Finesse | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A 3 grain (barley, wheat, rye) tripel aged on pine needles.

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Photo of stcules
2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Quite dark orange, slightly hazy, with a beautiful off-white foam.
Heavy smell, where's the flowers? Rioe fruit, melon. And alcohol.
Not better taste, still heavy, sweet, too much. And again, alcohol.
Full body, again sweet aftertaste.
Definitely too sweet. Strange thing, for this brewery.

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Photo of Scooter1027
1.59/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Holy smoke batman. Not what I expected in a tripel. Got some rye spiciness, and very noticable yeast character. But bottom line it smelled and tasted of smoke. Wasn't anticipating a rauchbier.

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Photo of jjcote
1.83/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Hopefully this was a bad bottle. I could not drink this beer and I've suffered though some bad ones. Taste like a glass of water that sat the nightstand during an inferno. Likely ruined my taste buds for the night. Not for me.

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Photo of hotsudge
1.23/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I think we have a bad bottle...

A- golden orange with a small lacey head. Very chunky, more than the usual yeast at the bottom.

S- smoke

T- smoke

F- I couldn't make it to feel because the taste was horrible!

O- smoke smoke smoke

I do think we ended up with a bad bottle, as this undrinkable. At $19 a bottle this is a huge disappointment.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, small white head goes fast to sticky lace and some floating bubbles.
Rye pops in the smell, and green spicy hops. There's also caramel and honey, flowers, apple, apricot, some pine.
Taste is complex and has that specific Dochter van de Korenaar feel, with slightly smoked mixed cereals, some sour lemon zest, faint pineapple and unrripe orchard fruit (thus a bit acidic). Belgian yeasts. Honey sweetness, herbal notes, a bit floral, and lots of pine and leafy hops in the finish.
Medium body, kinda fizzy, but helps lift to the palate the spicy hops (+ the yeastiness). No alcohol apparent, but should be drunk carefully.
Tasty and strong, a nice mix of spicy grains and hops, might seem weird and off to people that aren't used with Dochter van de Korenaar brews. Not the usual tripel.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange colour, nicely transparent, some carbonation bubbles showing up. Thin white head (at most one finger) but nicely firm and persistent

S- Sweet caramel malts, maybe a hint of honey. Lots of fruity notes also on the fruity side, i'm picking peach and pear. A light herbal whiff. Feels nicely plenty/rich on the aroma

T- Sweet malts as suggested, bready and caramel with a touch of rustic spiciness. A nice bittering herbal feel brings balance and leaves you wanting for another sip. Fruity esters as suggested by the aroma though not so bright, a touch of warming alcohol feel

M- Dense body as well as quite dense carbonation, very full on the mouth but somehow not so round, i'm feeling a bit of an unpleasant sharp edge on the palate

O- Not a standard tripel but overall a very tasty and fine crafted one

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a small white head.
Nose shows caramel, bready malt and a cidery notes. Also some industrial booze.
Very similar flavours. Sweet malt, bready and caramel notes. Cider and industrial characters. Soft booze.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glowing orange-amber with thin white film that sheets.
Deep honey malts, woody whisky notes and some spice.
Overripe nectarine, apricot jam, rye spice, some pine resin, and a big noble bite.
Grassy finish and fruity linger.
Medium to full, lots of chew, round, hot and sticky.

Way too dark and thick for a tripel, with no spice to cut it. The bitterness (I do get the pine needle aging) just about saves it. You could tell me this was a RyePA and I'd believe it - but I still wouldn't love it.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quaffed a 0.33l bottle of this in my Maastricht room on 06Oct12 before heading out for some last night of the trip revelry....

It had a somewhat of a medium caramel color, with a little haze. Head started at about 1/4" and ebbed back a bit, to a thin, fine, light beige layer. Lacing was real nice! Nose had some candi here and there, plus some ripe melon. Was even a touch rindy. Body was medium, and it was creamy smooth on the tongue.

Some caramel was noted in the flavor, with a hint of rye-like spiciness evident. Had some fruitiness, but more spice than anything else, likely from the rye and yeast. Fruits which are present here are like apricot and pithy tangerine. Finish was dry and crisp. Decent, but a touch different from your standard Tripel. Prosit!

3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright beige color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bready yeast with light spicy rye malt and some rustic malt notes. Taste is a solid mix between some spicy rye malt notes with a bready yeast with some fruity ester and some rustic malt notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Solid offering with multiple layers of complexity and original mix of different cereals.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tripel brewed with barley, wheat and rye malts. The beer pours an orange, brown color with a fast settling head.

The smell is a nice balance between the fruitiness and maltiness. The yeast adds an exotic fruity smell, remiscent of lychee and pear and cherries. The combination of the malts, especially the rye malt add a 'thick' and nutty smell.

The taste is fruity with a light solvent edge. The fruit reminds of melon and lychee. The 3 grains add a special touch to the concept of a tripel. The ryemalt (probably) adds a full body and gives a full body. The beer is nicely balanced, it's bitterness is perfect and the 8,5 % alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at De Bier Koning in Amsterdam.

A - Light amber in color with some fogginess. Foam is thin with some lacing.

S - Scent of malts and some sweetness. The smell has richness to it.

T - The taste has malt, hops, and a slight hit of alcohol at the end of the taste. Initially the taste did not match the smell but as the beer warmed the flavors became apparent.

M -.Medium mouthfeel but with smoothness and a clean flavor.

O - Overall this a good beet with Belgian hoppiness with a nice amount of malts with nice finish of alcohol. I would encourage anyone to try this beer.

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

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. One finger fine white head with decent retention and lacing. Light fruit and caramel malt aroma with slight Belgian spicing. Taste is subdued, light fruit, light citrus, sweet malt. Somewhat dry finish with light hops. A lingering slight astringent bitterness in the finish, but faint enough to not detract from the nice flavor. Medium bodied, almost creamy. Somewhat dry and subdued for a tripel, but interesting and obviously well made. Glad I tried this, but not my favorite tripel.

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Photo of argock
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Best by Apr 2013 stamped on card. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $11.99.

A: Fairly dark amber with 1-finger off-white almost apricot head with average retention and a few tongues of lace.

S: The aroma is kind of dank with a woody, sour apple note that hangs over all of the light fruity pear and apricot notes which are not subtle. I don't know if the sour note comes from the yeast, the fermentation, fusels, or the conditioning on pine resin but it does not work for me on any level.

T: The flavor carries forward the same dank, sour, woody notes from the aroma which combines with a fairly alcoholic and sweet base. The maltiness is caramelly with some bready character. The esters are varied and interesting with lots of floral, pear, and apricot notes. The sour note unfortunately clouds it all and casts a pall on what might otherwise be a pretty interesting beer.

M: Very smooth with controlled carbonation and a very full body with a dry, crisp finish.

O: A very disappointing beer after revelling in Embrasse. This beer definitely needs time to calm but I am not sure it will still be to my taste as I think the sour woody character will continue to dominate the otherwise interesting and lively fruity qualities. Far too woody and alcoholic to be a good tripel at this stage -- I have serious doubts, no matter how much brown paper they put on the bottle that this will be a beer I would enjoy.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter for a somehow voluminous one-finger offwhite head on a rather cloudy brownish-red body. Has that standard triple aroma of yeast and orange and caramel I always seem to find in Belgians, as well a more grainy dry malt edge to the point of bready and biscuity but there's alsom some sweetness from candi sugar and some fruit sweetness like plush/tropical fruits. Beer has a medium body, light and smooth though with a crisp finish. The fruits come out on the tastebuds and there's a mix of tropical like pear and citric, even tart flavors like orange and lemon (very small). Aside from fruity sweetness the malts retain their balance as I pick up some caramel, sugary goodness as well as a hearty breadiness for a fuller beer and leads to dry, crisp finish. A quality triple I should let age next time as it's a little wild.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just brought this back from the store and it's at cellar temp. Opened as a slow gusher and poured with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy, thick, cream colored head that lasts forever and some lace. Color is a clear honey amber with loads of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is super yeasty plus spice, malt, earth, bread dough, caramel, and pears. Flavor's like nose, but with the basic characteristics of bitter, sweet, and acid writ large. However, there's an odd mineral or chemical component there that is definite and detracting. Excellent body & carbonation. Finish is like flavor and longish. Very good with a strong cheese.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale tawny hue with a rich cloudiness and two fingers of creamy white head. A great-looking tripel.

Smell: rich malty aroma with a little spicy kick to it. It lacks the complex fruitiness I normally like in a tripel, but the malt aroma is strong enough to make up for it.

Taste: very rich and strong malt flavor with a big alcohol bang to it. Again, it lacks in complexity but its meaty malt is big enough to overcome such subtleties.

Mouthfeel: rich body with an extremely well-integrated carbonation which yields an awesome creaminess. Maybe just a notch or two below perfect.

Overall: a nice tripel. I like mine more complex, typically, but this malty brute is a nice change of pace and is very well-crafted.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a very hazy golden color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet light malts with large amounts of honey-soaked apricots and pears. Also present are slight amounts of white pepper and even slighter amounts of earthy hops.

Tastes better balanced than it smells. Smooth light malts up front are joined quickly by ripe pear and apricot flavors. Midway through hints of breadiness come into play before they’re pushed aside by leafy hops and slight spices that temper the sweetness, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer had too much sweetness for me to enjoy it as much as others in the style and the spices were slightly out of place.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled wrapped in white paper, with a silver ribbon, and label stapled to the top. 22.4 ounce bottle. This Three Cereal Tripel pours a very cloudy bright yellow with a small all white quickly dissipating head. Smells only of Belgium yeast, fine malts, fruits, and slight spice. First sip is super smooth with light fruit, wheat and rye dominating. Nicely bodied and perfectly carbonated makes for a great mouth feel.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bare bottle inside a stapled shut brown bag with a lime-green tag. Pours a murky, golden amber color with a large white head. Scent is pretty unique with a strong yogurt aroma. Lots of sweet malt and floral notes as well. Not much spiciness in the nose. Taste is initially malty with nice hoppiness. Then the spiciness kicks in, followed by vanilla and butterscotch. Finishes sweet with some Brett-like character...which is weird. Some bread as well. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and quite pleasant. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is awesome! I'm glad my buddy picked this up.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finesse | volume 660 ml. | 8.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar [Belgium]
Style: Tripel
Glass: Duvel tulip

It's wrapped in simple brown paper and stapled with a cardboard tag. The bottle itself is unmarked and label-less—sometimes, though not always, a hint of quality (and dedication to brewing over marketing). Ok I'm interested.

Hazy amber body with an exceptional 2" mound of head. The clumps of lacing are unreal. It's bottle conditioned, so expect free-floating yeast.

Sweet and floral—an aroma unlike that of any other tripel I've had. Notes of apricot, peach, and lemon are dominant.

Sappy sweet almost to a fault, like candied apricots dipped in butterscotch. Complex floral notes dart in and out of perception, and an offsetting grapefruit bitterness balances out the flavors mid-sip. White pepper, tangy hops, and fluffy wheat give it a hefeweizen-like quality, but the alcohol density and hearty rye malt quickly pull it back towards tripel territory. Chewy and sugary aftertaste with a hint of lemon tang and graham cracker breadiness.

Viscous, and full-bodied. It languidly rolls through the mouth, depositing gobs of flavor throughout. Carbonation is low.

This is a very sweet beer on the verge of being cloying. At the same time, it has uncommon poise and sophistication. The sour grapefruit goes far in balancing the sweet apricot flavor, and the result is a sumptuous, overstuffed sensory overload, bursting with many layers of flavor. That said, drinking it is like being force fed a spoon of honey with every gulp—it's a simple and natural sweetness, but too much of a good thing in this case.

Would I get it again?:
Undecided. Worth a try, especially for those with a sweet tooth.

Bottled: ?
Served: May 3, 2010

Price = $10.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Photo of kkipple
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Bruisin' Ales. Fine presentation, paper covered plain brown bottle with a little cardboard tag which reads "Best before August 2012". We are well before the cutoff, even so, into my trusty big Tripel Karmeliet it goes!

A. Massive, fluffy eggshell white head explodes into the glass, sticks around for the better part of the show, and sneaks out the side door, leaving gobs of generous lacing stuck to the globe of my goblet. The beer is a bottle conditioned (yeasty bits abound) opaque dirty orange-gold. Lots of character here.

S. Sweet, with a distinct apricot note, grainy and dare I say, Kiuchi like. Once you know what to look for, the rye is evident. Tangerines and, peachy wheat. Sweet and full, billowy. Yeast from the bottom adds character, some vitamin B. Could be more spicy and dry for my tastes; this takes a different tack.

T. Stays on course following the nose: lots of sugar-sweets, orange colored fruits, mildly tropical, creamy, some white pepper, wheat spice (Hefe), well rounded and full flavored, good, but lacks that really intriguing dry / fluffy note I really love in Tripels. This is fuller bodied and less carbonated, despite the huge head.

M. Mid-heavy, adequate carbonation but not as zippy as it could / should be... long lingering spicy-rye orangey fruity flavors + a little warmth from the booze. Nice.

O. This is a good Tripel, but not one of the greats. Better than most, worse than some I suppose. A little on the untraditional side. I would buy Finesse again.

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Photo of farrago
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid finger of off-white foam, moderate density helps it dissipate at a steady, slower rate, the lacing accumulates more in splotches than streaks. Bright carrot orange color, very slight turn to brassy yellow, opaque and captures light inside fully, the loose bubbles kind of remind you of a snow globe. There's a corn flake, shredded wheat aspect to the nose at first, then takes a big turn toward peat moss, tar, wet brown earth and clay, thin peppery zip, none of this to ignore the attractive mango, peach, apricot, melon fruit scents as well as chocolate coated caramel, repeated sniffs once more bring the metallic rust and earthiness to the fore. Full-bodied, not so much dense as stuffed with fluffy carbonation, like a down pillow. Here you get a big round spoonful of orange marmalade and pink grapefruit juice in front of honey, cane sugar and hard caramel candy. The apricot, peach, nectarine fruit keeps an element of mango and papaya nearby. You still are served some metallic shavings, dirt splattered stones and dried field grasses but nowhere near as hoppy or earthy as the nose. There's a regal bearing here, refuses to simply sweeten itself as to ingratiate. Which heightens drinkability. You can drink it quickly, that is if you can stop simply sniffing it.

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Photo of John_M
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark gold color with exceptional head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose is pretty mute, with some light honey and vanilla and not much else. On the palate, there's plenty of flavor in this fairly sweet beer, and I appreciate the hoppy bitterness in the finish that counters and balances the sweetness. Otherwise, it shows some caramel, butterscoth and honey, along with a bitter finish that dries it out a bit at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet, bitter and candy filled finish. Drinikability is OK, though the sweetness and somewhat noticeable alcohol wear on me just a bit.

Not a bad beer (certainly better then the courage), but hardly anything to get excited about either.

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at AuRants, Duryea, PA.

The beer was an orange tinted golden color with about a finger of off-white head. Slightly hazed, it kept the head pretty well, with a nice lace and some webbing on the sides.

Smell was very fruity, peaches immediately came to mind, with some sweet malt and some pine resin as well. Some grass and spice were also apparent.

Taste was also quite fruity and surprisingly bitter. Again there was some peach flavor and some lemon zest, plus some sweet malt that had a bit of a honey-like quality to it, although I don't think this is brewed with any honey. Not as sweet as many tripels, and in fact it's much more bitter. There is a persistent, resiny and slightly grainy bitterness as well as some spice that take over and linger into the finish.

Mouthfeel was a bit more than a medium body, quite crisp and pretty smooth. Not as creamy perhaps as some tripels and pretty dry in the finish with the spicy bitterness.

This is certainly a different sort of tripel, a good bit hoppier and more bitter than many, and not quite as sweet. I like the interesting fruitiness as well. A tasty and enjoyable beer; worth taking a look for.

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Finesse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
3.64 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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