Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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452 Ratings
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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:
452
Reviews:
165
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
97
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 452 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of Slongie
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of einman
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A glorious day! Had the chance to have three great beers on tap. This was the third. On draft into a chalice. A great treat! Sweet taste with fresh apples and highest quality pears. Enticing smell and great lacing. Also some vanilla and strawberries. A very interesting and delicious beer!

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sporklift87
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boqonx
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDell
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of der_meister
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Anze
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 AMCPhD
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pens1967
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brantgraves
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZoDouble
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tux_alin
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fmontana93
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of werehereforthebeer
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive looks. Golden, high carbonation, 1 inch head which disappears quickly leaving a steady thin lace. Smells sweet chocolate orange and spice. Tastes dry, crisp and bitter with a subtle sweetness but not enough to shout about. Feels long and lasting and refreshing. Very nice.

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.79 out of 5 based on 452 ratings.
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