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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 BradtheGreat7
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.

BradtheGreat7, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hypersomnia, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

BGsWo22, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of VincentFrey
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.

VincentFrey, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

KillerWhale, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

cjgator3, Dec 24, 2013
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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.

maximum12, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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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.

ryan1788a5, Dec 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BESTIALEX, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bjlps, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of cvm4
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.

cvm4, Dec 06, 2013
Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.