Arend Tripel | Brouwerij De Ryck

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Arend TripelArend Tripel
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ryck
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Patrick999 on 12-11-2008

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Avg:
3.87
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 6/2013.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark orange amber with a beautiful thick, firm and bold pure white head.

Nose is all huge assertive Belgian candi sugar and esters. Big assertive fresh cooked bananas with undertones of sweet honey.

Mouthfeel is medium rich and lightly creamy with nice balance and character. Feels "high quality."

Flavors are layered and complex. Front palate is sweet malt, sweet fruit and honey that goes to green spice and herb character to a green pepper bitter finish.

This is a rich bold and very flavorful beer. Layers and complexities - something for everyone although if you love big rich malts or you're a hop head, it may not be for you. It is, however, a beautifully balanced brew and may be just about the perfect "middle of the road" drinkable beer.

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

Hitting on all cylinders, Arend Tripel provides a full and juicy palate of fruit an spice with firm herbal bitterness, champagne-like lift, and a semi-dry finish- ideally suited for its high alcohol and hazy golden appearances.

But those appearances start with a billowing separation of beer to foam until the beer settles with a dense mousse-like head that casts over the bright yellow beer. The typical haze of yeast and wheat point toward complexity and flavor to come.

The zesty scent of fruit dance on the malts with grace and playfulness. Lemons, apples, pears, apricot and give character to the bready and light honeyish malts. Balanced by the aroma of pepper, herbs, and freshly mulled grasses, the hops and yeasty spice intertwine for to offset the fruity sweet nose and deliver a snappy accent to the alcohol.

Flavors of juicy fruit, candied lemons, pears, banana, and apples, and fresh baking breads combine on the front of the palate for a sweeter and fruitier introduction. But the rebuttal of coriander, curacao, white pepper, and clove give a dry spiciness that refutes the sweeter start and ushers in a semi-dry finish. Accompanied by floral hops to start, the light notion of honey suckle develops into a soft herbal bitterness accents the bitter taste of alcohol late.

Medium bodied as the beer opens with the creamy malt texture that's beefed up by the spring of zesty carbonation. But the malty weight is soon sheaded and the carbonic prickle brings life to the spicy, bitter, and warmly alcoholic finish for a dryish finish of grass and fruit.

Without trying too hard, the Arend Tripel stands out by conforming to the tripel style with accuracy and precision. For the tripel lover, this beer fits like a glove.

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Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy copper with a persistent and creamy head. Spicy and peppery on the nose, malty but dry. There's a bit of candi sugar and bubblegum, but it leans toward the dry and spicy side. The palate is understated but quite flavorful, peppery with notes of caramel and ripe fruit, light leafy and grassy hops. Sweetness is restrained, and the finish is quite dry, spicy, moderately bitter. Highly drinkable for the style; a very nuanced and balanced beer with a refreshingly dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a decent head (though not nearly as impressive as it should be for a Belgian); a few splashes of lace remain

Smell: Bread and sugary cake frosting with hints of stone fruit and phenols

Taste: Bready and slightly sweet, up front, with a spicy phenols developing along with the stone fruit flavors; after the swallow, apricot, coriander and honey tones build, though there is a lingering tartness to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a bit too much age on this one but an interesting Tripel; I like that it is not overly sweet like many others I have tried; the carbonation appears to have suffered over time, limiting the score

Thanks, briiguy, for the opportunity

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dull golden body with a tall, foamy, white head. Gobs of frothy, spider web lacing on the way down.

Smell: Pale malts soaked in peach schnapps and dusted with sweet-smelling candi sugar and white pepper.

Taste: Pale malts followed by a pop of candi sugar sweetness. Splash of peace juice. Jigger of booze. Very light banana. Mild floral hops present only a small amount of bitterness attempts to combat the sweetness. Faint spiciness. Fruity, lightly warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good, fairly enjoyable tripel.

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

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: A fair amount of fruitiness to the nose, especially bananas, pears, and apples. There's some somewhat sweet and bready malts with a touch of some sugar. Though it's sweet, it's fairly dry.

T: Nice sweet fruits up front, particularly apples and pears. There's a pretty decent citrus character, particularly orange peel and maybe some lemon zest. There's a moderate sweetness, but it's pretty dry for a tripel (the way I like them).

M: The body is medium with a pretty high level of carbonation and a drying finish.

D: This is more what I look for in a tripel, much more toward the dry side instead of intensely sweet.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasant beer to drink. Smooth and somewhat light, though not since it is a tripel. Don't know if that makes sense, but that is what is hitting my brain as I drink it. I don't really have anything to say on this one except that it is a nice drinkable ale. Nothing showy or out there; just a pretty good beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Consume before October 2016 according to notch. Capped bottle, big hiss while opening, no gush.

Roaring on fire of a looker. Deep orange with an almost clear appearance, but with lots of fast rising carbonation and populating the head quickly. Beer looks like it's alive sitting in front of you. Head creation can be large, but a controlled pour makes an easy three finger off white head. Soupy and soapy creamed appearance that has big retention. This doesn't budge at all, quite surprising on a weak looking head makeup, but the classic tripel staying head power is here and huge. Rocky clumping and lacing to match.

Stellar aroma. Floral and spiced honey qualities abound. Slight perfume notes mixing in with wonderful candy store qualities. Hints of real ripping barley malt qualities it seems to, a great smelling tripel.

What an extremely diverse palate. First sip is some mineral carbonation, then a real soft taste of perfumed and blossom honey. Interesting an wild finish. Hints of small nuts almost peanut butter quality, with a big amount of white wine grape like flavors. Huge floral tones are all over this, and with an extremely simple body, which leaves behind syrup and even is lighter than most tripels with a nearly spritzy champagne like body. Juiced grape, low key sweetness and also hinting herbs slightly and peppermint aftertaste.

There's a lot going on in here, its nutty quality is a bit of a wild herring for me, but everything about this brew is just bang on nailed practically with wonderful diverse flavors to explore.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has cooled off some, which makes it a good opportunity to drink some tripel. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The orange color looks a little murky. Tints of gold make themselves shown. A frothy inch thick head which retains well and leaves creamy lacing around adds character to the appearance. The nose offers fruits like pear, candied oranges, and because this is a tripel, a good whiff of alcohol.

At first, this is an alcoholic and slightly sweet tripel with a few complexities. As with many tripels, this one gets better as it warms, which uncovers extra notes. Alcohol soaked pears are easily noted. The carbonation provides some zestiness. Grassy and floral notes break up the sweet and alcohol flavors. Touch of earthiness too. Pleasantly complex. Despite a body that is nearly full, it's airy, creamy, and the tingling carbonation is well placed.

Can't argue too much with one more quality tripel out of Belgium. Arend Tripel may be a little harder to find in the US, but if you do, give it a chance.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from State Line. This came with the recommendation of Brian Hunt (Moonlight Brewing Co.) via Chris. The bottle's notched July 2012. Consumed while watching Yojimbo.

Clear orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention, this is a great looking tripel. The nose is pretty unique. Surprisingly bready and fruity, this is like a tropical fruit salad with bananas, poached pears and white grapes. This combined with the bready malt character makes this a little cookie-like even, with some sugar, honey and a very floral character, jasmine being the most noticeable. Mildly biscuit-like (the English variety, not the American), this is complex and enjoyable.

The palate opens mildly sweet, bready and yeasty, with plenty of fruit flavor - mango, pear, peach and grapes. Doughy malt character is present, but it is pretty dry, lending flavors of rising bread without unnecessary sweetness. Mildly spicy as well with a little bit of clove and some pepper, maybe? The combination of clove and pears makes me think of poached pears. Hop flavor and bitterness is low, though there's just a little Hallertau -like. In some ways, it makes me think of Kellogg's Frosties, with a sweet, cereal-like character. Drying on the finish with a blend of spices and fruit, this medium-light bodied beer is medium-high in carbonation and is very enjoyable. Impressive stuff.

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Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yummm! Nice beer! Poured with a big, off-white, foamy head and a little lace. Color is an almost perfectly clear amber. Aroma is yeasty, dry, champagne, a little hop and a little malt. Flavor is not huge, more subtle, but quite pleasing - again yeasty, with a dry - sweet - dry action that is intriguing. Great body and excellent carbonation. Finish is very good with only a little alcohol showing a time after the swallow. Could be a session beer if you went easy.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Brussels Beer Weekend.
Hazy dark gold with speckles. 4
Doughy bread starter nose. 3.75
Sugar up front, herbs, yellow apple skin, chalk, and coriander. 4
Medium, sticky, round. 3.75

Deep - nice play between hops and fruit. But missing the white pepper, which leaves it too sweet. Delicate overall, which might not suit a festival, but I won’t chase this just the same. 4

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Photo of popery
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden liquid with a big rocky white head, which puffed up hugely as I poured. Smells of light coriander, lots of simple sweet malt and apricots. The flavor is just sorta simple and sweet. Lots of sugar and very light caramel. It's a nice, enjoyable beer but lacks depth. Spicing takes a backseat to the sugary malt. Mouthfeel is gentler than expected. Bit of a cloying aftertaste. I'm a fan of the label.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Big “psst” when the cap is cracked, as the fine mist of CO2 escapes and ripe fruit starts to fill our noses. Hazy golden color, and the lacing is a sight to see. Thick fruitiness, ripe kiwi and papaya, then some cookie dough and peppery alcohol in the nose. Smoothness rolls over the palate, unfolding complexities. Peppery, earthy, wild herbs, yeasty, marmalade, animal feed grain, pineapple, walnut skin and faint sage, just off the first sip. Warming but very mellow alcohol, with a semidry finish. A down and dirty Tripel here, the flavor makes up for the rawness of it all.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My bottle, I'm afraid was almost three years past the best-buy date. Arend Tripel had almost no head (just a cream-colored, very thin layer). No lacing to speak of. The aroma was of almost overripe fruit, fruit cake, tropical fruit, candy sugar, and possibly a hint of alcohol. Taste is of all that, with no bitterness or booze. Mouthfeel is medium, and this Arend Tripel finished semi-sweet and seemed quite aged.

RJT

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.

This beer poured with a clear, golden color with nice, white foam that lingered a long time and left lacing on the glass. The smell was a mild aroma with notes of malt, grain, and a hint of orange citrus. The taste was lightly sweet with malty flavor and mild hops. Typical Tripel flavor with light citrus notes and hints of spice from the yeast. Malt and hints of tropical fruit, incl. coconut, in the flavor. A very good Tripel flavor, not over the top in sweetness. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry with medium body and a clean finish. Overall a light sweetness. Very good taste and mouthfeel. This is a very pleasant and enjoyable Tripel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer is a pale orange color with a small puffy head. It has good clarity and visions of carbonation coming up through the glass. Solid lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: vanilla, spicines, yeasty esters, apples, pears, bready malts, Belgian candy, and golden raisins.

Taste: Very tastey for a tripel. A little dirty for a tripel, but still a good one. Everything detected during the aroma was present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit dry, a bit boozy, and more delicious as it warms.

Overall: This tripel is very interesting. The taste could be a bit cleaner, but all the other festures are there for what you would expect out of the style. Still a solid beer, and would have it again.

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Photo of Offa
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber, slightly hazy with a medium-big off-white head very slowly shrinking.

Aroma is rich bread, fruitiness with dried fruits, metal, wildflowers, and overall very nice.

Taste is lightly juicy-spicy with light spicy-zesty bitterness just dominating, with light, vague juicy fruitiness, coriander, light bright alcoholic quality, and a faint hint of gin-like character. It has no bread, or grain character noticeable. It has light sweetness. Overall, it is light, the character elements very light and quickly becoming very faint, and it lacks depth, and ultimately, although it has some range of character as noted, the elements are all so light that it basically seems fairly one-dimensional and even bland.

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Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle (best by July 2012) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a somewhat dirty and yeasty brownish amber color. A thick finger of rocky off-white foam falls steadily over a minute or so and leaves behind streaks of lace on the glass.

S - Sugary sweetness and bready malt up front. A bit of yeastiness, some earth, a good amount of booze.

T - Sweet, spicy, Belgian yeastiness. Lots of bread layered underneath at the base. Alcohol is noticeable, but fairly well integrated and hidden in the flavor. Smooth for a tripel.

M - Smooth, creamy carbonation with just a bit of a tingle in it. Body is medium level. Mildly warm from alcohol, marginally Belgian spicy/fruity.

O - Good tripel. Doesn't really stand out in the crowd however. Solid, but nothing really stands out. Flavors actually seem a bit muted...this is one of the easiest drinking tripels I've had because of this.

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Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange with a magnificent dirty white head that stands strong and lasts long. A little funk floats out and about. Rolling sheets of lace cling to the glass. Aroma is clean with spice, light fruits(apples, oranges and pears) and some taffy notes involved. Tastes sweet up front with a big Belgian yeastiness followed by a river of light fruits (including melon), some spice and bubblegum and with just enough bitterness to pull everything back in line. Medium bodied but slightly airy and creamy to the core makes for an excellent Tripel!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by dkachur over a game of Brewopoly

A: VERY heady... Took me by surprise. Hazy light golden with some rather large bubbles coming up to add to the billowing head.

S: Salt and pepper potato chips., light almost closer to plain... But potato chip and breadiness. Not much fruity yeasts.

T: There it is again... but a little lemon zest. Lemon pepper potato chips? Weird. I like it, but it is rather odd. More as it warms, bringing out a slightly salty apple.

M + D: Not too bad... Very interesting and bizarre. Nice body, foamy feel... Easy drinking In that sense.

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Photo of impending
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy butterscotch honey. White fine bubbled head hits two fingers. Decent lacing.

Aroma is citrus drizzled over yet to be ripe light skinned fruits. Nearby, bread will soon go in the oven.

Light bodied mouthfeel. Not too sweet for a tripel and finishes just slightly dry, aftertaste doesn't linger. Minor phenol characteristics. Alcohol doesn't come forward although I would welcome it. Hops are minor in the finish, mostly for aroma.

No negatives of any measure but nothing noteworthy either. Significant improvement with warmth. Competent.
cheers
jd

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a creamy, long lasting white head on top.

Nose is golden fruit, dry, bit of spicy alcohol, yeast.

Taste is nicely balanced - initially somewhat dry, semi-sweet over-ripe fruit and spicy yeast, with a dry, yeasty finish that echoes of apricot underneath.

Mouthfeel is uncompromisingly creamy, fluffy from the head.

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Photo of drmeto
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy golden-amber with a big,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-grainy,white bread,pineapple,apple,coriander,tangerines
T:
-peach,tangerines,white bread,cereals,grainy,toasty finish
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
O:
On the fruitier side for a Tripel.Good overall, but doesn't blow me away

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