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Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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87
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Wayne Wambles.

(Beer added by: mwilbur on 06-30-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

djrn2, Jul 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

acurtis, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

metter98, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Texasfan549, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kjkinsey, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kylehay2004, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jaydoc, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Knapp85, Jul 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

largadeer, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

SocalKicks, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

WVbeergeek, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 25, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

jlindros, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mendvicdog, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Rochefort10nh, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MarkyMOD, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Halcyondays, Sep 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

beernads, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

InspectorBob, Sep 21, 2013
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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.

barleywinefiend, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

BARFLYB, Sep 29, 2013
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Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.