Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by neenerzig on 09-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,112
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
470
pDev:
12.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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17
Gots:
104
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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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Photo of BenBreeg
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandy14
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of stephenlee
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crow
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LocusSolus
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeremy206
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden brown with lots of bubbles and a good head.
Smell: mild fruity aromas
Taste: Malty taste with hints of caramel. Can definitely still taste the alcohol.
Feel: Full bodied, thick
Overall: Lots of flavor but unlikely I would order again.

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Photo of ntomich
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium orange amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of candi and mild caramel malt, apples, clove and Belgian yeast. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, apple, pear, mild light stone fruit, clove; finishes dry and spicy with lingering, almost astringent clove bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A fairly standard tripel profile, with a great start that has light fruit flavors that taste almost like a light dubbel, but dries out into a thinner, white vinous finish with robust clove spicing. The flavor overall is good, but the finish is a little stark and with spicy bitterness, perhaps a little on the boozy side. Satisfactory, but not my favorite tripel.

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Photo of BenMaalouf
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briggsy43
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shade1951
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell is the first thing to hit. I'm not sure that I like it, but it's not a bad smell. I rated it this highly because it is refreshing to be able to smell something other than hops, sourness, or dankness in beer. This smell is almost sweet, though not exactly. Maybe a bit acrid, but not in a bad way. Interesting!

The flavor is... a bit disappointing... for an imported Belgian. Like the smell, it's... interesting. A bit harsh and boozy. Closest thing I can compare the flavor to is whiskey. I just upped my rating a little because I am finding the taste growing on me. I still don't think I would want to drink many of these - not at one sitting, certainly. And not even over multiple sessions.

The feel is definitely Belgian. Quite bubbly - champagne-like. Pleasant.

For me, the look is the least important thing about a beer. This one looks fine. Cloudy dark amber. Head dissipates quickly to a ring of white foam that hangs around. Nothing special.

I find that, as I continue to sip, I am enjoying this beer. Just not a whole lot. And not enough for me to get this particular beer again.

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Photo of Shanex
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mitchell027
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of mustangdon
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Bujon
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Short and sweet due to limited drinking time!

Looks pretty good, medium head great amber clear body

Aroma, slightly florally, nothing ambitious

Taste...Great

Feel....Bit harsh

Overall, can taste the alcohol, but such a complex brew, too under the influence to give any more explanation than that.....just get one, booof it and make up your own mind.

Over and out

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Photo of BlakeAM
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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