Hertog Jan Tripel
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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3.67 | pDev: 13.08%
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Dzu from Russian Federation

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 0.5 l bottle into goblet.
L: Light amber with a weak foam head.
S: Spices, peach.
T: Not a classic tripel taste, lacks a depth. Taste is too simple.
F: Mediuam body, weak carbonation.
O: Expected more from this one.

Oct 07, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light orange colour with a very modest head of foam. Smell of overripe banana, alcohol and malt. Same flavours return in the taste, which is nice in the beginning, but gets weary after a while. Mouth feel is quite smooth though. Not a bad beer, but some more complexity would have been nice. It's a bit too sweet for me and the alcohol and banana (ergo rotten banana) are too dominating.

Apr 27, 2016
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davidperez from Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours an amber yellow, almost completely clear, with a thin head, white, with small retention.

The bouquet is of banana and bubblegum esters, caramel, honey, a bit of spiciness as in clove, malty breadiness.

Upfront you sense a high carbonation, not excessive, just high. Sweet notes come through at first, caramel, honey, bubblegum, malty sweetness, and an underlying spicy note goes along with the sweet notes. Soon afterwards some earthy bitterness balances the beer, and rapidly the flavor goes into the aftertaste, bittersweet, with no so-discernable notes, and long. A little bit of bitterness ends up coating your palate.
Light body, slightly smooth, high carbonation.

Although it lacked complexity, not a bad beer to have; but definitely a subpar to the true examples within the style.

Apr 22, 2016
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whatthehull from California

4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 50cl bottle

A - Bright copper, half finger white head and a bit of lacing/legs

S - Wild water (like from a creek), Belgian yeast, sugar, fresh baked bread, sweet malts, dry grains, earthy hops and a slight booze note.

T - Sugar, belgian yeast, white and red wine notes, oak, slight funk, sweet chewy grains and sweet malts and something very dry.

M - Full bodied, great balance, great complexity, medium plus carbonation, medium acidity and a sweet adventure from start to finish.

D/O - This is a great Tripel. Has a very nice rich flavor, easy to drink, refreshing and pairs well with most savory and sweet eats. This style tends to make me hungry which is good and bad. Perfect for all seasons and weathers and can be aged to tone the flavor down.

Final thoughts - At nearly 9% abv and around 9 euros as well (like the dubbel). The bottles are ceramic and really neat which is a plus if you collect bottles.

Oct 12, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.
Cloudy dark ember essence wih moderate off-white head. Spicy aroma - lemon, clove, yeasts, apple. Taste is rather typical, average triplish, alcohol not evident, some honey notes, moderate carbonation/

Feb 21, 2015
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rinhaak from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Maruhn in Darmstadt, Hessen (Germany)

Freshness date of 4/12. Tasted on 1/4/12.

This may be the most exciting looking beer in the bottle. Black stoneware, the 50cl bottle is... well, stoneware! Who bottle's their beer in stone? Props for the packaging!

Sadly, the massive excitement stops there. Don't get me wrong: this is a fine beer. But there is never anything terribly exceptional or unique. It's really just a step above an ordinary tripel.

It pours a crystal clear orange-gold with a frothy head that dwindles down to a small island of foam within a couple minutes. Pretty ordinary aromas include citrus and bread with hints of biscuit.

A tad watery in the mouth, the flavors are quite pleasant though rather typical. Lemon-Drop candy, hints of orange, and fresh bread are all rather mild and unassuming.

This is an underspoken and unassertive tripel. Though there isn't a great deal of character, what it does it does well. Worth having it you can find it cheap, but certainly not worth seeking out.

Unless you want to hang get your hands on that awesome stoneware bottle...

Jan 04, 2012
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thierrynantes from France

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl. in stoneware), purchased in Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : orangey golden color, with white foam head (not persistent w big bubbles).
Smell : malty and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty with too alcohol presence, but not very complex.
Drinkability : an average beer in the Belgian style Tripel.

Oct 22, 2011
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2003 bottle i got from my buddy Sietse (Apophis666). Thanks for this. The beer is in a stone bottle.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice. A broken white head and a coppercouloured fluid with a little carbonation still!

The beer itself is a bit over the top but still very drinkable. The smell is woody and so is the taste.

Jan 04, 2011
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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL ceramic bottle into a branded tulip glass.

A: the beer is a reddish orange color with gold notes, somewhat cloudy, topped with a 2 finger offwhite head with low retention.

S: Strong aroma of light fruits, honey, and yeast. Crisp apples, some citrus (pineapple?). Spices evident throughout. Clove. Deep inside there is a lemony vodka like alcohol aroma, but very hidden.

T: Spicy, wth heavy citrus flavors throughout. Fruity with a touch of wheat. Character of herbal honey. Balances out in the midpalate, and finishes with yeast and more pineapple and clove.

F: Very smooth and creamy all the way through.

D: 8.5% is very well hidden, making this a drinkable and tasty brew.

Notes: This bottle was about a year old, and seems to have balanced well.

Apr 28, 2010
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wl0307 from England

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking different from the photo shown here, this bottle-conditioned beer comes in a 500ml very dark grey stone-ware short-neck bottle, corked and caged. BB 12/03/10, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a dark amber hue with a million mini bits of cotton-ash swimming in the liquid against a very fine and mildly carbonated background; the off-white beer head builds up slowly to a thick froth, then settling equally patiently to a thin carpet to last.
S: semi-sweet malty and wheat-ish at the same time, on a par with grassy notes of hops and sweetened orangey fruits, while fruit esters are quite subdued but not in total absence. Like what the other colleagues here have commented, this is not the most complex that one'd expect from this type of ale, but a sheer cleanliness is not to be missed on the overall aroma.
T: the pretty clean, lightly sour fruity maltiness coupled with mildly chewy, bitter hops is followed by mildly sour citric fruits and pale prunes, neutrally flavoured yeasty bits (like sour bread), an aromatic touch of coriander seeds, then reaching a semi-chewy and dry-ish finish. All is well for the basic characters of a Tripel or strong pale ale, although the main theme is slightly... "blurred".
M&D: personally I find this a very well bottle-conditioned ale with a decent balance b/w fruit esters and malts, while the slightly fizzy texture never exceeds the necessary level but even being clean for the overall enjoyment, and the alc. for a 8.5%abv. is absolutely no where to be found. Despite a lack of complexity in the flavour profile, one can't overly challenge the satisfying palate, hence a pretty good drinkability overall for me. Comparing with the other notes on this page, all dating back to at least 3 years prior to this date, I can't help having a feeling that the production of this ale might have improved indeed?

Apr 19, 2009
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Absumaster from Netherlands

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have got this beer for my anniversary and although it is generally regarded to be a very fine brewery with good beers, I was disappointed.
Color was orange with a lot of carbonation, a small head and some yeast particles floating around.
Smell was distinct Hertog Jan, caramellic like a lot of ambermalt has been used, fruity especially peach and slightly sweet.
Taste was bitter, some fresh or sour notes, fruity, full bodied and some adstrigency.
To me this was a bit disappointing as the body was way too big and the sweetness was too overpowering. Too bad!

Mar 29, 2006
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Solomon420 from California

2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well I have to say I was not impressed with this beer at all. I had the larged corked 1 liter bottle bought in Holland 2 years ago. The color was poor, more of a yellow pilsner color than a true Trippel hazy yellow like the others I have tasted. The head fell quickly and the smell was not really there at all. The taste also fell short of my expectations of a Tripple style beer. Although I will give this beer another try, and drink another bottle, maybe one that hasnt been aging so long in my pantry. It could be that the CO2 for some reason escaped from this bottle, corrupting the greatness of this Trippel.

Apr 26, 2005
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