Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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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
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
When something with the words "Cigar City" on the label shows up locally, I feel a bestial compulsion to seek it out & drink it. So that's how we got here. Zombie-braining 750ML bottle with a plastic cork split with my wife.
Pour is extra pale orange with enough foam & carbonation for a couple of beers. Nose comes through fruity, & there's more peach in this beer than I can recall from any other. So there's that & a metric yard of sweetness.
Tropical Tripel is something I wish we'd see more of: twists on classical Belgian styles. The peach comes through in clubs with a heaping backing of candied sugar. Peppery yeasts leaven some of the sweetness, & there's a smattering of white grape juice, miscellaneous dollar-store tropical fruits. Syrupy. Easier to drink than sharing a love potion a hot waitress. In leather. With...ooops, sorry.
Love the peach & it sets of the yeast nicely. I could totally see sipping this while sitting in the sand at Indian Rocks Beach watching the girls chase shells. Very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 03:25:59 | More by maximum12
3.84/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a unibroue chalice.
A: Hazy golden color. two inches of creamy white head retain very well. Thin broken rings of lacing are firmly fixed upon the glass.
S: Juicy peach is the dominant aroma, and a good one at that. Very fresh smelling and vivid. Milky coconut pulls out of the background only now and then. Dry oaky smell with suggestions of woody vanilla. Doughy malt base and faint yeast.
T: Juicy peach is at the forefront of the attack, but it is soon cut by a strong yeasty push that was largely absent on the nose. Clovey phenols cut through as well. Coconut is as meek as it was on the nose. Doughy malt base. Mild solvent alcohol kick. Dry oak and woody vanilla do a great job of countering and balancing the peach sweetness. Doughy malts and lingering peach juice on the finish, along with faint drying oak.
M: Medium-thick body. Creamy, round, and even a little chewy. Crisp bite of carbonation. Drinks very easily despite the extra heft the body brings.
O: The juicy peach tastes are really the focal point of this beer, but it still does a good job of staying grounded and letting the base beer come through just enough. Not a thinking man's beer by any means, but it delivers a pleasantly straightforward fruit-centric drinking experience.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 03:30:16 | More by ryan1788a5
4.21/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - It's a couple shades lighter than most tripels. It has a fluffy white head with good lacing.
S - Definitely a lot of Belgian yeast esters, pineapple juicyness, a peachy sweetness, light oak and a whisper of coconut.
T - Tropical, candied sugars (not over the top sweet), peachy and oak.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Has a wet finish, smooth.
O - I'm loving this deviation from the classic tripel. Very quenching to my thirst and really a joy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 00:40:40 | More by cvm4
Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.