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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Added by Brabander on 12-06-2013

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Reviews by IPA35:
Photo of IPA35
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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 biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - wow, another 'new' Trappist brewery? Can't say no to that.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy ecru head, which leaves some random chunky and streaky lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of bready and crackery pale malt, estery floral notes, a muddled citrus and black berry fruitiness, edgy yeast, some indistinct spiciness, and very plain earthy, musty, and herbal noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, more hard to pin down earthy spice, children's cherry cough syrup, some phenolic yeastiness, a bit of pithy bar-top nuts, and some still very understated leafy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its swirling and probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and not really all that smooth, as the spice and yeast don't do anyone any favours here. It finishes trending dry, for the same reasons just elucidated.

Overall - yeah, this is no more a 'tripel', than I am a Trappist monk. Rather, it comes off more as a dubbel, and a so-so one at that, with the spice and yeast kind of acting all overbearing and such. At any rate, glad I got to try it, but I don't think I shall be revisiting it.

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Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6/10/18 bottling date, I assume bottled the year before?

A: Pours medium brown with an enormous effervescent light brown head. Big and fluffy it fizzes loudly but takes quite some time to settle down regardless. Very little lacing remains.

S: Light grass and floral notes. Hints of citrus and then a heavy bready malt base pokes through.

T: More of the same up front, some subtle noble hops. Some herbal hops and then a very nice grainy malt. It's kinda bready, like a crusty rye bread perhaps? Some decent spice in there too, black pepper I think. Just a touch of bitterness. Aftertaste is all stale bread crusts and hint of belgian yeast spices.

M: Medium bodied, pretty plain.

O: Huh, a tripel? I didn't actually realize it was a tripel, it doesn't look or taste like one at all in my opinion. Definitely on the bitter/unsweet end of tripels if that's the case. It's quite good don't get me wrong, it's just unlike any tripel I've had so far. I did enjoy it however, I really like that crusty bread malt flavor combined with the belgian yeast spices.

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Photo of JudgeGAN
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Rijken
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of justme
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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 schavuytje
5/5  rDev +29.5%
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 Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kampfar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of RCH1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mishi_d
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BPHL
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Antyk
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Redrio7
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Anze
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desint
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of user785335
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RuudJH
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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 mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marcrech
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Jose9e
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of BdM
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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