Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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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

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159
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432
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
21.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 432
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 Cannybrew
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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Photo of jonb5
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale golden, clear, small head, faded fairly quickly,
looked very lively, very bubbly throughout.

S: Yeast, esters, apple, some booze.

T: Yeasty, fruity esters, bittersweet, hint of apple, did a reasonable
job of hiding the booze.

M: Crisp, well carbonated, light body for the high abv.

O: Thumbs up from me on this one, not bursting with diverse flavors
but its what I’d like a tripel to be.

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Photo of AMack11
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle,best before May 2016. Been in the fridge for 6 months or so. Poured into a snifter (I usually always pour my Belgians into a goblet,but having had a few of these, I feel that at 11%, the snifter benefits this ale)

A - bright orange,with a finger of bright white head. Look very clear.

S - this is an odd smelling beer. Honey,apple,a touch of cinnamon, tons of alcohol. This beer has a strange floral scent, with a white wine type scent as well. Very odd.

T - alcohol right off the bat, followed by a honey and finishing with a white pepper. Slight hints of banana. Maybe even some coriander.

F - smooth, creamy and syrupy

O - this beer in very,very unique. It's unlike an triple that I've ever had...more than that,it's unlike any beer I've ever had. The honey notes,combined with the spicy finish,are odd, but weirdly do work. I would suggest pairing this beer with some like a Chinese honey chilli chicken, some sort of sweet and sour dish. I give this beer a 4 overall, for being a very enjoyable and unique experience. A must try for Belgian beer geeks like myself.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date bottled: 10/23/12. Date reviewed: 5/4/14.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a beautiful, shimmering golden color. Huge, inch-high head faded into some attractive swirling. Decent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Somewhat subdued, but the hints of honey, mustiness and wood rosins make it stand out.

Taste 4.0: Front is flat, with slight hints of wood rosins near the front of the palate. Middle is dry with light notes of wood and candy sugar (without any hint of sweetness). Finish is bone dry with hints of sugars, rosins and a slight acetone taste. Aftertaste is short and features a brief hint of the malt that -must have-- gone into this beer but is now long gone. Smooth and balanced at every taste level and no hint of any alcohol.

Mouthfeel 3.75: A bit too bubbly for me, but nothing distractive.

Overall 4.0: The most unusual triple I have ever tasted. I would dare anyone to try this beer blindfolded and tell me it is actually a beer. Everything that makes a beer a beer is gone from this brew's flavor profile: no malt and no hops. Still, what is here is like alchemy: lead into gold a brief foray into the magical. This beer is strange; it grows on you and if you are a home-brewer like me, you wonder what kind of yeast cleared this out of sugars like this, what kind of wood is that I taste...not the best triple I have ever had, but surely the most interesting and challenging to the style. Recommended.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice glass.

A: Slightly cloudy golden yellow color. Forming a creamy thin bubbled white head. Medium retention and lots of lingering lacings in the glass

S: Sweet and fruity. Vanilla, honey, caramel malts, orange, peaches, sweet grains. Traditional notes of Belgian yeasts. A bit boozy in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Notes of honey, vanilla, sweet grains, caramel malts, orange and peach notes, sweet bread, bready Belgian yeasts. In overall a bittersweet taste. Good hops bitterness in the end

M: Heavy body with lots of carbonation. Bittersweet and very malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic Belgian Tripel. Good

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, spice, fruit, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some oxidized qualities that actually don't really detract from the other aromas and flavors.

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