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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 barleywinefiend
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a deep orange color, transparent, with a nice white head. The head retention was good.

S: Overly sweet with passion and tropical fruits. Lots of biscuit here.

T: WTF?!. This beer started out sweet, biscuity, cloying as fuck. A big malty presence, sweet, lingering syrupy bitterness and sweetness. Blah. The only saving grace for this beer is the fresh tropical fruit notes. The finish is long, sweet, cloying, bitter, lingering syrupy mess.

M: Medium bodied, heavy sweetness and biscuit malty, a lingering obnoxious bittering, cloying sweetness. Rancid drain pour.

O: A horrible example of the style. WTF? Did these guys not even read the basic guidelines for the style because it met none of them? It had no resemblance of a "true" Tripel. Like I said, the only saving grace for this beer was the fresh tropical fruits which attempted to disguise the sweet, cloying, syrupy mess. (894 characters)

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. (413 characters)

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. (560 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$15.99 for a 750ml corked and caged bottle @ BevCo. Belgian tripel aged on medium toasted oak chips with toasted coconut and peaches, collaboration brew between Cigar City and De Proef. Fermented with "a classic trappist yeast" and Brett Brux III, magnum and simcoe during the boil, along with lactose and Belgian candi sugar.
9.5% ABV.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a tall peaking whipped light yellow head with superior retention and lacing due in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The note has a strong Brett character, which gives way to rotting peaches and candied peaches. Mouthfeel is prickly with a light body. Finish is dry. The taste opens with lots of brett character, horse blanket, candied and rotting fruits, moderate firm bitterness, fruity citrusy hops, a touch of buttery oak in the finish, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. I would have no idea that this was brewed with coconut. Tart and metallic mouthfeel in the aftertaste. Peppery alcohol is definitely felt. It's definitely rough. Tannic harshness.

The bitterness, overt hoppiness, tart acidity, metallic note, harsh alcohols and the brett don't really sit well together. More of a Belgian IPA. As a tripel, it fails. A curious experiment, but I definitely wouldn't buy this again. (1,290 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, South Loop, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

The "tropical" is more of a gimmick in this Belgian ale than anything else: the coconut is vaguely present (though moreso than in some other coconut beers) and the peaches (even though they're not remotely tropical) only slightly moreso. This wasn't a bad ale, and certainly an intriguing concept, but it doesn't come across as anything special, and for the price ($16 per 750ml bottle), it is not worth purchasing again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small-sized bubbles that give an overall appearance of something frothy. Head retention is below average, lasting just about thirty seconds, quickly falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and some super-thin, hazy swirls of lace resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing along the sides of the glass is fairly good, with a semi-dense matrix of dots clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dirty dishwater golden brown, with light bringing out paler golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body.

Aroma of musty basement mixed with old, dried peaches, other fruity esters at a lesser concentration (apple, pear in particular), mild Brettanomyces phenolics (burnt plastic), ethanol, and mild coconut juice. The aroma feels heavy, dense, musky. Definitely not bright, estery, and fruity as in traditional tripels, but interesting and enjoyable in its own way.

Front of palate finds basement mustiness, Brett phenolics, light sweetness either from malt or candy sugar, and modest hints of peach. Mid-palate is a mixture of coconut juice, Brettanomyces phenolics (burnt plastic), ethanol, candy sugar sweetness, basement mustiness, and mealy apples. Back of palate detects basement mustiness, Brettanomyces-created phenolics, ethanol, white pepper, and modest peach and apple flavors. Aftertaste of mild bitterness, ethanol, coconut juice, and a bit of biscuit-like maltiness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a slightly foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2) mouthfeel that is enjoyable, though perhaps a bit undercarbonated for the style. Ethanol is moderately felt in the nostrils and on the palate, a bit disappointing in its obviousness. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips. (2,396 characters)

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. (510 characters)

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. (589 characters)

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. (1,750 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a slightly ruddy yet crystal clear gold. Thick and bubbly white foam. Slowly dissipates.

S - sweet fried dough. Lots of fruity esters. Peaches certainly come through, banana and peppery notes from belgian yeast. Oak, vanilla and coconut shines after it warms.

T - cereal grains up front. Toasty oak and fruit flavors flood in along the mid palate. Peaches, coconut, banana and citrus. Firm underlying bitterness. Vanilla, white pepper and booze all come together on the near back palate. Finish is long and lingering of oak and spice.

M - medium bodied, close to full. High carb.

O - interesting beer but not quite a home run for these two fantastic breweries. I did have high expectations of this beer and while throughly enjoyable, not what i was looking for. (776 characters)

Photo of asaharyev
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Nice fluffy head atop a goldenrod body. Looks really nice.

Aroma: Not as much as expected in the aroma. Sweet fruit and Belgian yeast funk. There is a touch of coconut if I really search for it, but I really have to search for it.

Taste: Some typical tripel notes like sweet candy, and a bit of tartness, along with some funk. There is also a much more present coconut flavor than in the aroma, which comes out more as the beer warms. The peach is hiding in there somewhere, I’m sure, but I can’t really identify it. Some of the oak from aging comes through in the aftertaste.

Overall: Coconut really isn’t my thing, so that threw me off as I drank and the coconut came through more and more. However, the beer is well constructed, and seems very intentional, so if you like coconut, I suppose you should try to find this somewhere. (847 characters)

Photo of VincentFrey
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour / Appearance: Corked and caged bottle into a Heavy Seas tulip. Cork was removed by hand with a slight pop. Poured with heavy head into the tulip. Head sticks around nicely, actually. Heavy aroma at opening. Pours a clear gold. A nice looking beer and pretty much perfectly to style, even with the odd additions and age.

Aroma: Peach and some hints of mango, with a light but assertive hop character for this style of beer. Oddly not much banana, bubblegum, clove, or funk, which is what I'd expect from the trappist yeast and brux III. Huh! Some darker notes, likely the kandi sugar and bits of crystal. No real coconut or wood, but definite fruit.

Flavor: Well definite coconut right up front, along with banana and some hints of barnyard funk. Hop presence is subdued, but the bittering aspect balances this nicely. Slight alcohol burn on the back of the throat, but at 9.5% it's hard to hide in a light beer. Some vanilla-oak notes which hold the traditional tripel flavors and the fruit / hop additions together. Frankly if it weren't labeled a tripel I'd chalk this up to being an American Strong Ale. Still, it's a good bit too sweet for me, and the heavily varying flavors (no matter what the oak does) provide more distraction than enhancement.

Overall: A very interesting beer that I feel like only Cigar City would really produce. De Proef's Belgian origins come through, but it's hard to call this a tripel. A good beer I'd drink again, but won't go seeking out.

Bottom Line: Buy if you like weird takes on Belgians or experiments with the strong ale style. Try if you like De Proef or Cigar City. (1,617 characters)

Photo of Levich
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a goblet.

This beer pours a rosy golden color, deeper and darker than a typical Tripel. There is a lacy bone colored head which dissipates slowly leaving it's sticky residue on the glass. The smell is fruity esters, banana and a hint of clove. The flavor packs way more than the aroma. The coconut and peach flavors come first. Then the dry slightly acrid oak and brett dries the fruit out. It finishes with a return of the fruit with the addition of a hint of mango. The mouthfeel is good. Rich and luxurious without being heavy. The carbonation kind of explodes on the tongue creating an envelope of froth, making it seem creamy and light at the same time.

Overall, I really like this beer. There is a bit too much oak for me, but it is very drinkable. It definitely lives up to the "tropical" part. The "tripel" is left behind a bit. (868 characters)

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. (684 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw color with half an inch airy beige head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of coconut, candied citrus peel and a hint of minerals.

Flavors of toasted coconut, spiced rum, citrus and an earthy, mineral background.

Medium to heavy bodied with a sweet, viscous finish. Moderate carbonation and a mild aftertaste.

A very interesting beer. If you like Malibu, you would probably like this beer. Not something I would drink everyday, but as a pairing or for something different, it would make a nice choice. (596 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

crazy this cigar city collaboration was still sitting on a shelf down in colorado springs, covered in dust, nice find! decent beer too, although i suspect its changed a bit, coconut and peach as the additives, solid basic tripel at its base. its really sweet from the peaches, sweeter than the normal style, which i already often find sugary. lovely in the glass though, with a tall white head, lasts the whole drink. the peach flavor has faded a lot i assume, but the sweetness is still there, less flattering like that. the coconut is still there though, more earthy and nutty than sweet and milky, which is a nice contrast and steers the tripel in a cool new direction. wheat is the grain i taste the most of, and the yeast is ad weird as it always is from these guys. its belgian, but theres a lot more going on than just that, some mild spice goes with the peach, and the fruitiness is also compatible. neat beer, but a bottle to share if you still have one due to the sweet and the heat, the booze does show through a little bit. cool to see coconut it a light colored beer, let alone a belgian one, very uncommon, but it fits super well. i dug this quite a bit, but wished it were drier. (1,194 characters)

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 (344 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy to cloudy, with an autumnal auburn and dark orange glow. The head disappoints, however.

It has a nectary fruit aroma with classic Belgian pale notes of peach, apricot, and browned apple. Hints of sweet nectary pineapple mesh with prominent yeast and bready malt notes.

Sweet tropical fruits, candi sugar, alcohol, and breadiness. Nectarine, coconut, apricot, peach, and pineapple. Light apple and grapefruit. Bready with a caramel bent. Spicy booze reminds me of the intended style.

Nice creamy body, despite not much help from the carbonation. Nectary thick with a spiciness that I like. (602 characters)

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. (1,283 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an undated 750 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A-A gentle pour produces about one finger of nearly-white head. The foam is dense and retention is good. There is also nice lacing on the glass left behind. The beer is nearly clear and pretty light in color for the style...a sort of medium golden hue.

S-The smell is, as advertised, very tropical with floral, sweet fruits like guava, passion fruit, and citrus. I also get a bit of coconut as the beer warms up. Underneath the sweet fruit is a bit of doughy bread and alcohol.

T-The taste provides a lot of sweet, tropical fruit, as well as candy sugar flavors and sweet dough, but the finish has a bit more grass and spice. The alcohol is not concealed, but the mildly vinous, fruity alcohol flavors fit well with the tropical fruit. Again, I can only detect a whiff of coconut as the brew nears room temperature.

M-The feel is nearly-creamy with ultra-fine carbonation that foams on the palate, but is not assertive or aggressive. The brew is medium to full body.

O-I like this tropical tripel more than most other "tropical" creations I have had. The flavors taste more authentic and less artificial here than in other tropical fruit beers. I think it is a good-looking brew with a nice feel, too. However, this is one sweet mutha of a beer and it could use a little more spice or grass to tone down the sugary, sweet fruity notes. (1,390 characters)

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. (694 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)

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 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 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 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)

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