Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 5
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 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.

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.

Photo of jman005
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Slightly hazy light orange color. Maybe a little hint of light yellow in there. Good looking beer, always like to see a little haze. Very clean overall though.

S - The smell on this just blows me away. It's is a tropical paradise, getting some coconut and mango/tropical fruit sweetness. A nice hop aroma hits aiding in the tropical notes and giving it a little dankness. Delightful smell.

T - The taste also knocks me out on this..following the nose basically with a soft bitterness. Getting some coconut in the back end. Absolutely no alcohol presence for a 9.5er. Finishes nice and dry.

M - This beer goes down nice, slight enhanced mouth feel I'm sure from the coconut. It is nice, not much else to say.

Overall this beer is great! I would highly recommend it, while the price point is pretty high at 16.99, I can almost justify it for this beer. Mostly a b-day treat for me though, glad I tried it!

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doin' it hard at Haven's 4th anniversary party in Orange, CA.

This done sucker is throwing Raul through a loop like Danica Patrick trying to navigate an oval. It has great, luscious tripel textures; and that tropical spice like Elvis doing "Blue Hawaii" is all kinds of splendid and just off the hook.

Just lovely. Just lovely for Raul.

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spicing, tropical fruit, hints of coconut and vanilla. Flavor of coconut, bready yeast, light fresh fruit, Belgian yeast. Finishes with oak, clove and light hop bitterness. Medium body with nice carbonation. An unusual and interesting take on the tripel style. The coconut is not overdone, but dominates enough to mask the details of the fruit flavors. Still a nice balance of fruit, malt and the coconut and tripel spicing. Refreshing on a warm night.

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.

Photo of MCain04
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a goose island matilda glass.

Slightly cloudy golden body with white head of good depth and retention and moderate lacing.

Smells like a typical belgian tripel but the peaches are prominent in the nose. Not much coconut though.

Peaches, tropical flavors and cocount, a tad bit of tartness, sweet candied malts, really nice taste, oak is very subdued though.

Mouth is medium with good medium carbonation and a crisp finish.

A great brew, not worth the $18 I paid but definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky orange color with a nice, white head. Head bubbles off a bit and laces well.

S-Definitely tropical. Those toasted coconut s come out with some authority and I absolutely love that. Rarely do I get much coconut in beers that use it in the brewing process. I also like how it isn't too crazy with the yeastiness. Peachy, too.

T-Bang, coconuts! Toasted coconut and peaches. Lighter Belgian yeast character. Heat and other tropical notes.

M-My only complaint is that its pretty hot. Booze comes out with some authority.

O/D-Tripels and I rarely get along. This one was awesome solely because it tasted like genuine coconut and didn't go crazy with that tangy Tripel-esque yeasty flavor that I don't like. One of my favorite Tripels.

Photo of rjp217
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip glass...

A - One finger head with good lacing and retention. Light orange color

S - Peaches, coconut, tropical fruits, caramel. All blends together well for a wonderful aroma

T - Much of the same as the smell though less coconut and a lot more peaches. Peach explosion! I also get some malty flavor and oak chip aftertaste. This is a wonderful combination

M - Mild carbonation but in no way bitter, pretty smooth

O - Fantastic collab. Usually not a tripel guy but this blended together very well. The fruit mix is very much upfront with a mild oak aftertaste. Well done indeed

Photo of StaveHooks
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip

A - Dark burnt orange, hazy with 2 fingers of sudsy foam on top. Minimal lacing with a solid cap.

S - Clean orange cream aroma, fresh laundry washed with Gain, limes, good amount of peaches, clean tropical fruit, mango, papaya. Birch wood starts pooping up as it warms up and turns into a clean oak character. Watermelon, candy,

T - Zesty citrus, tropical fruits, papaya, mango, Belgian candy sugar, sweet candied malt, lemon/lime fruit comes through and grows stronger toward the finish. Hints of salt and muted minerals are peppered in with a sweet and steady malt. The tropical fruit dominates and the finish leaves you with a semi dry finish.

M - Full creamy feel with the carbonation lifting it off the palate.

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is not a typical tripel but this beer sings in a harmoniously tune that is unreached by many. Perfectly executed with full flavored tropical fruits and somehow has a dry and peppery aspect that hems it all up. Very clean fruity aroma that you just don't find in most beers. I didn't get the coconut or any funk that I was expecting but time will tell with this one. Highly recommended

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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Mayor in Fort Collins.

Tropical Tripel is a hazy amber orange with a half inch of creamy white head. It settles slowly and leaves a perfect sheet of lace on the inside if the glass.

Aroma is fruity, tropical in a way, in with a fantastic Belgian yeast character

Flavor is bold but still in keeping with the Tripel style. Pale likened malts and lots of it. Balanced by a healthy dose of fruity hops and that bitterness that comes with them. Great depth and balance, expertly constructed.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall an excellent tripel. I was hesitant to buy this at the store due to the high price ans modest reviews but I may have to reconsider.

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.

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.

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked (rubber) and caged bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Rusty amber and orange colour, a bit like clover honey. Frothy white 1" head with decent lacing on the sides that dwindles down to a 1/4".
AR: Peaches, honey, musty wood are the strongest aromas on the initial whiff. Caramel, Belgian yeast and white grape skins underlying the first wave of aromas. There's some sort of bready scent hiding in the background also, like sourdough and toasted baguette loaf. Not really getting any coconut, which brings the score down.
T: Yes! There's the coconut. One of the first flavours to greet me and it blends immediately with the peaches and musty oak/wood. All the aromas are also in the flavours, though that bready component can be more discerned in the taste along with caramel. I'm also getting some orange in the aftertaste, like marmalade at first then turning to the rind. The flavours hit you in stages with the coconut/peach/oak being the first wave and then rest of the flavours following them up to the finish. Interesting, it works for me.
M: Rather smooth, a bit creamy, mildly carbonated and coats the palate with some juicy moistness on the finish/aftertaste.
OV: Very nice effort from DeProef and Cigar City. You wouldn't think the combo of peach and coconut would work and play off each other well, but they made it happen. If you like coconut flavour then you should enjoy this brew. It's not a strong dominating flavour, but it's there at the start weaving in and out with the other tastes. The 9.5% ABV is pretty well hidden, though I do get a little warmth in my belly after several sips. I would definitely drink this one again and it would probably go great with sushi and spicy Asian cuisine.

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.

Photo of mjohnson17
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into teku

So much going on with this beer, the aroma is crazy good. Love tropical fruit and zest notes, smells like a super juicy hopped up APA or IPA. The triple taste is there in the body; nice malty bread and the yeast lends that estery banana and clove as well. A really complex beer that is worth a taste

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a tulip, medium amber body, lines of bubbles stream from the bottom; full head of ivory fluff, left lacing down the glass

S: sweet pale fruits and biscuit yeasts, some resin and earthy notes as well

T: lots of stuff going on here, as was the idea - tripel-esque malts provide a rustic grain base for the rest of the gang: fresh wet orchard green apple and peach, hints of musky pine and dank musty sheets, tart chewy yeast, hints of toast and coconut, oaky woods and dry barrels

M: medium-full bodied, ample carbonation, tart and slightly tacky, refreshing and fulfilling

O: a well-made tripel with great complexity. Had to come back to this to review after having time to really appreciate this brew. These guys have done a masterful job of tweaking the tripel. Not a traditional tripel, of course, but an adventurous take that rewards those fortunate enough to get some. This is top 10 tripel material, for sure. Go for it.

Photo of mwilbur
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. A collaboration beer between Dirk Naudts (De Proef) and Wayne Wambles (CCB).
A: Pours a clear yellow-orange with moderate carbonation jets producing a 1 inch bubbly white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Soft melon (a trademark of De Proef and yet here is appropriately more subdued than usual...blending well with the other elements), honey, sweet citrus, white pepper, and (with warming) peach. With additional warming, notes of toasted oak and coconut emerge.
T: Peaches and cream, candi sugar, toasted oak, coconut, mild brett sourness, and in the background you'll find a stronger hop (Simcoe) presence of pine bitterness.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the ABV. Sticky sweetness melds with bitter and dry hop notes. Fairly refreshing. Lingers nicely on the palate (peaches, cream, coconut).
D: I have full faith in De Proef, and yet I was a bit doubtful this one could deliver on its promise (a tripel with brett, peaches, coconut, and oak...how could this possibly work?!?!). However, this brew is deftly crafted...perfect balance of the flavor profile. I recommend allowing this one to warm a bit to fully enjoy the spectrum of flavor as well as to allow for a better balancing. This one is a more subtle beer, which serves it well. Gotta love the creativity and FL flavor influence/sense of place Wayne brings to this brew. Seek it out!

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Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.