Tripel Kanunnik | Brouwerij Wilderen

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Tripel KanunnikTripel Kanunnik

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Wilderen

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A 4 –grain beer brewed according to the original Wilderen kanunnik recipe. A mild herbal triple with reyeasting in the bottle and a mild aftertaste due to the use of fine & noble species of hops. In this beer in addition to barley, wheat and oats sometimes also rye is added which gives this Triple its typical character.

Added by BEERchitect on 05-24-2012

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Reviews by Douberd:
Photo of Douberd
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, with a cap and neck wrapped in golden foil. Poured into a tulip glass at home. ABV 8,2% Deep orange golden body, with lots of tiny floating bits in it. Big white and soapy head, low retention. No lacing left behind. Aroma is fruity, with lots of apricot, very obvious alcohol smell, light yeast and rye, and hops. Taste follows the nose, again very fruity, a bit more yeasty now, the rye more notable, spices too. Overall a sweet taste, but pleasant. The alcohol bites just a tiny bit on the fnish. Medium body, average to high carbonation. Overall, nice beer. It seems a bit dull at first, but it’s real strength hides on the finish, where it surprise you pleasantly.

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Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of valkyre65
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of simoen
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattfancett
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Louski
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of benlhoest
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of desint
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of candu sugars.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of peppery spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tripel is rather drinkable because it hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl Bottle: BBD Dec 2014. Poured (at home) into a Duvel glass during Jul 2013.

Half way through the pour huge sediment pieces began to shoot out the bottle with the beer: once fully poured it looked awful and even after getting a sieve out to decant again it was obvious I'd end up with a mass of floating grist in my glass. A big disappointment as I'd had this bottle in my stash for awhile and was looking forward to it.

Anyway the orange body was full of 'bits' and even though I allowed it plenty of time to settle it refused to even consider the idea.

The beer had a decent enough nose: yeast (obviously with it all in the glass), fruity and interesting.

The taste was not as interesting or decent though: sweet and 'bitty' is the best I can come up with.

I've tried to score objectively, but I don't really think this would have scored highly even if it had been clear, bright and less murky.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head with good retention as the carbonation jets continue to fuel the head.
S: Mildly musty-funky yeast, dry toasted cracker malt, hint of earthy minerals, and white pepper plus more spice I can't quite discern.
T: White pepper and more lively spice (clove, vanilla...and more?) along with a lightly sweet honey note hit first immediately followed by the dry toasted cracker malt. Digging deeper, there are some fruity esters, funky citrusy yeast (almost reminiscent of a saison...almost, but not quite), and just a faint hint of earthy minerals and candi sugar. With warming, the honey and vanilla notes become more prominent and a soft cola note emerges.
M: Light-medium body. Clean, softly smooth, and lightly sweet. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate. Mildly spicy bite. ABV is very well hidden.
D: This one was a pleasant surprise! Didn't start as strong, but I really enjoyed the layered complexity in the taste. Very well structured, refreshing, and easily approachable. Bring this to your next summer gathering and introduce them to a quality brew!

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Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

-pours a hazy golden-orange with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-dark particle floaties
-banana,coriander burst,lemon,caramel,toffee,white bread
-medium to high carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol warmth
One of the lesser Tripels ive had so far

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Photo of beerpirates
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdickey
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a bright, slightly cloudy gold into my tulip. A big fluffy white head perches on top, but then drops rather quickly. Looks inviting.

Smell: The nose seems fairly standard – candi sugar, white pepper, a little honey and some breadiness.

Taste: A big sip reveals more of the same, along with increased amounts of traditional spice and a significant dose of hop bitterness that balances nicely against the honey and sugar sweetness. Wheat flavors seem to manifest themselves in toasty bread notes. There is also a certain mineral element lurking about, which is unusual but not at all unwelcome. Nice.

Mouthfeel: This one sits pretty light in the mouth due to a pretty high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably a little more drinkable than your average tripel, owing largely to the carbonation and the lightness offered by the wheat element.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A golden beer with a settling head and a moderate carbonation.

Smell of ripe bananas, peach and other exotic fruits. Some notes of vanilla and honey. It reminds somewhat of a wheatbock.

Taste is fruity with what appears as wheat. A fresh, grainy and a little musty taste. Together with the ripe bananas this reminds of a Weizen. Bitterness is quite low for a tripel. This is an odd beer. The low carbonation makes the beer a little less fresh and accentuates the somewhat sweet and syrupy body.

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Photo of Kenpachigo
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kyle424
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brought back from my trip to Belgium last spring, best before date 06/15

Pours a big fluffy pasty white bubbly 2 finger head that starts collapsing on itself quickly and recedes back to a 1 finger head despite many bubbles streaming up through the crystal clear tan honey colored.

Nose brings sweet malt characters, little toasty and grainy with some blond malts, a mild sweet slightly syrupy light candi sugar, lots of fruity aromas too, hint of a citrus zest, but plenty of fruity esters, little apple, apricot, stone fruit, etc, and some mild phenolic booze.

Taste starts sweet again, this time a lot of a caramel like flavor, caramelized sugars and a big citrus zest in the middle. Right into fruit again, esters, with apple, apricot, stone fruit, etc. The sweet characters bring a little creme brulee or flan like caramel sugar character and light colored candi sugar. A hint of a grainy toasty blonde malt as well. Sweetness is cut by the slightly phenolic booze warmth and tingle. Finish is a little sticky sweet, mild booze tingle still, more fruits with apple and pear even, hint citrus zest and more candi.

Mouth is med bod, tons of carbonation that gets a little distracting and tingly itself, and some warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, but nothing to write home about. It hits the spot when you want a nice estery fruity Belgian blond, phenolic booze warmth, lots of sweet flavors and caramlized flavors without too much actual sweetness or syrupy feel.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VierBier
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On my tripel kick of of Belgium, it's refreshing to know that any deviation from the traditionally known varieties and a chance at a newly inspired and fresh brewing technique is alive and well. Malt sugars, fruit, spice, and strength are all delivered in a refreshing and zesty tulip that sustains me for the time being.

The beer opens brightly with a glowing burnish gold color that's modestly diffused by a yeasty, wheaty haze. Well capped with a maringue of white mousse, the beer retains most of the session and laces boldly at first until the bready sweetness and extra weight pulls the foam character under.

Juicy and bright summertime fruit aromas of apples, pears, cantelope, mangos, and apricots fill the nose with the accompaniment of mild peppery spice, dried orange peel, alcohol, and a dash of mint. The fruity-spicy balance bounces delicately from the sturdy scent of honey, caramel, fresh wheat bread, and doughy yeast.

The vivid and zesty character continues in taste as the malt sweetness and starch provides a broad taste to the mouth before the middle palate introduces first the fruity taste of citrusy lemons, oranges, tropical melons and apricots, apples, pears, and mild banana. The spicy balance of pepper, coriander, curacao, and clove penetrate the strong malt support and match that of the estery fruits for a strong complement to the perfumy scent of the nose. Firm herbal bitterness stems from the delicate oils of honey suckle hop character and highly floral aromas to match the honey-like sweetness.

Strongly malted for a tripel, the beer engulfs the mouth with barley starch and wheat sweetness. The beer's creamy weight extends well into the finish before the fruity acidity, peppery bite, and hop bitterness, and alcohol dryness rapidly shuts the sweetness down at finish. A moderate linger of fruit, spice, and herbal bitterness takes you into the next sip.

Fairly robust for a tripel, the beer denies the classic champagne-like carbonation and semi-dry palate but never relinquishes the balance of fruit to spice, and its saving grace- the bold hop bitterness to close.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Morningstorm
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle (750ml) at de bierwinkel in Breda. Let's see how this goes.

A: Pours a decent head that quickly diminishes. Alot of carbonation going on in this beer. I did a rather carefull pour but still got a hazy beer, strange.

S: First smell is the malt, hints of fresh apple and other sweet fruits like grapes and peaches.

T: Again sweet and spicy upfront. Malt and a little alcohol in the back. The carbonation is quite nice.

M: Good body, nice carbonation going on. The carbonation masks the sweet taste a bit.

O: A good tripel, nothing mindblowing but it's a good take on a tripel, I'd serve this to friends on a warm eveningnight.

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Tripel Kanunnik from Brouwerij Wilderen
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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