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Tropical Tripel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 280
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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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 falloutsnow
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, South Loop, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

The "tropical" is more of a gimmick in this Belgian ale than anything else: the coconut is vaguely present (though moreso than in some other coconut beers) and the peaches (even though they're not remotely tropical) only slightly moreso. This wasn't a bad ale, and certainly an intriguing concept, but it doesn't come across as anything special, and for the price ($16 per 750ml bottle), it is not worth purchasing again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small-sized bubbles that give an overall appearance of something frothy. Head retention is below average, lasting just about thirty seconds, quickly falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and some super-thin, hazy swirls of lace resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing along the sides of the glass is fairly good, with a semi-dense matrix of dots clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dirty dishwater golden brown, with light bringing out paler golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body.

Aroma of musty basement mixed with old, dried peaches, other fruity esters at a lesser concentration (apple, pear in particular), mild Brettanomyces phenolics (burnt plastic), ethanol, and mild coconut juice. The aroma feels heavy, dense, musky. Definitely not bright, estery, and fruity as in traditional tripels, but interesting and enjoyable in its own way.

Front of palate finds basement mustiness, Brett phenolics, light sweetness either from malt or candy sugar, and modest hints of peach. Mid-palate is a mixture of coconut juice, Brettanomyces phenolics (burnt plastic), ethanol, candy sugar sweetness, basement mustiness, and mealy apples. Back of palate detects basement mustiness, Brettanomyces-created phenolics, ethanol, white pepper, and modest peach and apple flavors. Aftertaste of mild bitterness, ethanol, coconut juice, and a bit of biscuit-like maltiness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a slightly foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2) mouthfeel that is enjoyable, though perhaps a bit undercarbonated for the style. Ethanol is moderately felt in the nostrils and on the palate, a bit disappointing in its obviousness. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at La Margarita, Fountain Square, Indianapolis on 11/01/2013.

P: On tap in to a 10 fl oz snifter.

A: SRM is a robust golden yellow. Translucent. Head is white, covering top of beer. Beer poured to top of glass. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, oak, Belgian yeast esters.

T: Follow nose. Fruit was very natural, not overly sweet. Oak nicely pronounced. Aftertaste is fruit, oak, clove, vanilla.

M: Medium body. Feel is lightened up a bit by fruit flavors; oak adds to depth of feel.

O: Very nice and easy drinking. Does not taste 9.5%. Would have this again in a heartbeat.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of JGlitz87
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at the Meddlesome Moth 10/19/13

A: Yellowish orange with small white head. Very clear

S: Hoppy citrusy. Peach and vanilla notes as well.

T: Lots of peach and vanilla. Interesting profile for a beer, unlike much else I have ever had. Smooth and well balanced, Hops and pine flavors combine well with the citrus elements.

F: Light body and carbonation

O: Living in Texas I do not get the chance to have much Cigar City. This collaboration excites me to try more of their stuff. Exceptional beer.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  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.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw color with half an inch airy beige head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of coconut, candied citrus peel and a hint of minerals.

Flavors of toasted coconut, spiced rum, citrus and an earthy, mineral background.

Medium to heavy bodied with a sweet, viscous finish. Moderate carbonation and a mild aftertaste.

A very interesting beer. If you like Malibu, you would probably like this beer. Not something I would drink everyday, but as a pairing or for something different, it would make a nice choice.

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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.

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Photo of VincentFrey
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Levich
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a goblet.

This beer pours a rosy golden color, deeper and darker than a typical Tripel. There is a lacy bone colored head which dissipates slowly leaving it's sticky residue on the glass. The smell is fruity esters, banana and a hint of clove. The flavor packs way more than the aroma. The coconut and peach flavors come first. Then the dry slightly acrid oak and brett dries the fruit out. It finishes with a return of the fruit with the addition of a hint of mango. The mouthfeel is good. Rich and luxurious without being heavy. The carbonation kind of explodes on the tongue creating an envelope of froth, making it seem creamy and light at the same time.

Overall, I really like this beer. There is a bit too much oak for me, but it is very drinkable. It definitely lives up to the "tropical" part. The "tripel" is left behind a bit.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.