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Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-14-2004

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Reviews by putnam:
Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown paper bag in orange sunlight colored, thick with translucent blur. Aromas of caramelized bananas and ginger cake. Brothy. Distantly cooked pineapple and oatmeal cookie tussle amongst a range of sweet and savory spices: cumin, coriander, nutmeg. Indian curry and English buttery fruit cake. Dried cherries, raisins, poppy, marzipan. This is the smell of this beer. Astonishingly all of this is a picture of coherence and balance. Malty, caramel, wood resin and spice swing seamlessly between leafy branches of dripping sweet globes of heirloom sweet peaches and plums. Big nutty tannins seem to reveal almond paste and hazelnuts. All of this is dry. A vinous surge of character dominates the vinish, wiry like a Nebbiolo, sentimental like a Foillard Gamay. Tannic. Transparent.

Reminds me of what I always hope "Christmas Beer" would taste like.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle capped and foil over the top. Best before date notched onto the side of the label. (Notches and month/year info don't really match up, so not real confident about what it means, they are trying anyway)

This one pours soft, light apricot with a shimmer of gold mixed in. Semi cloudy with some chunkies floating around. Off white light fine head, nice retention and leaves ample lacing. Wonderful fragrant nose of orange and honey. Soft, tasty, complex,warming creation, overflowing with more honey, orange, grassy hops, peppery spice lurking in the rear. Fine, fine stuff. All my wife said was "we should have bought a case"...

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Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a spicy, flowery nose that promises quite a lot of sugar in the body.

These notes continue on the tongue, the sugars definitely winning out here. Taste comparisons might include berries dusted with cloves, or a hint of orange peel with allspice. There's also a bit of yeast flavor, as well as a small thread of alcohol. Flavors are not overly powerful on the whole (i.e. the "herbs and spices" noted above aren't going to overpower your tongue, nor do they get in the way of the malt flavors), but are instead kept to a nice, moderate level that means the brew is dangerously drinkable; I went through a rather large glass without noticing it. The beer is not overly hopped, so bitterness is not a factor. It is quite bubbly, though--effervescent, if you will--and pleasant.

Overall, it reminded me strongly of Hoegaarden, and definitely falls into the same class of beer in terms of flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, just purchased but label appears to indicate a 2006 vintage! Label cearly states 8% ABV

Seal is ok but carbonation is low and there's a large amount of sediment. The beer could be fine anyway, with 8% ABV, and the aroma suggests that it is. The aroma also reveals a high ABV, as does the taste and feel. In fact, on a sensory basis the ABV seems more like 11%. The aroma also has a prominent dark fruit note and is nicely sweet. The flavor is also fruity, but with a hint of peat and a moment of moderate bitterness at the finish. Rich and complex, but with a fairly mild aftertaste that is fruity and lightly earthy.

O: Rating given a very small boost to compensate for apparent age.

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great aroma of fruity bubblegum and allspice in the yeast. Yellow-orange appearance. Easy drinking, a bit of sweet side as well malted. Nice with food, quite drinkable, with alcohol warming in the finish. Medium body.Thanks for the recommendation, Putnam.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Body is a slightly cloudy orange hue, topped by a finger of creamy off-white head that retains fairly well, but doesn't leave lacing. Thick aroma of sweet Belgian malt, candi sugar, a hint of pineapple, and a little bit of light fruity hops. Palate takes a few sips to grow on you - pleasantly sugary up front, becoming more balanced towards the back of the mouth as the mellower aspects of the malt emerge. Finishes with a mild malty sweetness accented by a touch of oak. Mouthfeel is creamy and just a touch sticky, although the carbonation isn't quite where I want it to be in a tripel. Goes down pretty easily, especially for a 9% ale. Not bad, but not one of my favorite tripels.

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Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange color wtih an average white head, didn't leave much lacing. The aroma is of candi sugar, apricots, candied tropical fruit, coriander, and orange peel. The Belgian yeast creates some tropical fruit esters, candied mangos, juicy fruit, some lemon and green apple. These are accompanied by coriander, orange peel, and perhaps some white pepper spice. Not my favorite flavor profile for a tripel but it is well constructed. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation; finishes sweet and spicy. A well constucted tripel just not my favorite. Tastes too much like a wit for my liking.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured 2/3 of the bottle immedately after it was dropped on the ground and started to spew.

High level of foam on an orange body. A very mild tripel, overall. Grainy, honey aroma.

Very mild taste too, mellow earthy hops. Husky grain and a touch sweet. Gets mildly cloying. Sorry, but not worth the experience. Too alcoholic. Dulle Teve is much more complex and worthwhile.

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Photo of Jredner
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma holds candy sugar, sweet breads, sweet malts and caramel. The body of he beer is murky with brown, orange and yellow hues and it supports a thumb thick fluffy white head that is mostly lasting. Sweet caramel and candy sugar fore lingers into a heartier bready middle with hot alcohol notes lingering into the far finish. Some very faint spicy notes join in the aftertaste. Not a bad brew. Has a good feel to it and exhibits some splayed out lacing that is quite clingy, but at times the flavor seems a bit thin in concentration.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy amber to golden body. Decent 1cm white head. Spicy and flowery aroma. Unusual fruit flavors compared to most (berries), Yeastiness makes me think of sweet toothpaste here. Very sweet palate initially, but it gets drier, musty and becomes another one of those beers with a basement like dry yeastiness. Fruity and dominantly yeasty. Medium body, creamy texture, low carbonation. I would not buy it again..

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Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML green bottle purchased for $9.99 from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
Pours a murky, cloudy, light-copper, bright-orange colored hue with slight carbonation rising and a minimal amount of sediment visible...
No real head but a lot of lacing left around the glass...
Strong aroma of nectarines, citrus, and florals...
Sweet, candied taste apparent with oranges, tangerines, fresh fruit, and spices...
Overall, not a bad Triple, but certainly not above and beyond...
clean, sweet, crisp mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability mainly due to the fact that the 8% ABV is difficult to detect...
Worth a try...

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy orange color with a small head and a decent long lasting lace.
This had an aroma of candy,citrus fruits /mango-peach,apples and yeast.
The taste was sweet,oranges,peaches and honey notes. It had a spice/clove hint with subtle malts.
The feel was medium body and medium to high carbonation. As it warms the carbonation eases up and the smoothness of the beer comes through. Easy enough to drink.

Notes: A decent tripel,on the sweet/honey side,but good. I liked it and while I may not rush out to buy another bottle any time soon I would like to add that this is a good tripel to have on hand for the ladies. I do not mean to say that that this beer is too feminine it is just that I found that a lot of women I know like this beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a four-finger bubbly head that nearly vanishes leaving traces of lace. Good carbonation. Nose is slightly malty. Pale, cloudy yellow. Starts slightly tart and finishes with an alcohol overtone (9% ABV). Medium bodied. $4.50 for a 330ml bottle.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy golden orange with some slight suspended particles, and a thin white head that lingered a while and left some lacing. Aroma was fruity, mostly apples and bananas, and the mouthfeel was slightly tangy. Taste was non-descript, yet pleasant and slightly sweet, and the finish was muted, yet slightly bittersweet, with only a hint of the 8% abv creeping in at the very end.

Not a bad beer, and one I’m glad I tried.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a murky, thick suspended orange with floaty sediment and tight head which leaves a healthy lace.

aroma: candied oranges, yeast and strawberries. sour kick in the nose.

taste: a bitter tripel. caramelly burnt sugar taste with honey-citrus notes. different and more well-balanced taste than most super-sweet belgians. valiant effort in flavor and duly (sp?) noted.

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Photo of jsbrendle
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with plentiful fine white head. Aroma is full of caramely & yeasty/bready notes with a hint of herbs (perhaps peppermint?). Flavor starts mild at first with caramel & candi sugar notes, gets juicy malty (honey-ish?) with a touch of fruit (nectarine?) and spice (clove?) against the bready/yeasty flavors in the middle & then ends sharply alcoholic & warming & slightly bitter. Nice lace remains behind. Perhaps a bit softer than some tripels, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating(060589 on the back?). Pours cloudy orange amber color with a small frothy 1 finger off white head with ok retention, that reduces to a a ring of lace. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass; minimal carbonation streaming up. Aromas of pear, apple, peach, honey, candi sugar, bread, caramel, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity; a touch too sweet but they work well. Taste of pear, apple, honey, peach, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, nuttiness, earth, and light toast. Lingering notes of light fruit, biscuit, honey, candi sugar, caramel, earth, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; not cloyingly sweet at all surprisingly. Minimal carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Drinks surprisingly smooth with barely any carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a quite nice Tripel despite very low carbonation. Very balanced with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Likely old, but I am sure a fresh bottle would turn out to be a great brew; provided it was well carbonated.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours transparent gold with a moderate head, leaving some small clumps of yeast in suspension. Retains lace nicely.

Light fruity nose of banana and vague tropical fruit.

The taste is a fruit punch of a tripel, with a big range of flavors. Notes of banana, papaya, cantalope, pineapple, vanilla, clove, ginger, and yeast. Starts moderately sweet, leaving a lingering candied tropical fruit taste.

Light mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Alcohol is not as prominent as one would expect for a 9%. A very drinkable brew.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce, or 33 scent-ee-litres, the brown glass bottle has a single main label with a small boy sticking his finger into a leaking wooden Cask of beer, a play on the Little Boy sticking his finger in the Dyke fairytale, or was it a Porno Movie?, I digress. Lots of double-Dutch on the main printed label - listed as imported by Shelton Bros. and clocked at 8% with a nicked Best Before date of April ‘06.

Appearance: Hazed nectarine body with some fuzzy copper hints and a dark orange sunset hue. Minimal handful of small floaties, but they are there. Streamers abound in the body. Rapidly expanding head soon filled my half pint glass to the brim; a quick suck of the cap prevented an excursion. The head is smooth, creamy and velvety, off-white in color but with a fantastic slick texture. I invited more floaties into my Glass with the final top up. Decent lacing and conditioning.

Nose: Strong spicy Tripel-tastic odors fill the upper void of my Glass. Black pepper, a light herbal tone and lots of fruit which is citric at first [oranges?] with a tropical Suarez in the back end. Deeelish.

Taste: Tasty brew this one, spicy, peppery and zesty citric start that punctuates right through to the middle, incredible tangy feel on the tongue from the middle well past the swallow. A tad unusual and not exactly mainstream but decent enough.

Mouthfeel: Above average, I know and can tell that this is 8% but only just as the spices and pepper smooth the edges, the sharp citric quality masks the alco-clicks whilst the tropical fruity finish adds a refined smooth finish. It still has a nice tangy twang at the end after the swallow though. Seems to thin as it warms and I drink more, or am I getting used to it??

Drinkability: Nice one this, I wouldn’t fancy having too many of these in the Fridge as I fear I could easily demolish three or four of these in one night easily.

Overall: Pretty impressed by this one, a decent change of pace, described as a “Hollandsch Tripel”, if so I may keep an eye out for more examples if they are all this good. Worth a try.

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Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that you warm up to as it settles. It pours a fairly cloudy orangish color with some head, lacing, and retention. The latter is mostly slight froth that rings the glass. The beer is very modestly carbonated. The smell is a bit too yeasty for my tastes, and does not do the beer justice. The aroma is the low note, but drink on. The taste is sweet malts, candied sugars in the fermentation, and a combination of fruits. Green apples for sure, pineapple, clove perhaps, apricot citrus maybe. The tastes are quite complex and they do meld and blend as the beer settles. I pegged this for clove and apple on the first pour, but things became slightly more complex as it all settled. The beer is a bit strong and does not hide its rather highish ABV all that well. There are warming notes but too much raw alcohol comes through in the finish as well. This is a nice beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Tenminste houdbaar tot (best by) April 06 as notched on the side of the label, poured into a tulip.

Dark slightly hazed orange under two fingers of bone white that shows good retention and spotty lace.

Nice sugary and citrus nose. Zesty with some chalk from the yeast. Good dose of spicyness. Falls right in line with what I like a triple to smell like.

Nice full malty flavors upfront that fade from sweet into some tartness. Not to tart, it turns back at the right moment and allows some of the spice and fruity yeast flavors to come through. The abv is well hidden and registers as just a hint of mild pepper in the aftertaste.

The mouth is medium with just enough tartness and carbonation tingle to wipe itself away with becoming puckery. I am enjoying this beer with a plate of swiss, sharp cheddar and summer sausage, a really good pairing. I will visit this beer again.

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Photo of mschofield
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Belgian triple from the Netherlands, alright I'll give it a shot.
Pours a hazy peach-amber, well carbonated and topped with a three finger large bubbled tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruit, candy and spiced apple cider aroma.
Sweet and spicy taste, citrus rind, wheat, bread, lemon, orange, pepper and peach.
Medium-full bodied

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmn. Not much going for this in the pour- very murky orange/amber/brown with no head, but at least there is some decent carbonation. Sweet, fruity, and yeasty in the nose with pleasant aromas of peaches, plums, lemon, lime, and some sweet malt and slightly spicy Belgian style yeast. The taste is similar to the smell but a bit murkier and with some fade in flavor on the finish. Also a bit lighter than you might expect. Relatively light, fruity, and smooth in the mouthfeel, but also a bit murky. Not the cleanest tripel in the world, nor one that exhibits the typical flavors of a classice tripel. Still, I could drink another one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold brown. Decent white head. Nose is a big mix of yeast and sugar but is overall fairly mild. Flavor is smooth and tangy with a slight bitter tone to the end of it. Almost seems to be a mustard seed tone to it as well. I don’t know where that is coming from in my brain. Feel is nice with a good level of bubble on the tongue. Very drinkable. Nothing really unusual or fancy here. Just a pretty even and smooth brew.

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Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Sammy for the sample. Head formed right off the open, increased plenty from the pour and stayed the course. A good deal of bubbles to accompany. Dense lacing! An almost glowing, pond water orangy shade. A darker shade for a tripel, wonder if this is more how they looked before Westmalle? Pour description on the appearance I know, but an even harder task to capture the aroma! Flavours range from cinnamon, brown sugar, spices, cloves, nuts and plenty of fruity zest to top it all off. The complexity of a quad. Chalky mouthfeel, long lasting finish. Carbonation is low, alot of those notes go sadly undetected in the flavours. Taste hits you different on the way in the mouth then after the swallow. Apparently your 'Hollandish Tripel' is not a standard one!

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