Tripel | DESTIHL Brewery

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Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A very pale/light-colored Belgian Abbey ale finishing lightly sweet with medium body and nice malt/hop balance, mainly characterized by a complex yet mild spicy character with yeast-generated fruity banana, pineapple and tropical fruit esters being present.

28 IBU

Added by zeff80 on 07-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Brant:
Photo of Brant
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hooo...Overall I did not like this particular tripel.

Pours a pleasant honey/copper color, around 1 finger head. Smells of apples and grapes, raisins. This had an initial burst of fruity goodness but quickly tapered off into a long crackery, sour taste. Felt a little syrupy in my mouth, which I can give or take. I will admit that I did not drink the whole bottle (don't judge me!). I won't be going back to this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice tripel pours a lightly murky dark gold/
light amber tinged color with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thick layer, and nice lacing. Nose of banana, light clove, pineapple, mango, strong booze,
and candy sugars. Flavors exceed the nose with pineapple and light clove notes on the fore
and middle, light pear notes fall off on the sides with warming booze, and finish with a subtle
apple and grassy hop note on the rear. Nice mouth feel, slick, medium light carbonation, and
nicely warming. Overall the best of the Belgian style I have had from this brewery.


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Photo of dukeandduke
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5/6/18: 1 Pint 0.7 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods Lincoln Park $6.99 + tax. Poured into large beer, dark blonde, generous light white puffy head, rich creamy, solid carbonation. Very sweet bread and fruit aroma, brown sugar. Very strong sweet bread taste, honey and sugar, very sweet. Carbonation holds, solid mouth feel, easy drinking. Strong ABV hidden. Overall good beer, too sweet for my taste, but quality and if you like a sweet triple, this is one to pick up,

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Destihl tulip.
ii% ABV, 30 IBUs

A - With a deep golden hue and towering white head that shrouds the glass in lacing, this beautiful and clear tripel most definitely looks the part!

S - Right outta the gate, Destihl's tripel nails the iconic Belgian yeast aroma that's inviting and classic. Belgian pale malt is laced with sweet honey-drizzled biscuit and unfermented candi sugar with nuances of clove, wet clay, white pepper, and banana yeast characteristics with subtle tropical fruits trailing in the background.

T - The flavor is a drastic departure from the aroma, leading with earthy and slightly spicy hop balance that's most certainly devoid in aromatics. The bold sweetness is almost entirely balanced out leaving more of a dry toast flavor with tropical fruits and light spices finishing out; far less Belgian yeast in flavor than the aroma offers.

M - While the aroma is big and sweet, the flavor and feel are far more balanced with a dry alcohol finish as this 11% tripel is a bit bigger than most Belgian counterparts. A good level of carbonation is neither flat nor effervescent but right in the middle, carrying the myriad of flavors across the palate to the smooth finish.

O - It's been quite some time since I've experienced this type of olfactory orgasm from any beer, let alone a state-side Belgian-style tripel. Destihl his the mark across the board on this beer as they bring together all the characteristics that make a tripel unique into one well-made brew. This is one of the finer tripels you'll have the chance to try.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. pours a medium orange amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of mildly bready malt, orange citrus, light stone fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander and clove. Flavor is sweet-tart orange citrus and apricot, banana, clove and coriander, developing an interesting light biscuity flavor in the finish, which is spicy and slightly boozy. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nicely done domestic tripel, with an interesting fruit and malt base and Belgian yeast and spicing. I liked this quite a bit.

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Photo of mcdsports
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bushbeer75
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.7 oz (500ml) brown bottle

Destihl Tripel Ale filled my tulip glass with a slight cloudy pale warm gold. Atop sat a 1 1/2-finger foamy off-white head that held well and left behind sticky lacing. Aromas of light fruit and citrus, i.e., lemon, banana, pineapple, peach, were up front followed by yeast and mild spice from clove. The taste is very similar to the nose with a nice malt hop balance and a light pleasant sweet finish. The mouth feel is light-medium with a medium carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, a decent triple, however not my favorite of the style. The Ale is very drinkable for having a 11abv.

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Photo of deac83
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of moodyxc9
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vixie
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold color, more a honey like shade of gold. There is a bit of a white head, and not a lot of bubbles.

To me, the smell at first was bread like. Smelled of fresh bread dough, but as I sniff more of it, there is some underlying fruit there as well.

Starts out spicy, quite a bit of pepper going on. There is a sweetness there, and a touch of fruit.

The feel was thin for the style, I should feel the effects of carbonation from it, but bit low in that department.

Overall, this one misses the mark for the style. A good triple has a nice balance of fruit and spice, this one is lacking the fruit, so tips heavily towards the spice. There is a but if a funky taste as well, it almost tastes like Belgian candy sugar, but with an off flavor. I had hoped for a winner here, as this brewery isn't far from where i live, but have to classify this as another triple that misses the mark.

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Photo of cardinals22
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Czequershuus
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thus beer pours a pale amber orange with medium head. The aromas are of banana, butter, brown sugar, caramel, allspice, clove, gooseberry, and white grape. The flavor hits you first with a blast of spice - clove, allspice, black pepper - as well as a strong flavor of brown sugar and butter, with just a touch of overripe banana. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Overall this is a decent beer, but a touch of out balance, with so much sweey spice character and so little fruit and funk.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tariq1
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I bought a growler of this one directly from the brewpub in town--I'm glad I did! The beer pours a lovely honey gold with an attractive orange glow. The head is a pillowy finger and a half that holds very nicely and turns into a thick, soft lacing.
S: The Belgian yeast is the first scent to hit the nose, followed by some pineapple and orange notes, as well as some spices, coriander and clove. It smells quite pleasant, though not exciting.
T: A beautiful malty backbone, biscuity, sweet, and smooth hits hard upon the first sip--a pleasant surprise for a guy who often prefers a darker beer. The traditional Belgian flavors along with a soft and fruity hop bouquet then start to appear, complementing the richness of the malt perfectly and adding a beautiful depth--it seems that the high alcohol content plays into this stage well, piercing through the malt and then settling as the softer flavors come out. The orange and pineapple and spices that were on the nose come into play, and the sip turns into a mouthful of well-developed flavors that are neither too bold nor too reserved--a very enjoyable balance. The finish is crisp and dry apart from a yeasty presence on the far back of the tongue which lingers for a while after drinking. A hefty burp at the end then brings back the sweet fruits and honeyish malt and urges you to pour another glass!
M: The viscosity of the beer matches perfectly with the taste and the color, I think. Being so heavily armed with flavor, the beer has a nice subtle viscous texture which gives the sense of drinking something which necessitated a great deal of ingredients--and being a tripel, it did! It could substitute for a meal--at least I think so...
O: Wonderful. After the second glass this beer has joined the upper echelons of my beer rankings and I do hope to drink of it again soon. A remarkable beer done very smartly by an upcoming brewery out of central Illinois. Give it a taste!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/5/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, pepper, clove, light banana, honey, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, pepper, clove, light banana, honey, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of pepper/clove yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, pepper, clove, honey, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white, head of bubbly foam. It left some sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It had a strong yeast aroma. Nice grain aroma with pineapple and banana notes.

T - A great blend of sweet and spicy. Spicy and yeasty at first sip with caramel sweetness. Some tartness comes in pineapple flavors. Some banana flavors were present, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warming alcohol presence and a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good tripel. Destihl has some nice brews.

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Photo of Mistro
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of NateMac13
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a very light haze and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite attractive indeed!

Smell: sweet and malty with a little bit of orchardy character and a nicely piquant hop element. The green, grassy hops remind me a little bit of saison Dupont, so you know I'm into it despite being not 100% to-style.

Taste: sweet malty but with a big, almost sharp hop character. I like it, but it is bordering on too much hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer, but it's getting close to dangerously out-of-style with its hop complement. That said, I do enjoy the experimentation here.

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Photo of soxfan02
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Tripel from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 40 ratings