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Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9 - Brouwerij Haacht NV

Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9

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BA SCORE
83
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drpimento on 01-29-2010)
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The initial pour is clear and straw yellow with a foamy white head and froth. Aroma of phenolic yeast, bread, honey and herbal hops. In the taste, more of the same, sweet malt, dusty, phenolic Belgian yeast, table sugar, and herbal malts. Very clean and easy drinking. Keeps bringing back a tempered sweetness and dry, woody hops. Medium bodied and well carbonated, dry, almost tannic finish. Overall, a good triple but just above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 06:08:13 | More by Stinkypuss
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rather translucent light blonde-colored ale with a massive three and a half finger head. Serious lace and rocky-top foam retention.

Big Belgian nose of spicy banana and malty white bread. Phenol clove and pear and chewy malts. Semi-musty and bruised fruitiness, thank you yeast. Forefront malty punch with layers of breadth. Reduced are the notes of alcohol and a spry citrusy hop.

Malts have the same character, but diminished, with added pilsner-y tones. Same clove, lesser yellow banana, spiciness, white bread, faint treacle with contributing sweetness, and finishing alcohol warmth. Sting of the booze, coupled with a lagery bitternesd, makes for a long aftertaste. Some semblance of citrusy hops are in play, but in small roles.

Chewy, chunky dried head and mushy wet body. It has a backbone, with that 9%. Not afraid to be a big boy. Good stuff.

Good. I'd love to try more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 14:16:05 | More by thecheapies
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 28/08/14, served chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet.

Appearance: pours a lightly translucent, bright golden colour with lively and fine carbonation in action, topped with a thin off-white creamy head to last.
Smell: the lively Saaz’ hop aroma comes in perfect harmony with the dense and perfumy fruit esters, featuring ripe bananas, pears, sweetened lemons, underlined by sweet vanilla, melted rock sugar and exotic mung bean paste. Fulsome and richly estery all in all.
Taste: light-bodied and mildly fizzy on the entry, the flavour is light-bodied sweet malty and overripe-fruit estery at the same time, edged by rather fine spicy elements and leaving a long and deepening flow of tangy, spicy and Saaz’ aromatic bitterness going down the rear of the palate, rendering a lightly chewy and yet dry-ish mouthfeel alongside the belated entry of alc. warmth.
Mouthfeel & Overall: refreshingly carbonated, moderate on the palate without going sugary/slick, while the alc. content hides very well in general, showing just a tinge of warmth in the very end of each patient sip. All in all, I find this Tripel a well-crafted one showcasing a charming estery theme on the aroma and a rather bitter and nicely spicy palate on top of a generally straight-forward but decent flavour profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 17:06:14 | More by wl0307
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber colored body with effervescence; medium head

Aroma: Tart; lemony; spicy

Taste: Citrusy; spicy; with a fairly complex finish, but overall it was fairly thin

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:00:35 | More by IchLiebeBier
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tall frothy head lays atop fluid sparkling with carbonation, reminiscent of an orange sunset...
Aromas of wheat, belgo yeast, and citrus come off the top. Sweetness hits the palate, followed abrubtly by bitter hops and the spice of booze, citrus fruits dominate. Body is medium built and contrasted with furious champagne like bubbles.

Overall this beer gives me a relief from the local Okinawan fare, Orion, Kirin< etc... I appreciate the bitter with the sweet. Nice, tripel I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 11:37:29 | More by JoeAmerican77
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NielZ

Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 33cl at home
Poured into a Palm glass.

A: Large top which lasts for a normal time. The color is yellow with a brown tint, I noticed the huge amount of bubbles..
S: Smells of apple, pear and a bit dry..
T: Combination of apple and pear, the pear overwhelms the apple. Ends a bit dry with some sweetness.
M: Smooth, mix of the sweetness and smoothness + bubbles is good in balance
O: Good beer, the smell and taste got apple and pear and nothing else, so you taste the fruits..
Its a nice combination of fruits and dryness

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 16:30:01 | More by NielZ
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped into Cafe 't Pothuiske in Maastricht on 04Oct12 after touring some WWII battlefields near Nijmegen. After a quick Delerium Tremens, I settled in with a 0.33l bottle of Tongerlo (€4.10) for round two.

My very top-shelf bartender poured most of the bottle into a small chalice, with the remaining yeasties drawn into a little shot glass. Nice touch, Bro! I drained the yeasties first, getting my vitamin B fix with the spicy dregs! The main portion was a clear, light to medium golden hue. It had steady, slow carbo, and a long-lasting, creamy, white head. Lacing was A-1. Nose was a combo of bready/crackery malt and tropical fruits. The feel was pretty decent, with some light carbo roughness and a medium body.

Tasted of light crackery malts with mild sweetness. Pear, green apple, honeydew, and honey itself hit the palate. Had minimal bitterness, witha smidge of spicyness at the finish. Quite nice! Had a couple more on subsequent visits, and brought a bottle home, too. Zum Wohl!!

4.03/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1517

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 21:04:27 | More by Bierman9
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Filosoof

Netherlands

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tongerlo Tripel has a great label, a nice bottle and is certainly drinkable. A closer look learns that something is missing. The absence of funk?

L: good top but not very special, clear yellow/gold Amstel-colour;
S: round, creamy, pear;
T: pear, yeast, a bit too sweet;
M: bite is too thin;
O: drinkable? Yes. Will I drink it? Yes. Will I buy it? No, I will pick up something more special.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 14:54:14 | More by Filosoof
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2011 (bottled April 2010), so it's a bit out of date. Purchased from a supermarket during a trip to Belgium in Sept 2010.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy golden colour with fine yeast sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with good retention; it eventually reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters, especially banana, and hints of spice and marzipan. Dry and slightly sweet, with a background whiff of booze.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters and alcohol. Notes of bananas and sugar, with faint hints of almonds and spice. A warming, boozy flavour hits the back of the throat - solventy and astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation. Dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity yeast esters.

A run-of-the-mill tripel - decent but not outstanding. Smooth and drinkable, but nothing in the flavour grabs your attention. Doesn't seem to have suffered excessively despite the age of the bottle. Quite boozy and a bit hot. Nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:06:20 | More by jazzyjeff13
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jhtipton

Spain

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack of 33 cl bottles from the NEX in Spain poured into my affligem chalice where I saw about one inch of white head and noticed a cloudy yellow body with some sediment. Smell is atypical of a Belgian blonde; not overly ambitious just can smell a fruity yeasty bread like aroma. Taste is good, not too sweet the hops have a place with a pear tartness and some mild yeast flavor. The body is medium with a bit of carbonation fizz hitting the throat. Overall a decent triple blond; will drink at least three more times but have a few better options available

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 17:06:43 | More by jhtipton
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skypup

Germany

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a gift set with Beer and Glass.
.75L Bottle served in Prior Tulip Glass

A: Bright straw color with a thick head with course bubbles.

S: Slightly hoppy and a little malt. Similar to a German Keller beer.

T: Mildly malty with a touch of honey; balances to slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Fairly carbonated. Medium body, easily drinkable beer. Alcohol is easily masked.

D: Very drinkable beer. The .75L bottle is too much for one person at 9% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 16:26:36 | More by skypup
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbaye beer, 33 cl bottle.
Flavoured with Saaz hops.

Very curious.
Looks golden, with a huge head, good carbonation.

Smell very fresh. Malts, yeast, and some grassy and herbal notes.
Taste is similar. Bittersweet, with bitterness as dominant character.
Aftertaste is pretty long bitterness too. Alcohol is present, but most of is it well covered by the flavour.
Overall, i'm not disappointed. The Saaz seems to have enough power to flavour a tripel of 9%.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 14:35:20 | More by RuudJH
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77ships

Belgium

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pretty big, creamy rather firm head on this one that collapses more than it disappears, lovely sight really nice hazy yellow colour
The instructions on the bottle seem kind of retarded, it says in Dutch & French but not in English "Tip: either pour the yeast into the glass or drink it separately." Is there a third way to do it or?
S: primarily Saez hops, some yeast, bready, floral element, smell is not that strong
T: floral, bitter hops, not too overt but definitely present, bready yeast, some banana/fruit & spice
M: slick, medium bodied, decent (somewhat above average, towards high) carbonation, I am thinking more of a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale rather than a tripel
D: pretty high, seems sesionable whilst it probably shouldn't be, definetly a nice beer, enjoyed it

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 16:29:48 | More by 77ships
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Sigmund

Norway

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 9%. Fairly clear yellow colour, huge white head. Strong sweetish aroma of ripe bananas, coriander and Belgian ale yeast. The flavour is spicy and rather sweet, okay but not really remarkable. A hint of anise in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 17:25:30 | More by Sigmund
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sfprint

Germany

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: extremely carbonated. fluffy uneven head. carbonation rushing to the top like I've never seen. slightly dull gold.

S: alcohol very apparent, yeast and therefore bready.

T: alcohol is quite forward, however fairly well blended. otherwise difficult to describe. soft and medium bodied. slightly yeasty

M: Soft but mutely astringent

D: Not bad, but the flavor doesn't stand out. inoffensive but uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 22:56:34 | More by sfprint
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 15 Nov 2010, reviewed 06 Aug 2010. This was part of a four pack bought in Belgium and brought home to review at leasure.

Poured slowly into a Corsendonk stemmed tulip: Light amber, even light orange in colour, with a good white head on top. Plenty of carbonisation showing on the sides of the glass at first. The brew had a slight haze to it.

Very floral, spiced and sweet country garden type aroma.

The initial taste was of sugared water (with alcohol), a headache in the making! I tried to find flavours or a taste, some yeasty hints could be found within the sweetness, but not much else.

If I have had a sweeter, less flavoursome Belgian Tripel in my life I can't remember it.

Sorry to say the smell is the best part of this beer. I had to get some brown bread and Pié d'Angloys soft French cheese to help me finish the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:54:00 | More by BlackHaddock
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this tripel during a game of Colonists of Catan. Poured in a La Trappe chalice it is a pity that the head disappeared very fast. This makes the beer less 'good looking'. That's why i have to rate it with a 2. The next bottle i got had the same problem.

The smell is as a triple should be. The yeast is good noticable together with some spices and citrus. For the rest a very nice triple but the head should be better looked after.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 21:03:49 | More by Brabander
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thierrynantes

France

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle 33 cl. tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden colour with white foamy head.
Smell : malt, alcohol and fruits aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : yeasty spiced and fruity, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 19:19:14 | More by thierrynantes
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice large, white, foamy, frothy, fluffy hefad and light frothy lace. Head mostly disappeared within minutes. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is classic Belgian Triple ale: yeasty, malty, hoppy, candy sugar vinieous. Flavor is similar and with the standard effect of sweetness, bitterness stand out more. Alcohol is pronounced. Good beer. Nothing great. Good body and carbonation. Like many other Triples. Could be a session for slow drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 17:53:59 | More by drpimento
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light blond color, slightly cloudy. The nose is far from exciting and offers little flavor. The mouth is very syrupy, light hints of melon acid very subtle, and far from appetizing. Presence of alcohol in the throat too intrusive in that it prevents other flavors - if there are other flavors - to develop. Triple very weak compared to its glorious sisters.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 21:30:10 | More by ThaCreep
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra points for the presentation: It is served in the bottle with two glasses: one the traditional stemware, the other a shot glass--this is for the yeast sediment. I poured the larger glass first, moderating the head. I was impressed to see it last as well as coat the glass with a blanket of fine bubbles. The main glass was nearly clear and was golden in color. The shot glass was definitively whiter.

The aroma was mild. Despite being a trippel, it was not notably alcoholic to the nose. There was also little hop. This smelled like a pale amber beer.

The flavor was nutty with a strong alcohol bite given the nose. The swallow featured an acidic citrus bite. The finish has a lot of pepper to it, but it is short lived. The body was thinner than most trippels, but the carbonation was very good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 17:34:01 | More by smcolw
Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9 from Brouwerij Haacht NV
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.