St. Idesbald Tripel | Brouwerij Huyghe

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St. Idesbald TripelSt. Idesbald Tripel
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St. Idesbald TripelSt. Idesbald Tripel

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 08-17-2004

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of The_Bujon
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay Chalice, great initial head, bags of fizz in the crystal clear amber body keeps it alive.

Aroma is quite fruity and fresh, not sweet in the Alco way. Ripe banana, bits of plumb.

Taste is just the same as the Aroma, ripe fruit and for a 9% triple I was expecting a harsh Alco hit, but alas the sweetness is subtle.

Feel is a little dry in the mouth, but a moment or two later and a great aftertaste melts through.

Overall, this is a lovely tasting and vastly under-rated triple......maybe needs a few more BA ratings to find its way rightly above the 4/5.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and yeasty golden color with storming activity. Foamy white 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with soft lacing but a good swirl effect. Flavors of sweet grains, apples, lemon, light orange peels, coriander, Belgian yeast, and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with champagne like carbonation. Strong strength finish, ending slightly leafy and minty, with soft cheese. Great balance and handles the alcohol intensity very well, incredibly treacherous. Quite uplifting, and a notch less spicy than most Belgian Tripels, so it's more accessible yet a bit less complex. Still easily enjoyable and a pleasant drinking session. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of desint
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MaSaiani
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of NilocRellim
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold colour. Clean, fruity, crisp, and a bit boozy smell. Crisp, fruity, boozy, flavourful beer.

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle served into an Idesbald goblet in Ghent, Belgium. I'd had this on draught before and had hated it, so expectations were low. Reviewed from notes taken July 2010.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and good retention - especially for the ABV. Body colour is a semitransparent yellow-gold.

Sm: Caramelized malt, alcohol, and slight hints of nutty hops. Well chosen malts are a highlight.

T: Full-bodied barley and malts form the foundation with pleasant cream, floral hops (minimal), and caramelized malt riding atop. Much of the complexity comes merely from the well-executed maltiness. Well balanced.

Mf: The best feature of this beer. It's silky smooth, delicate, and refreshingly wet. Complements the flavours nicely.

Dr: The high ABV comes through, but it's still quite drinkable. Well priced by Belgian standards. The bottled form is far better than the draught version.


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Photo of MikWalker
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DARIVA
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped into Cafe Take One in Maastricht on 26SEP11 and enjoyed two 0.33l bottles of this nice Tripel, at €3.70 per.

Poured into a nice snifter glass, it was a cloudy, muted golden, with minimal carbo. Head was creamy and off-white, with decent stick. Aroma was a touch malty and teased with some tropical fruit. Quite smooth on the tongue, and the Saint had a medium body to go along.

Tropical fruit presented itself well in the flavor, too. A touch of bitterness was offset by a little mango and pear, with some light sweetness. Quite dry in the finish, yet this was still very pleasant. Taste improved more as it warmed, though it wasn't overly cold to begin with. Solid! Prosit!!

4.33 rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of Squelch
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw colored. White 1 finger head.

Smell: Perfect to style. Sweet, funky, yeasty in the perfect balance.

Taste: Not as good as the smell. Has the right flavor balance between the candi sugar and yeast funk, however, slightly overly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: very effervescent. Tingly. Sharp, Hot from the alcohol.

Overall: A very nice triple. I would have again.

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Photo of basica
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a fairly thin white head (3.5)

S - Aromatic Belgian yeast with fruity notes on the nose (4)

T - Light malty sweetness blended with yeasts and fruity notes in the middle with suggestions of peaches and apricots (4)

M - Light to medium bodied, good carbonation and pleasantly smooth (4)

D - Pleasant and easy drinking tripel with good flavors and feel not showing much of the 9% ABV at all (4)

Tasted this in a bottle at Brauhaus in a session with BA, Chris (Hazehead)
This is a post tasting review.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tall brown 33cl bottle, best before Dec 2010, drank Jun 2010. Poured into a Westmalle chalice.

The sediment leaped out of the bottle, so the appearance reflects that point. Meaning the body was full of floating particles, which took their time to settle down. The light amber/orange body had a white bubbled head at the start, soon to be a thin covering.

Very little aroma for a Belgian beer, some yeast esters if you search hard enough, otherwise nothing. As it warmed a sweet, fruity smell started to come through, but too little, too late.

The taste was as weak as the smell, the alcohol was detectable from the first sip (always a bad sign in my view) because the brew had no real flavours to hide it.

It may well look good in the bottle packaging, but the actual beer is not so great. This is the worst Belgian Tripel I can remember ever having!

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a few bottles at Dulle Griet in Ghent. My table and I though the medicinal notes were a bit heavy and they take away from an otherwise very drinkable tripel. The sweet light caramel malts were quite nice, though the phenols and spice were too heavy to make for a great beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy brown touched orange. Nice white head. Heavy dough and spiced nose. Flavor is dough and spices as well. A thick mix of ingredients that produces a hearty ale. Seems to be some fruit tones on there as well. I want to call it as apple. This is a thicker profile than most ales in the same class. Feel is thicker on the liquid body. Carbonation is middle of the road and appropriate. This is fairly easy to drink. A bit thick on most aspects, but still something interesting to try. If you see it, mght as well go for it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : blond (troubled) color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : grains, a fine bitterness, roundness in the mouth.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian triple.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A orange, golden beer with a creamy head that settles into a creamy 1/2 inch layer of dense foam.

Smell is malty with notes of vanilla and biscuit. A nice fruity smell that has some solvent notes.

Taste is malty with sweet and fruity notes. Spicy with clove notes. A light metallic taste and a light bitterness top off this beer. There is not much hoppiness. Body is medium. This tripel is an average beer with only the mild biscuity notes making it special.

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Photo of Quej
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very clear blond with much visible carbonation, not much head or head retention.
S - Quite sour and boozy, with lots of citrus notes from the yeast. Fruits such as green apples, green grapes ease the alcohol smell.
T - Lots of fruit tastes immediately, much the same as the smell, citrusy and boozy. The sourness of citrus and unripened green fruit are quite well balanced by their sweetness.
M - Light bodied and nicely carbonated, very agreeable feel.
D - Good for a 9% beer, but not great when warmed up, the abv keeps it a sipper.

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Photo of jenitivecase
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, pale orangey yellow with a buoyant head, which stays up for a loooong time. Also, I take back every other time I've said a beer was really carbonated - this is just ludicrous carbonation: streams and streams of bubbles constantly rise up. More carbonated than champagne. Ridiculous.

S: Quite nice; spiced with clove/coriander scents and a generous yeasty scent. A nice grain smell is also present. Smells sweeter than some of the other tripels I've had.

T: Hmm. Good balance between alcohol and sweetness, but I'm getting a strange metallic taste, which is kind of unpleasant and definitely distracting. Attempting to ignore the metallic taste, I'm getting a nice profile of sweet spices and grains - pretty consistent with the nose, but slightly more bitter. I expected more complexity than this, but it's a solid flavor. The metallic taste is receding as the beer warms, which is definitely positive, but it's still there, lurking.

M: Creamy; goes down smooth. A bit thin without being excessively watery.

D: I could knock down a bunch of these with no problems. Since it's less complex than the average tripel, it's also more drinkable, which is kind of nice.

Not my favorite beer, but definitely a decent offering.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes 6/14/07 pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly, leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Prune/raisin nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is herb and alcohol with a semi-sweet finish. Best by Mar 2009. €2.00 ($2.74) for a 330ml bottle from de Bier Tempel Brussels, Belgium.

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