Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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: 473 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/28/17 re-tasting and re-write
This is a good lesson in "it's not just about the alcohol." I rate most of VH's darks well above the average and always thought myself a fan and that VH produced beers near the top of the style's range. So, the rating I first gave VH's Tripel reflected that bias. This tasting, I recognize I may have been, well, intoxicated ... or at least exuberant caused by the alcohol.

Kasteel's Tripel remains a really good Looker with almost an amber tone and an enticing foam. The very sweet aromas are repeated in the initial attack. Fortunately, the bubbles clean the sweet palate and infuse the spices into the tongue to help this accompany food. But, the sweet -- and particularly the fruit -- comes back... as if to assert itself against the food. Instead, a tripel should be the food's friend and give it a chance to play with one's tastebuds.

The first time I had Kasteel's Tripel, I missed that... or maybe I didn't know back then... or maybe I was too much under the influence. (Probably all three.)

Stumped on this, I returned to the scriptures. Reviewed in Garrett Oliver's "Brewmasters Table", he recommends Kasteel's Tripel to accompany fish and chicken dishes made with herbs and fruit. I share his interesting line "the impression of considerable sweetness, drying into a fruity finish." Thinking about this, I can better sort out the sweet malt, brewers sugar (those two ingredients making the sweetness) and yeast (lending lots to the fruity finish.) The "drying", of course, comes from hops providing the balance. IMHO, more spices helps this Tripel share the stage with more foods.

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Photo of Antyk
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDominator
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of syaoran_kun
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zedzdead
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +6.6%
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 +7.9%
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 +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBorsato
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zet
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 GSS
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lhwjanssen
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of igl
4.69/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamFuel
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slongie
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of einman
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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 dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 473 ratings