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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Photo of Jeffo
2.27/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger thinner looking white head. Colour is amber or golden poppy orange and is very clear. A good amount of carbonation with large bubbles all over. A decent film remains and leaves some thin lacing down the glass. The head lacks a bit and is a little thin. A little lack luster for the style.

SMELL: Mild nose of toasted malt, sweet red apple and some pear. A touch of caramel in the background, which is unique, and a touch of yeast under it all. Not bad, but a little too weak.

TASTE: Toasted malt right away, with some sweet red apple and lots of spicy alcohol. Aftertaste of sweet malt, red apples and sugar candy, as well as spicy alcohol is medium strong and long lasting. Interesting but very alcoholic, perhaps a bit too much as it is quite overwhelming. This makes it a bit of a chore to drink.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with medium to higher amounts of carbonation. Goes down with a bit of a scratch and a bite at the end. Finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Alcohol presence is a little too much on the palate as well.

OVERALL: A very strong triple, dominated by the unnecessarily high ABV. It's too boozy for my liking and not smooth enough on the way down. I could finish it, but it wasn't really enjoyable. I've had more than my share of triples and this one was a bit of a mess. Doesn't hold a candle to their wonderful Bruin. Not a favourite and I won't be picking this one up again.

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Photo of csrbv
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

App: Dark honey blond with substantial haze. No head.

Strong aromas of honey and slightly tart grapes. No alcoholic fumes but you can truly smell the strength. Hint of herbal, floral hops.

Whoo! Strong alcohol from the start. Slight sweet flavor that ends in a strong bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Very warming. A pleasant, slight fruity tartness hides beneath it all. Definitely not my favorite tripel thin body with too high carbonation.

The flavor of this brew to me is lacking, just tastes like a high alcohol brew instead of a true tripel.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an ornate Kasteel goblet.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. About a half finger of frothy white head that falls quickly.

4.0 S: Clove and bubblegum are the strongest flavors. Grassy and floral with hay. Somewhat earthy, yeasty, and some peachy fruitiness.

2.0 T: Bready and yeasty. Boozier than I'd like. Earthy with hay and grass. Peppery spiciness with much less clove than in the nose. Cracker malts. Not really that good.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Not bad here.

2.5 D: I must say that I'm not a big fan of this and probably Kasteel in general. This is the second of their beers that I've had tonight and both have been pretty underwhelming. This was a pricey brew, especially given the price tag.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange marmalade colour, clear body with light bead. Head is snowy white, lovely, thick and dense with a bit of wobble to it and sinking slowly to a thin crown. Standard for style, fairly decent.

Smell give you a huge, sweet, syrupy whiff of baked apple upfront. There's hints of some bready grain, oatmeal and marmalade on there. Yeah, honey-oat really, a bit too much with lots of fruit. Some spice or phenols would be nice, just smells over-sweet.

Taste starts out sweet, with more of that baked apple flavour, marmalade up front and some hints of honey and barley. It's kind of a tale of two palates - front is quite sweet, almost tangy, then it switches tracks halfway and becomes all phenolic. Just thick, mediciney without quite hiding the alcohol which is there in all its Benedictine glory. Strikes me as slightly similar to one of those Dogfish-head ancient pottery recipe beers. It's unbalanced, heavy, a bit of a mishmash really and a bit lacking in the pleasant factor as well.

Nicely full body but there's a real heat from the alcohol that really rather dries out the palate.

Unbalanced, but tolerable drop.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Im very disappointed with this beer. I really wanted to like this beer. It has a great aroma, but when poured into a glass, there are chunks of hops or yeast floating in the glass. I actually thought I poured it into a dirty glass and had to get a new glass which was crystal clear and the same thing happened. At the bottom of the glass was a buildup of some sort of sediment. The beer left a bitter taste in my mouth as it is way too sweet. There was an average amount of lace and head. Overall, a way overpriced and unsatisfying brew.

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Photo of emsroth
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

stubby bottle

App: Dark honey blond with substantial haze. No head.

Smell: Strong aromas of honey and slightly tart grapes. No alcoholic fumes but you can truly smell the strength. Hint of herbal, floral hops.

Taste: Whoo! Strong alcohol from the start. Slight sweet flavor that ends in a strong bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Very warming. A pleasant, slight fruity tartness hides beneath it all. Definitely overly bitter for a triple with minimal malty sweetness.

Full body with great carbonation.

Too bad the flavor is lacking.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A hazy, almost opaque dull grain color with a fizzy head. There's a tiny bit of sediment, not enough to be imposing.

S: Smells potent with apricots, peaches, molasses, overripened canteloupe and a bit of oregano spiciness.

T/M: Tastes strong. The warming alcohol feeling takes over everything else. In the back, you can taste figs, peaches, red grapes, sweet dried fruits along with a medium amount of carbonation. The potency makes it a lot closer to a barleywine than a tripel.

It's a decent beer, but there wasn't much of an attempt to disguise the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Seeker41184
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Date Drunk: 12/9/10

750mL to pint glass

A: Goldish color with yeast specs floating around.
S: Alot of different types of fruits here; apples, bananas, hint of mango. All these fruits give off a very sweet scent.
T: Sweet, fruity, and malty triple. The 11% ABV peaks through, but goes away once the beer warms up. When the beer gets too warm it comes back, so there is a happy medium here.
M: High in carbonation, almost too much.
O: Definitely not the best triple, but is very very unique, and worthy of purchase again.

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Photo of RickS95
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 090303

Pours a hazy, deep golden straw color with some light shades of orange to give it a slightly darker look. The head is nondescript and fleeting, eventually leaving a white ring up top.

Pepper is dominant in the nose. Belgian yeast is present, but only barely. Some grape or pear is also there.

Taste follows the lead of the nose in that pepper, yeast and some fruits are there, but everything is muted because of the pepper spice and the alcohol.

The pepper is abundant, overly so, and combined with the heat from the alcohol, it really hammers the palate. After just a couple sips, my lips are still hot. The carbonation doesn't help tame anything.

It's a very manly beer, and not everyone is going to like it. It's not something I want to dry again for a long time as there are plenty of other triples out there to try.

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Photo of Holland
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: served out of a bottle, gives some head, looks clear golden color and bubbly. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the side of the glass.

S: smells of fruity esters and alcohol along with sweetness.

T: tastes much the same, as expected from the smell. Nothing too complex here.

M: solid mouthfeel, crisp and clean feeling with a medium body. Pretty nice and dry.

O: As with my Rouge, the bottle was very old - over 18 months in this case. Still, you have to expect a tripel to hold up to 18 months, and I didn't sense anything off about it, just wasn't good. Maybe the year and a half took off some flavor.

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Photo of impending
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy honey straw. Minor head subsided quickly, unexceptional lacing.

Aroma is sweet white skinned fruits plus citrus. Lots of yeast and booze, but in a nice way. Slightly floral and spicy.

Alcohol is the dominate characteristic, tummy warming. Very sweet with a pepper ending. Finishes mildly dry, aftertaste lingers but nothing special. Mouthfeel is medium and gritty yet slightly cloying.

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Photo of Newsman
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this with a lovely steak friet combo at De Gulden Spoor in Bruges. The joint had a fairly typical 20+ beer list, but hadn't seen this one before, so decided to give it a shot.

Served in the bottle with the appropriate glass -- I admit, the little glass castle at the base of the goblet is modestly cheesy, especially compared with the simple gold and silver rimmed goblets the Trappists use. Still, poured a deep rich brown/black, modest head, nice looking brew.

Smell was pretty good, but the alcohol was more noticeable than I've experienced in other tripels...11% ABV will do that, I suppose, but other high-octane brews do blend it better. Still, very warming, with some notes of yeast, licorice, chocolate.

Taste...well, this is where it lost me. VERY sweet, even for a tripel. And very alcoholic right behind it. Any other hint of flavor is lost between the two, and all you end up with is Belgian Power Brew. Sugar and booze. Not that this is a bad thing, but other tripels simply manage things better.

Mouthfeel was fine, very typical of the style, and goes down smooth once you get past the sugar blast. It helped that I had food with this, because I don't know if I could've finished it without something to break things up!

Overall, this one remains representative of the style, but boy, others do it a lot better.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle, best before 2015

A- Dark golden, light orange or something in between. Frothy white head that totally disappears in the span of a couple of seconds, no lacing either

S- Sweet aroma as to be expected. Caramel malts and a slight fruitiness among a yeasty feel, slight alcohol whiff. Quite weak

T- Luckily a little brighter than what the smell promised. Sweet malts upfront, notes of honey and caramel. Alcohol is very much present, bringing a warming feel and a touch of estery spiciness. Slight herbal finish with a touch of bitterness. Decent but far from the complexity that you can taste in most belgian tripels

M- Quite light body for the style, expecially low on the carbonation side. Overall quite easy to drink. Alcohol brings a warming feel but gets too much in the way as the beer warms

O- This bottle had no or signs of infection or major issues, so i'm reviewing the beer for what i had, which was still decently enjoyable, but mediocre and lacking complexity. It seemed to me like they were trying to bolster things up by just raising ABV

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Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. It had a golden color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: Smelled of fruit, yeast and malt.

T: Surprisingly average taste. Some apples, malt and Belgian yeast, but mainly very thin.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a mixed bag of a beer. Some aspects are strong, but the taste is decidedly average.

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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 sweetbrew82
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ML into a snifter/ Bottled on 080423 (April 23, 2008?)

P: Sits a very dull and cloudy gold color with a loose, soapy white head on top. Shows poor retention (but it is 11% ABV) as it immediately sinks to a thin halo and fails to leave even a smidgeon of lace.

A: The nose is good with notes of sweet toasted malts, citric fruits, clove, yeast, and some booze. Actually, there's a little more booze in here than I would like, but its understandable given the ABV.

T: Sweet malts greet the palate with citric fruits hitting thereafter with a sharp, acidic citrus twang that puckers my tongue with tartness. A little apple and pear underneath that don't quite work in unison with the above-mentioned citrus notes. Clove spices take over from there, with the spicy alcohol finally taking off its mask in the warming finish. Aftertaste is full of spice and booze, which isn't the most pleasant flavor to be left with.

M: Medium-light bodied with a sharp edge that is only added to by the excessive amount of carbonation. It is already kind of unrefined on the palate with some rough edges, and the huge prickly bite from the carbonation doesn't help matters in the least.

Notes: This is a decent tripel that definitely hides the 11% ABV well (until the finish at least), but the rest of the flavor profile seems kind of weird and is all over the place at times. The citrusy notes seem to clash with the soft fruits and overwhelm them with that tart, acidic sensation that makes it taste kind of awkward. The aftertaste is rather off-putting as well, and really hinders the drinkability as a result. Overall, this one missed the mark as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Kasteel Triple | 750 ml. | 11.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Style: Tripel
Glass: clear plastic cup

Icy yellow with a fading enamel head and bubbles streaming up the side of the glass.

Grainy, slightly citric character. really not all that pleasing.

Hard bout of chilly alcohol upfront followed by dry grains, lemon peal, tangerines, and a chalky, semi-sweet finish.

Very clean and crisp, a touch sticky in the aftertaste. Carbonation is strong and body is medium.

This is a Tripel that should be dialed down from 11% ABV for the sake of balance. There's not a whole lot of complexity, but alcohol and dry grains dominate to a disproportionate degree.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: February 2010
Served: February 13, 2011

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet bottled on date 090317.

a-slightly hazy light gold. low and tight white head.

s-candi sugar. slight clove. some apple.

t-a bit sweet. Very low hop bitterness and low hop flavor. Very sweet malt. Needs more hops and could be a bit drier.

m-medium-high carbonation. No alcohol warmth. nice

d-a bit sweet to drink a bunch of. 11% alcohol is hidden well. dry this beer out or up the hop bitterness.

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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 smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet/chalice.

Appearance of the head is... whoops what was that... I missed it after I was excited about the giant cork pop that went flying across my room. I turned around after the pour and the head was gone like a bank robber who fled the scene. There isn't even any lacing on this at all to get an idea of what I missed of this faint finger white foam head. Color is nice but highly carbonated of a deep gold with super super small lacing. Not impressed by this at all.

Smell improves. Faint skunkiness (not ruined) of big yeast, carbonated hopsy and sugar sweetness of honey. Dry on the nose somewhat also.

Initial crispness on the front with carbonation but gives way to sweet taste of honey and alcohol. Somewhat thick but not too much making it at least pleasant on the palate.

I'd have another but I know for sure I've had much better.

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Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass or Tulip glass]

Poured a clear golden yellow with a medium sized white fizzy head that dissipated quickly and had poor lacing. The aroma was of grain malts, a light herbal hop and a cobweb scented yeast with notes of citrus and honey. The initial flavor was slightly sour and acidic with a hint of honey and finished with a bitter yeast flavor that had a hint of citrus and a slight alcohol aftertaste that lasted a little while. Mouthfeel was very light and mild in body with a watery texture. Overall a surprisingly refreshing brew that is a little to easy to drink considering the high alcohol content.

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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 ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The fragrance is sweet, rich in sugars and there sees a touch of vanilla. The flavor is mostly sweet alcoholic and without that beer lacks balance. At the tasting, it is quite creamy, round palate and easy, if not pleasant to drink. Lingering bitterness in the finish. It is much more pleasant in the mouth Kasteelbier Brown and the dose of sugar is much lower. Lovers of sweet beers, but still fear the loathing will be delighted.

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Photo of JimTeal
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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 papat444
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Daytona, FL @ an ABC store in Sept. 2008. Shared with my wife last night over our supper which was chicken, mashed potatoes & green beans.

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle, best before 10-2009.

Appearance: 2-3 fingers worth of foam that disappears in the blink of an eye. It has a dusty gold color and little flecks of sediment floating around which i always like. Not the best of appearances.

Smell: Apples, sourish a little which scares me but it gets better with some assorted fruit & spices.

Taste: Pears and banana with a good yeast presence and a slight peppery finish. As it warms, a honey-like texture and flavor develops. No tartness thankfully.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is prickly with some zest. Body is quite full in the mouth.

Overall: Not bad actually. I was a bit apprehensive at first but it turned out ok. The ABV is extremely well hidden and not felt at all. Worth checking out.

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