Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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3.55/5 rDev -8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 15:44:55 | More by asaharyev
3.11/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 23:50:16 | More by Mitchster
4.36/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 16:21:38 | More by BradtheGreat7
3.88/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 21:23:18 | More by metter98
3.63/5 rDev -6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 00:11:33 | More by VincentFrey
4.51/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-25-2013 07:07:35 | More by feloniousmonk
Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.