Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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very good

273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Wayne Wambles.

(Beer added by: mwilbur on 06-30-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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.

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Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.