Novice Tripel Black - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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United Kingdom (England)
2.93/5 rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
33cl Bottle opened at home on 4th March 2014: poured carefully into a Westmalle chalice.
No sediment appeared to leave the bottle (I had stored it for some months) so I got a clear, red beer with a thinning tanned wisp in my chalice, it looked clean and inviting, even though the head could have held longer.
Sweet malty molasses vie with yeast esters for attention in the nose, dark fruit notes in the background play along.
The taste is also malty, semi-sweet and with a dark fruit feel, mild hop presence balances the brew but the body seems thin and watery considering the ABV it carries. It almost turns 'Cola' in it's mouthfeel, a bit fizzy, with a 'Dandelion and Burdock' hint or two.
Not a huge disappointment, but not far off.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 20:52:20 | More by BlackHaddock
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On-tap at Le Trappiste in Bruges.
Novice Black Malheur Tripel is a deep, deep (like Olympic swimming pool-deep) brown in colour. Though thoroughly opaque even the dim lighting of this 13th century cave can't convince me that it is, as its name claims, authentically black. Authentically a tripel, on the other hand, I can believe: it pours with a super foamy, long-lasting head.
The bouquet, however, is not up to the style's usual dynamic standard of aromatics. The spicy phenols and fruity esters are somewhat dulled, perhaps in part to the darker malt which buds in with a mild, but prominent roastiness (a bit of smokiness too).
Novice Black Tripel definitely has a different flavour profile. It actually drinks somewhat like a German Schwarzbier; mild coffee bean roast, black licorice and wholesome, bready malt flavours override the style's typical cast of orchard fruits and peppery spices (though it has a rooibos tea-like quality and a subtle floral component that reminds me of hibiscus).
Even the beer's bitterness is like that of a strongly-steeped black tea. It weighs in at 8.5% and only tastes about as strong as 'standard' Tripels do (which is to say bolder than commercial ales, but not as strong as it actually is). It's an ok experiment but I think I'd just as well go with a Porter or Quad if I were in the mood for something darker.
Belgium and Germany have very similar flags but their beers, generally speaking, could not be any more different; Belgians typically produce ales that are flamboyant, spicy, higher in alcohol and better suited to savoring whereas the Germans prefer lagers that are clean, conventional and geared for high-volume consumption. Novice Tripel Black blurs the lines between the two.
Serving type: on-tap
10-01-2013 23:57:56 | More by biegaman
2.9/5 rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Drank from my Ciney sniffer
A - Pours a deep mahogany colour with an off white creamy head that retains very well
S - Aromas of molasses and sweet sugars complimented with dark fruit.
T - up front some nice dark malts with some molasses, dark fruits are present but not too pronounced. Lacks a little boldness in flavours.
M - medium body and a little thin with medium carbonation
O - This is more of a Belgian dark rather than a tripel for me, it also has Belgian Royal Stout qualities. It is smooth an refreshishing without being spectacular. Lacks the true qualities of a tripel but well worth a shot. A pleasant beer without being complex.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2012 21:54:58 | More by eric5bellies
Novice Tripel Black from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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