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Sint Canarus Tripel - Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus

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Sint Canarus TripelSint Canarus Tripel

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BA SCORE
82
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 03-14-2004)
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Reviews by MaltistLupulist:
Photo of MaltistLupulist
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the contents of a an 11.2 oz. bottle, including sediment, into a chalice. I'm not sure I've ever witnessed the presence of such an absurd amount of lees in as limited an amount of liquid as this; it's as if it's the Belgian response to Turkish coffee. Otherwise, the appearance is a brilliant honey orange with a sustained but slowly diminishing head which leaves a respectable if splotchy lacing.

The aroma is a little on the faint side, but I perceive, most prominently, sour apple and some sweet bready malts, lending the nose a sort of apple turnover/apple strudel quality. There's some subtle spice here, too...difficult to identify until I've actually tasted it, but I suspect coriander plays a pivotal role. Lastly, a scarcely noticeable delicate vinous trait is interwoven with the more apparent features of the nose.

The flavor is a peculiar mix of tart citrus rind, clean but abrasive bittering hops (which, presumably, are the prime contributor to the somewhat soapy finish), coriander, and, unfortunately, some readily discernible alcohol, although this last factor somehow becomes less pronounced as I proceed. There is some awkward incongruity among the flavor components but, all in all, the taste is agreeable if not exemplary. I'm especially partial to the dry (if soapy) finish.

Light- to medium-bodied; quite lively carbonation-wise but finishes dry and mellow.

Drinkability is decent; as aforementioned, the alcohol seems sharp and unpleasant initially but desensitization quickly sets in. I actually had more difficulty with the hops: while the booziness seemed less prominent as I proceeded, the lupulin seemed to become increasingly aggressive, almost to the point of astringency.

I have no regrets about trying this beer; it's certainly nowhere near a drainpour, but the positive attributes are too few to entice me to seek it out again. When tasting it, there is a fleeting moment when all the flavors come together harmoniously, but this is entirely too brief, and is preceded by a clumsy convergence of disparate flavors and followed by an anticlimactic (although not unpleasant) finish.

MaltistLupulist, Apr 02, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeast, spices, wheat and bready malt. The flavor is lemon, yeast and bread. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good tripel, even if it is not as complex as some of the better examples of the style.

Mora2000, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Kraken
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/5/09

Received as a birthday present, thanks Brian. Popped the cap on this bad boy to a prolonged hiss and a beer geyser. Emergency dumping into the 16oz pint glass yielded massive 5 finger head. Head displays nice staying power, and provides a copious lacing. Color is slightly cloudy, light straw amber with moderate suspended sediment.

Nose- Slight clove in nose, very light lemon zest.

Palate- Mild lemon zest. Slightly astringent, with an herbal almost medicinal quality about it. Light sweetness about it. Very pleasant. Light and zippy. Alcohol is present but well hidden, showing itself only in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Active, slightly soapy.

Drinkability- Pretty nice but not my favorite triple.

Kraken, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

zonker17, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a pale yellow-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, tart, fruit, bread, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, fruit, banana, spice, earth, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into this one not really expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised upon inspection. There was a nice balance of flavors and aromas going on here while making it fairly complex at the same time. The breadiness was a very nice touch and helped to tie some of the notes on this one together. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity and are a big fan of the style.

thagr81us, May 15, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dirty orange with a heavy state of turbidity of macro-particles creating a muddled appearance. A billowy head rises to the occasion, 2 fingers high, and ivory colored displaying a respectable rate of retention. Visible carbonation , or what could be determined beneath the murky appearance, looked strong with the brief glimpses I caught. The particulate matter was rustic orange in color creating a thick haze of obstruction and lied in suspension not moving much even in the midst of the strong carbonation. The lacing was soapy with random patches.

S: The nose was yeasty with a tart citric nature. The initial impression was one of moderate strength, but soon fades to gentle suggestions of semi-dry oranges and bread soon after. A light spiciness of hops closes things out.

T: The initial flavor was spicy with light tart notes of tangerines first coming to mind. Bready and loaded with orange citrus it had a fizzy carbonation with a tart and acidic nature. Traces of wheat come through along with spicy hops on the close that is also accompanied by grapefruit peel and a spicing of coriander. The finish is slightly dry, tart and citric, well suited per style rounding out with a gentle dry and sour twang.

M: The mouthful was bright and very active, full bodied and creamy in texture. Warming with a dry sour twang of citrus teases the tongue for a brief while after the swallow.

D: A very easy drinking tripel. Spicy, tart with a nice citric appeal this goes down quite nicely even at 7.5% with a gentle warming.

beerthulhu, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +12.4%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with a spicy yeast. Taste is comprised of a spicy yeast with maybe some pepper and light coriander as well as a nice malt backbone and a slightly dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with some great carbonation. I thought this was slightly too dry and some light traces of alcohol were slightly disappointing.

Phyl21ca, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of n2185
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange with three fingers of billowing white head that fades into a dense cap with excellent lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front followed by lots of candy sugar and bubblegum. There are also light aromas of pears and white grapes. The finish smells of chalky yeast.

T: Lots of spices and strong yeasty characters dominate the flavor. I decanted the pour, but the yeast characters dominate with spicy and bitter notes.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit underattenuated and could use more carbonation. The heavy yeast character doesn't help.

O: Not a bad tripel, but not particularly good, either. It looks great and smells nice, but the flavor and body are a big letdown.

n2185, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My bottle of Sint Canarus Tripel had some problems. There were some hints of musty barnyard.

A: Orange colour and a big 4 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Spicy Belgian yeast with something else... a funky odour that I don't love. 3.5

T: Taste is a little off to begin with but there are also some pleasant, sweet, woody flavours. There is some flavour there, I'm not sure what it is, that I don't like. Like an old barnyard. 3

M: Foamy and well carbonated. 4

O: There were some problems with my bottle. 3

vandemonian, May 13, 2011
Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

desint, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A snapping sounding carbonation out of the bottle, hits with an off white head, it looks very soapy, very shampoo like, but it manages lots of lacing and retention and clumpy character. Body color is slightly hazy, but mostly a nice orange orb glowing, with classic white pinhead rising carbonation. Nice looking brew.

Nose is alright and fairly solid. A real dry spiced clove sense. Fruit apple and delicious chew bursting flesh. Fairly simple but pretty good. After some time though, the nose doesn't really become obvious. You really need to snort it.

Taste is kind of neutral. Fruit angle hinting of apple on the nose doesn't seem to come through with a bit of a wet angle. Very dry finish, even an almost woody tannic quality to it as all, and a big dry mouth on the finish.

Overall it's not bad, but certainly not a tripel that I would jump at the chance of trying again.

smakawhat, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a tall cylinder glass. Pours a hazy, light orange amber, thick three finger head and massive lacing. Aroma of light fruit, spices and light malt caramel malt. Flavor of caramel, light fruit, brown sugar and light spicing. Nice light hops finish. Not complex, but very nicely balanced and very tasty. I will buy again.

LiquidAmber, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl stubby bottle, poured into a Westmalle Chalice. I allowed some of the sediment (by mistake) to enter the glass, so the beer took on a slightly hazy look. Old orange peel colour with a crisp white foaming head.

A sweetish aroma, apple pie with a caramel crust, mixed with yeast and grapefruit esters, nice!

Its best before date was 7th Apr 2012, so it was very fresh when reviewed (4th Nov 2009). It was spritzy and tart, young and refreshing, ageing could well mellow the beer, who knows? The taste was an agreeable blend of what a tripel should taste of; good quality hops, barley and yeasts, brewed in that Belgian way no one else on earth can quiet manage.

Considering it has 7.5%ABV within, it didn't seem to carry an alcoholic kick, you could detect the strenght but it didn't creep up on you like some tripels I've had, nor did it protrude out like a pointed stick.

Very easy to drink and put me in the mood for more beers, sadly I had things to do.

BlackHaddock, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

CWhite, May 20, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +12.4%

JohnK17, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml stubby abbey-style brown bottle.

It pours like and average tripel, a bit murky for the style. It is a peachy brown with a tall, foamy, white head. It is a super foamy head. It slowly recedes with a thick coating of lacing, and I mean coating.

The nose is super fruity, there is some pear, apple, white grape, and orange. The orange really seems to be the focal point. It is accented by some honey and caramel notes. The thing I love about Tripels is they always have interesting and unique scents.

The taste is a bit more subtle, but it is fantastic. The main flavor is a nice alcoholic caramel and some light fruity esters. There is a noticeable sweetness, but it isn't overpowering or cloying, and the same goes for the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very prickly and I have to dock the mouthfeel a little bit. But overall, solid, solid brew.

crossovert, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and pretty decent lacing. The nose is kind of intriguing and a bit unusual for a tripel. I get some honey and pineapple, mixed with vanilla, smoked meat and light spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, though I like the light bitterness and somewhat dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, moderately sweet and slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I get no sense of heat or heaviness on the finish.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is still a pretty solid tripel.

John_M, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Easy to develop head, big poofy edges like cotton balls and puppydog tails, mild to creamy pharmaceutical emulsion in the center above a chilled honey color. It has low lacing, but great retention time. This is the Michael Jordan of hang-time when comparing it to previous beers I've reviewed this week.

S- Straw, sharp spice notes, pilsner malt, ethanol. Very light aroma, not much strength or lingering power. Faint orange slice acidity, the bouquet that wafts at you from across the room making you wonder who could possibly be opening an orange right now.

T- Opens light bitterness, straw, grass, and lingers with that. There is that unmistakeable pilsner malt flavor, misplaced ethanol power, and belgian yeast. Its like a sweet hay flavor making me think brett. The finish is insanely dry and very clean.

M- Super crisp right off the bat. Like, SLAM BAM thank you sam! But my name isn't sam, and I don't want this. Fuck off, give me some time to understand you! No! DON'T TOUCH MY PALATE LIKE THAT! Ahh! Why won't it fade, its slick... it rushes into all my crevices, the oily nature of it, the fluid thin power. Its... its touching me and I don't want it to. When its finished, I can't help but keep feeling its bitter nature all over my tongue... reminding me.. taunting me. You. Will. Not. Forget. ME.

It doesn't have much going for complexity, and its mouthfeel drives me up a wall. It has imperial pilsner characteristics but also makes me think of belgian pale ale. Really, really light and crisp belgian pale ale.

Khazadum, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Brown in color. Thick consistency with lots of floaties and sediment. Not much lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, apples, esters and some spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, apples, esters, and a mixed array of spices. A decent flavor, if a little unfocused.

M: Highly carbonated with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but not the most mind-altering beer I've ever tried.

avalon07, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of paterlodie
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 15-06-04. Nice white head and a golden beercollor with big particles. Nose is heavy koreander, some orange, good maltyness and overall fresh carracter. Taste is spicy, koreander, lots of alcohol, good malts and quiet bitter in the end. Good body with good carbonisation and balanced taste make mouthfeel fine.Well drinkable beer that I enjoyed all the way.

paterlodie, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 11, 2013
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Sint Canarus Tripel from Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.