Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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3.81/5
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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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#16,431
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
472
pDev:
12.86%
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2012/01/10. 750ml bottle split into two different Belgian goblets.

Pours with decent clarity, boasting a honey tangerine-gold color. The head is a little disappointing. Really fizzy bubbles expelled themselves almost at the speed of gravity.

White bread, banana, green peppercorn, alcohol, coriander, wheat, and clove. Pretty big in the nose. Not as brash as I had remembered, but the aroma is unmistakable even from a distance.

Strong and spicy. Lots of peppery spice and coriander. Clove is here, too. It's the spiciness of the yeast and the booze that kill back the huge crusty bread notes from the aroma. Even the fruitiness of the banana and pear and light bubblegum get lost in the bitter and dusty yeast and 11% ABV. Tastes like it was meant to be a 'big balls' kind of beer, but I have to knock it for imbalance. The flavor is good, if not impressive. I just wish there was more fruitiness (not necessarily sweetness) to balance.

Very hot in the gut. Slightly burning in the back of the throat, too. Body is supple. Carbonation speaks for itself--a high note for Kasteel Tripel.

A beer I used to love, but my palate has changed and I have tasted so many epic tripels now. One of the first of the style I ever enjoyed. That was a younger me. This beer actually exceeded my expectations; perhaps, I feared the booziness of the big bottle and refrained from revisiting it over the past few years. It's been at least that long since I've last had one. And, guess what, I'd go after another one sooner than later. I guess it just still sticks with me.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DylanK
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured in a chalice. Mild carbonation gives way to a bit of lacing. Color is comparable to somewhat cloudy bourbon.

S: Pleasant, with a nasal-passage opening hint of ethanol from this 11% ABV trippel. Not a seasoned reviewer yet and I am having difficulty detecting specific notes.

T: There is a decent alcoholic bite to this brew, but a mild bitterness gives way to a refreshing sweetness.

M: Thin, light with little carbonation once it hits your tongue.

Overall, I'm pleased. I would definitely drink it again!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently my review got sent into the 7% Blond category, there was some confusion when I initially wrote this; this is a review from 5/1/10, the triple, moving it to the proper spot -

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark gold/amber with a mild white head, no real lace.

S: Cake batter, baked pears.

T: Sweet pilsner malt and Belgian candy sugar. Nice pear and banana esters too. A tad boozy at 11%, but it works wonders with the flavours, everything is integrated.

M: A tad overcarbonated, but a nice full body, smooth.

D: A delicious tripel with a modicum of ethanol power. Good stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of JimTeal
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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 NielZ
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at home.

Nice head that comes up 'professional', doesnt disappear that quick.
A good looking golden color to.

The beer is a full-bodied one, wich is detailled with a nice mix of freshness and dryness.
It tastes like a real special beer.

The mouth feeling is very nice its sparkling in your mouth, it warms up your mouth.

The first taste is a fresh taste with hints to fruit (banana's & some melon) , grain and minth.
To fast after the first taste there comes up an alcohol taste, which is very warming.
The taste is a bit dry and got hints to pepper, coffee, caramel and honey.
Alchohol taste isnt that noticeable.

Overall the beer is a nice mix of freshness and dryness, however the fruit taste doesnt last that long and gets way to quicky overwhelmed by the dry tast..

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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 472 ratings