Zundert | Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit

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Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Dentist666
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown/reddish/amber with thick off-white head, good retenion, yeast sediment in a bottle.
Smell - caramel, yeasts, candied fruits, spices.
Taste - caramel, fruits - peach, orange, apricot, spicy, earthy hops in the finish.
Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry.
Not classic tripel, but still excellent.

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Photo of justme
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I admit that I love Trappist beers. I've had them from 10 of the 11. This one was very tasty in the Trappist tradition. Low hop bitterness lets the flavor come through. It's not easy to find this one, but if you ever get a chance try it!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber color, almost clear. The liquid covers a large, dense, creamy foam, cream color.
Hop aroma, delicately, but for this type of beer a very seductive, fruity, noticeable in the background notes of forest and caramel.
Notes of caramel flavor is pronounced, fantastic fruitiness gets along with caramel forming a good team, again forest, in the background herbal accents.
Hop bitterness at the finish, with a light fruity note Herbal
High saturation, here fits ..

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Photo of REDAMI
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 33cl bottle into Chimay goblet

L-Medium amber brown, quickly dissipating head.

S-Very little nose, bready malts, grapefruit

T-Bready malts, orange marmalade, spicy hop notes

F-Fine carbonation, slightly dry finish

Well balanced, solid tripel

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Photo of nout72
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy but light at the same time. It has a big herbal presence and I can't put my finger on it what it is.
It is somewhat citrussy, but not in a lemon or lime way, more like lemongrass, combined with coriander seeds (not the leaves) spicy and herbal, definitely not a fruity note.
It is nicely sweet, not too much and the mouthfeel is really smooth. This beer tastes like a witbier mixed with a Duvel. Nice bitterness which is balanced. I like that.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light mahogany with medium head that did not leave much lacing. Nose is interesting. Some fruity esters as expected, but also fruity malts and some unique spice characteristics. Flavor somewhere between a Belgian strong and triple but also has some saison-like qualities. Difficult to categorize with malty, yeasty, and peppery notes. Caramel that makes you think sweetness, but isn't. Medium mouthfeel kept light with ample carbonation. Overall, a better and more interesting beer than I was expecting.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from World of Drinks in Rotterdam. Cost was ~2.50 euro.

BOTTLE: 33cl. Brown glass. Branded pry-off crown cap. Purple label.

8% ABV. Best before: 28/10/17. I see nothing on the label that indicates a beer style aside from "Trappist beer." The brewery's website calls it a "copper blond beer."

HEAD: White foam fills ~80% of the glass. Fluffy and soft-looking, with a nice even consistency. Leaves even lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is great for the above average ABV - ~10 minutes.

BODY: Clear copper colour of average vibrance. No yeast can be seen within.

It's a nice looking brew - looks more like a Belgian pale ale/strong pale ale than anything else. Carbonation might be a bit high for a Trappist beer based on the head.

AROMA: Spicy fruity estery Belgian yeast; the profile is consistent with Trappist yeast. Belgian pale malts. Soft pear. Some raw almost cidery notes. Suggests a young brew which is a bit sweet/ill-attenuated for a Trappist beer. I'm optimistic.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The soft texture plays well with the soft pear notes. It gets dry on the finish after some coarseness throughout, giving it a dragging rough feel across the palate - not exactly a refreshing effect. In fact, it's quite parching. Fruity estery Belgian yeast is definitely present, giving it a prickly feel and plenty of yeasty nuance, including a bit of spiciness. Malt backbone is simple - just Belgian pale malt. Hop profile is minimally present, but I do get some reticent floral and fruity character.

Yeah, I'm calling it - this is more a Belgian strong pale ale than anything else. I'd call it an enkel if it wasn't so high in ABV.

Flavour duration is nice, though that comes seemingly only because of the troublesome mouthfeel, which drags out the flavours while fatiguing the palate. Depth of flavour is average at best for a Trappist beer. Flavour intensity is right on the mark - downplayed, but only because there's hidden subtlety for the drinker to discover.

Is it balanced? Not particularly...the malt sweetness comes off too high and a bit raw, as though this brew isn't properly attenuated or the yeast hasn't had enough time to finish eating the sugars. I don't dislike the build, but it is rather simple given it's a Trappist beer. Even Trappist beers generally considered more simple (e.g. Chimay Doree) have more subtlety and intricacy than this offers. But I love that yeast is in charge here, providing much of the flavour.

OVERALL: While it hides its 8% ABV nicely and drinks like a pleasant Belgian strong pale ale (or just a strong enkel, if you will; it's definitely a table beer), it lacks the intricacy of flavour and the delicate/fragile feel found in the very best Trappist brews, regardless of style. The yeast profile is marvelous, but the rest of the build isn't bringing enough to the table. Additionally, while appropriately light-bodied, it fails to feel refreshing if only because it drags so much on the palate with its scratchy parching texture.

All things considered, it's a very drinkable brew, and is a welcome addition to the Trappist family - even if it isn't up to par with its brethren (who, in fairness, have in most cases had decades if not centuries to perfect their recipes).

Low B- (3.31) / WORTHY

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Photo of s4s
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too hoppy compared to its Belgian counterparts. A very complex (to me, funky) flavour. At least in Antwerp, it much more $ than the better Belgian beers.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours dark amber cola colour with a large, off-white head. Aroma caramel and dark fruits date and plum. Slightly yeasty. Moderate sweet initial flavor with light bitterness and notes of caramel malts, slightly roasted. Moderate bitter, long finish with late flavors of dark fruits. Fantastic.

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Photo of JudgeGAN
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth and tasty in typically trippel trappist style. Probably a bit less phenols than most trappist trippels and slightly more hoppy tasting without increasing the bitterness.

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Photo of Zet
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange amber colour with a good head of foam that retains quite well and leaves lacing on the glass. Smell of malt, sugar, tangerine and yeast, all in all not very inspiring. The taste however is: at first, a fruity tangerine flavour is prevalent, accompanied by malt, sugar and resin. As the beer warms up, the fruit flavour slowly turns to dark fruits and spices like laurel and thyme get a chance to shine. The alcohol also makes its presence known in this phase, giving rum-like characteristics to this beer. The alcohol is not very warming, but the yeast makes this beer soft and smooth. A welcome addition to the trappist family.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle served in my DT tulip at 51 degrees. 26/03/17 indicated on the back label. Hard pour yielded a dense, three inch, cream-colored head embedded with tiny honeycombs along the side. Head eventually settles into a rocky half-inch cap with thick sheets of textured lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose is a bit subdued - candied citrus and yeast; albeit all very much muted. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a faint metallic quality and a tangerine presence at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a mild carbonation and a dull acidity. All and all, a decent triplel; however, there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of MrDell
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Zundert Trappist – bottling date unknown - Best Before 02.02.2017

Appearance: Rusty water look under bottle cap on bottle rim. Yellow/ off white short lived head. Beer is bright orange to deep red colour. Quite unusual, like stewed Ceylon tea without milk. Poured into a cognac snifter glass and apart from the minimal head it looks exactly like a glass of cognac!

Aroma: Strong alcohol, banana, strong musky Berlgian yeast. Alcohol has a harsh aroma in this one.

Taste: Much better and nothing like I thought it would be from the aroma and appearance. Big hit of malt up front, very nicely balanced with the yeast. Slight alcohol burn at the end but not unpleasant.

Mouth feel: Quite crisp and dry in the finish.

Overall: If this one was cheaper (6 chf per bottle) and more widely available I may revisit as I do like that malt flavour followed by the strong alcohol. Having said that, it is lacking something that many of the classic trappists have – I don’t get the feeling that I am drinking something special like I get from a Westmalle or a Chimay Tripel (both of which are less than half the price of this). 7.0/10.

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Photo of Dzu
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into trappist glass.
L: Turbid dark amver with medium white foam head.
S: Citrus, fruits, bready.
T: Bittersweet at first, then caramel , fruits like apple and pear.
F: Medium carbonation and tight body.
O: Not ordinary triple, more like semi quad. Very impressive.

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Photo of aleigator
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Has an amber-red color with a decent, froth, slightly bubbly head.

Smells unexpectedly hoppy, of wet grass with yard herbs, paired with a fair amount of lemon peel. Biscuity malts and slightly spiced yeast along with a honeyed note let the hops appear even more pleasant.

The taste got much more bready malts and spices than the nose revealed. Also the hops dont play an important role in this, other than adding a semi dry balance during the sweet finish, without revealing any mentionable flavors. A pungent spiciness emerges from the lively carbonation, which dispels the smooth, yeasty beginning, enhancing the peppery, sweet spiciness. Finishes with a coppery note among cane sugar and pepper.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Amber colour, correct head with aminimal irregular lace. Smell of colves, vanilla, tropical fruits, licorice and notes of mint. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of chocolates, cloves, licorice, vanilla and tropical fruits. All in all, both smell and taste are very soft. Far from the best trappists.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured nicely by the lady at Drie Herten.

Thick white head that slowly recedes. Lively carbonation flowing through a somewhat hazy bright orange body.

Smells sweet, fruity, and spicy. Prickly carbonation on the tongue. It's got a fairly big sweetness to it with some bitterness that ultimately gets overwhelmed by the sweet fruit and coriander like spice.

Had no idea there was yet another Trappist. De Drie Herten is a great bar to check out beers from Holland in Utrecht. This was a good one but don't know if I'd want it again.

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Photo of deg
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought a bottle back from The Netherlands.

It poured a nice amber color with a full head. I could pick up the smell of something, spice I think? (My sense of smell is very weak.) I noted a spice and a little citrus taste as I drank it. Very smooth, I didn't feel any alcohol burn.

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Photo of schavuytje
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a good Trappist full malt, esters and carbonated geflaneerd by sweet phenols with a caramelized apple-cinnamon-sugar aftertaste that lingers tasty amber body with off-white thick top layer

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared 33cl bottle at a Pre Brugge Beer Festival bootle swap: there were three of these, so I poured myself a good measure (half the bottle).

Deep amber going on brown body with a good creamy head on top.

Fairly sweet malty nose and taste: dark fruits and caramel notes mixed with a yeastiness that might not show in a year or two: this is still a young beer don't forget. I suspect a couple of years aging would do this the world of good. Still OK now, but it lacks sophistication currently, it's not like the other Trappists in other words.

Medium bodied and holds the alcohol well with it's deep of flavours: drink it when ever you please, but given the choice I'd leave it alone for a while.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this somewhere I can't remember. Maybe Bert's Bierhus.

From a bottle into a chalice.
Best Before 5 November 2015

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a 1+ finger, looser looking, foamy white head with very good retention. Clear rust in color with very high levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. A full foam cap remains until the end leaving some clingy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bread, toasted malts, clove and peppery spices and some green fruit notes. Spicy alcohol as well.

TASTE: Lots of toasted grain, caramel and honey with grainy bread, green fruits and spicy alcohol at the swallow. Big and lingering finish of spices, cloves, grainy sweet malts and alcohol. No real bitterness, but very grainy sweet and phenolic. Too much so.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Some heat at the swallow is a little odd.

OVERALL: Not really my thing. I would consider myself a fan of this style, but this example is too grainy and phenolic without the balancing bitterness that is necessary. This one also gave me heartburn like phenolic whitbier often does. Something I don't need to try again unless a bit of an overhaul happens. Pass.

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Photo of IPA35
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well then, the second Dutch trappist. At the price of a Rochefort 10 bottle this is not overly cheap but it is to be expected one would suppose... Bottle with no ATP seal.

An have mixed feelings on the rise of new trappist breweries. The old ones all have a big brewing history. But since Belgium got a new one (Achel) I suppose there is room for another new one in the Netherlands too.

The trappist breweries in other regions (Austria) try to copy styles that are native to the Low Countries (or the southern half). I prefer they come up with somthing regional or innovative...

Anyway, the beer.
A nice, bright amber beer with a white/offwhite head that shrinks quickly. Hazy with yeast, oddly enough the yeast coulds are the most visible under the surface of the beer. Some visible carbonation.

Smells nice actually. It is supposed to be a tripel? I don't think it is, and it is not advertised as such. Smells sugary with caramel and also quite yeasty. Maltiness is not too big, light caramel is dominant. Lighter fruits, like white grapes too. Smells good.

Tastes very decent to me. Bready malts, light sweet fruitiness and rather bitter. Something out of the ordinary that must be from the spices.
The alcohol is a little too noticable and it does not taste very spectacular, although it becomes better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is quite medium (it does prickle the tip of the tongue) and it goes down easily.

Overal a good beer but not on par with many of the great established trappist brewers like Westmalle, Rochefort and Westvleteren. Ofcourse most of those produce dark styles of beer and this is not one of those. I am not a huge Orval fan but the Westmalle Tripel is a better beer than this. Still a very decent beer and I am hoping to see more from them. I hope for a dubbel or something.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

New trappist ale from my country, it was even in the papers here.
Orange brown colour with quite a big beige head. Lacing in the glass.
Smell is fruits and some caramel syrup. Nice and fresh.
The beer needs more intens flavour. I mean, it's got a slight bitterness, some roasted malts, a little dried fruit, but the alcohol is too present, it's not covered well enough for my taste.
Overall this is a good product, just too boozy. You can drink it and not be too disappointed, but it's not a very special experience either.

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Photo of 77black_ships
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thx! to the staff of ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske for this one. Pretty psyched about trying for trying the new trappist. With a another number #10 probably joining the flock new year, everyone seems to be hurrying to take a piece of the market and enjoy the popularity of trappist beer. Anyway, first things first, I quite like the label, it is reminiscent of the La Trappe labels, the monks involved with the brewing went to La Trappe to learn about brewing which might explain that. Pours a very hazy, almost murky brownish orange with some white bubbles for the head. Smells very sweet, lots of BE yeast, sweet bubblegum, white bread, candy sugar and lighter banana, just smells like a whole lot of overly sweet yeast to me. Taste is oddly metallic upfront, going into the sweet bubblegum yeast, banana, sugary sweet even if a bit less in that aspect taste-wise than the nose warned you about initially, finish surprisingly bitter, bitter herbs with a faint lingering metallic note once more in the back. Clearly misses something, body is yeasty but feels a bit hollow. It is an okay beer but there is just so much stuff like this on the market already, it is far from impressive nor does it really stand out. If this weren’t a trappist no one would bother with this one. It will take a long time before the notion that trappist equals high quality disappears but this does feel like it is hurting the brand a bit.

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Photo of Brabander
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me be the very first to give the new trappist beer from the monks of the Kievit a review. The beer was presented a week ago and lot's of beerconaisseurs have had it untill now. I will review the beer further this weekend so that i have a good view on this beer. It's a bit more than a tripel, more an abbey tripel.

Poured the beer in my small Struise glass. Coppercoulor fluid with a nice firm head. Absolutely no carbonation visible in the fluid.

The taste is pretty unique, there is a spice in it i can not define but it gives the beer that special taste.

Mouthfeel is ok but not spectacular. This is beer to age for a long time but i will give one bottle some extra time before i will open it.

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