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

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Ratings:
451
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
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16
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Photo of GRG1313
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with almost a brown tint with a short offwhite head.

Nose of big Belgian fruit - peaches, stone fruit, ripe pears and ripe bananas.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and well balanced.

Flavors follow the nose with rich assertive flavors of big carmel, raisins, pears, stone fruit and bananas.

Finish is big malty fruit. Nice if you like a big malty brew.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a wide collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts and fruity yeasts are present in the nose along with some hints of alcohol and spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has honey-like flavors of malts along with notes of peppery spices. There is some sweetness from the malts and candi sugars but this is mostly balanced off by a light amount of bitterness and notes of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some hints of warming from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: There's no mistaking the strength of this beer given the notes of alcohol in the taste but it is a nice beer to sip and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apple cider and honey sweetness combine for a strong and succulent tripel ale that draws comparisons to sweeter white wines with a serious alcohol kick.

Pouring a medium amber, deep golden/light copper color, the beer carries only the modest of haze, along with a short lived froathy head that dissipates to a thin sheet but retaining well all the while. Low on lace, this is what's expected from a sweeter, heavier, and more alcoholic tripel.

A mix of green and red apples govern the aromas with background notes of honey/meads, zinfindale wines, and a grapey sparkling white wine character that boarders on sodas and wine coolers. While malty breads and grains make a formitable presence, the fruity and earthy notes keep the beer aromas in moderation.

Malty rich with strong honeyish sweetness, floral flavors, appricots, pears, nectarines, and a lot of earthy teas. Honey suckle, nectar, and alcohol all give a savory and succulent impression on the front of the palate. The procession across the tongue gives the same as the forefront except with a growing sweet tobacco, chai tea character that develops into a bruised approcot flavor just before the dryish winey finish. Without full dryness, this beer leaves a lot of sugar on the tongue and eventually weighs a bit heavy on the mouth and stomach.

Though not the quentessential tripel ale, this beer has a lot of merrit because of it's malty sweet and succulent flavors, moderate alcohol impact and lightly syrupy feel- making it more akin to a complement to a fruity desert or as a stand alone digestive.

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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 brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a soda-like head that fizzes away in no time flat; needleas to say, there was no lace

Smell: Peppery yeast, bubblegum, tropical fruit and fusel alcohol

Taste: Spicy, peppery and yeasty, up front, with growing bubblegum, orange peel and tropical fruit flavors that develop by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fusel alcohol comes on strong, propelling the flavor profile boldly into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderately low carbonation; hot and peppery in the gullet

Drinkabililty: Although the flavors are on target, the mouthfeel and the heat just don't cut it for me, so this would not rank among the better Tripels I have encountered

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with some bready notes.

T - Spicy and yeasty with some sweet bread crust flavor. Nice fruity bite added a crispness to the beer.

M - It was sharp and well-carbonated. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good tripel. Kasteel makes pretty good beers.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 1/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, light bread, and phenolic yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate malt flavors; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, light banana, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Tripel. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and surprisingly crisp sipping for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/27/2011 at track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruit, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, caramel, bananas and a bit of spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy, however I do not taste much as far as the Belgian yeast goes. The hops presence is very mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s not the first Tripels I would select but it’s still a decent beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw blonde, pale ale looking body. Thin head.

S - Sweet, dried dates soaked in booze. Dry, fire roasted notes with a sweet caramel side. Malty syrup present.

T - Warming, pungently sweet alcohol. A big floral bouquet and floral hops. Grainy bread, and an evaporating alcohol finish.

M - Warming the entire mouth, with a nice full body. Clean finish.

O - A solid tripel, with a strong, earthly alcohol kick.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.79 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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