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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Added by neenerzig on 09-17-2008

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 441
Photo of yesferro
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from Joboto, cork says april 2008

Golden color, very nice looking. Smells sweet with a hint of sour in the background. Tastes like a very sweet apple, the alcohol is almost felt as an aftertaste. There's hints of citrus there too but mainly apple for me. This beer is very alive in your mouth too, the only reason I can't give it a full 5 on drinkability is because there is no way I can see people just sit down and down a few of these and actually enjoy it after nr 3 or 4.

I love this beer, I prefer the donker/dark but since it has been about 7years since I had that last I am going to have to hold out till my visit to the brewery this summer to make my final judgement.

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Photo of mwalters
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 750 of this bad boy in my cellar. Upon popping the cork, it made a nice bang, held carbonation very well. When I poured it, the head built up in my glass just right and then fell slowly back down to a managable size. Some tripple's have a head that grows so tall that you have to wait quite a while before you can either pour more or drink any, this was perfect.
The bubbles kept going and going helping to keep the nose vibrant and full of life. The nose reminded me of grapefruit or tart candy. The mouthfeel was excellent, full of body and fizzy. The taste was beautiful with citrus, floral notes and tasted like champaign.

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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 civilizedpsycho
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Poured a golden color that was somewhat cloudy, with a pretty full head.

Smell: Has a strong fruit smell, that reminds me of grape and citrus. Strong, but tempting.

Taste: Fantastic. Has very good, and strong flavors of fruit and a little citrus. One can taste the alcohol a bit too, but that's okay.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body from the carbonation. It's kind of bubbly like champagne.

Drinkability: Based on taste alone, this should get a 5, but the high alcohol content is the only detractor here. At 11% ABV, I could only have one, maybe two, in a sitting. But that is the only problem here.

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Photo of BobZ
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip (split with a buddy).

Appearance: Rich head, good lacing throughout.

Smell: A hint of spice with both sweetness and light citrus.

Taste: Fantastic! Sweet right away with some spice and really nice balance. Incredible, you would have no idea that this beer is so high in ABV, the alcohol is completely masked.

Drinkability: Too drinkable, so good, so tasty, the 11% ABV will reach up and grab you.

I have to say this is my favorite tripel so far, I prefer it to both Fin Du Monde and Westmalle!

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Photo of edbeered
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Belgian Beer Fest at the Muddy Pig in St Paul on 9/14 and again on draft on 9/17(leftovers, woo-hoo!), this pours a hazy golden color, with a small white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a fine white lace on the glass. The smell is fruity and citrussy. The taste, oh the taste! To me, this was the best tasting Tripel at the Fest, and there were a bunch of them(including Gouden Carolous, St Bernardus, St Feullian, Val Dieu, La Rulles, and Des Rocs, as well as some domestic versions). The flavors I tasted included banana, cherry, a brandy-like alcohol flavor, a slight citrussy lemon/orange flavor, a sweet caramel/honey flavor, and a light crispness I found irresistable. The disparate flavors blended into an outstanding whole. The mouthfeel is light yet full-flavored. This is a fantastic beer, and one I will continue to enjoy until it's gone(hopefully, not for a while!).

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Photo of robbyc1
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemony citrus aromas with a bready yeasty spiciness. Hazy golden, bright nose, but the palate explodes with the flavors here. A tart sour apple note predominates, with complex fruit flavors that linger and subside slowly. Finish is balanced, like a great tripel should.

Light yet full bodied, unbelievably drinkable given the weighty abv, this is a sipper to be savored, one of the quintessential examples of the style.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and gold with a moderate fluffy white head that leaves ample lacing. Sort of reminds me of a non-cloudy hefeweizen.

S: Spicy and strong. Alcohol is right there but doesn't dominate. What does dominate is aromatic belgian yeast and a strong sweet scent.

T: A remarkably tasty tripel. Quite sweet. Has a sugary taste to it, in addition to a spicy clove and pepper background along with Belgian yeast in the background. Hints of fruit, most notably pineapple and apricot are also present.

M: Smooth and creamy. Intense fruity sweetness resides on the tongue for some time. Virtually no hop bitterness present, but a spicy/sweet tang at the finish.

D: For an 11%er, this hides the alcohol well. Intense sweetness definitely does most of the hiding; it could be a little less sweet and a bit more dry, but overall, that is a minor gripe. It's certainly not cloying, but very sweet. An excellent sipper, and even better aperitif.

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Photo of daledeee
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is so nice not having the state ruin our beer!! I have in my possession a fresh Kasteel tripel to try.

This beer pours a nice very light yellow with a medium head and lots of bubbles.

The nose is awesome with hops yeast and grain

Taste is very nice with pears and Belgian hops. A hint of malt in the finish. Very nice medium mouth feel with bubbles. Way easy to drink. I can't believe it is 11%

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Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a short, stubby bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October. Date stamped on back of label indicates: 08-2009. Poured into my clean, clear Ommegang goblet.

A Lots of visible sediment, some light colored flakes even, floating in the golden yellow but translucent body. Head was surpisingly made up of large bubbles (I expected the creamy, velvety type of head) and dissipated within a minute. I love the look of this beer in my goblet.

S A great yeasty, malty, alcohol blonde smell, right on target for the style.

T Wow, nice kick of alcohol after an initial rush of sweet malt and Belgian yeast. This is a classic blonde tripel and Tripels are my favorite style.

M Full with big malt, yeast, alcohol tastes. Carbonation is actually a bit more than I expected but it is true to style.

D One and done for me but that is just because it is such a big beer. I finished my beer without hesitation though and enjoyed every drop.

Notes: Consider me impressed. Everyone should try this beer and especially if you love Tripels like I do.

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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 neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes as this was enjoyed by me a few weeks ago.

Tried a bottle of this as recommended by a very good friend of mine during a Friday night visit to La Cav DU Vin several weeks back. An 11.2 oz bottle poured into a fat tulip glass. pours a cloudy, crisp looking medium golden color. The white head was well over an inch when poured. Good retention and lacing here indeed! Eventually settles to a good 1/3 inch and then 1/4 inch. malty aromas, vanilla, clove, and other spices. maybe a bit of fruit here as well such as apple or banana. Has a sweet and caramel malty flavor with a bit of the aforementioned spice and fruit, definitely banana. the taste of alcohol is slightly noticeable, a bit more than in most 7% ABV beers I suppose. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. A fine beer all around.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a bright gold color with fairly good head retention and very good lacing. The beer smells very good, and I get an aroma of honey, ranier cherry and fuji apple. There is also some underlying spice, but it's dominated by the honey and sweet fruit flavors. The flavors on the palate completly replicate the nose, and the beer is smooth and satisfying. Alcohol is very well disguised, so one needs to be careful with this stuff. My 10 ounce goblet was gone entirely too quickly.

Impressive beer from Kasteel.

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Photo of atsprings
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a slightly murky pale orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is tart lemon and sweet fruits with a hint of spice. The taste is a nice amount of sweet fruits with a great spice kick of coriander and pepper. The beer is medium bodied with just slight alcohol presence. This is a great draft Belgian beer, I'd love to see it on-tap more often.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- beautiful bubbles light, golden yellow, nice thick foamy heady good look,

Smell- malty, apples, yeast, overall good sweet nose, spice,

Taste- slightly sweet with good malty flavor, slight gentle spice walks around the finish, very nice balance and good flavor on the finish, wow very nice tripel, impressive and simple yet very satisfactory flavor profile

mouthfeel- heavy and smooth but enjoyable

Drinkability- very drinkable, alc level extremely hidden with a very great balance, just be careful this hits you hard but its very enjoyable, will try again for sure

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a pale transparent golden yellow with a full bubbly white head leaving a decent lacing behind.

S-hints of toasted grain right up front as a light doughy malt plays in as well. fruity esters of a blast of banana and decent bit of lemon with a zesty peppery spiced alcohol light in the back.

T-the taste follows the nose with less doughy malts and even more fruity esters. the graininess is subdued in the front, light yeast presence, banana and lemon blasts its way in with a nice presence of zesty peppery spice and hint of spicy alcohol.

M-medium to light body with a moderately dry finish and strong carbonation presence lively but inviting on the back of the throat. the feel is softer and light up front switiching to the lively active finish.

D-great balance on this beer, everything you want to see in a triple and integrates the huge abv in with full flavors masking the true power of this tasty treat.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle, brand-new label. Haven't had this stuff in years, so I'm eager to get it on my tongue, again.

Clear, pale golden hued, with a twister of bubbles rising from the bottom, capped with a gorgeous, puffy, llacey layer of thick white froth.

Aroma is an angelic blend of citrus and spice, arousing and uplifting, floral, effervescent, with distinctive yeast aromatics, and a potent, but lovely blend of fruit (apricot, pear, lemon)...just what I love in a tripel!

Taste: Mmmmm! Tart, crisp, acidic, and brimming with flavor, in this case, as said before, a tasty mix of fruit and spice. Just a little sour, with a bracing grimace present at every sip, but releasing when the brew lays back, and the overall effect is utter relaxation and splendid refreshment.
11%? Who? What? The high abv isn't so apparent, but it becomes clearer after the imbiber has admired the zing, the zap, the ping on the palate. Once that flavor profile impresses, you lay back and wallow in it, the thought finally occurs, "oh, yeah, it's damned strong, too!" (becomes ever-clearer halfway into the 750ml bottle, too!) Full bodied, with a wicked, spicy/citric finish.
And hanging heavy on the boozy side, too...for those who like that sort of thing... Me, I love this stuff!
I admit it does feel a bit one-sided, maybe a touch unbalanced, and perhaps over-the-top, but I still don't see the problem there. It's bigness is not a detriment, it's an attribute that makes this tasty brew a true champ among tripels.
If you want a real powerhouse, this here's your dog! Kasteel Tripel definitely deserves wider recognition and madder props than it gets...try a bottle out on some friends and see what happens.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful straw that exhibits darkness around the edges and a mild head that never became too large, but sticks around nicely. Ring around its edge.

Smell is alcohol, esthers, apple, pear, spices. Belgian all the way. Much later the malt approaches subtly. Delightful.

This is one heavily carbonated beer that exhibits many great qualities of a spicy, fruity tripel. I'm a really big fan.

Perhaps because of its heavy carbonation, it's not particuarly quaffable in large doses. It certainly tastes, smells, and look wonderful, but the carbonation is a bit too much to overcome to be sessionable.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow for something that is so high in alcohol it was quite refreshing and perfect with korean food. the pour show a meek head but it has a continue supply of bubbles to replenish. golden clear with a finger of small white head. nose is ester rich port wine, pineapple, and lemon zest. palate is smooth with a nice carbonation that broadens a very crisp take on something quite simple. pollen, belgian yeast, citrus mild fruit ester blending with malt and sugars. not too much of any one type of effect. very lean but well placed abv.

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Photo of ficknish
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful light golden. Very clear with light head.

S - Citrus. Lemons. Bananas. Slight sweets and spices.

T - Sweet fruity citrus. Strong banana. Floral hops and clove spices. Alcohol.

M - Very bubbly and fun. Quite tingly.

O - A lovely beer. Very clean and sweet. Good spices. Strong alcohol flavor, but no heat. Would drink again.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kasteel Tripel pours perfectly with a nice golden, almost totally clear, bubbly body; along with ample amounts of bright white head, this is a beautiful looking beer.

Aromas are on the sweet sugar and powdery side. There is a white wine kind of aroma detectable too.

The taste is on the bubble gum side, and a taste of overly ripe oranges.

This is crisp and quenching up front, but finishes with a boozy alcohol bite.

Overall this is a great tripel. I found this much more enjoyable than their bruin, due to the appearance, and this brew masks its alcohol a bit better.

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Photo of DylanK
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured in a chalice. Mild carbonation gives way to a bit of lacing. Color is comparable to somewhat cloudy bourbon.

S: Pleasant, with a nasal-passage opening hint of ethanol from this 11% ABV trippel. Not a seasoned reviewer yet and I am having difficulty detecting specific notes.

T: There is a decent alcoholic bite to this brew, but a mild bitterness gives way to a refreshing sweetness.

M: Thin, light with little carbonation once it hits your tongue.

Overall, I'm pleased. I would definitely drink it again!

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Photo of farrago
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden color with hyper-aggressive stream of bubbles filling the middle, renews the light white froth across the surface, clings effortlessly to the glass walls. The nose aims for a steamroller of sweetness, candied lemon to orange peel, honey, molasses, brioche, beeswax, flower water, pear to peach fruit, doesn't offer much counterpoint, soaks into your nostrils in a simple, upfront manner. Medium-bodied, fun frothy attach which fills up the mouth momentarily, emphasizing golden honey, tangerine citrus, wax, yellow apple, banana to apricot fruit, cinnamon stick, clove, polished mouth feel although one might say the carbonated fizz ain't all that classy. Looking for hops? Look elsewhere. This is full throttle kid run amok in a candy store sweetness. And it's good.

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Photo of vincicle
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the look is a clear, golden-reddish ale.
The smell is slightly alcoholic, with an effervescence that is almost similar to champagne. There are hints of fruit, with a pearish sweetness and slight spiciness.
The taste is balanced without being too sweet or bitter. The alcohol taste is still apparent as you would expect with 11% but slightly less mellowed than some of the best belgium tripels.
Overall this is a decent beer, but it seems incomplete and could possibly better with age. (mine was about 13 months old from bottling when tried.)

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Photo of tazzerboy
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass

A-Dark honey color. Good head at pour (two fingers) and it stuck around for a while. Rather cloudy with yeast fragments. I thought I might have poured it too quickly, but after second thought...I didn't pour it any faster then normal.

S-Sweet/Candy. But, there wasn't that much aroma there.

T-Sweet right off the bat. Light bitterness and some acid arrive in the middle, but it is well balanced with the sweetness. More of a floral taste arrive as it warms up.

M-Good carbonation, a little creamy

D-There is a little bit of an alcohol burn, but relatively smooth considering the high ABV.

Overall-Rather nice beer. Not the best triple I've tried, but I wasn't disappointed.

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