Bottleworks Tripel Krullekop
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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4.02 | pDev: 6.47%
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled - 2002

Presentation: 750ml, sealed with a plain unmarked thumbed cork, wire cage and black steel cap. Brewed for Bottleworks of Seattle, WA as part of their ~ Verbeeldingsreeks ~ Imagination Series ~. Blue edged monochromatic label with a backdrop of Belgian architecture. Listed as ‘Tripel Krullekop Flemish Ale’. Side writing indicates that this is a whopping 9.8% Alc. Vol. and ‘Bottled in 2002’.

Appearance: Semi-opaque pineapple juice body which offers a golden smoked glass shimmer when backlit. Individual wisps of white foam spiral out like galaxies during the pour, gently fusing to form a white cap universe that settles slowly. Sadly the head doesn’t live for too long and it steadily breaks down to reveal a broken surface with scattered pools. Medium conditioning, subsequent top-ups do tend to produce a fizzing head. Looks good. Time tends to clarify this brew and the opacity reduces to produce a pellucid soft-golden torso which reveals a few mall floaties towards the end of the 750.

Nose: Incredibly sharp nose, it has a biting hoppy character from the off, but this one is packed full of so many sharp Styrians that I fear cutting my nose if inhaled too deeply. Furthermore it has a Saaz like pinch in the back end. As it warms it reveals a luscious fruity aspect that enthralls. Pineapples, pears, brown suigar, spices, orange rind and yet more bitter hops. Mmmmm!!

Taste: Pale malts littered in a candy sugar space dust. Hop trails the hike from the lower Stryrian river basin right up to the fruity cliff edges of the canyon. At its base it is a sharp confluence of hops, spice and a V-shaped bitterness. At the mouth it is wide, ever expanding, complex yet connubial. Time reveals the finer aspects of this aged beauty, alcohol soaked oranges, spices, wheat, lemon and ever-so-feint hint of Coriander.

Mouthfeel: Bold feel but it lacks that lively spritzy feel from something with a little more dissolved gas. I feel that age has eroded the Mouthfeel a little here. This does have a strong defined contribution from the alcohol though; it adds a lingering feel to the hops, spices and tingling orange zest.

Drinkability: Superb nose, supreme flavors and a fantastic Tripel. The only downside here though, was the low conditioning that sadly made for a heavier finish and dowdier Mouthfeel than I would have liked, or that it had in its heyday - otherwise this is a very attractive brew. Even so I guess I’m nit-picking and splitting hairs here. Nevertheless, this is one of those beers that you just know had a lot of life some years ago and that the carbonation is slowly fading with time, so my bet would be to enjoy it now whilst it (the 2002 bottling) has some left.

Overall: On Sale at Hi-Times for a measly $5.99, this turned out to be a great purchase. Weird thing is that I didn’t even realize until I pulled this one from the fridge tonight that it was labeled as bottled in 2002. This is quite the aged treat I have to say. An outstanding fruity Tripel with a high end complexity that just delights the senses. I would love to get my hands on a couple more bottles of this one, sadly, I think the lowering carbonation may well mean that this is good to go right now and may not get any better with a few more months on the Odometer - so my advice is…get it…try it…enjoy it.

Damn good stuff and Highly Recommended!

Mar 01, 2006
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JMH_ from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a solid tripel here. nothing outstanding, but enjoyable and no major pours a very nice, cloudy golden colour with a large soapy head topping the brew and leaving a nice sticky effect on the glass. the smell here is typical of beligans: spice, orange rind, some wheat and some sweetness. good stuff. the taste provides for some sweet candy flavouring up front wit ha spicy orange flavour in the middle and a moderate alcohol flavour at the finish, though the high content is masked quite nicely overall. i would have expected a bit more of a kick in the mouthfeel for this style, and overall it's quite tasty and drinkable, though this one's definitely a sipper, it's worth a try at least once.

May 10, 2004
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maxpower from Missouri

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle 2004 pours a cloudy light peach color with a decent creamy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Mango and pineapple aromas, pear, pineapple and clove flavors. Full bodied with a full and soft mouthfeel, finishes sweet, very nice.

Mar 18, 2006
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jreitman from California

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Taste of Belgium event at Celtic Bayou in Redmond, WA... Named after one of the guys at Bottleworks in Seattle (Krullekop means curley hair in belgium) and contract brewed for them by De Proefbrouwerij. Pours a nice golden orange color, pretty subdued yeast aromas and flavors compared to a lot of belgian tripels but overall very nice. Malt comes through the hops nicely and the cloveyness is there in enough of a quantity to make it feel truly belgian. Coriander comes through only slightly but does make it's presence known.

Feb 09, 2003
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Wildman from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light cloudy yellow color and formed a huge foamy white head the receded very slowly leaving circular lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. It has an aroma of yeast, clove and some other spices. The flavor was of bannana, yeast and some floral aspects. The finish was a touch dry, yet sprite. Not as creamy bodied as some other tripels. This one may due better with aging.

Feb 29, 2004
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putnam from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Imagination Series"

Pound cake and marmelade aromas are launched by a solid sphere of cream and curdled butter aromas. Bitterness shuffles in to join the sweet fruitcake flavors. Dried bananas, lemon drops and poppy seed are covered with butter dripping from crumpets. Hazy surges of gas carry some of the burden for outlining the volume needed for the rich flavors. Nicely focused bitterness keeps it sustainable.

Aug 02, 2005
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GeoffRizzo from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, murky dirty pond water yellowish in color; soapy white head, maybe nasty for a pond, but a beaut for a tripel. A massive aroma of spices, yeast, orange peel and sweet honeycomb. Sweet malts, butterscotch candy like feeling on the palate; spices form in the way of banana peel, cloves, citrus and tinges of alcohol. Becomes Belgium-creamy, a good thing--pear juice and sharp spices round of the finish. A mighty mighty tripel--sessionable this season!

Dec 17, 2006
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Ahhdball from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold, it had a massive head that took some time to go away. The orange, banana and currant(?) hit my nose pretty hard. Very fruity distinct aroma, not bad. This had a nice thick mouthfeel with a large fruit (citrus and banana) taste. Hefty amounts of alcohol warmed the soul.

Mar 11, 2004
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SeanChouffe from New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, transparent, with plentiful co2 rising from the bottom of the glass. Head is full, white and rocky with a sticky lacing. Aroma is a subtle mixture of apples, pears, fruity esters, and candy sugar. Palate is medium bodied and a little watery – effervescence is not very apparent. Tastes sweet and fruity at the start with a tart middle and a quick sharp bite at the finish.
A nice and subtle aroma and flavor, but the finish overwhelms the less aggressive qualities. Not a great representation of a triple.

Oct 17, 2004
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Shultzerdugen from Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle. Bottled 2004. 9.8% Alc. Vol.

Cloudy straw in color with a rocky white head.

Mostly fruit notes in the nose: apple, pineapple, pear - plus some heady booze.

Medium bodied with a slick mouth coating. Apricot and pear notes along with some melon flavors fades into a spicy alcohol finish. Powdery yeast and vanilla show at mid-bottle, at which point the big time booze starts burning down the gut. The pronounced alcohol vibe gets bolder and brasher as the beer warms.

This hot bastard was most likely saved by the Thai red currry chicken I paired it with. It was almost a perfect match until the alcohol got out of control.

May 23, 2006
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very light orange in color with a big, foamy head.

Smell – Big aromas of yeast, oranges, and bananas. There’s also some spicing in there, but I can’t pinpoint it.

Taste – This is big flavor. The yeast sets up the banana and orange from the nose. The banana flavor picked it up a bit, which I love. There’s also a reminder of alcohol. The spices come out as well. The presence of dark spicing, maybe like allspice, is mixed with some lighter ones for a well-balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel – Full in the mouth due to the heavy carbonation. This is smooth going with stings of alcohol.

Drinkability – This went down exceptionally well. A great find, thanks to my BA Bro jreitman. Cheers!

Update – I reviewed this back in September 2003 so thought, now that it’s over a year later, it might be neat to revisit it. This Tripel really is fantastic. It is very hoppy for the style and is truly a mouth full. I changed some scores around a bit but it didn’t affect the overall total for this ale.

Sep 27, 2003
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy deep gold color. It is pretty well carbonated which generates a meringue like thick white head, which leaves some Belgian lacing as I work my way through this beer. Aromas of grass, lemon, vanilla, and alcohol waft from the glass but seem to fade with time. The taste is soft and lightly sweet up front but leads to a sharp bite that is a combination of the carbonation and yeast esters. In the taste I get notes of fresh malt, vanilla, fresh cut herbs, pepper, ginger. The finish is quite sharp and a bit astringent and bitter, each of which help to balance the sweetness that is up front in this beer. It hides the alcohol quite well, and is softly fruity (pear being dominant). This is quite tasty, though surprisingly the aroma disappears quickly and belies the complexity that is found in the taste.

Aug 19, 2004
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Shaw from Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale looks just right for a tripel. It's yellow to golden in color with a massive white head that settles down to about a quarter inch and leaves a lovely lace on the glass.

The smell is also good. It's complex with spice, malt, alcohol and other aromas all mixed together.

This taste like a tripel: complex. The spices and malt sweetness nicely hide the high alcohol. (It's hard to imagine that this beer and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot have almost the same ABV.) There is a nice spicy aftertaste as well. This ale has a light body.

Tripel Krullekop is a good tripel.

Apr 24, 2004
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CRJMellor from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a brief orange tint and a one-finger bright white head that kicks of tons of big-bubbled lace.
Aroma is heavy grain and minor yeast with some floral qualities and citrus notes.
Flavor is lemon rind, pale malt, wheat and a nice alocholic hit.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet moving to a full on girtty wheat texture and finishes with an alcoholic warming sensation.
Drinkability is very good. Very true to stlye. enjoying and refreshing.

Jun 02, 2004
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling gold beset with a thick cloud of suspended yeast that gives the beer a wonderfully busy look. Filtered it ain't. I love the Belgianesque head too. It's polished ivory in color, thick and rich in consistency, mega-bubbly as it sits, mega-rocky as it falls. It's a fabulous crown of foam that is also impressive when it comes to lace deposition. A generous number of standalone and interconnected chunks have appeared on the upper third of the glass.

The nose is solid. All of the requisite style elements are in place and all are present in roughly equal proportions. Spiced, candi sugar-coated apples and pears let me know that I'm likely to find something good when I finally get around to taking a drink.

This is good beer. I was a little worried when I spotted the 'bottled in 2002' running along the side of the label, but the flavor profile and the mouthfeel have held up well. In fact, given the slight rawness of the alcohol, I'd have guessed that it was a year old at most. The flavor isn't quite so bold, but it's bold enough that Krullekop (which translates as 'curly head') can hold its head high when in the company of its fellow tripels.

The flavor is akin to chunks of ripe pear sprinkled with ground clove and macerated in eau de vie. Again, for optimal enjoyment, I'd like to see the alcohol tamed a fraction; something that ought to have been accomplished after close to 4 years in the bottle. This is still a delicious, tripel lover's tripel.

The mouthfeel is perfectly in keeping with the rest of the beer's attributes, both in terms of character and in terms of quality. It's neither light nor heavy (for the style) and could fairly be described as firm with a light silkiness on the finish. Some older beer experiences a breakdown in body as well as in flavor. This one appears to have escaped that fate.

Although Tripel Krullekop is good, I'm not tempted to heap praise on it. Perhaps if I had run across a bottle in '03 or '04 I would have been blown away. But then again, the alcohol might have been even more raucous than it is now. If De Proefbrouwerij is still brewing 'curly head', I'd love to get my hands on a newer bottle to do a delayed vertical.

May 03, 2006
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Dukeofearl from California

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased at iTIme Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. for $5.99 in February 2006. Reviewed a few days after this brewery's Bottleworks Blonde, which was really very good.

Pours a bright yellow, almost flourescent. Almost scary in it's yellowness. A slight golden cast saves it from true scariness! Carbonation is flat and minimal- there's some there, but it needs a vigorous pour to make much happen. A very thin bit of bubbles at the top are the best it can do.

Aroma is honey, pineapple, and pear nectar. A slight spiciness is present, but it really takes a back seat.

Flavor is a follow-through of the honey-fruit, with a decent pepper spiciness that offsets the sweetness fairly well. Lemon tartness and some other spices (coriander?) are also along for the ride. I find minimal to no hops in this puppy.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, slightly honey-like.

Alcohol is very very very well hidden (speaking of scary).

Overall a good beer, much enjoyed, but not as good as the blonde. I have a feeling that this one has past its prime, and is not what it originally was.

Mar 07, 2006
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silenius from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden brass with particulate yeast dancing about in it. The generous head lowers to a blanket over the beer. Nice lacing.

Smell is very light. I get a hint of lavender, clove, and phenolic bubblegum.

Hops are noticed on the back end. It starts sharp lemon twinge that lasts half a second then segues into a medium-sweet flavor of floral honey with a nice thick mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Alcohol is very well hidden. I was surprised to read this is 9.8% ABV.

Very drinkable. I will buy this one more often.

Jan 21, 2005
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amicar from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing orange pour with dense white head of fine bubbles and yeast from the bottom of the bottle hitching a ride. That smell is something powerful; Reminds me of carmelized candied fruits; figs come to mind; so does barnyard smells. The taste is again like dark candied fruits, soy, licorice. Feels smooth and a little syrupy in the mouth. The alcohol bite starts to get noticable as it warms. Hard to have more than one of these guys, although very interesting.

a very intriguing beer; this one will challenge you for the sheer number of new flavors you will meet.

May 24, 2006
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, very lightly peachy straw color with a finger of head white head that falls to a full coat, with an island of big bubbles. Nose is interesting. I get notes of estery banana, moderate puffs of alcohol, and a touch of grainy husk. I expected a touch of lemon and a stronger sweetness. Flavor is a little harsh. Initially I get a harsh spice from the alcohol and a touch of a grainy bite. This moves to a raisiney sweetness, with just a hint of banana ester on the finish. The finish is a touch bitter, to slightly astringent. Its also got a very odd aftertaste. I'd describe it as almost like the flavor of the shell of a walnut and even a touch cardboardy, but not like oxidation. Its interesting. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. The only real tell on the alcohol is in the nose. It warms my stomach and I can feel the alcohol going to my head a touch as I drink it. This one is okay. Its not really doing anything to jump out at me and make me remember it in the future.

Apr 04, 2006
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. 2004 vintage.

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized lightly off white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of yeast, apples, bananas, and spices. Tastes of apples (tart and then lightly sweet), all around fruity, light spices and light yeast. Alcohol well hidden.

Notes from: 12/1/06

Dec 17, 2008
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TheBungyo from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 2002.
A nice little head on the pour. Body is pale gold and looks nice. There's a smattering of lacing that reminds me of continental shapes. Nose is faint but I can detect some sharp alcohol mingled with honey, pear juice and lemon. Pretty nice.
Taste is more of the same though the alcohol is very well hidden. There's a bit of grain at the end and coriander also comes through very strong, maybe a bit too much for my taste. Mouth great ... you have to work at this to swallow it and I love it! This is pretty drinkable, but the coriander might become a bit much for me after a while.

Jul 23, 2006
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styrene from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a slender bottle (different from that in the photo) into an Achel glass.

Appearance: Perfect orange-y tripel color, substantial head that leaves a patchy, frothy lace as it disappears. There's a fair amount of yeast (for a tripel) suspended in the liquid. Active carbonation visible.

Smell: malty, with a bit of underlying alcohol

Taste: Light and citrusy at first, then a bit grassy, finally a bit thick and bready in the finish. Very well balanced, not too sweet, and the alcohol is well-concealed under the mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth, almost creamy. Exceedingly pleasant.

Drinkability: Ultimately, this beer seems a bit lighter than the standard tripel. This lightness enhances the beer's drinkability.

All in all this is a lovely tripel, and I was pleasantly surprised. Can't stand that 'bottleworks' name, though...

Apr 24, 2006
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My cousin obtained this bottle through a trade and shared it with me the other night. The bottle was a 705 ml/corked and caged. The beer poured a hazy golden color with good lacing and a thick white head. The initial aroma was mainly of the cork as I think it was too wet and the beer took on a character of the cork. There were also some touches of belgian yeast. The first taste also started off mainly being dominated by cork but after a refill I got a more pure taste of yeast and some citrus and spice notes. The overall taste was positive and a nice tripel, despite the initial corky nose and taste.

Aug 25, 2006
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IntriqKen from California

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pineapple orange with a disappointing head for a belgium tripel. Melts to fine lacing.
Aroma is belgium sweet yeasts and sweet citrus fruits.
Taste is strangely citrus, cloves, and medicinal alcohol.
Very drying on the tongue with a bitter citrus aftertaste.
Disappointing as a tripel, IMHO. Flavors are too unusual and unbalanced. Bottleworks makes much better beers than this one.

Jul 03, 2006
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masikon from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty blonde with a white head of moderate density. Nose was straightforward with slight melon aromas as well as a bit of alcohol. Taste is simple and easy drinking for the style, subtle fruits and a bit more sweet sugary backbone than expected, flavors are well balanced and not overwhelming. A good intro to the style, easy to drink and pleasant with nothing off-putting...could be more complex.

Jan 27, 2006
Bottleworks Tripel Krullekop from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 30 ratings