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Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 280
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 4.94%
Wants: 6
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 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. (937 characters)

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! (936 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, bright golden hued, lush, creamy white head, leaving lace behind. Looks great.

Aroma: Sour hits first, with sweet swiftly on it's heels. An intriguingly wicked funky twist from the yeast, Brux III, they tell us, with the fruit closing in from behind. Oak effects rounds it out, holds it in, keeps it nailed down. Liking this.

Taste: Here, the sour twist and the sweet peach notes come together and land on the palate just so. Floods the mouth with complexities and delights. So many interesting tricks on the tongue. A little wild, a bit fruity, graced with the barrel's work. So many things happening that I don't notice when the 9.5% ABV comes barreling down on the brain. Boom, boom. Okay, take it slow….but, it tastes so good…come on, slow it down…you can do it.

Apart from that alcoholic spike, I really dig this one. The coconut does not stick out in the least, lays in the background, meshed with the peach profile. Hops are doing their own thing, too, but the yeast, fruit and oak are the true stars here. So tasty, so delicious, I am loving this. One of my favorite new beers. Favorite new beer of 2013? Maybe I should think about that? I totally forgot to in the past two years. Maybe, maybe.

Get a bomber, put on your swimsuit, hit the plastic pool, and put some zinc on your nose. Me, I'm enjoying this on tap before I head out into…hold on, now…nine degrees below zero. Yes, December in Minnesota. The Tropical Tripel will fortify me before I head off into the frozen wasteland. Wish me luck…

Here's more info from the label: "Tropical Tripel was brewed with a classic Trappist yeast and the lesser known Brux III strain of Brettanomyces. During the boil Magnum and Simcoe hops were added along with Belgian candy sugar and lactose for added mouthfeel, then it's finished with additions of toasted cocoanut, dried peaces, and medium toasted oak. We hope you enjoy this collaboration of brewing styles, cultures, and climates!" 9.5% ABV. (1,985 characters)

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! (1,399 characters)

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. (709 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  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. (2,634 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip

A - Dark burnt orange, hazy with 2 fingers of sudsy foam on top. Minimal lacing with a solid cap.

S - Clean orange cream aroma, fresh laundry washed with Gain, limes, good amount of peaches, clean tropical fruit, mango, papaya. Birch wood starts pooping up as it warms up and turns into a clean oak character. Watermelon, candy,

T - Zesty citrus, tropical fruits, papaya, mango, Belgian candy sugar, sweet candied malt, lemon/lime fruit comes through and grows stronger toward the finish. Hints of salt and muted minerals are peppered in with a sweet and steady malt. The tropical fruit dominates and the finish leaves you with a semi dry finish.

M - Full creamy feel with the carbonation lifting it off the palate.

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is not a typical tripel but this beer sings in a harmoniously tune that is unreached by many. Perfectly executed with full flavored tropical fruits and somehow has a dry and peppery aspect that hems it all up. Very clean fruity aroma that you just don't find in most beers. I didn't get the coconut or any funk that I was expecting but time will tell with this one. Highly recommended (1,182 characters)

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. (507 characters)

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. (543 characters)

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. (476 characters)

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 (614 characters)

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. (338 characters)

Photo of mjohnson17
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into teku

So much going on with this beer, the aroma is crazy good. Love tropical fruit and zest notes, smells like a super juicy hopped up APA or IPA. The triple taste is there in the body; nice malty bread and the yeast lends that estery banana and clove as well. A really complex beer that is worth a taste (324 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at La Margarita, Fountain Square, Indianapolis on 11/01/2013.

P: On tap in to a 10 fl oz snifter.

A: SRM is a robust golden yellow. Translucent. Head is white, covering top of beer. Beer poured to top of glass. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, oak, Belgian yeast esters.

T: Follow nose. Fruit was very natural, not overly sweet. Oak nicely pronounced. Aftertaste is fruit, oak, clove, vanilla.

M: Medium body. Feel is lightened up a bit by fruit flavors; oak adds to depth of feel.

O: Very nice and easy drinking. Does not taste 9.5%. Would have this again in a heartbeat. (608 characters)

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. (1,444 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky orange color with a nice, white head. Head bubbles off a bit and laces well.

S-Definitely tropical. Those toasted coconut s come out with some authority and I absolutely love that. Rarely do I get much coconut in beers that use it in the brewing process. I also like how it isn't too crazy with the yeastiness. Peachy, too.

T-Bang, coconuts! Toasted coconut and peaches. Lighter Belgian yeast character. Heat and other tropical notes.

M-My only complaint is that its pretty hot. Booze comes out with some authority.

O/D-Tripels and I rarely get along. This one was awesome solely because it tasted like genuine coconut and didn't go crazy with that tangy Tripel-esque yeasty flavor that I don't like. One of my favorite Tripels. (748 characters)

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. (1,716 characters)

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. (1,729 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into a teku glass.

pours a dark copper with a slight head. smell is extremely pineappley, wow! the taste is up front tropical fruit but finishes big and boozy. definitely full bodied. not a beer you can drink quickly, even though it is very sweet. mild carbonation.

overall a fruity tripel that definitely still retains the characteristics true to style. recommended. (383 characters)

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. (612 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled at Whole Foods poured into a snifter the same day.

Appearance: Dark amber, with a small off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Leaves behind a fine lacing.

Smell: Lots of peach, belgian yeast. Peach smell might be more like dried peaches, actually smells a bit like funnel cake if thats possible. I love how this smells.

Taste: Thats...different. A bit hot. Definitely peachy, perhaps a bit of tartness from that. Not sure it tastes much like a tripel, but it isn't bad. I get some oak too. No coconut though. Aftertaste is a bit alcoholic. As I get to the end of it, I get some of the "cream" promised before I filled the growler (I was told it tasted like peaches and cream).

Mouthfeel: A little weak on the carbonation. Works fine with the flavor though.

Overall: A pretty good beer. Not my favorite, but it's an interesting flavor and I'm glad I tried it. I'll probably share the growler. (922 characters)

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. (476 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When something with the words "Cigar City" on the label shows up locally, I feel a bestial compulsion to seek it out & drink it. So that's how we got here. Zombie-braining 750ML bottle with a plastic cork split with my wife.

Pour is extra pale orange with enough foam & carbonation for a couple of beers. Nose comes through fruity, & there's more peach in this beer than I can recall from any other. So there's that & a metric yard of sweetness.

Tropical Tripel is something I wish we'd see more of: twists on classical Belgian styles. The peach comes through in clubs with a heaping backing of candied sugar. Peppery yeasts leaven some of the sweetness, & there's a smattering of white grape juice, miscellaneous dollar-store tropical fruits. Syrupy. Easier to drink than sharing a love potion a hot waitress. In leather. With...ooops, sorry.

Love the peach & it sets of the yeast nicely. I could totally see sipping this while sitting in the sand at Indian Rocks Beach watching the girls chase shells. Very good beer. (1,024 characters)

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. (2,061 characters)

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. (604 characters)

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Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.