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Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9 - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: drpimento on 01-29-2010)
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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

smcolw, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

BlackHaddock, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

wl0307, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +9.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

drpimento, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Bierman9, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

thecheapies, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

JohnK17, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

thierrynantes, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

patre_tim, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Lehighace06
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Lehighace06, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Brabander
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Brabander, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: nearly clear, gold-tinged yellow in color... impressive, tufted-cottony tower of foam, bright white in color, nice staying power... left the lees in the bottle - not much

S: unripe bananas, subtle shortbread malts, esters the scent of grape skins and nutmeg... the mildly medicinal, phenolic spice cuts through all else... not much depth behind it

T: assertive, lasting, vaguely clove-y phenolic spiciness with a supple hop bitterness atop a base of clean pilsner malts... perhaps a touch of toasted biscuit on the back end... all about the spicy alcohol notes here, as if they're trying to say "this is our tripel. it'll do the job!"

M: a bit too light-bodied and airy... good bit of residual carbonation - seems to expand and fill the mouth with air on the way down - not diggin' that... moderately dry finish... alcohol seems to stun and numb the taste buds a good bit

O: eerily similar to Victory's Golden Monkey... pretty basic, industrial tripel... kinda comes across as a premium malt liquor, or something of that nature... hardly extraordinary... had a few of Haacht's beers now - at the moment, kinda seeing them as Belgium's BMC - similar recipes, little variance

Bouleboubier, May 08, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.55/5  rDev -3%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

HattedClassic, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of mikeg67
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle. Pours golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is funky yeas, pale malt, spices and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Spicy yeast, candy sugar, some hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Overall it’s good brew

mikeg67, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -18%

OriolesFan1008, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Sigmund
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Sigmund, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +9.3%

rekel, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of sfprint
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

sfprint, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BJSmit, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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%.

RuudJH, Jun 01, 2011
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Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9 from Brouwerij Haacht NV
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.