Triple D'Anvers | Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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Triple D'AnversTriple D'Anvers

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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 Zet
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A good steady head of foam on hazy golden coloured beer. Smell of citric hops and malt. Taste is a bit of a let down though: the hops show themselves well, with hoppy and citric flavours, but esters seem to be completely lacking. It lacks the fruitiness/spiciness of a good tripel.

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Photo of Act25
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been acquired by Duvel, so am tasting it vs Duvel. Which is more champagne like, lighter in color, and more long, long finish (And one of my favorite beers) but this one wins on appearance as being the "BEST LOOKING BEER I HAVE EVERY POURED" and it's close and in range on other measures.

A - When poured vs a Duvel, the head lasted the ENTIRE SESSION, and it was the densest, tightest, most meringue like head that stained the glass with lace all the way. A beautiful apricot body, but the white head is your dream of beer.

S - The smell is more laid back that Duvel, more metallic, hay, incense that the (Lemon, champagne, with spices, pepper, fruit, apple, and sweet malt) that you get in Duvel.

T - RISING on the tongue, with sweet malts, with bitterness, spices, orange, pepper & champagne.
More tame that Duvel, but clearly a cousin.

M - While Duvel gets a 5 for Feel, this one is still above most. It's subtle, pinpoint carbonation. Dry and crisp like champagne. Slightly creamy and a little chalky in a good way.

D - Must try. From Duvel. Ancient formula.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Think I might be the first person in the US to review this one. Snagged it from Wegmans after trolling their website and finding that they have exclusive rights in the US to sell this beer. Bought a 4 pack of 11.2oz bottles for $11.99. Poured this beer into a tall glass. Golden color with wheat specs and bubbles throughout the brew. Opaque. Descent amount of carbonation which is a characteristic of most Belgians. Sweet floral bouquet with those flavors coming through on the palate with the first sip. Slight amount of bitterness but not that much. Very carbonated when sipping. Great triple ranks high up there.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a hazy gold with a small one finger head that stays longer than I would have expected. It takes a while, but eventually. It does break and you are left with a thin layer of foam.

S: spices such as cloves, anise and cinnamon. There are notes of yeast and some malts as well.

T: the spices come through on the front along with some banana and then malts finish.

M: medium carbonation and body. The alcohol comes through a little strong though.

O: this could be a better beer if the alcohol didn't come through so strong. It just sort of was, nothing spectacular and nothing too disappointing.

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Photo of stcules
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Amber blonde color, with a white foam, a bit too quick to fall down. Clean.
In the smell a lot of fruitiness, strong, ripe, tropical. Pineapple and melon. Too sweet.
Same for the taste, sweet, malty, honey.
Definitely too sweet. Again a lot of fruitiness.
Useless body, sweet and infinite aftertaste (not a good thing).

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Photo of dcmchew
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge head, nice and golden going to light amber. Lots of chunks floating about. Smells like fruitcake, a bit floral also. Mostly it gives the impression of something really sweet.
And it is. Huge malty sweetness, big caramel and honey, toffee and Belgian sugars. Faint licorice too. Nice and fruity, with citrus (sweet oranges, tangerines), acidic (red apple, yellow pear) and banana. Spicy yeasts, giving off big clove and some prickly pepper. The acidity is helped by a more than milder fizz, maybe a bit unpleasant considering it's also a little bit boozy. The bitterness is top notch, though, nice herbal hops leaving a bittersweet aftertaste, that lingers for a while.
A really tasty tripel, quite unbalanced, but it has a certain appeal, hitting perfectly some of the notes.

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Photo of janubio
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml. bottle, pours a copper-golden colour, with a small head and almost no retention. Smell of fried potatoes... no wait, that's my neighbour cooking. OK, now the window is closed, smell of caramel, citrus,spices, fennel and some notes of oak barrel. Very soft palate, maybe a bit watery. Taste is more or less the same as aroma, with the feeling that you're drinking a liquor rather than a beer. Maybe not completely balanced, but it's a very good beer.

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Photo of tonton
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Reading through these reviews, I can only conclude that aging affects this beer immensely. Some of the reviews mention the awesome amount of sediment I experienced, yet some of th completely ignore this unmistakeable feature. Other reviews mention massive head, where I poured almost none. And even more notable is the difference in flavors experienced, with some people mentioning citrus (really?) and bread, where I had a completely different experience.

So here is my review.

My bottle (330cl) was dated best by January, 2013, and I am drinking it in August. ABV is listed at 8%.

The barman nearly poured the beer into a water glass, and I told him to stop! Finally i poured it myself into a Leffe chalice, which is acceptable. No proper tulip available.

The first thing I noticed was the lack of head. There was about half a finger, which reduced to surface film within 20 seconds.

I smelled, and what I smelled was not unpleasant, but was quite surprising, expecting the complex notes of a Tripel. I smelled a sweetness which I later attributed to toasted marshmallow. There were, contrary to other reviews here, no noticeable fruity or yeasty notes. Just a slightly smoky toasted marshmallow.

Then I tasted it, and got more of that toasted marshmallow, with sweet caramel, but despite all that, it did not taste at all too sweet. Still no citrus, no banana, just a little yeastiness, and a nice alcohol kick that blended quite well.

Mouth feel was average, great carbonation for a past date pour (it's bottle conditioned, so it should be), and... What's that?

Then I looked more closely. My God, I've never seen so much sediment in a beer. Someone mentioned Mott's unfiltered apple juice, and that's a good description. Very interesting to look at and to drink. I took a nice photo up against the light (why the hell doesn't BA allow photo uploads?) and continued enjoying my not quite Tripel marshmallow brew.

That was the last bottle at this bar. This is a beer I'll have to revisit. When I do, I'll post the results here.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank in it's hometown on 16th Dec 2012 in the then new Gollem. Draught, into a badged glass.

Light to mid-gold with a full but fairly thin white crown.

The nose was spicy hops with a mild malt undertone, some citrus notes in the mix too.

sweeter than the aroma suggests, but this isn't one of those over sweetened Triple's you can find in Belgium: this is a more subtle sweetness blended in with the yeast and hops to give a well balanced beer with enough flavours to keep you interested.

Body depth fine, a pleasant beer to finish a friendly Sunday evenings drinking with friends.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Why would an Antwerp based brewer use the French name of the city (Anvers) when the lingua franca of the city is Dutch? It must sound sexier to the ears. This beer was recommended at Haarlem's In den Uiver and poured from the tap into its own branded glass. On to the beer:

A light golden color is visible in the glass, underneath a thick creamy head which leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. Its aroma brings ground clove, banana, and vague fruity yeast to smell. A gentle taste of banana bread with a kiss of white pepper and vague citrus brings Triple d'Anvers to good standing. The alcohol is hidden well, and despite being full bodied, it's soft in the mouth.

Not a classic tripel, but still a good one. For De Koninck, this may become a classic; according to the bartender, this is one of the last remaining recipes of the brewery before being taken over by Duvel Moortgat in 2010.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

maybe my favorite tripel to date. on tap at the Belgian frites place attached to arvada brewing in downtown arvada. the head could not be any larger, just foaming up and overflowing from my tulip. its off white, and the liquid beneath it looks like fresh squeezed orange juice, pulp and all. the smell is pleasantly light, floral, semisweet, and full of mellow cereals and summery yeast. the flavor is all of the above, with that pollenated floral yeast aspect really driving the whole thing instead of the usual malt sweetness. I love it. I also love that the abv is 8%. nobody would ever know from drinking this beer that its such a heavy hitter in that regard, man is it well hidden! lots of fruit and fresh yeast in the finish, a really gorgeous beer in every aspect from this keg, which I would put a much larger dent in if it wasn't some 7 or 8 bucks per pour. the body is fuller but not filling, and the unfiltered nature gives it some gravity and smoothness. I would like to start seeing this one around a lot more. its restored my joy of the style, and to me is exemplary of how good a tripel can be. just magic.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a decent sized head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lace on the glass.

S - A very spicy yeast aroma with notes of clove, pepper, anise, cinnamon and a dozen other things that completely obscure any malt character.

T - Thick wheat and bread up front with some toffee and alcoholic notes of light caramel breaking through in the middle. Finishes with clove, pepper and more thick, sugary malt.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - very spicy with a robust malt character that helps to balance things out in the finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a clear golden with a very subtle amber hue body. Excellent lacing.

S: fruit and spice with an almost smokey note and yeast mustiness.

T: very malty and yeasty making this one very smooth in the finish. Notes of fruit, oak and grains.

M: medium body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: a nice mild tripel. This would barrel age very well. The flavors aren't overheating and blend well. Lacks a memorable quality though.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Brewery Ommegang 7/24/12

This is on the lighter end of the spectrum, as it should be, essentially a clear dark gold. It develops a pure white head that's dense but small off the tap, leaving spotting on the glass.
It's certainly malty right on the nose and into the flavor, with the yeast evident but not overpowering. Sweet white fruits flesh, a mix of banana, red apple, and green grape, are strong but not cloying in their sweetness. The candy sugar is as evident as it should be as well. A light spiciness complements all the way. Toward the finish, the malts seem to add a mildly grainy note.
The feel is crisp, clean and brisk in a light to medium body. A smooth flow comes out from the middle to the end of each sip after beginning with a bit of a crisp nip.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Holy Grail. The beer pours a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma has some strong wheat and biscuit notes, as well as some yeast and grass. The flavor is similar. I get some orange citrus as well as some candy sugar, biscuit malts and yeast. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. From my notes (sep´119). Ligth amber color, chill haze. Off-white froth showing not so lasting retention. Pale malts, fruity notes, slightly citric & spiced hues to the nose. Sweet fruity upfront –ripe apples & pears- & candy hints. Low bitterness with subtle acidic touch. Medium body, low carbonation. Watery texture & cloying mouthfeel. Medlar astringency.

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Photo of deebo
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle brought home from Belgium, best by 11/08/12 stamped on bottle.
A-Pours a tall, loose white foamy head with staying power and lots of lacing. Color is pale golden with lots of CO2 bubbles.
S-Whiff of belgian yeast upfront, then pale malts and a hint of spicy hops.
T-Get a sweet yeasty note upfront, plenty of pale malt balanced with spicy non-astringent hops. Impressive that at 8% ABV-the alcohol is so well hidden.
M-Moderate/high carbonation, average body for a tripel
O-This has improved with a few months of aging-first bottle I had was about 8 months ago and it was not as balanced as it is now. A nice tripel. Makes me wish we could get reasonably priced good tasting Belgian style beers here in the US like you can anywhere in Belgium.

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Photo of Brabander
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this for my birthday from Andy. Thanks my friend. I have never seen this triple before so was pretty anxious to try it.

Poured in my Struise glass this beers looks very good. Two finger fluffy head which stays for a few minutes and then transforms in a thin white layer. Goood cabonation, i like that.

Smell is normal, not much going on. Taste is good, a bit on the dry side but very drinkable. Not the best tripel there is/was but very nice to drink. Try this one when you see it.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Triple d'Anvers (french name for the belgian city-region of Antwerp), probably the new release of regular tripel from De Koninck brewery, but with a different name.

Looks dark golden, with decent head, good lacing in the glass, nice carbonation too.

Smell is of floral, citric and spicy hops. Mainly citrus.
Taste is pleasantly bittersweetness. Malts and hops... with the malts overpowering the aftertaste.

Medium body, decently smooth, no offensive alcohol in the aftertaste either. Not complex, but still ok.
Fine example of the belgian tripel style. Not top, but ok.

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Triple D'Anvers from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
3.72 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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