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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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Added by paterlodie on 07-13-2005

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by Stephen63:
Photo of Stephen63
3.67/5  rDev +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 Popsinc
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with a thick, medium head. The nose is fresh and with lots of fruity hints, some apple even more white grapes...some yeast as well. More to the swet side. Again, taste of fresh grapes and some spice. Nice malts, pefect finish with a nice lingering finsish. Smooth mouthfeel with a toned down carbonation. Very drinkable. My favorite of the De Koninck beers.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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 mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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 zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of elricorico
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey/amber color ale with a large white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of cinnamon, sweet malt and typical Belgian yeast. Taste is also dominated by the spice mix, which probably includes cinnamon with some sweet malt. Body is defiantly too thin for the style, carbonation is too low but alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of AndrewBV
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tatterdash
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, very similar to regular De Koninck, thin ring of white lace, this beer doesn't look like a Tripel IMHO. Smell was that De Koninck maltiness with some fruit, and a hint of cherry. Taste... Hmmm... That De Koninck sweet slightly smokey malt, crisp hops in the finish. I like it, but it doesn't taste like a Tripel to me. The high ABV is dangerously well hidden as well. This beer is no a good example of a Tripel IMHO, more like a "De Koninck Grand Cru", but I do like it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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 54V4G3
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As served the beer is a clear golden color with a 1/2" white head that soon recedes but leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is mostly malt and a touch of orchard fruits.

The flavors are first about the malt sweetness with some fruity character.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the low level of carbonation.

Overall a respectable beer but not one that is particularly outstanding in any way. I'll pass on repeat.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
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 Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew has the colour of a ripe pumpkin sitting in the shade, also a very murky offering with a thin head and pleasent ring and lace.
The carbonation is medium, the body full.
The aroma is of a multitude of fruits and yeast.
The taste, as the aroma is very fruity, not overly sweet and well balanced.
The end is dry accompanied by a strong sence of the alcohol.

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Photo of grub
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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 nighthawk
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
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 berley31
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
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 MercerTraieste
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Jespao
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Mindsquall
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Derek
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
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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