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Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 481 |  Reviews: 171
Reviews by JimTeal:
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much by the book tripel. It looks and tastes good, but it does not excite. At 11%ABV it should have some kick in the rear besides alcohol. Compared to Belgians it is an also ran, good but not great and certainly short on body, head, flavor and smell. For my money I'd invest a few cents more and buy a better experience than this rather bland offering from Van Honsebrouck.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of supermantoine
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank it from the original Kasteel chalice.

Very clear beer. Beatiful lacing, sticks to the glass. Golden color with, in the beginning, fluffy head leaving a quarter of an inch after about a minute till the beer was finished.

Smells floral, with too much banana and yeast characteristics. A lot of alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, nothing surprising. No noticable bitterness and well balanced malti/hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is ok. Very thick beer, lots of alcohol, but no warmth, but at the same little carbonation which makes it very good drinkable.

Overall a nice beer. Nothing really exciting, but good drinkable. It looks great, has most of the style characteristics and serves my needs in the triple field.

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Photo of americanbelgian
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Douberd
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 330 ml at home. Poured a deep golden yellow coloured beer with a big soapy head of two and a half fingers. The head quickly became just a line on the surface of the beer. Minimal activity in the glass.
Aroma of fruits, mostly bananas, and yeast. Also light aroma of the high alcohol but not irritating.
Sweet taste, strong alcohol but on the tip of the tongue but after that goes down easily and alcohol is only just a bit traceable. Last part of the sip is also fruity.
Thick on the body but only average. Carbonation is also average.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sour apricot nose and flavor is sweet and sour but malty, some lemon, smooth. Finish is clean, warming. High ABV stays hidden. Nice triple. Keeps well - bottled on Aug 19, 2009. $8.39 for a 750ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me.

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Photo of Riverared
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Quafftastic
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a somewhat hazy golden liquid. The head is massive and brilliantly white. The aroma is a little spicy, with some alcohol and fruit notes (pear, lemon, and apple). The spice is a bit peppery, and there's also a little yeast in the smell (no notable hop aroma). Although the taste is a semi-sweet, it is balanced with a not-quite hot spiciness. Alcohol warming is intense. There's considerable bitterness that starts in the hind-taste, and continues well through the finish. Medium body and very carbonated, giving the beer a 'prickly' sensation. Good tripel.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%

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 NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. "Kasteel Tripel"
750 ml brown glass bottle with a cork that reads "2016"
$11.99 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Its clear golden body reveals plenty of tiny bubbles rising rapidly towards the surface, bolstering its already massive bright white head. Both the head retention and lacing are excellent.

Smell: Sweetish, hoppy (floral, herbal), and lightly yeasty, and very mildly mineralish. It's fresh, and nicely balanced between its components.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, a sweetish, almost sugary malt is at its base. Corn is used, and without doubt, clear candi sugar as well as that's an important part of the style, but there remains some grainy maltiness to it. The yeast brings in a light fruitiness like juicy red apple, and the hops give it a softly floral character and a lightly herbal, almost minty note. A moderate bitterness balances it, and it finishes with some residual sugar, but also some lingering bitterness and herbal and floral hops.

Feel: Soft and smooth with a very fine-bubbled, gently effervescent carbonation. It gently bristles the tongue and then becomes velvety smooth as it warms in the mouth.

Overall: An impressive triple that's softer in character than many but not at all lacking in flavor or character, giving it a great amount of drinkability.

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 481 ratings