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: 164 | Ratings: 450
Photo of Douberd
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 330 ml at home. Poured a deep golden yellow coloured beer with a big soapy head of two and a half fingers. The head quickly became just a line on the surface of the beer. Minimal activity in the glass.
Aroma of fruits, mostly bananas, and yeast. Also light aroma of the high alcohol but not irritating.
Sweet taste, strong alcohol but on the tip of the tongue but after that goes down easily and alcohol is only just a bit traceable. Last part of the sip is also fruity.
Thick on the body but only average. Carbonation is also average.

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Photo of Glibber
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw calor with a rather solid white head- poured agressively out of a corked bottle. Smell of yeast and some light lemon citrus. Drinks easily, I felt the alcohol was very well concealed, nice carbination and relatively sweet on the front end, with a short bourbon alcohol burst, but a bread, slightly floral back end with very little lingering alcohol.
Actually a good value for $8.50. Not as complex as I prefer, nor the dark fruit undertones I love, but very Farmhouse Ale that tastes like 7%ABV- but it is actually 11%.

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Photo of tronester
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden in color with a thin white head. Smells lightly of apples. Taste is a sweet caramel finishing with some ethanol. Mouthfeel is rich, low carbonation. Overall a good triple. However it is a bit higher in alcohol than I typically like.

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

330ml bottle poured into a goblet by freshness date.

Slight hazy gold straw in color with wee white head that simultaneously collapses to just some bubbles on the surface without lace, carbonation seems to be high.

Obviously winy in the aroma it’s reminiscent of dark grapes. Malt sweetness, honey, candy sugar, phenol and some spice also add in.

Fruitiness reminds me of grapes and raisins, sweetness from malt, candy sugar, vanilla, honey and alcohol, again alcohol also adds some spice along with phenol from yeast strain. Charred nuttiness, slight toasted trait and hop yield a slight bitterness trying to balance and cut the edge of sweetness and booze.

Full-bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a bit syrupy body, good crisp with lively carbonation, finish is dry.

Such an extreme Triple with bold aroma, flavor, body yet also alcohol lurking.

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Photo of csrbv
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

App: Dark honey blond with substantial haze. No head.

Strong aromas of honey and slightly tart grapes. No alcoholic fumes but you can truly smell the strength. Hint of herbal, floral hops.

Whoo! Strong alcohol from the start. Slight sweet flavor that ends in a strong bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Very warming. A pleasant, slight fruity tartness hides beneath it all. Definitely not my favorite tripel thin body with too high carbonation.

The flavor of this brew to me is lacking, just tastes like a high alcohol brew instead of a true tripel.

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Photo of supermantoine
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank it from the original Kasteel chalice.

Very clear beer. Beatiful lacing, sticks to the glass. Golden color with, in the beginning, fluffy head leaving a quarter of an inch after about a minute till the beer was finished.

Smells floral, with too much banana and yeast characteristics. A lot of alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, nothing surprising. No noticable bitterness and well balanced malti/hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is ok. Very thick beer, lots of alcohol, but no warmth, but at the same little carbonation which makes it very good drinkable.

Overall a nice beer. Nothing really exciting, but good drinkable. It looks great, has most of the style characteristics and serves my needs in the triple field.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice and smooth tripel. Murky golden color capped with a thick crown of creamy foam. Aroma is spicy and buttery. Taste is honey, coriander, hops. Very smooth considering the high ABV.

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Photo of ficknish
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful light golden. Very clear with light head.

S - Citrus. Lemons. Bananas. Slight sweets and spices.

T - Sweet fruity citrus. Strong banana. Floral hops and clove spices. Alcohol.

M - Very bubbly and fun. Quite tingly.

O - A lovely beer. Very clean and sweet. Good spices. Strong alcohol flavor, but no heat. Would drink again.

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Photo of vincicle
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the look is a clear, golden-reddish ale.
The smell is slightly alcoholic, with an effervescence that is almost similar to champagne. There are hints of fruit, with a pearish sweetness and slight spiciness.
The taste is balanced without being too sweet or bitter. The alcohol taste is still apparent as you would expect with 11% but slightly less mellowed than some of the best belgium tripels.
Overall this is a decent beer, but it seems incomplete and could possibly better with age. (mine was about 13 months old from bottling when tried.)

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

A: light orange colour; clear decent head (that eventually almost disappears)

S: peach and pineapple, orange peel, a hint of pepper

T: the citrus is still there, but there is more yeast, more bitterness and the peppery notes kicks more; overall still pretty sweet

M: dry, creamy, alcohol lingers (not surprisingly)

O: a good solid beer, nothing wrong with it, altough a rather heavy one

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Photo of Holland
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: served out of a bottle, gives some head, looks clear golden color and bubbly. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the side of the glass.

S: smells of fruity esters and alcohol along with sweetness.

T: tastes much the same, as expected from the smell. Nothing too complex here.

M: solid mouthfeel, crisp and clean feeling with a medium body. Pretty nice and dry.

O: As with my Rouge, the bottle was very old - over 18 months in this case. Still, you have to expect a tripel to hold up to 18 months, and I didn't sense anything off about it, just wasn't good. Maybe the year and a half took off some flavor.

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Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 11.2 oz bottle

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates fast but leaves a fresh white collar

S= nice aromas of fresh fruit.with sweet malt and citrus

T- sweet citrus ,loads of light fruits,sweet baked bread

M- mild carbonation with a sweet coate on the tongue of malts and fruit

O- a good triple but $$..it a treat 2 have one now again

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a golden yellow color w/ a nice one finger white head. Super transparent- this could almost pass for a lighter beer in appearance. Nose is that of apple, honey, grape, grain. Somewhat sweet on the smell. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, with fruit sweetness and malt really coming through. Feel is medium, with sweetness, malt, and alcohol burn all competing for the top character. Overall, this is a good tripel, just not a great one. The good news is that it's priced well, and readily available around Washington DC. A good solid beer, and one I'm glad I tried on draft.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 11.5 oz clean golden amber into a tulip glass, with a fizzy head that slowly faded.

Fresh aroma of light fruit esters and grain, and some citrus.

The taste was balanced and complex, incuding a sweet malty base with notes of apricot, apple and bit of banana, offsetting some slight but not offensive phenol, finishing dry with a presence of mead and just a little hop bitterness.

Wonderful mouthfeel with lots of warm alcohol and a tingle of carbonation throughout, the flavors changing as it warmed.

I could drink it all day except that 11% would knock me out.

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Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold amber with a one finger dull white head that fades slowly into a thin cap with some lacing.

Aroma of sweet citrus, spice and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste of grainy bread, sweet pineapple, spice , floral hops and an alcohol finish.

Mouth Feel was medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp with an alcohol warm end.

Overall this a very nice enjoyable Triple.

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

A - Straw blonde, pale ale looking body. Thin head.

S - Sweet, dried dates soaked in booze. Dry, fire roasted notes with a sweet caramel side. Malty syrup present.

T - Warming, pungently sweet alcohol. A big floral bouquet and floral hops. Grainy bread, and an evaporating alcohol finish.

M - Warming the entire mouth, with a nice full body. Clean finish.

O - A solid tripel, with a strong, earthly alcohol kick.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The fragrance is sweet, rich in sugars and there sees a touch of vanilla. The flavor is mostly sweet alcoholic and without that beer lacks balance. At the tasting, it is quite creamy, round palate and easy, if not pleasant to drink. Lingering bitterness in the finish. It is much more pleasant in the mouth Kasteelbier Brown and the dose of sugar is much lower. Lovers of sweet beers, but still fear the loathing will be delighted.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kasteel Triple is a crystal clear golden ale with a small white head that quickly vanishes. It has a light, slightly sweet aroma of clove and stone fruit. It's full bodied and pretty slick all the way to the finish. It tastes pretty phenolic with hints of apple and apricot. A light, green bitterness emerges at the finish. There isn't a lot of flavor, but the alcohol is hidden pretty well. It doesnt seem super refined but it's pretty inoffensive.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sour apricot nose and flavor is sweet and sour but malty, some lemon, smooth. Finish is clean, warming. High ABV stays hidden. Nice triple. Keeps well - bottled on Aug 19, 2009. $8.39 for a 750ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy Golden colour with a White head that reduces to a film and laces.

S - Decent aromas of grains, grapefruit, pineapple and some spicey citrus.

T - Nice boozy flavour with green grapes, spice , peach and spice flavours that balance it out. A little sweet on the finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation that is nigh on perfect for this style.

O - A very solid beer that beats the Duvel hands down.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : golden yellow color, with white foam head (nice lacing).
Smell: sweet and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : creamy, nutty, round, with notes of vanilla and spices.
Drinkability: average beer in the style tripel (more like a Barley wine).

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A hazy, almost opaque dull grain color with a fizzy head. There's a tiny bit of sediment, not enough to be imposing.

S: Smells potent with apricots, peaches, molasses, overripened canteloupe and a bit of oregano spiciness.

T/M: Tastes strong. The warming alcohol feeling takes over everything else. In the back, you can taste figs, peaches, red grapes, sweet dried fruits along with a medium amount of carbonation. The potency makes it a lot closer to a barleywine than a tripel.

It's a decent beer, but there wasn't much of an attempt to disguise the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
bottled in 100120

A- This beer pours a crystal clear apricot colored body with a snow white head that is bubble and soon disappears. There is a violent boil of microbubbles from the base of the glass.

S- This beer has a dry mead nose with some light yeasty characteristics and a slight sweet honey hint in the finish.

T- That taste is pretty clean much as the smell with sweet mead notes and some dry honey finish. The mead flavor turns more into apple juice as the beer warms. The finish has a carbonic acid note that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big tight fizz finish that really boost the dry finish. There is a soft alcohol heat that comes through and adds a nice touch.

O- I can actually hear the fizz popping every time I take a sip. The apple flavor and fizz really dominate this beer with not much other character and no hops showing up at all.

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

On-tap 5/27/2011 at track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruit, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, caramel, bananas and a bit of spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy, however I do not taste much as far as the Belgian yeast goes. The hops presence is very mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s not the first Tripels I would select but it’s still a decent beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apple cider and honey sweetness combine for a strong and succulent tripel ale that draws comparisons to sweeter white wines with a serious alcohol kick.

Pouring a medium amber, deep golden/light copper color, the beer carries only the modest of haze, along with a short lived froathy head that dissipates to a thin sheet but retaining well all the while. Low on lace, this is what's expected from a sweeter, heavier, and more alcoholic tripel.

A mix of green and red apples govern the aromas with background notes of honey/meads, zinfindale wines, and a grapey sparkling white wine character that boarders on sodas and wine coolers. While malty breads and grains make a formitable presence, the fruity and earthy notes keep the beer aromas in moderation.

Malty rich with strong honeyish sweetness, floral flavors, appricots, pears, nectarines, and a lot of earthy teas. Honey suckle, nectar, and alcohol all give a savory and succulent impression on the front of the palate. The procession across the tongue gives the same as the forefront except with a growing sweet tobacco, chai tea character that develops into a bruised approcot flavor just before the dryish winey finish. Without full dryness, this beer leaves a lot of sugar on the tongue and eventually weighs a bit heavy on the mouth and stomach.

Though not the quentessential tripel ale, this beer has a lot of merrit because of it's malty sweet and succulent flavors, moderate alcohol impact and lightly syrupy feel- making it more akin to a complement to a fruity desert or as a stand alone digestive.

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Kasteel Tripel from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.79 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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