconut too, big pineapple and peach, smells like a tropical drink you would have on the beach in Cancun, nice toasted aroma, toasted coconut and toasted oak, nice juicy fruit with more mango and peach, little generic tropical fruit, mild grainy malt and sweetness, a little lactose even in the aroma, hints of spices and mild esters.

Taste is very strange, candi sugar right off, semi sweet but a big candy syrupy like character, like a sugar water candi sugar and candied fruits, with candy as the key word. Rock candy especially. Then fruits, mild fruits overall, a nice but mild citrus, some tropical fruits like a little mango and plenty of coconut, toasted coconut and mild creamy lactose as well. Some mild toasted oak chips,
a little oak mostly toasted character. Malts are light, a little sweet malt character, little toasty blond malt and just a hint grainy. Also are mild tripel like spices and hint of esters. TOwards the back end a touch of phenols too, with mild booze warmth. FInish is sticky sweet, little bit more lactose, more candi sugar and rock candy, more mild tropical fruit and citrus like, a bit of a spicy hop character this time, with a little peach finally and more mango like fruits, a bit of toasted oak and toasted coconut. Oak comes out a bit more as it warms and gets a little estery oaky.

Mouth is med bod, nice popping carbonation.

Overall really interesting, a lot going on but hard to really balance it all out, gets a bit too much in the end but still a lot of good flavors.

Photo of jman005
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Slightly hazy light orange color. Maybe a little hint of light yellow in there. Good looking beer, always like to see a little haze. Very clean overall though.

S - The smell on this just blows me away. It's is a tropical paradise, getting some coconut and mango/tropical fruit sweetness. A nice hop aroma hits aiding in the tropical notes and giving it a little dankness. Delightful smell.

T - The taste also knocks me out on this..following the nose basically with a soft bitterness. Getting some coconut in the back end. Absolutely no alcohol presence for a 9.5er. Finishes nice and dry.

M - This beer goes down nice, slight enhanced mouth feel I'm sure from the coconut. It is nice, not much else to say.

Overall this beer is great! I would highly recommend it, while the price point is pretty high at 16.99, I can almost justify it for this beer. Mostly a b-day treat for me though, glad I tried it!

Photo of WillCarrera
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle, no date, but the description mentions February 18, 2013, not sure if that's when they brewed or bottled it, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a murky amber color, topped with a finger of white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Lots of tropical fruit and coconut as well as sweeter aromas of caramel, alcohol, and sweet malt.

T- Some tropical fruit, coconut, caramel, loads of booze and candi sugar.

M- Medium-bodied, decent carbonation, smooth feel.

O- Pretty below standard, the candi sugar and booze at the finish are pretty overpowering, I would pass on this one.

Photo of themind
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This collaboration beer between Cigar City and De'Proef Brouweru has an aroma and taste of Peaches, candi sugar, coconut and musty wood. Caramel taste lingers in the background as the Belgian yeast shows itself. The beer is an amber color and overall was a decent effort from the two breweries. Wayne Wambles from Cigar City and Dirk Naudts from De'Proef are the master minds behind this brew. Aged with oak chips, coconut and peaches this beer is worth a look.

Bottom Line: Decent effort from both breweries.

Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - It's a couple shades lighter than most tripels. It has a fluffy white head with good lacing.

S - Definitely a lot of Belgian yeast esters, pineapple juicyness, a peachy sweetness, light oak and a whisper of coconut.

T - Tropical, candied sugars (not over the top sweet), peachy and oak.

M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Has a wet finish, smooth.

O - I'm loving this deviation from the classic tripel. Very quenching to my thirst and really a joy to drink.

Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is clear golden amber in colour. A small white head fades slowly, but leaves a film.

I get a strong apple scent from the beer- the immediate impression is apple juice. More begins to emerge with a bit of time. Peach, candi suagr and sweet malt. The coconut is faintly detectable.

Coconut and peach are stronger in the taste than smell. Quite sweet, candi sugar obvious. A bit of oak. Honey and malt. Finish has a bit of Brett, a very slight tartness with some cherry.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Sweey and dries the mouth a bit.

Overall, too sweet, but otherwise quite nice.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The collaborative efforts of classy De Proef and newcomers Cigar City results in a Belgian-esque fruit beer that carries wine-like underpinnings and a plethora of citrus, orchard, and yes... tropical fruit to exacerbate the already fruity tone of Tripel Ale.

Its creamy pour causes a slow separation between foam and beer. Once settled, the body of the beer is golden and peach as it casts a very hazy cloudiness onto the beer. Above, a blanket of ivory foam covers the glass and retains well with lacy rings with each sip.

Boasting a fully fruited character, the aromas of peaches if first and foremost in aroma and taste. Merging with apricot, mangoes, apples and pear, the beer soon invites the taste of sparkling white wine- equipped with clean acidity and fruity sweetness. Somewhat candied in its malt and fruit fusion, the fruit-centric character is never wavering even as the ale approaches finish. White grapes, white pepper and a hint of coriander and clove attach to the fruit and lead to the nutty coconut milk taste to finish. Cream and vanilla soon follow up, but the tropical taste of pineapple and peach return in flavor echoes.

Both rich and smooth, the ale opens with that turbulent and expressive carbonation that shaddws that of chardonnay. But its firm fruit sweetness attaches tongue and is slow to let go. This results in a long and sweeter finish than Tripels normally allow. Still warm and spicy to close, the beer leaves the palate semi-dry and spicy warmth.

Its a very smooth and powerful ale that's highly rewarding early on because of the fruit and sweetness. But the beer fatigues the palate quickly due to its lumbering turn to dryness and cleanliness. Delightful without doubt, I'm glad it's served in short pours.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 4/26/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, orange peel, pear, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, light coconut, light oak, floral, and yeast easrthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tropical fruit, yeast, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big peach, lemon zest, pineapple, pear, mango, orange peel, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, light coconut, light oak, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, peach, pineapple, mango, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, light coconut, light oak, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of tropical fruit, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent tripel style! All around great balance and complexity of tropical fruit, yeast, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked (rubber) and caged bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Rusty amber and orange colour, a bit like clover honey. Frothy white 1" head with decent lacing on the sides that dwindles down to a 1/4".
AR: Peaches, honey, musty wood are the strongest aromas on the initial whiff. Caramel, Belgian yeast and white grape skins underlying the first wave of aromas. There's some sort of bready scent hiding in the background also, like sourdough and toasted baguette loaf. Not really getting any coconut, which brings the score down.
T: Yes! There's the coconut. One of the first flavours to greet me and it blends immediately with the peaches and musty oak/wood. All the aromas are also in the flavours, though that bready component can be more discerned in the taste along with caramel. I'm also getting some orange in the aftertaste, like marmalade at first then turning to the rind. The flavours hit you in stages with the coconut/peach/oak being the first wave and then rest of the flavours following them up to the finish. Interesting, it works for me.
M: Rather smooth, a bit creamy, mildly carbonated and coats the palate with some juicy moistness on the finish/aftertaste.
OV: Very nice effort from DeProef and Cigar City. You wouldn't think the combo of peach and coconut would work and play off each other well, but they made it happen. If you like coconut flavour then you should enjoy this brew. It's not a strong dominating flavour, but it's there at the start weaving in and out with the other tastes. The 9.5% ABV is pretty well hidden, though I do get a little warmth in my belly after several sips. I would definitely drink this one again and it would probably go great with sushi and spicy Asian cuisine.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a unibroue chalice.

A: Hazy golden color. two inches of creamy white head retain very well. Thin broken rings of lacing are firmly fixed upon the glass.

S: Juicy peach is the dominant aroma, and a good one at that. Very fresh smelling and vivid. Milky coconut pulls out of the background only now and then. Dry oaky smell with suggestions of woody vanilla. Doughy malt base and faint yeast.

T: Juicy peach is at the forefront of the attack, but it is soon cut by a strong yeasty push that was largely absent on the nose. Clovey phenols cut through as well. Coconut is as meek as it was on the nose. Doughy malt base. Mild solvent alcohol kick. Dry oak and woody vanilla do a great job of countering and balancing the peach sweetness. Doughy malts and lingering peach juice on the finish, along with faint drying oak.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy, round, and even a little chewy. Crisp bite of carbonation. Drinks very easily despite the extra heft the body brings.

O: The juicy peach tastes are really the focal point of this beer, but it still does a good job of staying grounded and letting the base beer come through just enough. Not a thinking man's beer by any means, but it delivers a pleasantly straightforward fruit-centric drinking experience.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, grape juice, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, caramel, spice, and grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fruit presence, but I am not really getting any tropical qualities in the smell or taste.

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Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.