Arend Tripel | Brouwerij De Ryck

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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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3.87
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
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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 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 4000qtrap
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 11.2 ox bottle

S: Tart and minerally edge to a fruity (fresh lemon, apple, and grapefruit), spicy (coriander), and equally malty (honey/caramel, toast) beer. Moderate alcohol arrives only after it warms and is well-integrated at first but becomes close to being too much after a while. A touch of clean, herbal hops. Layered and intense…. Generally very nice.

T: Doesn't live up to the nose unfortunately. Fairly sweet breadiness and caramel fruits (pear, mango) up front with a medium, almost full body and medium-high carbonation. Move into a weak, slightly grassy hopped, syrupy tart green-apple/lemon middle in which the bottom drops out of the flavor to large extent with only a hint of spicy character. Out of nowhere the spices briefly explode in the finish, which is nice. However there isn't much that lingers on after that and it’s a quick, dry finish with a touch of pepper and alcohol.

Notes: The nose and first half of the sip are intense and delicious, but then it just loses momentum in the second half of the sip and finish.

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

pours clean, off opaque and golden with a thick head and a ton of lacing.

Smell is a pleasant bouquet of flowers and honey with herbal notes, and a bit of peaches

taste is buttery then dry at the end with a hint of tart fruit on the finish...good but just shy of being complex

feel is good - thick but light on the tongue

overall this is a good tripel, not the best, its a smooth, buttery, dry example, but isn't quite as epic as some i've had - i hold them all up, often dissapointingly to La Fin.

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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 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 BerkeleyBeerMan
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head dissipates quickly. The beer is unfiltered and quite cloudy. Very aromatic and floral.

Smell: Astringent alcohol aromas. Very hoppy.

Taste: The carbonation is high. It finished well and the alcohol taste doesn't linger.

Mouthfeel: It feel like a heavy lager in the mouth. High carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a classic beer. You have to be a serious beer drinker to reckon with this one. If you can handle the strength and strong taste it is rewarding. Not for everyone.

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

Quickie tonight - Pours a hazy orange-amber, beautiful, creamy head forms and settles into a queen's crown. Nice lacing. Scents you'd expect are there in the nose: alcohol (8% ABV), Belgian yeasty spice, some fruity notes. Nothing ground breaking or special yet...Very nice flavors rolling around in here. A little too much alcohol hits you in the late-middle/early-finish, however. I like my Belgians to better mask the ABV. Some nice, sharp, malty yeasty notes right upfront. Carbonation is welcome and vibrant. I would rate this ok and typical for the style. Slightly more upfront than many tripels, but too much alcohol on the palatte for me. Generally well priced around $3.99/11.2oz. bottle, though, so drinkability is heightened by this.

What I like most: Beautiful pour. Decently priced.

What I like least: Lack of uniqueness along with noticeable alcohol flavors.

Verdict: You can find better, but not likely in the same price point. Worth trying.

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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 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 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 BatDaddy
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a wonderful clarity, light amber orange like apple juice. Active white head foams up and then settles down to a persistent layer of foam on top with nice lacing.

S - Smell is light and pleasant. Light fruits, apple and pear. Light yeast and a bit of sweetness, almost floral.

T - Drier than expected. Very dry. A very slight touch of honey. Peppery. Surprising - I'm not really getting much of what I picked up in the nose. Just a bit of yeast. Taste is a bit of a letdown, as there just doesn't seem to be much of it. A bit more comes out as it warms, mostly some very faint wisps of fruit.

M - Not bad. Very dry. Carbonation is a little much, seems to detract from the flavors.

D - Not bad, but not great. Alcohol is well hidden, but there's not much here that really makes me want to drink a lot of it.

Notes: This one's a bit of a letdown. The taste just doesn't live up to the enticing nose. It's not bad, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

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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 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 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 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 ATLbeerDog
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 750ml brown bottle - Pours a light slightly cloudy yellow with a small white head. Smells mostly Belgium yeast are dominating the nose wit some fruits coming through. First sip is sweet and with a strong yeast presence complimenting the malt and the thin hops. The mouthfeel is OK - just slightly under carbonated. A very clean finish really adds to the overall quality of the beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into chalice.
A: Pours a cloudy and carbonated yellow-orange with nice thick frothy white head (~1/2 inch).
S: Fresh yeast, citrus, mineral, and grass notes.
T: Hints of pineapple, honeydew melon, lemon grass, and faint mineral bite. Honestly, a little diluted though.
M: Very smooth. Coats the tongue well. Doesn't linger quite as long as you'd like though.
D: Good drinkability. There are better tripels out there, but this one is a good representative of style.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pretty fair golden clarity with a big bone-white head that sticks. Very attractive.

S - Honeyed and relatively alcoholic, with notes of an odd spice that comes off to me as cumin of turmeric.

T - Yeasty and phenolic, yet this is too sweet for me. I like a tripel on the dry and hoppy side. Well done, though.

F - A full beer, somewhat syrupy in that it sticks to my lips like honey.

D - Ultimately, though it isn't my bag, drinkability is high. It may appeal to a wide audience, given its sweetness.

Bottle #2 Edit: My second bottle was not anywhere near as sweet as my first. In light of this, I am revising my scores upward, as the second bottle was much more to my liking - less sweet and syrupy, hops pulled through more and everything just seemed cleaner. It was a highly enjoyable tripel.

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Arend Tripel from Brouwerij De Ryck
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