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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Added by emerge077 on 02-20-2011

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 26
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Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Schlafly33
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Flaherbear
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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 JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pastel orange, voluminous head of foam, leaves arcs of lacing all around. Foam has a sudsy, bubbly appearance. Visible sediment in the bottle, decanted off the yeast for the pour. Retention is good.

Light pear, apple, husky grain aroma. Fairly simple, not sweet, a little funky... cereal grainy. Funky wet grain.

Medicinal fruit, dry husky grain, a bit raw and unrefined. As it warms there's a little bit of fruitiness, pear and apple again. Lightly sweet, dry in the finish. Effervescent carbonation, though it feels slick at times. Taste is ultimately a bit bland. I wonder how long it took to import this... as it just arrived and seems faded already. Overall not something i'd buy again. Emperor's new clothes, nothing new to see here. Nice label though!

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Photo of imbibehour
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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 enelson
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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 CWhite
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of makeshifty
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ptarmigan98
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 atone315
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 RBorsato
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 AleWatcher
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
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 crossovert
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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 ThatOneBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Draeckenier from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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