Oude Zuipers Tripel | Papago Brewing

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Oude Zuipers TripelOude Zuipers Tripel

Brewed by:
Papago Brewing
Arizona, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A truly authentic Belgian Tripel. "Old Drunk" is brewed for us in Belgium. Rich golden color, lots of Belgian yeast character. Very strong.

Added by bigbelcher on 01-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 23
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap purchased by the generous 3frog.

Pours a perfectly clear golden-copper color with a one-finger bright white head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of Belgian candi sugar first and foremost with light fruits - bananas and pears - and light hints of apricot.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts up front with lots of light fruits. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel is good. I'd like a bit more thickness, but it still went down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. As I mentioned before, the ABV is very well hidden, though after a while the sweetness could be a bit much.

Overall this was a very good trippel, though it's more of a mix of a BSPA and a trippel than a pure trippel. Worth a shot if you make it by the brewery.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has unusual origins in several respects: first, it's contract-brewed by Van Steenberge. Nothing unusual there, as V.S. is a major Belgian contract-brewer. But for a small Arizona brewery called Papago? And, it's a two-part trade, initially handed off by Arizona BA psprings (a guy I don't even know) to msubulldog25 (a guy I definitely know) onto me (thanks dudes!). So this bottle has gone from a recipe apparently brainstormed in Arizona to Belgium, then back to Arizona, then to Oregon, then to its final destination here in Virginia. Helluva carbon footprint there...

The cork blasts off with an enormous pop (after that global zig-zagging, you'd be pent up too!). Thus, a huge head is easy to produce, and it's a gigantic cloud of fluff; as it diminishes it becomes super-creamy and as rocky as I've ever seen, with big pocked blobs of lace sticking to the glass. Color is a gorgeous rust with tons of bubbles inside it.

Aroma is hugely fruity and yeasty. With help from the malt, the overall aroma has a gooey, sweet character, like a cinnamon roll or fresh doughnut. A bit nutty as well. Not a lot of alcohol or spice in the nostrils, as usually present in a tripel, but it's very nice regardless.

First, at 11%, I have to say the alcohol is pretty well-hidden, only showing itself as a spicy/warming glow. It's fruity (peach, pear, green apple) but not overly sweet (yeah, a bit sweet, but it's a tripel!); a heavy hit of mineral, which would've been nicer if it weren't so forward; not as decadently malty as the aroma hints, although I'm still reminded of cinnamon bun, but where the nose is mom-and-pop bakery delightful, the cinnamon bun on the tongue is actually more Little Debbie; dry finish produces a little tartness/pucker; faint hop crispness in the finish. As with the aroma, very much dialed down in terms of alcohol heat (amazing, considering the 11%) and spices, certainly not your typical tripel, for better or worse.

Mouthfeel is gentle, airy, lots of tiny little bubbles producing a very subtle tingle. Kind of interesting, although the final impression is one of thinness and lack of solid presence. A light stickiness helps achieve some character here.

Well, this is certainly an interesting, earthy, raw, old-school tripel. All right, I wasn't around in the 1800s drinking tripels, so by "old-school" I just mean something untamed and unhindered by assembly-line brewing. (Although, having visited Van Steenberge, it's not exactly all hands-on, either.) Oude Zuipers is a tripel that this tripel-enthusiast enjoyed, it's just atypical and a little rough around the edges. And in the end, I kinda liked that aspect of it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Papago. Some festival winner. Yeasty aroma, and very yeasty taste. Cloudy peachy coloured body with lots of lace. A sipper, creamy mouthfeel.Not great, but it grew on me. Understated carbonation. Cloves, pepper, hwoever would like to get more fruit esthers.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of trappistlover
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle at Total Wine). Pours hazy copper color with massive chunky off-white head. Aroma is very sweet with honey, hard candy and cherry being noticeable. Taste is sweet with some hop bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is smooth, but I’m detecting an off-note-maybe slight medicinal? Overall, its still a pretty good brew and worth a try

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Papago into tulip. Legend has it this is actually brewed in Belgium. I believe it...
Pours a reddish/brown/golden. Fizzy head, no lacing.
It looks thin but has a slight haze.
Smells of typical belgian yeasts; banana and pepper.
Taste is of almost chocolatey belgian yeasts, with a bit of fruity banana. Pretty darn good.
Smooth smooth...very smooth. No obvious signs of 11 abv.
Easy on the palate for sure.
Overall, a very good and respectable triple. Not the most amazing but very very good! Nice job!

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3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A deep golden-brown over-proof tripel, the first thing this Old Drunk announces to the drinker is its abv: the strong aromas wafting aloft from the glass are redolent of rock-candy, sugared coriander, crystallized lemon-rind, and—above all else—a yeasty, winey, boozy heat. The body is similar: syrupy (and, thus, much better while it's quite cold), with a lot of the Belgian-candy notes predominating, alongside some darker sugars, the booze, and mellowed but neat oakey textures.

It's strong, it's somewhat simplified, and it's unapologetically something that's true-to-name: old-tasting and efficiently drunk-making. As a result of the latter note, I'm inclined to bump the "Overall" score up a bit, as it seems Papago has hit their mark, even if I don't love that mark. Meanwhile, I bumped the "Taste" score down a smidge, because this beer—or at least the howler I filled a few days ago, but just opened—doesn't taste as good as it did five years ago when I first tried this heavy-Belgian à la fût at Papago.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oude Zuipers - Brewed by Van Steenberge Brewery in Belgium for Papago in Arizona.

Appearance: Bright gold in color, clear, solid soapy head and lacing.

Smell: Aroma is of sweet malts, candi sugar, floral hops and a vague fruityness.

Taste: Initially sweet, with hop bitterness coming in the finish. White grape skin, candi sugar, pear, and a leafy herbal hop. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, and the flavors work well together here.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, clean flavors, even carbonation.

Overall: Quite enjoyed this beer, alittle on the sweet side but the 11% is deceptively well hidden. Belgian yeast leaves a big footprint on this beer, and overall a nice brew made by Jef at Van Steenberge.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 in a Westmalle Goblet.

A- Cork came off like a rocket, so the head came out very active, calmed a bit and laced the glass nicely. Poured Golden, very clean looking

S- Yeast and fruit come out, definite candi presence, pale malt is detectable.

T- Sweet, fruity then yeasty, not much hop presence, has a bit of a sour close to it. Sweetness dulls a bit as it warms. reminds of La Fin Du Monde, but balanced much better. Not much phenolic presence for such a strong beer.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

D- Goes down easy for 11%, taste pretty good too. I could use more grain. the subtle sour character to it is very desirable. If this was actually made in the US, I would be highly impressed, but since it's contract brewed by Van Steerberge, I'm not so, it's merely a decent Belgian tripel, nothing to run out a grab. If you like the style give it a whirl.

Overall this was a very good trippel, though it's more of a mix of a BSPA and a trippel than a pure trippel. Worth a shot if you make it by the brewer

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bigbelcher
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed for Papago by Van Steenberge so it has that distinct Belgian yeasty character that a lot of Van Steenberge beers like Piraat and Gulden Draak have. Pours a nice golden color, full white head. Hides the 11% alcohol pretty well, malty and sweet but not overly sweet like a lot of high alcohol beers are and pretty well balanced for such a big beer. A really big beer for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at Papago and served in a tulip.

Looks: light, translucent cranberry-orange. A fluffy whitish yellow head about half a finger thick grips the walls with all its might, resulting in some nice sheeting.

Smells: muted. The aroma is hard to pick up at all, but what little is there is nice and sweetly floral. Honey, coriander, a little cinnamon, lavender, Fuji apples.

Tastes: much more vibrant than it smells. Bright green apples and pear juice, some cardamom, saffron and lilac. Very sweet finish.

Feels: soft. Moderately carbonated and just a shade under medium-light in body. Not heavy in any way, which really works with the lighter flavors. A buzzy alcohol warms the throat.

Drinks: like a solid tripel. It trends a little far toward the sweet side for my tastes, but the flavors are nice.

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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Oude Zuipers Tripel from Papago Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 45 ratings