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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Ratings: 457 |  Reviews: 166
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 kovfer
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Peach golden color, excellent fruity bright nose, bite on the front of the tongue but smooth on the back.

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Photo of GlennWB
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcpat1993
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very strong but doesn't carry the bitterness that one would think. Tasty

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

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 Mameshiba
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Beginner2
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antyk
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of syaoran_kun
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zedzdead
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous golden full bodied sexy bier. The Raquel Welsh of biers m-mmmm!

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

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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