Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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457 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
457
Reviews:
166
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
99
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Shade1951
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 JakeScully
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mitchell027
2.18/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of mustangdon
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Bujon
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 54V4G3
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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 SeymourDunn
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tomislav
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Gkruszewski
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Momon
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 IckyT2012
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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 yaron73
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from supermarket in Eilat (Israel).

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Photo of mattjp03
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.79 out of 5 based on 457 ratings.
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