Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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2.33/5 rDev -39.6%
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.
10-06-2013 20:52:32 | More by barleywinefiend
2.55/5 rDev -33.9%
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.
07-30-2013 03:16:39 | More by Alieniloquium
2.59/5 rDev -32.9%
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.
09-01-2013 05:17:58 | More by goochpunch
3.11/5 rDev -19.4%
$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.
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.
02-15-2014 23:50:16 | More by Mitchster
3.19/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
11-16-2013 06:37:28 | More by falloutsnow
Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.