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Kasteel Tripel | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel TripelKasteel Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 435
Photo of RuudJH
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Castle beer, bottle conditioned, yet allmost completely clear pale ale, thin head.
Slight hints of sweet white Moezel and Saarland wines (so grapes, i guess), combined with hops. It's a tripel of decent quality.
Very present alcohol, but smooth nevertheless.
No bad words about this tripel. In a perfect world it would have a hard time, but now it's holding it's own.

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Photo of Rayek
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy gold, with hyperactive carbonation. Rocky cream colored head is huge and has great retention. Leaves generous lace.

S: Spicy and complex. Coriander, cloves and pepper struck me the most. As I lingered, I could smell oranges and biscuits.

T: The aromas and flavors integrate nicely. Apples, oranges and green grapes make up the sweetness. Coriander and clove flavors provide a spicy bitter kick. Finishes with a dry lemon tartness. Alcohol adds a generous warmth going down.

M: Medium body feels soft and has the right amount of fizz.

D: A very nice tripel that holds its own with the many fine beers in this class. The high ABV makes for a good nightcap. Definitely worth the pickup.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ML into a snifter/ Bottled on 080423 (April 23, 2008?)

P: Sits a very dull and cloudy gold color with a loose, soapy white head on top. Shows poor retention (but it is 11% ABV) as it immediately sinks to a thin halo and fails to leave even a smidgeon of lace.

A: The nose is good with notes of sweet toasted malts, citric fruits, clove, yeast, and some booze. Actually, there's a little more booze in here than I would like, but its understandable given the ABV.

T: Sweet malts greet the palate with citric fruits hitting thereafter with a sharp, acidic citrus twang that puckers my tongue with tartness. A little apple and pear underneath that don't quite work in unison with the above-mentioned citrus notes. Clove spices take over from there, with the spicy alcohol finally taking off its mask in the warming finish. Aftertaste is full of spice and booze, which isn't the most pleasant flavor to be left with.

M: Medium-light bodied with a sharp edge that is only added to by the excessive amount of carbonation. It is already kind of unrefined on the palate with some rough edges, and the huge prickly bite from the carbonation doesn't help matters in the least.

Notes: This is a decent tripel that definitely hides the 11% ABV well (until the finish at least), but the rest of the flavor profile seems kind of weird and is all over the place at times. The citrusy notes seem to clash with the soft fruits and overwhelm them with that tart, acidic sensation that makes it taste kind of awkward. The aftertaste is rather off-putting as well, and really hinders the drinkability as a result. Overall, this one missed the mark as far as I'm concerned.

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

Bought a 750 mL bottle at my local grocery store. Poured into a Rochefort Belgian style goblet. The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1 finger head (not what I was expecting from a triple). The nose is malty and floral but not overwhelming. Very soft, fuzzy mouthfeel. The taste is malty sweet up front with a slight alcohol finish. The hops are well blended into the flavor and the alcohol is not overwhelming despite the high content (11%). I found this beer to be very drinkable. A good representation of the style.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

The pour method employed generates a 2-3 finger fluffy head.

Color is surprising. Being a Triple I was expecting a cloudy/haze finish but this is a crystal like gold straw with lively effervescent activity.

The nose is a mild mixture of floral and citrus notes working in combination with a very dampish malt and yeast odor. Alcohol notes are not shy in coming through.

In the mouth this Triple is quite lively and relatively medium bodied with the flavors providing a sticky texture. Taste is malt up front with peppered and garden spices building intensity until the whole thing dries off with a soft alcohol finish; surprising given the abv.

A good Triple that strays away from the category norm, this may put some people off but most will appreciate. Definitely not as good as the same breweries brune

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my official B-day beer. bottled on 4/23/08 black foil cover over cage and cork, green 1pt. 9.4 fl.oz. bottle.

clear golden color, 2" high light and fluffy, all-white head with a nice 1/2" crown, dissipates pretty quick though.

Dank, musty herbs, dried wheat and corn in the malt keeps things simple. sour, earthy yeast aroma is huge. Grainy alcohol, slight vanilla and believe it or not....green apples.

Amazingly crisp, jazzy body and feel, light sweet malt seems simple with all-earthy goodness but it's damn complex. a righteous, complex yeast sets it all off! , dry wheat, sour herbs, garden veggies like snap peas. Earthy with a crispy malt, great complexity here, easy to drink except for the heat which is delivers a very buzzy effect which blends well with the hop bitterness right at the end with a dry, lasting finish.

Not my favorite of the style, but a damn good beer.

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Photo of smanders
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a corn yellow with a pillow for a head.

Smell - grains and yeast and not much else. Maybe a little apple.

Taste - What?!?!? I love it but can't explain it... Flavors not tasted in other tripels are experienced. Are you sure it's 11%ABV?

Mouthfeel - bubbling effervescence the life of the beer. How do they do that?

Drinkability - Well, with US law being a factor, the drinkability of this beer is still high. Lovers of Belgians and novices alike will enjoy Kasteel's Tripel. It's damn good!

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

I can't fault the look and pour of this Triple.
It pours a translucent straw-like pale yellow and produces a white long-lasting frothy head.
The slight nose has hints of citrus and alcohol.

The fruity flavor contains the unmistakable presence of alcohol commingled with Muscat, citrus and apple like notes.

One thing I thought missing is the "more of everything" that I expect -- or mistakenly expect from a "Triple". I wish there was a greater presence of malt.

The mouthfeel is quite active-- the effervescence of this beer is notable by sight and on the tongue

Drinkability even with the 11% ABV is still good-

A nice enjoyable brew.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kasteel Tripel pours perfectly with a nice golden, almost totally clear, bubbly body; along with ample amounts of bright white head, this is a beautiful looking beer.

Aromas are on the sweet sugar and powdery side. There is a white wine kind of aroma detectable too.

The taste is on the bubble gum side, and a taste of overly ripe oranges.

This is crisp and quenching up front, but finishes with a boozy alcohol bite.

Overall this is a great tripel. I found this much more enjoyable than their bruin, due to the appearance, and this brew masks its alcohol a bit better.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is spicy.Taste is sour green apples,spices and alcohol.When you look at this in the glass it looks very much like a macro.Then when you smell and drink it you can definetly tell the difference.Very warming and enjoyable.Recommended and I will purchase again.

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Photo of yesferro
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from Joboto, cork says april 2008

Golden color, very nice looking. Smells sweet with a hint of sour in the background. Tastes like a very sweet apple, the alcohol is almost felt as an aftertaste. There's hints of citrus there too but mainly apple for me. This beer is very alive in your mouth too, the only reason I can't give it a full 5 on drinkability is because there is no way I can see people just sit down and down a few of these and actually enjoy it after nr 3 or 4.

I love this beer, I prefer the donker/dark but since it has been about 7years since I had that last I am going to have to hold out till my visit to the brewery this summer to make my final judgement.

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Photo of JCWeaze
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured summery orange - in a snifter. Easy to get 1+ fingers of head.

Flavor was sweet but not cloying.

Smell was fruity with notes of apples.

High alcohol content is well hidden.

Great summer evening closer. Close but not quite as tasty as Triple Karmaliet.

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Photo of becktone
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 4-1-09

Done horizontally with Maredsous Tripel, Augustijn Tripel, and Westmalle Tripel.

Eye: This one pours lightest in color of the group and is a hazy lemon-square yellow (like the kind grandma used to make). Head is creamy and sits at about one finger. Appetizing to look at.

Nose: Some faint green apple aromas. Also some spiciness and hints at alcohol here. Seems pretty straight forward and uncomplicated.

Tongue: Sweetness from the malt comes through and thankfully there's not too much of that apple going on in here. Alcohol is also present giving balance to the beer, however, here its hotter, and less refined than the Westmalle. This one is quite a bit maltier than the Westmalle, more of that sweet malt coming through, more of that candied type of flavor-caramel of varing colors and such. However, it is much less balanced and much less complex. Flavors in the Westmalle are melded here, it seems they are just sitting in line, one being detected after the other.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is light and the aftertaste is longer lasting than Maredsous, yet that green apple is there followed by an almost astringent alcohol. Carbonation is light and delicate, just a bit more would be nice if you ask me. Nothing special nothing damning. As far as drinkability, I'd go for the Maredsous over this one, better flavor and considering that this one is 16 and change for a four-pack....well it'll be a while till I drink this one again if ever. It really doesn't do it for me. Not a bad beer, but it should be better for the price...I mean the Donker and the Rouge are worth the price, this one....not so much so.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been in my fridge for nearly 2 months now. Just barely got around to trying it.

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head and what looks to be ample carbonation into my Piraat glass. Good presentation.

Aroma is full of spice and a tiny bit of raisin and apple. Seems par the course for that.

Taste is tart and full of spice upfront with raisin and apple standing out in the middle. Sublime. Easy to drink with no offensive flavors.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, raisin and apple flavors. Goes down well.

Again, a very easy-drinking Tripel, despite the alcohol content. Just be careful as this can sneak up on you!

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Photo of grub
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, best before 05 2010. sampled may 8/09.

pours pale amber in colour with just a touch of haze. a medium-sized white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a bit of lace.

aroma is good. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. faint tropical fruit. bit of yeast and light spice. floral. tangerine and orange peel. a touch of earthy character too.

taste is good. white bread and cracker. bit of caramel. light alcohol. tangerine and orange peel again. bit of tropical fruit too. light non-specific spice. touch of yeast.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. fairly dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance. a fairly balanced tripel, but not quite my favourite.

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Photo of iNHaze
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kasteel Tripel, actually it was "triple" on the bottle, from a 750mL to a wine glass.

Kasteel poured a honey straw color with some golden highlights. Very nice clarity, and lots of large bubbles. Light head which faded to kind of like the bubbles on a glass of sprite after it's been sitting out a few minutes.

The smell was nice, very yeasty and fruity. Reminded me of champagne in the aroma, I got definite white grapes, complex yeast notes, and a bit of alcohol. I've never smelled a beer quite like this.

No real hops to speak of in the flavor. Definite malty sweetness with a bit of caramel in the backseat. Bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue. Very floral yeastiness, in the style of a good belgian. The aftertaste was rather unusual though, I got a bit of a metallic tang, and then it was almost cloyingly sweet. After a glass or two the aftertaste started getting to me, not making this brew undrinkable, but also not my favorite. I'm not a big fan of hops in belgians, but perhaps a little bitter would do this beer good.

Mouthfeel was not bad, very smooth and almost oily, yet with a good bite of carbonation.

Overall, the 11%ABV obviously makes this something you wouldn't really want to session. Putting that aside, the lingering sticky-sweetness would probably make me pass this one over in the future. However, I'd call this beer a good value at $8 or so for the 750, and it's definitely not something I'd classify as 'undrinkable.'

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Photo of Jeffo
2.27/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger thinner looking white head. Colour is amber or golden poppy orange and is very clear. A good amount of carbonation with large bubbles all over. A decent film remains and leaves some thin lacing down the glass. The head lacks a bit and is a little thin. A little lack luster for the style.

SMELL: Mild nose of toasted malt, sweet red apple and some pear. A touch of caramel in the background, which is unique, and a touch of yeast under it all. Not bad, but a little too weak.

TASTE: Toasted malt right away, with some sweet red apple and lots of spicy alcohol. Aftertaste of sweet malt, red apples and sugar candy, as well as spicy alcohol is medium strong and long lasting. Interesting but very alcoholic, perhaps a bit too much as it is quite overwhelming. This makes it a bit of a chore to drink.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with medium to higher amounts of carbonation. Goes down with a bit of a scratch and a bite at the end. Finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Alcohol presence is a little too much on the palate as well.

OVERALL: A very strong triple, dominated by the unnecessarily high ABV. It's too boozy for my liking and not smooth enough on the way down. I could finish it, but it wasn't really enjoyable. I've had more than my share of triples and this one was a bit of a mess. Doesn't hold a candle to their wonderful Bruin. Not a favourite and I won't be picking this one up again.

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Photo of JBogan
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly standard looking light honey color with a very small white head which leaves almost no lacing.

Smells very bready, with a slight citrus note and a hint of alcohol.

Taste mirrors the scent. The yeast is in the foreground, with slight citric accompanyment, and alcohol letting you know it's in there too.

Mouthfeel was very good. Medium bodied, smooth and slick, with a good carbonation bite.

Overall this is a rather average tripel. I'd reach for a number of other tripels first, but if this is all that's available it's decent enough brew to please most people.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap.

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thick head that hangs for a while.

Smells of fresh malty grains and maybe a little tart.

The taste is comparable, a bit of citrus sweetness with malty body. The alcohol comes through, mostly on the aftertaste.

Feels sharp, good carbonation. Otherwise dry and easy going.

This is a big beer. Good drinkability, but not sustained drinkability. Pretty dry. A pretty good Belgian trippel worth trying.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a somewhat hazy golden liquid. The head is massive and brilliantly white. The aroma is a little spicy, with some alcohol and fruit notes (pear, lemon, and apple). The spice is a bit peppery, and there's also a little yeast in the smell (no notable hop aroma). Although the taste is a semi-sweet, it is balanced with a not-quite hot spiciness. Alcohol warming is intense. There's considerable bitterness that starts in the hind-taste, and continues well through the finish. Medium body and very carbonated, giving the beer a 'prickly' sensation. Good tripel.

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Photo of tazzerboy
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass

A-Dark honey color. Good head at pour (two fingers) and it stuck around for a while. Rather cloudy with yeast fragments. I thought I might have poured it too quickly, but after second thought...I didn't pour it any faster then normal.

S-Sweet/Candy. But, there wasn't that much aroma there.

T-Sweet right off the bat. Light bitterness and some acid arrive in the middle, but it is well balanced with the sweetness. More of a floral taste arrive as it warms up.

M-Good carbonation, a little creamy

D-There is a little bit of an alcohol burn, but relatively smooth considering the high ABV.

Overall-Rather nice beer. Not the best triple I've tried, but I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of Nick3
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounces with a bottle on date of Nov. 28, 2007. Beer poured into a Kasteel chalice. Hazy golden color with ample carbonation. Enough lacing to admire. Aroma is yeasty and doughy. Alcohol and floral notes are there as well. Was expecting more of a singe from the alcohol given the ABV. A lot of yeast and bread in the taste; the hops give it a nice bite. Really shocked that this beer is 11%; the alcohol is there but is masked quite well. Beer has a champagne like effervescence. A very worthy tripel; I'm still not sure how they masked the alcohol so well. If you like tripels, this is a good bet. Not the best that I've had but a good bang for the buck.

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Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a short, stubby bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October. Date stamped on back of label indicates: 08-2009. Poured into my clean, clear Ommegang goblet.

A Lots of visible sediment, some light colored flakes even, floating in the golden yellow but translucent body. Head was surpisingly made up of large bubbles (I expected the creamy, velvety type of head) and dissipated within a minute. I love the look of this beer in my goblet.

S A great yeasty, malty, alcohol blonde smell, right on target for the style.

T Wow, nice kick of alcohol after an initial rush of sweet malt and Belgian yeast. This is a classic blonde tripel and Tripels are my favorite style.

M Full with big malt, yeast, alcohol tastes. Carbonation is actually a bit more than I expected but it is true to style.

D One and done for me but that is just because it is such a big beer. I finished my beer without hesitation though and enjoyed every drop.

Notes: Consider me impressed. Everyone should try this beer and especially if you love Tripels like I do.

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Photo of CMW
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprised to find this at a restaurant that is not a beer bar.

A - Pours a golden straw yellow with a nice two finger head that has medium retention. There is considerable lacing on the glass.

S - Extremely sweet, even for the style. Pears, apricots and bananas are present with some bread-like yeast. The alcohol is present in the nose as well.

T - Much like the nose. Sweet fruits give way to some tasty malt and yeast notes. The burn from the alcohol is a little high compared to others in the style.

M - Carbonation is a little high for me, but otherwise the beer is thin.

D - While the taste is nice, the 11% would knock me out if I had more than one or two of these.

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

The Tripel poured a golden color with a 1/2 inch foam head that was tightly packed together. Not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was fruity and had mostly sour notes like apples. It was lively in the mouth and had a good amount of carbonation which seems to be typical of this style. It was semi dry and had a good bitterness to it. Overall I enjoyed the brew and would buy again once a year or every two.

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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