De Koninck Tripel | Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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De Koninck TripelDe Koninck Tripel

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Brouwerij De Koninck NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went well with frites.
For a better review, consult MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium."
Since I had to go to a Belgian beer bar in Stockholm (Belgobarren) to get this, if you can find it... try it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny gold colour, light mild haze in the body and nice strong stream of carbonation which does nothing to revive a flagging head - more a thin film - of off-white foam. Lacing cradles the glass very nicely. Decent tripel, really.

Nose is quite pungenetly boozey, but it's part and parcel of a marmaladey sweetness. Plenty of nice Belgian phenols with hints of banana, peach and pear. Some light clovey and peppery spice and a touch of gooey caramel. Great tripley character, all in good proportions.

Taste is a little disappointing. Doesn't have the blossoming potency of the nose. Quite musty overall, but starts with an almost treacly sweetness, fortified wine as well I guess that turns quickly fruity, giving off fresh bananas and pear notes. Gives way halfway through to a phenolic spice that leaps and bounds for a long finish. Notes of white pepper, coriander seeds and a eucalptus edge that has a very nice tamed quality allowing it not to overwhelm the palate.

Dryness on the back is inevitable from the style and strength, but mouthfeel overall is nicely weighted, with a decent texture.

Balance is well-struck here and the strength is only faintly noticeable. A good beer, but not a truly great one. Pretty much run-of-the-mill tripel. But then, I like tripels.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a light amber color with a mild cream colored head on top.

S: The nose is quite light. I don't pick up too much, but there are some aromas of yeast, sweet malt, and spice.

T: The flavor is similar to the nose, but a bit better. There is a bit of yeast, some citrus, spice (clove, coriander), and a some sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation.

D: I wasn't really a fan of this one. The flavor is decent, but nothing really stood about this one.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickoff's in Waterloo, poured into a branded chalice.

Pours a nice mid-amber hue, about a cm. of head, tons of lacing.

The smell is very mild, hard to detect even after the beer warmed up. A bit of yeast, apple, spices. Not bad, but hardly there.

The taste was certainly much better. Apple, cherry, malt and yeast combined to make a fine BPA. Neither too dry nor too sweet. Very nice.

The body was a bit thin, probably could have had some more meat to it. Carbonation is about right, medium-high.

All in all, a very drinkable Belgian pale. Enjoyed it thoroughly, and will certainly go for it again. Well worth a try.

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Photo of berley31
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished very quickly to about 1/4-finger size. Body is almost completely clear, with a dark, golden color. Some small particles from the bottle. Not too impressive for a tripel.

S: Good amount of yeast in the aroma, plus some citrus and coriander notes.

T: Yeast and citrus are the main aspects here, with nothing coming through overly strong. Mild sweetness. Alcohol (at 8%) is masked very well... I can't even detect any warmth at the back of the throat. Average duration.

M: Nice on the palate, with a medium-bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation.

D: Oh, it's drinkable... maybe too drinkable for a tripel. In fact, it's definitely the weakest tripel I've had to date. Not a bad beer, but not a good representation of its style.

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Photo of benfons
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, almost no head, and even that small head dissappears almost immediately. Really not impressive.

S: No strong smells, kind of fruity, but nothing stand out

T: The taste is quite nice, refreshing but once again nothing bold. The taste dissappears quite rapidly.

M: Tastes more carbonated, then it looks, which is a good thing in my opinion, too bad the bells are quite small.

D: Easy drink, bit dangerous because the alcohol isn't quite clear.

Overall this tastes just like a regular De Koninck, with more alcohol. It adds nothing to the regular drink. It's drinkable but unnecessary.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - this tripel goes down like cool water and would be fantastic on a hot summer day. The character fits the style but I prefer more pronounced complexity and carbonation from a belgium tripel.

Appearance - clear copper brown with good carbonation to start and a creamy head to start. However, the head retention was short lived.

Smell - very mild sweet fruity, nutty, caramelly, malt.

Taste - quite mild and refreshing. The complexity is there but at low levels in the background. Very well balanced with low hop bitterness. The 8% alcohol is very well masked and has a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery with very smooth delivery from the low carbonation. The beer became rather flat half way through the drink.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330mL bottle from sample pack with best before date stamped on back label. Poured into De Koninck chalice.

Pours a deep copper, with plenty of red hues. White head is abundant at first, but fizzy and dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing, only a thin haze. Some nice carbonation action seen in the glass.

Nose is the sweet, yeasty, phenolic smell I'm finding in a lot of De Koninck beers. A little one-sided.

Taste is a cloying fruit to start, but then a more pleasant berry sweetness mixed with some clove. Finish is medicinal, and overpowering on some sips.

A solidly medium body on this beer, but little carbonation. Slightly sticky on the mouth.

This beer hides the alcohol remarkably well, but the overly phenolic finish makes this more of a chore to finish than other beers.

Well, I don't know how much of a tripel this beer is, really. It's not exceptional on its own either. I'll be avoiding this one.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear, copper colored beer with very low visible carbonaution.

Smell is sweet malty with a chewing gum smell. Hints of clove and exotic fruit like mango.

Taste is sweet and has a distinct caramellic character with a light metallic twist. The lack of carbonation is doing this beer no good. It tastes like a normal Koninck, but with a higher alcohol content. This beer is all about the malt and from my point of view, this has nothing to do with a tripel.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Quinten Matsijs in Antwerp...

Orangey-copper topped by a billowing white head. Fruity and sweet pale malt in the nose. Hints of alcohol and spice.

Taste is also sweet and fruity with some noble hops evident in the finish. Finishes remarkably clean and the 8% alcohol is masked very well. Some sweet maltiness in the aftertaste.

Pretty fair tripel and certainly drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of Jespao
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orange brown, thick head not constant

S - alcoholic, bready malt and some fruitness.

T - some fruitiness on it, but still has some bitterness on it, but still different from any other tripel I've tried, yeasty at the beggining, felt the alcohol at the end of the bottle

M - Feels really good, the alcohol is present but it does not harm the set

D - Good drinkabilly, I could have some more easilly

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-29-2006 19:11:49

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Photo of funkengruven
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a gift pack, this pours a clear amber, a little head, not much going on there. Smell is sweet, a tad fruity, not bad. Taste is similar to smell, fruity, lots of malt, a bit sour in the finish, reminds me a bit of their amber ale. Relatively easy drinking and quite smooth too.

If I didn't know any better I would have thought this was their standard offering. Doesn't really resemble any Tripel I've had before, but still isn't a bad beer and is worth a try.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with little head. No retention or lacing. Has a clear amber color.

Smells of sweet candies, fruits, yeast and pale malt.

The nose and palate are a bit to laid back for me. Notes of slightly sour fruits, followed by a very sweet malt and a hoppy spice.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance: amber color, white foam, short persistence
Smell: slightly caramelized
Taste and mouthfeel: well fruity, refreshing, with a slight bitterness, spicy notes. Long final
Drinkability: good beer in the style triple

Review added 11-10-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangey almost brown colour, much lighter than other tripels I've had. Strong head that stayed on.

S: Fruity and pleasantly malty.

T: Hops and a degree of sourness which was unexpected. Sweet fruits also detected.

M: Light carbonation very pleasing.

D: Tripels are very drinkable but only 1 or 2 at a time.

A decent enough beer but I have tasted tripels which are stunning and this was not. Found myself hankering for one of those, but I still enjoyed this one.

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Photo of sewald
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on a chalice. Clear, translucent amber with a small creamy head. Aromas of caramunich type 2 malt, bread, red fruits in the end. Full bodied, with tastes of bread, malt, alcohol and fruits. Leaves a sweet aftertaste. Forever lasting carbonation. A very well-rounded beer.

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Photo of grub
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice amber with a thin fine white head. head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. sweet bready malt. fruity. spicy. hint of clove.

taste is good. sweet, more than i expected. light bready malt. a bit of spice, maybe clove. hint of alcohol. fruity, cherries and raisin.

mouthfeel is good. nice carbonation level and good body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and tasty. maybe a little sweet for my taste.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Paters Vaetje in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-copper. The head fades to a thin film, leaving small patches of lace.

Smell: Very light fruitiness, light graininess and alcohol.

Taste: Mostly sweet, with some notes of bananas. The finish is lightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Sweet and pleasant.

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Photo of Conrad
2.59/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one came in a seasonal gift pack with the Blonde and a nice glass. The beer may have had problems in shipping or storing, because it did not pour well.
The appearance was off-putting. There was no head, no fizz, no bubbles, no lacing. Just flat. After seeing some of the other reviews, I realize that my de Konninck Triple was an exception. Still, if a restaurant has a bad day, and that's the day the reviewer comes in, too bad. So be advised that this should be taken in context. If you get a similar situation, we should notify the brewer that they have a QA poblem.
The appearance was flat, but with a nice clear copper red colour.
The smell was thin, sweetish, a bit too heavy on the honey.
The taste was okay, but not spectacular. Not enough hops, and a little too much malt. Some spices in the background, but nothing I could positively identify.
Mouthfeel was like drinking a flat ginger ale.
Drinkability: I finished it in spite of all of the above, because I was thirsty, and the beer was not a bad beer, just not a great beer.
I hope the next one I try is up to the standards of the Blonde.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some yeast smell, small head, medium to light mouthfeel. A bit of yeast taste, a bit sugary sweet, nominal fruitiness, drinkable.I never met tripel I did not like, including this, however I do think it is sub-par for the style.In a word, An average beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at The Kulminator in Antwerp, Belgium.

This tripel poured a clear, golden-amber color with white foam that persisted, clung to the glass in rings, and coated the glass. The smell was lightly sweet Belgian pale malt. The taste was Belgian malt with a hint of tangerines, a touch of sugar, and a very light hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and overall more dry than sweet with medium body and good carbonation. This was a good tripel.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in the De Koninck gift pack, which included the De Koninck chalice along with the Winter, Blond and regular pale beers. Nice to have this available in Alberta now. The Tripel is in a 330ml bottle, and I love the caps with the hand on them! Very distinct. The beer is an attractive red honey colour, with a slight enamel-white head. I was expecting better consisteny from the bubbles, and the head is quite patchy as of now. Thin layers of lace. I love the look of the chalice though. The aroma is strong on the honey and candy sugar. The malting seems to add a little metallic sourness. Notes of allspice and cloves, adding a gentle spiciness. Creamy honey seems to be the dominant aroma here. A little roasted saltiness as the beer warms. A pleasant smell, but other tripel's leave it in the dust. There really is not much complexity to it. The beer tastes better than it smells, but again there is nothing too unexpected for flavour, and there are definitely some better-balanced tripels out there. The sugar is almost cloying at first on the tongue, but by the finish the beer leaves nice hints of bready malt, white sugar and a little dryness from the hops. Hints of cinnamon and some cane sugar in the middle. The finish with some light malt and slight oak tastes is the best part of this ale. There is some sourness that combines with the over-sugared taste to render this a little less drinkable than some of the better tripels. That being said, the beer has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel and little-to-no hint of the 8% volume. A nice tripel, but a little lackluster compared to some.

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Photo of elricorico
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a bright amber colour without any haziness to it. The head is about three fingers to start, and shows almost no signs of retreating.

The smell is a mix of citrus and mustiness. This one smells more of lemon than any beer I've smelled to date. It isn't a bad smell, but I've smelled much better.

The taste is fairly light throughout, nothing overpowering, but well balanced. Up front it gives the impression of a light fruity juice, with a bit of a sugar water feel to it. In the middle a touch of grainy bread. The end is a bit flowery, and lingers for several seconds. All together a pleasant mix.

The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, and the carbonation is not too strong. Not bad for the style, but it doesn't feel as "lively" as some tripels do.

Drinkability is sky high. If I were trying to expose someone to the tripel style for the first time, this might be the beer I chose. My glass is rapidly reaching its end. At 8% this beer goes down like a 5% brew.

Best De Koninck brew I've tried, and holds its own amongst tripels. I feel that I'm missing out on any spiciness with this beer though, and perhaps that has kept it from scoring higher.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 3rd bottle from a De Koninck gift pack, best before date 19/07/06. Decided to finally break out and use the chalice for this one.

Bright burnished coppery hue, lots of carbonation, with the creamy chunky off-white head settling to a thin mottled cap. A sticky wall of lacing in its wake. The nose contains fruity esters, yeast, and bread, with faint floral hops and honey (I'm picking up clover). The flavour seems to be a watered-down version of whatever it is attempting to be. Sweet esters and grains up front, with a more pronounced caramel malt and bread-like flavour rising up in the middle, finishing off on a very light note of honey and floral hops. The aftertaste, while present, is almost a nondescript sweet bread presence, it's there but hard to pin down and discern. I've come to notice that De Koninck has a knack for hitting an in-between happy medium for the mouthfeel of their beers, if 3 samples is enough to pick this out. Light in feel, but with enough body that it feels full enough over the palate, like a light velvet. It's neither here nor there, it's a consistent balance that doesn't tip the scales in either direction. A very drinkable tripel, it's smooth and mostly unssauming, not much way in the way of personality at all, nothing makes it stand out (and it's quite dark for a tripel), but enjoyable all the same. Not my first pick for a tripel though.

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Photo of Derek
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper, pours with some nice white head, not much retention, but wonderful lace.

S: Not a lot of nose. Mostly bready malt, with a little fruityness.

T: Very well balanced, but not screaming of flavour. Maltier than most tripels, very bready, with a little caramel. Nice amount of hop bitterness. Alcohol seems very mild & pleasant... it's really hidden beneath the malt! It's seriously lacking the fruity esters and spicy phenols that are typical with this style.

M: Moderate body (a little heavier than most tripels), moderate carbonation (for the style).

D: Very good. Easily approachable (easy intro to style), and goes down like water! It seems a little more filling than some.

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