Duinen Tripel | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Duinen TripelDuinen Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 03-19-2001

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by RedBaron:
Photo of RedBaron
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A well-made tripel on a cool autumnal evening is just the tonic! This was a 25oz. sample, with a cork date of 2003.

Appearance: Deep gold color; creamy, well-carbonated head (what you'd expect in a good tripel); left good Brussels lace.
Smell: Vague clove, some banana; nice, subtle aromatic hop additions.
Taste: Complex maltiness in the fore, nice dry hoppy finish. Good fruity esters (apples, especially) throughout.
Mouthfeel: Remarkably well-balanced for a 9%abv brew. Very well attenuated.
Drinkability: Nice tripel, perhaps shading Duvel a little too closely, but still a creative treat, nontheless. For tripel lovers, this is must-have (and the price I paid was only $6.99. Very nicely priced).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked the pour on this one,pours a orange color with a great pillowey sticky head,the aroma is a little smokey and yeasty.The taste is real yeasty and fruity with a smokey background maybe some fermented grape flavor as well?I like this more than alot of others,maybe not as sweet as I would like but still a real enjoyable beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, volcanic, lacing head on this one but the ale itself is crystal clear. Strange for an Abbey Trippel.

Smell – Big yeast aromas are complimented with butter and creamy caramel. This one just smells smooth.

Taste – The yeast comes out big-time in the taste, buttered and very smooth. The sweetness is more like ripe fruit than caramel (from the nose). I’m picking up some banana, peach pit, cherry juice, and summer melons. There’s also some spiciness to this one, but not a hint of alcohol even though the ABV is higher than its cousin’s 8.0.

Mouthfeel – Medium to full carbonation and a light body help this one along nicely.

Drinkability – This was quenching, smooth, lively, and typical of the style.

Comments – I part with the crowd here and pick the Trippel wholeheartedly over the Dubbel.

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Photo of Todd
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have to admit I was a bit dissapointed by this Tripel. I agree with Paquette, the phenolic character and bitterness could have played out a bit more with some malt/sugar sweetness. Seemed way too bitter and dry for the style.

I think this sample "could" be off. The importer (B. United) did say that they had a bad batch, so maybe I'll try another bottle someday.

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Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 faux ceramic bottle, served slightly chilled into a St Bernardus goblet. Pours a burnt orange body that is somewhat hazed. Head is offwhite in color and quickly falls into film and collar foam. Lacing is minimal, and also fails to impress.

Aroma is of a divine nectar, exceptional even when compared to any other Belgian ale. Banana, mango, cotton candy, honey, spiced fruitcake, cookie dough, and some woodsy mushroomy yeast. I spent several minutes inhaling these divine aromas before moving to the sipping stage. Aromas get no better than this.

Mouthfeel boasts the exploding, fizzy carbonation so common to the style. Like a Pez candy tablet that melts in your mouth. A mild alcohol bite is present on the tongue.

Spices greet the palate up front, with an array of nutmeg, black pepper, and coriander. Overripe banana and fresh mango lead the fruity component. Bread dough, warming alcohol, and yeasty barnyard add to the likeable complexity. An odd note of fresh popcorn was picked up midway through, but was very fleeting. The finish is dry, and an aftertaste of dried apricots lingered for awhile.

I found this to be an outstanding Tripel. I can't explain the mediocre appearance, but the aroma and taste more than atone for this mild fault. The complexities of this Belgian mask the high abv just enough to make this very drinkable.

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Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Amber color with a nice white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Caramel, plum, yeast, bread, pretty sweet smell, no hops perceived. Taste is very sweet as well, tastes of dark fruit, as well as notes of apple and pear. Light carbonation, medium bodied, and pretty light on the tongue. Pretty good beer and a pretty reasonable price tag on it.

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-orange, finely hazy with bubbles that upcharge uniformly from the bottom of the glass. Slightly rocky but mostly creamy big one inch head on an ordinary pour. Dots and two inch horizontal tendrils mark the lace. Huckleberry and raspberry aromas, very nice. Malt is tight, slightly yeasty -- but leaning on the grape side with an astringent lime coming on to dominate the lighter bodied impression. Composed and tightly structured, as many Trippels, leans a little too much on a vinous and unripe fruit crispness to my tongue. Still, a worthy example of style.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a amber color with a huge white head. The bubbles in this beer look like club soda, this is very carbonated.The smell has a very "bisquity" aroma. Like walking in a bakery. The taste is a fruity mix. The most pronounced flavor is of apple, but you can make out some sweet malt, dark fruit, and an alcohol warmth thats not overblown. The m/f is medium with a good mixture of flaors. This is a damn good beer , and one where the 9% alcohol is only slightly in the flavor picture. This is a beer not to be missed.

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Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear gold with a well-fed capping of white.
Nose features sugared pineapple to the exclusion of nearly everything else.
Begins sweet, heavy on powdered sugar, and candied pineapple and kiwi. Dries as it progresses, with traces of white peppercorns, clove, and gravel. Turns increasingly weizen-esque. Minor tartness on the home stretch, with squirts of green grape. Ends with a rose petal hop notion and flames of white rum.
Airy and bright in the mouth, and although its heft is generally kept in check, it does rear back and fire away at the close, leaving this the slightest bit unsettling. But not at the sacrifice of tastiness.
Better than decent.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White Ceramic 11.2 oz bottle.

I've been holding this one for a while. I bought it back in October, but I finally got a chance to crack it open tonight with Joj and Erti. It poured a frothy orange color with a white head and some serious chunks of floating yeast. First taste revealed a smooth and strong brew, with a varitable bouquet of fruit essences (citrus, apricot, even nectarine maybe) with an alcoholic sourness about the edges and a very yeasty, very bready backbone.

Now this is good stuff. The yeast mines are a bit disturbing to the eye, but the aroma and flavor far overcome the aesthetic shortcomings. Very nice.

Spoils of the 10/11/03 Knoxville Raid.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle, just a cap. Clear, orangeish in color with a creamy white head that dies surprisingly quickly. The aroma clearly shows some alcohol along with fruity notes of pineapple, white grapes, juicy plums, light orange, and a restrained spiciness. The body is light with a very fine-bubbled carbonation that gives a short bite on the tongue. The flavor is quite rich with a very well-attenuated but still lightly candyish malt that expresses some of the aforementioned fruitiness. The alcohol is a major component, lending power to the spiciness that's already present. There's also some hop flavor present although it makes itself better known in the finish, combined with some lingering malt. Overall, lightly sweet but also dry and spicy. There's complexity there if you want to look for it. Worth trying.

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Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is a couple years old, cellared with care.

Peachy, lightly tawny hue, modest haze, the white head developed poorly, peaked out at ½ inch then faded quickly to a small soapy collar. Some thin lines of lace. The nose has some fresh apple hints, kind of tart, pears, soft doughy-maltiness, very modest potency yet inviting. The palate is sharply tart with apples and alcohol, the yeast is soft and mushy and the malt is equally pliable. The taste further develops as notes of pear and spice emerge. Rather complex. Medium-light body, very minimal carbonation… the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. A distracting tackiness develops on the tongue and the beer becomes cloyingly sweet. It’s a good tripel, solid, pleasantly mellow. Try one.

I did have to fork out $5.50 for this 11.2 oz bottle… a touch too much.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hotstuff
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew was in a very nice bottle! Upon pouring this brew poured a medium white head and there was a lack of lacing on the sides of my glass. Its aroma was fruity and it had an amber body. This brew had a strong aftertaste to it that seemed to linger.

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Photo of dzturner
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured: into large snifter a dark yellow amber with huge fluffy thick head.
Smell: came off a little sour not like most tripples. Does not give off a complex smell. Not its finest quality.
Taste: quite carbonated and highly achoholic. Tasted a bit sour (fitting to the smell). More sour then most tripples I have had. Full bodied flavor but not complex. While I am not an expert I feel that it could use some aging to mellow out a little and allow to taste more flavors.
Flavor: a little bit of sour apple, acidic like a very acidic fruit like pomegrannte this hits most at the end, I may be crazy but I got a faint flavor of black licorice
(note this is my first review :)

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Photo of goz
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden pour, white head dimishes quickly. Aroma is soft, with some fruitiness. Flavor is very fruity - apple, pear, banana, peach. As it warms, it gets more vinous and the alcohol starts to show. The tiny bubbled carbonation dances on your tongue on it''s way through.

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Photo of StevieW
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big 750 ml bottle with the same white coating over the bottle. Gold Foil top to this one. Cork and Cage sealed up tighter than a frog's ass in water. Minor stitches required.
Odd silent pop to the cork, then watch out. Foamer. Clear shiny, orange tinged but mostly golden color. Huge tight foamy, beige head. Sticky lace work on the glass. Bottle swirl colored things up a bit.
Lot of fresh cut grass, clovers, and sweet honey on the nose. Subtle smells of tradtional belgian yeasty goodness.
First taste was super sweet, nice candied taste, lots of honey taste, melts into the body. Nice citrus flavors, hints of alcohol also come through. Finish of the beer turns more medicinal, very crisp and dry. A rough finisher, loses it's sweet honey taste and turns harsh. Not sure what happens. Pretty good tripel, but not the best one I have had.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an iridescent and slightly hazy orange color, the frothy in it texture, monstrous in size, the lace a thick lattice to coat the glass. Nose is malt, banana sweet, citrus, crisp and quite a treat for the old beak to sniff. Front is lightly sweet, the top skimpy, the finish is ferine in it’s acidity, flavorful in its hop presence, extremely dry and slightly alcohol bitter aftertaste, quite a decent “Triple”, and one that’s worth a sample as with their dubbel.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, 2003 vintage indicated on the cork.

Bready yeasty sweet nose. Golden, carbonated look in the glass with a very pale white head that disapates to a slightly sticky sheen in the goblet. Lighter softly carbonated mouth feel. Initial sweet breaddough taste then gives way to a corriander, hop, clove finish. Your mouth is left with a slight dry pepper finish with an ABV warmth in the tummy... Solid and complex, this belgian has alot going on.. not for the timid. This slightly affects drinkability.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML Bottle, the cork is dated 2004.

Pours a clear golden brew with a slight bit of haze. High carbonation level looks like Apple Champagne maintains a thick head.

Smell is mildly sweet and spicy with a strong scent of apples with a tart scent like granny smith apples.

Taste is sweet and tart with strong coriander and apples flavor. Stronger bitterness than you would expect and it hides the alcohol content very well, only the warmth in your throat and stomach betray its presence. The Sourness is from a trace of lactic acid like a Belgian Sour beer.

This has the Mouthfeel of Champagne.

A nice drinkable brew, this one may be an exception to the rule that Belgians age well.

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Photo of marc77
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light orange in color topped by a uniformly dense and persistent off - white head. Fairly mild in aroma for a Tripel-- non descript sugary sweetness, light bubblegum esters, and fusels are perceptible. The taste lacks complexity for a Tripel. Residual sweetness is very high and hop bitterness is expectedly low, but there aren't any noteable flavor contributions from the yeast and the beer is thus left one dimensionally sweet. It almost seems underattenuated. Only a slight yeast mustiness is there. The mouthfeel is very smooth and agreeable while the body is right on, but Duinen just lacks overall depth and complexity when compared to other tripels. Finishes.... sweet, clean w/ mild alcohol warmth. . Although a tasty brew, there are better tripels out there. The monks do it best!

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a single of this one at a little, obscure liquor store here in town ... bottle a bit dusty and opaque white. No date to be found ... poured into a Moinette chalice from the 11.2 oz bottle.

A - Golden orange with discernable yeasties in the glass. Thin, white head with lacing sporadic so far ...

S - Sweet and caramely nose. No hop aroma, and is within my expectations for a Belgian tripel. Smells promising.

T - Hmmm ...mollasses and citrus flavor play off well. Pretty high carbonation in this ale. A bit drier finish than expected. Noticable alcohol warmth and flavor, but not overblown. I almost bought the Dubbel, and this one reminds me more of a dubbel in some ways. Very good flavor though.

M - Warm and thick with a bit of a bite. Coats the mouth and the hops linger in the back of the mouth. Pretty complex, really.

D - Complex and attractive ... this Tripel is a good one. A lot going on here and probably not the one you'd want to use for a benchmark for the style. I'll buy the Dubbel and try it next ... this one, I'd definitely have again. Good beer ... doesn't receivee the press that most other belgians get, but its in the class.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of aracauna
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is a clear bottle painted opaque white. Body is golden but dull amber. Head is wimpy and short-lived. Streaming bubbles are larger than expected. Aroma is slightly musty and slightly cheese. Flavor is thin. Sweet but not cloying. Both of the Duinen beers were disapointing and lacked drinkability.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Peach colored with a nice pillowy off-white headand fairly active carbonation despite no pop from the cork. Fruity citrusy orange aroma with a touch of cloves. Very similar flavors and pretty spicy with lots of orange. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth with a spicy dry finish.

Easy drinking tripel with only a touch of alcohol.

Per Label: "Bottle Conditioned" & "Anno 1107" & "Duinen - Reserve St. Idesbald"

($5.99 / 750ml / 25.4 oz tall straight white ceramic champagne style bottle - corked, caged, and wrapped with bright gold foil)

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