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.

Added by number1bum on 06-26-2010

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by kkipple:
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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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 bpfrush
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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 mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Corkpuller
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of luizcaro
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Antyk
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Coren
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 GThreepwood
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of killcore
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anatole
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 3SH33TS
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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 safaricook
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 John_M
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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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