Tropical Tripel
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Style:
Tripel
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 11.66%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
295
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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  18
SCORE
86
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Notes: Brewed with Wayne Wambles.
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. White head with splattered lace.

Dark copper gold color. Clear.

The peaches have really faded. The coconut still shows. Not a typical tripel. Abv shows. Some spices and bananas. Probably past its prime.

Jan 30, 2021
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cosmicevan from New York

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

And the cellar cleaning...continues...this is bottle number 3. As someone who.doesnt like coconut I dont know why I have this, but I have had it for a while. At this point fairly syrupy and syrupy triple dominates the taste. Peaches you say?....sure...I guess so. Coconut you say?...yeah I guess I get some coconut, nothing is really overpowering beyond the fact that this is a triple from 2013(?) and as such has really become rich thick and syrupy. Never had it fresh so can't say what time has really done to it. It isn't bad enough that I couldn't finish the bottle if I wanted but why. Kinda like pina colada I suppose...

Feb 24, 2018
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nickfl from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A strong, fruity aroma that blends well with the base beer. I'm a bit surprised by all the bad reviews, maybe it's improved with age? It comes across nicely.

May 27, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

crazy this cigar city collaboration was still sitting on a shelf down in colorado springs, covered in dust, nice find! decent beer too, although i suspect its changed a bit, coconut and peach as the additives, solid basic tripel at its base. its really sweet from the peaches, sweeter than the normal style, which i already often find sugary. lovely in the glass though, with a tall white head, lasts the whole drink. the peach flavor has faded a lot i assume, but the sweetness is still there, less flattering like that. the coconut is still there though, more earthy and nutty than sweet and milky, which is a nice contrast and steers the tripel in a cool new direction. wheat is the grain i taste the most of, and the yeast is ad weird as it always is from these guys. its belgian, but theres a lot more going on than just that, some mild spice goes with the peach, and the fruitiness is also compatible. neat beer, but a bottle to share if you still have one due to the sweet and the heat, the booze does show through a little bit. cool to see coconut it a light colored beer, let alone a belgian one, very uncommon, but it fits super well. i dug this quite a bit, but wished it were drier.

Feb 08, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

portion of a 750ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours the color of honey; hazy.

Aroma: spot on given the "Tropical Tripel": there's a substantial note of coconut, pineapple, citrus and other tropical fruits plus a Belgian tripel in the background. A subtle trace of oak.

Flavor: the base ale makes a stronger appearance in tasting where it is nicely balanced by the fruits and a hint of coconut. Appropriately sweet but eventually leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Apr 08, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, grape juice, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, caramel, spice, and grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fruit presence, but I am not really getting any tropical qualities in the smell or taste.

Mar 13, 2014
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asaharyev from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Nice fluffy head atop a goldenrod body. Looks really nice.

Aroma: Not as much as expected in the aroma. Sweet fruit and Belgian yeast funk. There is a touch of coconut if I really search for it, but I really have to search for it.

Taste: Some typical tripel notes like sweet candy, and a bit of tartness, along with some funk. There is also a much more present coconut flavor than in the aroma, which comes out more as the beer warms. The peach is hiding in there somewhere, I’m sure, but I can’t really identify it. Some of the oak from aging comes through in the aftertaste.

Overall: Coconut really isn’t my thing, so that threw me off as I drank and the coconut came through more and more. However, the beer is well constructed, and seems very intentional, so if you like coconut, I suppose you should try to find this somewhere.

Feb 16, 2014
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$15.99 for a 750ml corked and caged bottle @ BevCo. Belgian tripel aged on medium toasted oak chips with toasted coconut and peaches, collaboration brew between Cigar City and De Proef. Fermented with "a classic trappist yeast" and Brett Brux III, magnum and simcoe during the boil, along with lactose and Belgian candi sugar.
9.5% ABV.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a tall peaking whipped light yellow head with superior retention and lacing due in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The note has a strong Brett character, which gives way to rotting peaches and candied peaches. Mouthfeel is prickly with a light body. Finish is dry. The taste opens with lots of brett character, horse blanket, candied and rotting fruits, moderate firm bitterness, fruity citrusy hops, a touch of buttery oak in the finish, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. I would have no idea that this was brewed with coconut. Tart and metallic mouthfeel in the aftertaste. Peppery alcohol is definitely felt. It's definitely rough. Tannic harshness.

The bitterness, overt hoppiness, tart acidity, metallic note, harsh alcohols and the brett don't really sit well together. More of a Belgian IPA. As a tripel, it fails. A curious experiment, but I definitely wouldn't buy this again.

Feb 15, 2014
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BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes: 2nd weekend in August, 2013.

750ml brown bottle with a nice summer time looking label. Tropical looking artwork suits its name very well. Bottle is of the highest quality, thick and massive. Synthetic cork was quite easy to pop. Not sure how I feel about them, but hey it does its job. Poured into a Belgian style stemmed Tulip glass.

A - bright golden orange body in the light with the haziness giving it some gloom when out of the light. Fluffy but foamy off white head looks beautiful sitting on top. Massive and takes its time settling. Leaves very nice stick as it crawls its way slowly down the glass.

S - toasted coconut whiffs up front followed by grains of paradise, orange, peach, mango, and a hint of pineapple. Very topical fruit forward aroma going on. The Belgian style yeast is spot on and never dominating the tropical whiffs. Rather sitting back and paired with a sweet bready character almost guiding the whiffs of tropical goodness through the nose. Very nice.

T - flavor immediately starts with a big splash of peach. Orange, mango, and pineapple follow quickly, but are secondary notes to the busting peach flavor. Toasted coconut flavor almost has a toasted oak like character. Toward the middle sees the addition of bitter like citrusy hop flavor paired with the peach and tropical fruits. Belgian yeast is very well done with a sugary sweet Belgian style bread like malt flowing smooth in the back drop. Alcohol esters with all the fruit, coconut/oak takes on a rum like booziness which is brilliant in this. Finish is Brett like dry.

M - medium full body that is stunning in terms of complexity and texture all while staying balanced. Alcohol Booz is present, but it lets off those oak/rum notes that just add to the overall quality this ale has. This is a perfect late summer release and is highly enjoyable. It coats overly well and carries an excellent texture/thickness.

O - most collaborations miss the mark for me. Almost great brewers coming together and instead of crafting a great beer they try to put too much into it from both sides and you end up with some way too crazy and complex yet so different the final product just doesn't have enough in common to be great. This isn't the case. This is one of those rare collaborations that was just meant to be. Idk if its a Tripel, more a wild like ale for me with its Belgian roots and American boldness. It's damn good, and almost a shame such a great beer is a 1 time deal. If this ever does see the light of day again ill buy multiple bottles. It's just well thought out by 2 top brewers and crafted to perfection.

Jan 06, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted oak and peaches are present in the nose along with some hints of coconuts.
T: The taste is similar to smell, with dominant flavors of peaches and toasted coconut along with hints of coconuts and candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very interesting mix of flavors, some of which definitely make this taste like a "tropical" tripel.

Jan 01, 2014
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VincentFrey from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour / Appearance: Corked and caged bottle into a Heavy Seas tulip. Cork was removed by hand with a slight pop. Poured with heavy head into the tulip. Head sticks around nicely, actually. Heavy aroma at opening. Pours a clear gold. A nice looking beer and pretty much perfectly to style, even with the odd additions and age.

Aroma: Peach and some hints of mango, with a light but assertive hop character for this style of beer. Oddly not much banana, bubblegum, clove, or funk, which is what I'd expect from the trappist yeast and brux III. Huh! Some darker notes, likely the kandi sugar and bits of crystal. No real coconut or wood, but definite fruit.

Flavor: Well definite coconut right up front, along with banana and some hints of barnyard funk. Hop presence is subdued, but the bittering aspect balances this nicely. Slight alcohol burn on the back of the throat, but at 9.5% it's hard to hide in a light beer. Some vanilla-oak notes which hold the traditional tripel flavors and the fruit / hop additions together. Frankly if it weren't labeled a tripel I'd chalk this up to being an American Strong Ale. Still, it's a good bit too sweet for me, and the heavily varying flavors (no matter what the oak does) provide more distraction than enhancement.

Overall: A very interesting beer that I feel like only Cigar City would really produce. De Proef's Belgian origins come through, but it's hard to call this a tripel. A good beer I'd drink again, but won't go seeking out.

Bottom Line: Buy if you like weird takes on Belgians or experiments with the strong ale style. Try if you like De Proef or Cigar City.

Dec 31, 2013
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, bright golden hued, lush, creamy white head, leaving lace behind. Looks great.

Aroma: Sour hits first, with sweet swiftly on it's heels. An intriguingly wicked funky twist from the yeast, Brux III, they tell us, with the fruit closing in from behind. Oak effects rounds it out, holds it in, keeps it nailed down. Liking this.

Taste: Here, the sour twist and the sweet peach notes come together and land on the palate just so. Floods the mouth with complexities and delights. So many interesting tricks on the tongue. A little wild, a bit fruity, graced with the barrel's work. So many things happening that I don't notice when the 9.5% ABV comes barreling down on the brain. Boom, boom. Okay, take it slow….but, it tastes so good…come on, slow it down…you can do it.

Apart from that alcoholic spike, I really dig this one. The coconut does not stick out in the least, lays in the background, meshed with the peach profile. Hops are doing their own thing, too, but the yeast, fruit and oak are the true stars here. So tasty, so delicious, I am loving this. One of my favorite new beers. Favorite new beer of 2013? Maybe I should think about that? I totally forgot to in the past two years. Maybe, maybe.

Get a bomber, put on your swimsuit, hit the plastic pool, and put some zinc on your nose. Me, I'm enjoying this on tap before I head out into…hold on, now…nine degrees below zero. Yes, December in Minnesota. The Tropical Tripel will fortify me before I head off into the frozen wasteland. Wish me luck…

Here's more info from the label: "Tropical Tripel was brewed with a classic Trappist yeast and the lesser known Brux III strain of Brettanomyces. During the boil Magnum and Simcoe hops were added along with Belgian candy sugar and lactose for added mouthfeel, then it's finished with additions of toasted cocoanut, dried peaces, and medium toasted oak. We hope you enjoy this collaboration of brewing styles, cultures, and climates!" 9.5% ABV.

Dec 25, 2013
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When something with the words "Cigar City" on the label shows up locally, I feel a bestial compulsion to seek it out & drink it. So that's how we got here. Zombie-braining 750ML bottle with a plastic cork split with my wife.

Pour is extra pale orange with enough foam & carbonation for a couple of beers. Nose comes through fruity, & there's more peach in this beer than I can recall from any other. So there's that & a metric yard of sweetness.

Tropical Tripel is something I wish we'd see more of: twists on classical Belgian styles. The peach comes through in clubs with a heaping backing of candied sugar. Peppery yeasts leaven some of the sweetness, & there's a smattering of white grape juice, miscellaneous dollar-store tropical fruits. Syrupy. Easier to drink than sharing a love potion a hot waitress. In leather. With...ooops, sorry.

Love the peach & it sets of the yeast nicely. I could totally see sipping this while sitting in the sand at Indian Rocks Beach watching the girls chase shells. Very good beer.

Dec 24, 2013
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a unibroue chalice.

A: Hazy golden color. two inches of creamy white head retain very well. Thin broken rings of lacing are firmly fixed upon the glass.

S: Juicy peach is the dominant aroma, and a good one at that. Very fresh smelling and vivid. Milky coconut pulls out of the background only now and then. Dry oaky smell with suggestions of woody vanilla. Doughy malt base and faint yeast.

T: Juicy peach is at the forefront of the attack, but it is soon cut by a strong yeasty push that was largely absent on the nose. Clovey phenols cut through as well. Coconut is as meek as it was on the nose. Doughy malt base. Mild solvent alcohol kick. Dry oak and woody vanilla do a great job of countering and balancing the peach sweetness. Doughy malts and lingering peach juice on the finish, along with faint drying oak.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy, round, and even a little chewy. Crisp bite of carbonation. Drinks very easily despite the extra heft the body brings.

O: The juicy peach tastes are really the focal point of this beer, but it still does a good job of staying grounded and letting the base beer come through just enough. Not a thinking man's beer by any means, but it delivers a pleasantly straightforward fruit-centric drinking experience.

Dec 22, 2013
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - It's a couple shades lighter than most tripels. It has a fluffy white head with good lacing.

S - Definitely a lot of Belgian yeast esters, pineapple juicyness, a peachy sweetness, light oak and a whisper of coconut.

T - Tropical, candied sugars (not over the top sweet), peachy and oak.

M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Has a wet finish, smooth.

O - I'm loving this deviation from the classic tripel. Very quenching to my thirst and really a joy to drink.

Dec 06, 2013
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, South Loop, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

The "tropical" is more of a gimmick in this Belgian ale than anything else: the coconut is vaguely present (though moreso than in some other coconut beers) and the peaches (even though they're not remotely tropical) only slightly moreso. This wasn't a bad ale, and certainly an intriguing concept, but it doesn't come across as anything special, and for the price ($16 per 750ml bottle), it is not worth purchasing again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small-sized bubbles that give an overall appearance of something frothy. Head retention is below average, lasting just about thirty seconds, quickly falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and some super-thin, hazy swirls of lace resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing along the sides of the glass is fairly good, with a semi-dense matrix of dots clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dirty dishwater golden brown, with light bringing out paler golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body.

Aroma of musty basement mixed with old, dried peaches, other fruity esters at a lesser concentration (apple, pear in particular), mild Brettanomyces phenolics (burnt plastic), ethanol, and mild coconut juice. The aroma feels heavy, dense, musky. Definitely not bright, estery, and fruity as in traditional tripels, but interesting and enjoyable in its own way.

Front of palate finds basement mustiness, Brett phenolics, light sweetness either from malt or candy sugar, and modest hints of peach. Mid-palate is a mixture of coconut juice, Brettanomyces phenolics (burnt plastic), ethanol, candy sugar sweetness, basement mustiness, and mealy apples. Back of palate detects basement mustiness, Brettanomyces-created phenolics, ethanol, white pepper, and modest peach and apple flavors. Aftertaste of mild bitterness, ethanol, coconut juice, and a bit of biscuit-like maltiness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a slightly foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2) mouthfeel that is enjoyable, though perhaps a bit undercarbonated for the style. Ethanol is moderately felt in the nostrils and on the palate, a bit disappointing in its obviousness. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Nov 16, 2013
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tsauce2 from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at La Margarita, Fountain Square, Indianapolis on 11/01/2013.

P: On tap in to a 10 fl oz snifter.

A: SRM is a robust golden yellow. Translucent. Head is white, covering top of beer. Beer poured to top of glass. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, oak, Belgian yeast esters.

T: Follow nose. Fruit was very natural, not overly sweet. Oak nicely pronounced. Aftertaste is fruit, oak, clove, vanilla.

M: Medium body. Feel is lightened up a bit by fruit flavors; oak adds to depth of feel.

O: Very nice and easy drinking. Does not taste 9.5%. Would have this again in a heartbeat.

Nov 02, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice creamy rich 1.5 finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy lacing and overall retention. mostly clear but sediment laden honey wheat orange colored.

NOse is very tropicaly, lots of coconut too, big pineapple and peach, smells like a tropical drink you would have on the beach in Cancun, nice toasted aroma, toasted coconut and toasted oak, nice juicy fruit with more mango and peach, little generic tropical fruit, mild grainy malt and sweetness, a little lactose even in the aroma, hints of spices and mild esters.

Taste is very strange, candi sugar right off, semi sweet but a big candy syrupy like character, like a sugar water candi sugar and candied fruits, with candy as the key word. Rock candy especially. Then fruits, mild fruits overall, a nice but mild citrus, some tropical fruits like a little mango and plenty of coconut, toasted coconut and mild creamy lactose as well. Some mild toasted oak chips,
a little oak mostly toasted character. Malts are light, a little sweet malt character, little toasty blond malt and just a hint grainy. Also are mild tripel like spices and hint of esters. TOwards the back end a touch of phenols too, with mild booze warmth. FInish is sticky sweet, little bit more lactose, more candi sugar and rock candy, more mild tropical fruit and citrus like, a bit of a spicy hop character this time, with a little peach finally and more mango like fruits, a bit of toasted oak and toasted coconut. Oak comes out a bit more as it warms and gets a little estery oaky.

Mouth is med bod, nice popping carbonation.

Overall really interesting, a lot going on but hard to really balance it all out, gets a bit too much in the end but still a lot of good flavors.

Oct 30, 2013
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark golden color with a staying 1 finger head and great lacing
S-sweet candy sugar malts ,coconut earthy smells
T-sweet candi sugar with great tropical hops yeast malts coconut slight peach juice a citrus and dank taste
M- nicely carbonated sweet with slight coconut
O-nicely done twist on this tripel a bit pricey thou worth a try

Oct 24, 2013
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a teku glass.

pours a dark copper with a slight head. smell is extremely pineappley, wow! the taste is up front tropical fruit but finishes big and boozy. definitely full bodied. not a beer you can drink quickly, even though it is very sweet. mild carbonation.

overall a fruity tripel that definitely still retains the characteristics true to style. recommended.

Oct 22, 2013
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srhoadsy from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw color with half an inch airy beige head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of coconut, candied citrus peel and a hint of minerals.

Flavors of toasted coconut, spiced rum, citrus and an earthy, mineral background.

Medium to heavy bodied with a sweet, viscous finish. Moderate carbonation and a mild aftertaste.

A very interesting beer. If you like Malibu, you would probably like this beer. Not something I would drink everyday, but as a pairing or for something different, it would make a nice choice.

Oct 21, 2013
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JGlitz87 from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at the Meddlesome Moth 10/19/13

A: Yellowish orange with small white head. Very clear

S: Hoppy citrusy. Peach and vanilla notes as well.

T: Lots of peach and vanilla. Interesting profile for a beer, unlike much else I have ever had. Smooth and well balanced, Hops and pine flavors combine well with the citrus elements.

F: Light body and carbonation

O: Living in Texas I do not get the chance to have much Cigar City. This collaboration excites me to try more of their stuff. Exceptional beer.

Oct 19, 2013
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Levich from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a goblet.

This beer pours a rosy golden color, deeper and darker than a typical Tripel. There is a lacy bone colored head which dissipates slowly leaving it's sticky residue on the glass. The smell is fruity esters, banana and a hint of clove. The flavor packs way more than the aroma. The coconut and peach flavors come first. Then the dry slightly acrid oak and brett dries the fruit out. It finishes with a return of the fruit with the addition of a hint of mango. The mouthfeel is good. Rich and luxurious without being heavy. The carbonation kind of explodes on the tongue creating an envelope of froth, making it seem creamy and light at the same time.

Overall, I really like this beer. There is a bit too much oak for me, but it is very drinkable. It definitely lives up to the "tropical" part. The "tripel" is left behind a bit.

Oct 18, 2013
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prototypic from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tropical Tripel is a collision of orange and gold. It is rather hazy. There might even be a few specs of yeast swimming around. Backlighting gives it more of an orange, slightly amber look. A soft white head covers the top. It stands just under a finger tall and is quick to recede to a surface covering. Lacing was little sticky, but lighter.

It smells very fruity and sweet up front. Orange, pineapple, and peach notes are readily apparently throughout. There might even be a little white grape here. It features strong earthy, grainy, and musky scents. I know Brett is in the mix, but it doesn’t smell very funky. It does feature that classic Belgian yeast spiciness. Clove and pepper are the most notable spices. Unfortunately, I’m not getting any coconut. That’s slightly disappointing. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but it doesn’t come through all that strong.

The flavor is pretty impressive. The strong fruit flavors kick things off. Peach, orange, pineapple, and even apple flavors are present. They blend nicely with the Belgian yeast spicy notes of clove and pepper. I expected they might be at odds, but that’s not the case. It is very earthy, grainy, and musky. Despite the presence of Brett, it’s really not funky. Perhaps it’s just masked by the fruit and spice flavors. I actually am getting some coconut flavor here, and I like it. This beer’s all the better for it. Good stuff. Alcohol is there. It’s not really warm or hot though. Just there. Finishes fruity, spicy, and earthy.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is nice and soft. It’s maybe just a tad thin to really feel smooth. Nevertheless, it goes down pretty easy, especially for a beer of its size. Not bad at all.

Tropical Tripel is a pretty good collaborative effort between De Proef and the fellas from Cigar City. Despite the fact that it is sweet and incorporates some interesting twists to the Tripel style (peach and coconut), it works! It’s tasty beer that’s really growing on me with each passing sip. Easy recommendation.

Oct 13, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

2.4/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a deep orange color, transparent, with a nice white head. The head retention was good.

S: Overly sweet with passion and tropical fruits. Lots of biscuit here.

T: WTF?!. This beer started out sweet, biscuity, cloying as fuck. A big malty presence, sweet, lingering syrupy bitterness and sweetness. Blah. The only saving grace for this beer is the fresh tropical fruit notes. The finish is long, sweet, cloying, bitter, lingering syrupy mess.

M: Medium bodied, heavy sweetness and biscuit malty, a lingering obnoxious bittering, cloying sweetness. Rancid drain pour.

O: A horrible example of the style. WTF? Did these guys not even read the basic guidelines for the style because it met none of them? It had no resemblance of a "true" Tripel. Like I said, the only saving grace for this beer was the fresh tropical fruits which attempted to disguise the sweet, cloying, syrupy mess.

Oct 06, 2013
Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 295 ratings