Vivat Triple | Brasserie historique de l'Abbaye du Cateau

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Brasserie historique de l'Abbaye du Cateau

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

chilled 75cl bottle poured into a Westmalle branded chalice glass.

Pours a deep bronze gold color. Finishes with a light fluffy head of about 2 fingers but it swiftly dissipates away to leave a thin patchy layer.

The aroma is fairly subdued with fruit notes of mild apple and kiwi over powering a very faint malt character.

Taste is very much similar to its aromatic character with a stronger emphasis on spicy malt being one noticeable exception.

The mouthfeel of this Tripel is characterized by a very quick short attack. Words like long and lingering don't bond easy when critiquing this beer. The taste is very fresh and crisp upfront with a mild spicey malt sensation before quickly fading to dry.

This is a good beer but unfortunately many people may struggle to hold it in high regard against more well known Tripels. I will also add that this is my first offering from Brasserie De L'Abbaye Du Cateau and i'm keen to try a few more

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle from an Auchan: Caged and corked bottle. The cork came out easily, with only a muffled "pop". This one pours a slightly hazy, lighter golden color, There was quite the head of white foam on top. It leaves one lacing as it subsides. Somewhat lighter aroma for a triple, but what was there is nice. Bready, yeasty, clove, mild other spices and some apple are noted. Faint apples, as well as some other fruit notes in the taste. Some wheat and malt flavors. Slightly sweet, with no hops noticeable. Drinks easy. A nice beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of perfect peachy fruity ester with some nice delicate floral notes. Taste is a nice mix between some floral malt with again strong notes of fruity and peachy ester dominating. Full body with great carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Very well done but I still think that the aroma was incredible and could hardly match the flavour.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent strong blond beer from the SAQ, recent. Malty sweet aroma, than more yeasty later in the bottle. Yellow body with rising carbonation noticed, white head and lacy. The mouthfeel is soft, and then offset somewhat by the carbonation. Not a Belgian triple.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a pale yellow, with a hint of orange hues. Solid head that settled down to a film, a ring of lace settles where the liquid does not touch the edge of the glass. Hints of wheat malt, sour apples, pear and peach in the aroma, a solid ester profile for this beer from France. Quite a good reminder of belgian wild ales in the nose with a balanced sourness. Flavor reminds me of chimay 5 cents, alot of malt with a hint of candi and coconut, a rather firm but balanced bitterness in the finish.

I liked this beer, I think it is up to par with a good abbey ale.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Neat-but-gimmicky earthenware bottle/jug with a caged cork that is a little too small for this beer. One little nudge and it fire off, heading straight up with a loud pop. Not sure how far it would have gone, as my ceiling interrupted its flight and sent it angling off to the other side of the room.

Ridiculously foamy white head, though I was expecting this. The beer itself is kind of a cloudy golden-orange. The head settles down reasonably quickly and leaves a mess of lacing on the glass, almost like a broken latticework.

Sweet, fruit smell with a bit of cloves and pepper to the nose. Apples and candi sugar mingle in there. Slightly tart finish.

Very mild taste, light fruit sugars. Slight apple taste. Somewhat sour as it warms, increasing as it hits the back of the tongue. A a little bit of caramel and clove in there too.

Nice mouthfeel. It starts off a bit high on the carbonation but opens up nicely. A bit cloying and at 8.3% this is a sipper. Not one I'd repeate in a night, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of wl0307
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 31/05/2014, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet.

A: pours a murky dark orangey amber colour, coming with a thin layer of off-white foam with good retention, on top of moderate carbonation.
S: lightly vinous and lactic yeasty against a mild backbone of amber malts, while an acute aroma of sour-sweet white prunes, perfumy (straw)berries, sour plums and pears retain on the side. Very different than one’s ordinary Tripel.
T: lightly effervescent, spiced prune-ish on the front, lightly metallic, then herbal bitter-sweetness and licorice-like undertones develop on top of the more lingering fruitiness as of oxidised pears or apples, along with a touch of lactic sour-sweetness and tannic hawthorn fruits. The finishing touch is somewhat… rusty, lightly lactic as well as slightly tannic, while the hop bitterness is not here to shine apart from lending a balancing weight overall.
M&O: lightly effervescent and creamy on the palate, witnessing good bottle-conditioning, the body remains medium given the 8.3%abv. and the alc. hides pretty well in general. This generally semi-balanced Tripel has fruit esters dominating the theme while malts come slightly less than necessary to render a “gravity” in the middle. All in all, this beer is far superior to the same brewery’s Blonde that I tried last night, but as far as Tripel is concerned I find it a rather simplistic interpretation.

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Photo of Derek
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light straw with a huge blond head, great retention & lace.

S: Candied pineapple & papaya, steelie/metallic, light earthiness and subtle hints of phenolic spicing.

T: Dried fruit (pineapple, papaya and mango), earthy, steelie/metallic, wheaty biscuit, light phenolic spicing, good bitterness, hints of brett-like acidity.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D/O: None of the flavours are over-the-top, but they're really well integrated and it's a very nice drinker.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stoneware bottle beer (50cl), tasted in 2007.

Appearance: amber color, with white foam head (bubbles average)
Smell: grass, notes of caramel
Taste and mouthfeel: fresh attack, fruity in the mouth, but watered.
Drinkability: an average beer in the style triple

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AlexF
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 corked bottle.

The Vivat Triple is of a very plain yellow-ish colour. Big and lasting head. A lot of lacing.

Smells of honey, grass and orange.

Taste like a very balanced triple, without being overly sweet. Strong honey finish. Very good drinkability, despite a little lack of flavours.

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Photo of rodenbach99
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a abbey beer from France, in a 750ml brown bottle with a cork.

A: golden coulour a lot of carbonitation in the first glass less in the second ( one after the other)
S: some sourness on the nose
T: spicy tone on the finish, some sourness.
M; medium-bodied beer
D: not a great abbey beer.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Comes in earthen jug. Cloudy golden brownish-orange apple cider-like color w/frothy white head, good retention.

S-Malty w/spice, apple, pear and flowers.

T&M-Similar to nose: light fruit, apple, faint apricot, spicy, lightly toasted malt, slightly sweet, minerals in finish and aftertaste.

D-Highly drinkable, alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this one as a gift for Christmas 2009. Wanted to try it for a long time.

A: Golden yellow color with some orange in it. Little head but lots of carbonation. A more aggressive pours for the second glass produce a nice white foam head that sticks quite well to the glass. Upgrading the score from 3.5 to 4.0.
S: Fruity with some spices notes. Some alcohol in the smell.
T: Still fruity domination in the taste. A little bit metallic too. No bitterness and not so dry too.
M: Medium body with carbonation presence in the mouth.
D: Drinkability is high.

A nice beer to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Kakaraht
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden brown hazy color with a generous head of fine white bubbles with tight lacing.

S: It has a very Saisony smell with light fruits and sour notes. Smells very pale and lightly malted.

T: Very floral flavor with hints of pale lemon and Belgian yeast. It has a faint spiciness and a slight sour aftertaste. The alcohol is present as it warms.

M: It is light bodied but heavy on the pallet, lingering with a very Belgian strong pale ale sort of way.

D: Very nice beer, a little over priced here in Vancouver but still a very smooth and floral beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked brown jug that I believe was bottled Jan. 2011 poured into Mc Chouffe goblet. Thanks to my buddy Brian for thinking of me on his trip to Europe.
A: Pours a clear light golden with an enormously billowing bright white head that slowly faded into a rocky film that left chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet fruits including pear and bit on ripe banana, peppery Belgian spices, and a good dose of sweet candied sugar.
T: Follows the nose with sweet flavors of fruit, sugar and spices. I get notes of pear, golden apple juice, banana, clove, Belgian yeast, and a touch of earthy, herbal hops. The finish is candy sweet, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and spicy.
M: Body is definitely thickened up by the massive amount of carbonation, but the bubbles are soft and create a creamy mouthfeel.
O: Good sweet fruity tripel that I enjoyed to drink. Definitely not my favorite though, but there’s nothing really wrong with this one. It definitely looked like a good tripel should. Thanks again bbb099.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - fluffy big puffy head cloudy lemon amber. Washes of lacing.

S - sweet malty a bit of fruit. Apricot.

T - hoppy parching but sweet. Malty. Aftertaste is not complex slightly citrus

M - smooth a little frothy thanks to the moutanous head.

D - very pleasant and drinkable but not remarkable.

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Photo of dcdarko
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 31DEC12

Cool bottle, great marketing. Pours a light apricot ale with a thick quilt of fine creamy foam. Smells of funky hay, a bit of grassy hops, some mint and pine, a sweet yeast and hint of coriander. A nice grainy, corny thick pilsner like triple ale. This is an atypical beer and I like it' nice and earthy with good character. Medium on thick body with tight assertive carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of samEBC
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ant1
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Synapstic
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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