Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel TripelKasteel Tripel

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 450
Photo of KonigObHops
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a pale copper color with a white head that was about one finger width thick. The head dissapated quickly.

The aroma was quite sweet with a strong orange pr since with some banana notes.

The initial taste was sweet, but the alcohol comes through very quickly and dominates the palate. The middle is sugary, and the beer finishes with the bite of the alcohol warming on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Overall this beer smelled better than it tasted. I was expecting a sugary sweet ale, but did not anticipate the total domination of the alcohol in this beer. It was a decent Belgian Tripel, but there are enough options out there that I would not choose this one over.

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Photo of Marcoxx626
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer review, so I apologize for not following the review format. This beer has a beautiful golden color, relatively small head and very little lacing. The aroma is my favorite part of the beer as it smells of crisp apples with a hint of banana. The beer itself tastes great, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable when you drink it. Overall a good beer but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one. Good beer if you want to get a quick buzz!

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one has a beautiful golden color and pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing. Smells of apples and bread. The taste has an apple flavor as well (but not like a cider, just hints of apple). There is a bit of caramel and malt there, but only notes. The tartness holds on through the finish with some peppery spices. Quite enjoyable. The carbonation flourishes with what feels like a thousand tiny bubbles. Some may not like the tart finish (I do not consider it "sour" like other reviewers), but it doesn't bother me at all. The alcohol is only half hidden, and can be felt at the end for sure. It does seem a little thinner than a normal Tripel, but it is still distinctly potable. Well work the purchase at $8.99 for the big boy bottle. Will get you buzzed quite quickly at 11ABV.

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Photo of tlema1
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: cloudy yellow, some carbonation, thin tight head
S: some Belgian yeast, not a huge nose
T: I get apple cider, bananas and booze
F; has a tart/sour mouthfeel, that really takes away from an otherwise good beer
O: disappointing

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Photo of EMH73
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

What can I say, this is a classic Belgian Tripel, only not quite top notch. Pours a gold color with a well retained one inch head that left excellent lacing. Smell has the classic Belgian yeast aroma, with notes of Apple, malts and a caramel sweetness. Tastes of malts, apples, bananas, caramel, Belgian yeast, alcohol and finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied and carbonated, smooth mouth feel. Overall, there are much better tripels at a better price point.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled March 17th, 2013.

Light gold with plenty of foam. Long lasting with lacing.

Caramel malt with maple syrup like aroma. Tiny bit of what I suspect is oxidation.

Fruity, with hints of tartness, more massive than any sweet notes that I expected to find. Quite different than the smell but good in its own right.

11% abv seems to be on the timid side. Decent mouthfeel though I reckon some carbonation was lost in the 3 and a half years.

$2. On clearance. Worthy.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a really light golden with high carbonation and a Belgium hop bitterness. The overall mouth-feel is pretty full, but short of Porter/Stout stature. Finally, there is a distinct alcohol finish (it's just hard to hide 11% ABV).

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Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An OK Tripel. Certainly not what I was expecting. Pours a dark gold color with a very small head from a corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Strong aroma of apples and pears and a kind of white wine thing going on as well. No featuring of peppery spicing or Belgian yeast. Taste is more of the same vinuous, apples and pears and a quite high level of alcohol for a Tripel) in the taste. Mouthfeel is about average richness, alcohol quite apparent and very little spiciness (pepper etc.) Overall a pleasant drink but not that great a Tripel. There are many better Tripels out there domestic and Belgian.

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Photo of brendanwlake
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm still learning about Belgian beer but my comments are the following: the look and feel of this beer is fabulous. The ABV big, and the smell is a beautiful traditional Belgian beer scent. From there the taste is average compared to the look and smell. Early and mid mouth it feels right but at the end it gets sour. Also I thought the price was high for the expectations.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reasonably clear golden amber in color that resembles ginger ale as a comparison. The head is impressive, starting out around two fingers thick, and it's fizzy and aggressive. It does settle down into a pillow soft layer over the beer about a half finger in thickness. Lacing is pretty much non existent on this one and the carbonation is plentiful but lumbering in nature!

S- This has smells of wheat grains and yeasty biscuit as the dominant aromas. There are subtle hints of apple-banana fruit, caramel malt sweetness, slight peppery and clove spices. There is some toffee nut hints right on the finish that I find interesting....perhaps some slight booze, but surprisingly for something 11% alc/vol, this is very well hidden on the nostrils!

T- The booze is strong yet smooth....it made me cough the first time I tasted this in fact! Once I've had a couple of sips and get accustomed to it, I taste fruity flavors that lean towards banana and tart apple, honeyed/caramel malt, heavy raw barley kernels, slightly toasted bread/yeast....notes of pine sap. The finish lingers and the alcohol is heavy on the palate....

M/O- This is a heavy Triple, with zingy carbonation, and for something this high in alcohol, this becomes smooth as it warms up. For the size of the bottle, this needs to be shared with a friend or had in two sittings....its a sipping brew for sure and I do like it but only in strides....I say to try this one, but beware, you will be seeing double before long!

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Photo of Zet
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange golden colour with a good head of foam. Full smell of yeast, malt, pear and apricot. These flavours return in the taste, but seem a bit weakened by the carbonation initially. Alcohol is present, but in a good, well mixing way. Carb makes the mouth feel a bit stingy at first, but it gets smooth and creamy due to the yeast eventually. A decent belgian tripel: not a bad choice, but there are better varieties.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. It has a deep golden color with a slight oft-white head. Scents of apricot, apples, and sweet Belgian candy on the nose. Very strong and yeasty on the back. Smooth and easy to drink with a prickly alcohol bite at the end. Esther fruits shine through and the warmth of alcohol is present. Not the best Belgian but much above average.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, caged and corked Champagne-style bottle, a bit of a straggler for this line of recent Belgian arrivals around these parts.

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a veritably teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves a bit of arching and sudsy wavecrest lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat doughy pale malt, a twinge of caramel sweetness, strong apple and pear fruit notes, a soft earthy nuttiness, thankfully faint phenolic yeast, a further honey-fed floral sweetness, and a heady weedy, leafy, and overly perfumed hoppiness. The taste is mildly gritty, grainy caramel malt, a still sturdy pome fruitiness, abetted now by a meek citrus thing, hard to deny nail polish astringencies, some fading wan nuttiness, a scared-seeming yeasty banality, and plain earthy, herbal hop bitters. Oh, and that pesky 22-proof alcohol does a little less than well to keep its grubby hands to itself.

The bubbles are nice and peppy in their mouth-filling frothiness, the body a surprising medium-light weight, and not particularly smooth, as that boozy-booze, while respectful enough, can't fulfill any and all promises, aight? It finishes sweet, none too complicated, and kind of hard to love by the same sword.

Yeah, I'm getting the feeling now (ok, not JUST now) that this brewery likes to sort of fuck with convention, in a dumbed-down boardroom meeting sort of way - 'people like low-calorie fruity drinks?' Ok, add artificial sweetener to our so-called lambics. 'Beer geeks like Tripels, etc?' Ramp up the booze, then already! Unfortunately, the cracks are verily evident in the facade here, and I gotta say, getting through a glass's worth of this one is much harder than I might have initially envisioned.

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Photo of puck1225
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A glorious day! Had the chance to have three great beers on tap. This was the third. On draft into a chalice. A great treat! Sweet taste with fresh apples and highest quality pears. Enticing smell and great lacing. Also some vanilla and strawberries. A very interesting and delicious beer!

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tripel of a transparent golden color and an effervescent foam.
Smell and taste have nothing special. They are alcoholic and is difficult to find notes apart from malts and a bit of yeast.

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Photo of werehereforthebeer
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive looks. Golden, high carbonation, 1 inch head which disappears quickly leaving a steady thin lace. Smells sweet chocolate orange and spice. Tastes dry, crisp and bitter with a subtle sweetness but not enough to shout about. Feels long and lasting and refreshing. Very nice.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Lightly hazy golden hue to this one tiny fizzing CO2 activity and a good head with roughly standard retention.

Smell - Caramel and fruit tones to this. The fruit is hard to describe it is almost fruit salad like with a grapefruit base. There is also an almond marzipan aroma linger in here as an almost undercurrent.

Taste - Marzipan almond and sugar notes dominate the front end while a heavy boozy element cut with sharp grapefruit rides through the whole mouth and.

MF - Around a medium body here. Very boozy and warming. Nice linger but nothing heavy or overly impressive.

Overall - A pretty good brew by all standards and not badly balanced but it is equally only slightly above average in any category except the aroma so IMO it is not the best in the style.

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Photo of drmeto
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

-Upfront very earthy,musty w a lightly bitter floral hop note
-sweet honey note
-well carbonated
-alcohol fairly balanced for an 11%er,though theres a warming in the throat
-very spicy pepper,alcohol and very dry finish

pretty decent Tripel,but cant hold a candle to the top guys (Chimay,Westmalle,La Trappe)

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Photo of Dentist666
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.
Pours clear deep golden to orange with 3-finger white head, recedes to 1-finger in several minutes. Aroma not as intense, yeasts, floral traits, pale malts, vinous. Taste contains tons of alcohol, outshining nuances of the style. It's actually hard to define them.

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Photo of Jgolian
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I live in Florida where a premium beer is Budweiser! I probably rate good beers higher than reality but Kasteel exceeds FL standards. It's drinkable and not overly filling. Nice balance of fruit flavors. Going from drinking good beer up North to scalvaging a good one when the ship comes in, ahh a good day!

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Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger thick fizzy white head, fades to a thin ring, a few dots on the glass. Smell: pear, dried apricot, golden apple, clove and booze notes, sweet with spicy hopping not making too much of an impression. Taste: pear, soft golden delicious apple, clove, pepper, grape and coriander in the finish, vanilla-ish booze. Lighter-medium and slick, growing carbonation midsip then ending in a sticky finish cut by clove. A bit messy and boozy but pretty tasty overall.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottle to go from World of Beer. Dated 2012/04/07, so clearly been around a bit. Pours slightly hazy golden color with a one finger quickly receding head. Aroma is a bit pungent with massive notes of booze and rotten fruit, honey, pears, smells incredibly sweet. Flavor is overly sweet and funky booze pears and honey, not much else going on here, banana and yeast esters, a hint of spice. Heavy on the palate with very high carbonation. I think 11% is just way too much here. Tough to choke down.

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Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

330 ml. bottle. Pours a deep golden colour, with a medium head that fades quickly, leaving a small lace. Semell of apricots, banana, clove, floral, honey., cloves. Surprinsingly medium to light boyd, I expected more froma Kasteel on the palate. Taste of apricots, citrus, honey and full bodied wine, the kind of sherry or manzanilla, or oloroso.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE - Pours opaque light brown, with a one-finger head that dissipates in about a minute. A little lacing.

SMELL/AROMA - Herbaceous, very sweet, piney.

TASTE - Quite sweet and mildly piney. Lacks ale bitterness. ABV not well hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Not much carbonation, viscous and syrupy.

OVERALL - I really like Imperial IPAs better than Tripels. This one is cloyingly sweet and a bit too boozy for me.

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Photo of tomordonez
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite Belgian breweries. High carbonation, medium to low head. Nice amber color. Smells like bread, nuts, caramel and a tiny floral. It has some noticeable alcohol aroma. They don’t hide the strong taste of alcohol. At room temp the alcohol is even more noticeable and with a flat head. I still prefer the Rouge and the Cuvee the Chateau

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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