Tropical Tripel | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Wayne Wambles.

Added by mwilbur on 06-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
285
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
20
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a tulip, medium amber body, lines of bubbles stream from the bottom; full head of ivory fluff, left lacing down the glass

S: sweet pale fruits and biscuit yeasts, some resin and earthy notes as well

T: lots of stuff going on here, as was the idea - tripel-esque malts provide a rustic grain base for the rest of the gang: fresh wet orchard green apple and peach, hints of musky pine and dank musty sheets, tart chewy yeast, hints of toast and coconut, oaky woods and dry barrels

M: medium-full bodied, ample carbonation, tart and slightly tacky, refreshing and fulfilling

O: a well-made tripel with great complexity. Had to come back to this to review after having time to really appreciate this brew. These guys have done a masterful job of tweaking the tripel. Not a traditional tripel, of course, but an adventurous take that rewards those fortunate enough to get some. This is top 10 tripel material, for sure. Go for it.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jman005
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Slightly hazy light orange color. Maybe a little hint of light yellow in there. Good looking beer, always like to see a little haze. Very clean overall though.

S - The smell on this just blows me away. It's is a tropical paradise, getting some coconut and mango/tropical fruit sweetness. A nice hop aroma hits aiding in the tropical notes and giving it a little dankness. Delightful smell.

T - The taste also knocks me out on this..following the nose basically with a soft bitterness. Getting some coconut in the back end. Absolutely no alcohol presence for a 9.5er. Finishes nice and dry.

M - This beer goes down nice, slight enhanced mouth feel I'm sure from the coconut. It is nice, not much else to say.

Overall this beer is great! I would highly recommend it, while the price point is pretty high at 16.99, I can almost justify it for this beer. Mostly a b-day treat for me though, glad I tried it!

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice tropical oak notes to this beer. Absolutely delicious triple!

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwilbur
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. A collaboration beer between Dirk Naudts (De Proef) and Wayne Wambles (CCB).
A: Pours a clear yellow-orange with moderate carbonation jets producing a 1 inch bubbly white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Soft melon (a trademark of De Proef and yet here is appropriately more subdued than usual...blending well with the other elements), honey, sweet citrus, white pepper, and (with warming) peach. With additional warming, notes of toasted oak and coconut emerge.
T: Peaches and cream, candi sugar, toasted oak, coconut, mild brett sourness, and in the background you'll find a stronger hop (Simcoe) presence of pine bitterness.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the ABV. Sticky sweetness melds with bitter and dry hop notes. Fairly refreshing. Lingers nicely on the palate (peaches, cream, coconut).
D: I have full faith in De Proef, and yet I was a bit doubtful this one could deliver on its promise (a tripel with brett, peaches, coconut, and oak...how could this possibly work?!?!). However, this brew is deftly crafted...perfect balance of the flavor profile. I recommend allowing this one to warm a bit to fully enjoy the spectrum of flavor as well as to allow for a better balancing. This one is a more subtle beer, which serves it well. Gotta love the creativity and FL flavor influence/sense of place Wayne brings to this brew. Seek it out!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Mayor in Fort Collins.

Tropical Tripel is a hazy amber orange with a half inch of creamy white head. It settles slowly and leaves a perfect sheet of lace on the inside if the glass.

Aroma is fruity, tropical in a way, in with a fantastic Belgian yeast character

Flavor is bold but still in keeping with the Tripel style. Pale likened malts and lots of it. Balanced by a healthy dose of fruity hops and that bitterness that comes with them. Great depth and balance, expertly constructed.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall an excellent tripel. I was hesitant to buy this at the store due to the high price ans modest reviews but I may have to reconsider.

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