Draeckenier | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, white head, strong. Color dark gold. Very pleasant tasting, when I drank draeckenier, I felt that it is thick and full. Flavor: caramel, malt and very nice bitterness. Alcohol gently warming. Very delicious beer.

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Photo of impending
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


750ml into a tulip. Absolutely stupid ridiculously difficult to open plastic cork, impossible without pliers as far too many are that use these f.u. cheap ass bottle sealers - how much more can a cork cost? simply stupid decision

Lightly hazed orange amber with an off white minor head, minor lacing. Surprising amount of tiny floaties given the bottle has been undisturbed.

Aroma is of over ripe pulpy light skinned summer fruits and honey as if about to turn.

Flavor is nondescript . . . . . Zero dry. Zero bitter. Zero phenols. No accents, no highlights, yet works fine as a bland, lightly sweet, won't interfere with any foods type brew. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, into Pretty Things wine glass.

Really dark for a Tripel. Foamy off white head that holds quite well. Hazed amber colored body. Good carbonation to it.

Smells clean yeast aroma. Surprising that there is no booze in the aroma. A slight sweetness to smell.

I feel crazy to say this, but the flavor undeniably reminds me of Anderson Valley's Crema Cerveza. Similar sweetness to the beer. Smooth unexpectedly full mouthfeel. Head really plays a nice role in the mouthfeel. Aftertaste of Jaggery or some creamy sugar source.

Good beer, a bit strange when one is expecting a traditional Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of bread and wheat, with a little bit of yeast thrown in. The flavor is also fairly basic, with some wheat, bread and white pepper. There is not much going on, but nothing is offensive. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A slow pour produces a sudsy orange and white like head, shampoo in appearance with short staying power. Body color is clear with a slight cloudiness and a gorgeous ruby grapefruit orange color. Lots of angular straight pinhead white sized bubbless coming up, great lookin tripel.

A giant whiff of white grape juice hits the nose. Slightly sweet, it smells like grape must. It's really nice and wonderful and very impressive, I just wish there was more on the nose.

Taste is surprisngly weak. Slightly hot but a real sharp gaseous and wet quality to this. Malt chewy character and sweetness is non existent and replaced with a gaseous flatened white wine grape, and sharp fresh club soda.

Overall this is really disappointing based on looks and smell I was expecting something much better than this.

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Photo of argock
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Peachy-yellow with 1-finger nearly white head which falls away quickly and leaves a lot of floaties but not a lot of lace.

S: A very lush fruity aroma with some lightly grassy, herbal hops. The light fruitiness includes peach, apple skin, and white grape. The alcohol is backing with a berry presence.

T: The zesty yeast spiciness is a welcome addition as the fruit is very sweet and less nuanced than in the aroma. The hopping is token herbal/floral. The alcohol is a little dull in the finish and prevents this guy from moving up in rating.

M: The carbonation is heavy but adds crispness to an otherwise heavy, dull finish. The body is medium.

O: Not a bad beer, especially if you like your tripels on the fruitier side. The spiciness of the yeast is a nice touch but, for a relatively low ABV tripel, the alcohol lands with a thud in this beer and pulls the whole enterprise down.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium yellow orange amber, one finger white head. I poured a little too long and got lots of yeast particles, but the constant carbonation keeps these in movement and it's pretty fun to watch. Looks nice. Aroma of mellow light fruit with a dominance of apple, Belgian yeast and spicing, sweet malt. Nice complex light fruit, sweet malt, honey and raisins in the flavor. Finishes somewhat quickly with slight hops and an interesting spicy fruit aftertaste. Very interesting and different. Medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess. I really liked this tripel.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a spongy boiling head supported by a sea of racing carbonation and a cloudy deep orange body underneath.

S- the tangerine note with a caramel malt hint has a light woody finish to it.

T- The light candy sugar note has a soft yeasty ester flavor that grows to an orange lifesaver flavor. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish with a dry cidery finish. There is a green woody spice note that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a full scrubbing fizz finish and a soft alcohol warmth.

O- The big orange flavor and fizz are the dominant flavors with other flavors being pushed out of the way. This beer is as odd as the bottle art.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blind beer #2 from Shogo.... Wrapping suggests I should use a tulip/stemware.

11.2 oz stubby bottle into tulip.

Really hazy dark golden body with a big white 3 finger head. This is really really hazy-- like it's just barely translucent. Decent retention, poor lacing.

Ok. I'm thinking a Belgian golden or something... Perhaps a BPA? I get some notes of dried banana chips with some definate Belgian yeast action.

No real booziness on the flavor, but all the notes from the nose; a light earthy/bready malt note that holds a little toasted sweetness followed up with banana and something that reminds me of pineapple. There is a very odd gueuze-like quality to this, at least something reminds me of the oaky and earthy notes I get from a gueuze-- but without any sourness. Very interesting. Iit's musty. That's the word I wanted.

The body is a bit overcarbonated, but otherwise nice. A hair fuller than medium with a relatively crisp dry finish. Some big fruity notes resurface on the aftertaste.

REVEAL-- Draeckenier
What the hell is this? I've never even heard of it.
The label is...ummm...interesting... I'm not entirely sure what's going on there.

So BA says this is a tripel, but only 7.5%?! I get the feeling this is a blend of a tripel and a BPA or something weird like that, but let it pass. After seeing some reviews I totally see where people were getting apple notes, and I feel vindicated that I wasn't the only one to describe something as musty/funky.
Overall-- not my favorite tripel. This was fun to try, especially in the blind BIF as this beer seems to blur boundaries between styles, but it isn't one I'll want to get again.

(now that I know the style, here are my ratings)

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Photo of mynie
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at John's Grocery. I didn't know much about it--but good lord, look at that label. You have to be some kind of weirdo to want to drink this.

Pours a cloudy yellow, more like a BPA than a tripel. Smells the same--BPAish, with medium-strength nodes of all spice, white pepper, and green apples. Nice combination of aromas, and it's quite well balanced.

On the whole, it tastes far too fizzy. An aggressively creamy fizziness that's like if you put a little sliver of an Alkaselzter tablet directly in your mouth--creamy in spite of being fizzy, bakingsodaish. Piece by piece, the nice nodes of the aroma are still there, but they get overridden by the harsh body.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ours a hazed orangey gold with a thick white head that sticks around.

the aroma contains the tropical fruits one expects from a tripel with whiffs of candied apple and delicate honey, and a bit of white bread crust.

the taste is delicate with much of the same things going on as in the aroma. touches of caramel and graininess mingle with the dry fruit. i find just a bit bit of herbal hops here where i didn't in the aroma though. it's very dry and clean, tight i might say, not in the negative way in which the same term might be applied to a wine though, more in a restrained or refined way.

the mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied the carbonation is very fine and i feel like the yeast smooth out any rough edges it might have texturally.

overall, a very nice, restrained, delicate tripel. i usually go for soemthing a little more up forthcoming because i have a lousy sense of smell, but i can't find any fault with this. it's text book and not "extreme" at all, which is refreshing once in a while.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a with a finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of apples and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is somewhat more complex with some additional hints of honey. Herbs are not noticeable, and this might be a result of this beer being aged.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation and has a dry finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at TJ'S Everyday in a tulip.

Draeckenier came to me with just the slightest whiff of white bubbles on top. It barely forms a cap and the bubbles are loose. The liquid is a lightwhite gold color. Eventually nothing, no lace.

Smell is pretty simple and not all that pungent. You really need to warm it up before smelling, or tasting for that matter. Getting some granny smith apple along with an earthy musk with some spent grain. That's all I got.

Again, warming is the key here. It took a while but Dracula started off with some apple and ripe pear. Some light bready yeast with a smudge of banana. Some earth with hay and grain come through towards the end withequal balance.

No sign of the alcohol, although a slight warming sensation when down the gullet. Feel is approaching medium and the carb is kinda light. The aftertaste is minimal, this comes and goes quick.

A decent enough triple. I drank it quick and no off flavors, just light flavors, which is kinda De Proef's thing, nothing to over the top. A worthwhile triple, yet not near my favorite.

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Photo of drpimento
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. I let the bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge. It poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, sudsy, cream colored head that settles out after a bit to just few clumps and a ring and a little lace. Color is a clear light to medium amber with some bubble streams. Aroma is beery, grassy, spice, minerals, yeast. Flavor is similar with sweetness up front and a lingering bitterness plus a little carbonic tang. Body is full and carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor. Session beer.

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Photo of Radome
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 750 ml bottle.

A - Medium golden color tending into amber highlights. Fairly clear. The head is white and fluffy initially, fading to a solid thin cap on the beer that lasted.

S - Aroma is of soft, fruity notes mostly from malt and yeast. I get honey, golden raisins, crisp, bready malt. Neither hops nor alcohol jump out at me.

T - The tastes follow the aromas. I also taste further sweetness, like a candy apple. There is some grassy hops flavor and bitterness in the finish that dries it out despite the sweet flavors. There is a little alcohol in the finish.

M - Moderate body, warming alcohol, fizzy carbonation and a little burn from the hops bitterness.

O - A very nice tripel. I don't see the problems with hot alcohol other reviewers have tasted. This is a tasty, well-executed version of a classic Belgian style.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet after a really strong cork-popping. Decent head of fine, small bubbles that seem to do a very good job of replenishment as I see quite a few streamers from the bottom and sides of the glass. Hazy gold body with a few tiny flecks of sediment floating around. Attractive beer.

Candied pear and apple in the nose. Smells very sweet. Maybe a hint of nag champa if I dig. Starts to get a little solvent-y as it warms, so I'll ding it a point.

As is often the case with this style, it may smell sweet but isn't really at all on the palate. Fleeting hit of honeycomb and coconut that goes to the requisite yeasty, dry, biting peppery finish. Relatively bitter, though from hops or phenolics I'm not sure, probably both. I'm kind of surprised that this was brewed at De Proef, because it doesn't have any of the funky fruit esters the house yeast often throws off. This might be the cleanest beer I've had that was brewed at De Proef. Except for the idea that I don't find it very fruity, this could be a benchmark tripel, pretty much. I'll rate it only slightly above average, though, due to my thinking it could use more fruit flavors. Also seems to come unglued a little as it warms with too much alcohol presence.

Excellent smooth but effervescent mouthfeel.

I saw myself rating this higher, but I'm not crazy about the way the alcohol presents itself as it warms. At a colder temp, I thought it was very good, but come on, I don't necessarily want to huff a 7.5% Tripel.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a clear, orange-yellow, with decent carbonation, and a small white head that dissipated almost completely. Yeasty aroma, with sweet malts and sugary fruits coming through. Yeast taste, biscuity, grassy, with citrus notes and essence of pears and bananas, slightly phenolic. Overall smooth, light-medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed gold color, pillow of white head, decent retention, ring stays in place leaving lacing. Scent is paler than expected with esters the dominant scent with some melon, pear and grass and a touch of bread. Taste is a touch more aggressive than scent dictates, rather light and clean, light melon and pear, light lemongrass on the back end and yeasty only in a slight aftertaste. Lighter side if medium bodied, crisp with active carbonation. Was surprised to find this is a tripel, probably the most subdued in the style I've had. Nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Bottle opens with a nice loud pop. Pours a mostly clear (hint of haze) golden lemon with high carbonation producing a 3+ inch bubbly white head. Decent retention. Hint of lacing.
S: Nice soft citrus, melon, fruit esters, funky yeast (almost brett like), and hint of grass.
T: Follows aroma well and adds upon it. Soft fruit (pear, melon, apple), mild citrus, fresh yeast, grassy hops, and very mild herbal spice. Hint of honey. Everything here is fairly restrained, but well blended and balanced.
M: Soft and fresh. Faint fizz from carbonation. Lingers well on the palate. Mildly astringent. Mild herbal bitterness in the finish.
D: Very drinkable and solid brew. Nice example of style. Good spring/summer beer...bring it along to a picnic.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Ken for bringing yet another good beer I had never heard of to a tasting. 750 ml bottle poured golden with a dense ivory head. Aromas of straw, pear and light spice. On the palate, this one was light bodied with flavors of straw, pear, bubblegum and light spice.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with a home cooked meal the other night. Couldn't stop looking at the bottle. The dude on the label might be related to Gene Simmons... Anyway, The beer has a bright hazy yellow color. Has a big fresh aroma. This is a lively triple with a long lasting head. Some floral flavors and a little spice.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great label. I must stay it caught my eye and into my cart it went. 11.2oz into pint glass.

A- Hazy gold, big billowing white head that is pretty light and airy. Settles rather quickly. Yeast in suspension.

S- Nice bold fruity yeast. Strong phenolic nose.

T- Nice fresh green apple and pear. Yeast is much more subdued than expected- not very much spice. I'm diggin' it.

M- Earthy/grainy mouthfeel, fairly high carbonation. Scrubbing bubbles keep the flavors moving.

O- Pretty damn good! Very easy to drink. I will buy some more, this is a tasty tripel.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at grotonmarketguy 's place!
I bought this for the bottle art. I'm not ashamed.

Pours plump white foam into a Chimay chalice, ambergold. Settling into a lazy fat iceberg. Beautiful, really.

Bright fruit nose, hay, some Belgiums - almost saison-y? Young.
Puffy carbonation, flavors of sweet malts, bright hop dryness warm citrus hops. Politely lingers with alcohols and sticky citrus hops.

Really drinkable. Really. Good find.

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Photo of crossovert
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a clear gold with a large, foamy white head.

The nose is superfruity. It smells like a fruit beer. It has pears, apples, peaches, apricots, grapes, oranges, berries, an injection of sugar and malt, and a subtle hint of spice.

The flavor brings a lot more malt, it actually tastes alot like an american Belgian-styled beer. The malts are buttery. IT is still quite fruity on the palate though.

It made me fall in love with it with the smell, but sadly the flavor did not hold up.

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Photo of grotonmarketguy
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden in color and flawless. Big Fluffy head.
Wonderful nose of hay, citrus and noble hops.
Great flavor, not too malty or sweet but I imagine that will come out more if aged. This beer seems very young and vibrant.
Creamy Spritzy texture. A very good Strong Belgian Pale on the hoppy side. Great balance. Not too loose not too tight. Very Drinkable.

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