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Zeezuiper | Scheldebrouwerij

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Brewed by:
Scheldebrouwerij
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 06-19-2005

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 78
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy-side triple, with curacao orange citrus middle, and good bitterness in the finish. Multi aromas of yeast and citrus as well. Very smooth. Foaming head. Alcohol not detected over taste.Good carbonation.
Thanks Probst, via the Beerophilie buying club.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation with yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral hops and spices in the nose.
T: Like the smell, spicy flavors of coriander stand out in the overall taste, although these aren’t that strong. There are also notes of fruit and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation and a slight amount of dryness.
O: Nothing unique really stands out about this beer, but it’s quite easy to drink, especially since the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light coriander and Belgian malt is quite good. Taste is a nice mix between some spices which probably includes coriander with some Belgian malt with some light funky ester at the end. Full body with limited filtration and some great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well done overall and another nice beer form this solid brewery.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a Bier van het moment tulip at Cafe Samson, in Nijmegen, Holland. Paired with some Dutch dorito-esque crisps. Reviewed live.

A: 2.5 finger head of delicate soft slight cream and fair thickness. Average retention, about two minutes or so I'd say. Colour is a semitransparent full yellow. Appealing.

Sm: Cream, orange peel, and other light citrusy esters. Full, fresh, and appealing, yet mild in strength.

T: Cream, heavy orange peel, artifical faux-grapefruit, and light off-cream undertones (in addition to the cream hop on top). Feels artificial. She's not really complex either, and the balance is off. Built without inspiration or care, but not badly per se.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too wet. Bland and lackluster.

Dr: I paid a fairly high price in the Netherlands as it is an import (around 3.00 euro for a 25cl tulip worth). She drinks easy but the flavour just isn't there. Its best feature may be that it hides its 8% quite well. More orange peel would be a welcome addition.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Moeder Lambic Fontinas

Appearance: Pours a Clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head that leaves a thick ring around the glass and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, Belgian spice, some alcohol, light but not bitter citrus

Taste: Mild Belgian spice with light malt, not too sweet, slight bitterness in finish, some booze

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Nice beer, easy drinking, light given abv, I would have it again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Some sediment added in the pour; some remained in the bottle.

A: cloudy apricot with a good, and very durable head.

The aroma is a little malty for style, but not so much as to prepare me for the very malty flavor. Still, fruity, complex, lightly spicy and with good balance (if you don't mind a strong caramel component).
Lingering baked bread, spices and fruits in the finish and aftertaste.

O: recommended.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Love the pinching crab on the label, already a fan.

A good white head, with some retention, sits on a dull orange and brown amber body, with good rising white pinhead carbonation. Nor much lacing at all. Pretty solid looking brew.

Wonderful nose on this beer. A real impressive dry ripping barley with a big dense malt and hidden sweetness. Nutty with a hint of orange fruit it seems. Great smelling beer!

Light bodied with some density but a very neutral palate. Light malts roll around briefly on first sip, then the swallow brings a lot of wetness with some drying action. Fruit character doesn't come through, but luckily not much for booze either. Juicy texture comes through a bit as it warms up, and some orange character does appear.

Overall in short I was expecting more from the nose, and as good as the beer is, it's a little bit of a letdown. Still things could be worse.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy light to medium yellow orange amber with lots of white particles floating amongst healthy carbonation. Three finger coarse white head that faded rather quickly, leaving decent lacing. Nice aroma of mixed fruit; orange, apricot, peach, sweet malt. A hint of vanilla, slight floral elements. Taste follows aroma with light fruit, a bit of citrus, vanilla, sweet and carmel malt, slight hops. Finishes a bit dry, but pleasant. Light to medium bodied with very pleasant carbonation sensation. A nice tripel. I will check out the other ales from this brewery. I slightly upgraded the score on this 1/6/2012 from another bottle. Floral flavors improve the dry finish in this bottle, I really liked this one a lot.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Golden color, bright, cloudy, with some small particulate matter floating around. Has a white head, good staying power, and leaving plenty of lace.

SMELL: Aroma of sweet honey like malt, fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander and clove like spice.

TASTE/FEEL: Starts moderately sweet, with a balancing dryness. Soft fruit notes of apricot and peach, as well as a solid dose of clean Belgian yeast and a small spice note. Alcohol is well disguised, just leaving a warming feeling.

OVERALL: A nice authentic Belgian Tripel, with enough character to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. Fruity, lightly spiced, light bodied brew.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sunday 16 Dec 2012: Antwerp Gollem. 33cl glass from the tap.

Golden yellow body, almost clear, on top a white, full head. Mild citrus feel to the aroma, some yeast and semi-sweet maltiness added to the smells.

The taste was biscuit malty with a hint of citrus fruit filling. Not as exciting as I hoped for: not bland, but not far off. Hid the alcohol well enough, so there must have been something flavoursome in there!

Not a great start to my evenings drinking, but it did make the next beer taste great (a John Martin Diabolici).

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Photo of biegaman
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Zeezuiper takes its name from a swampy nature reserve. Appropriate, since the beer itself looks quite swampy if even half of the bottle's sediment sneaks its way in. I'm not very picky about these things but will admit those pesky yeast flakes really tarnish the otherwise clear, refulgent golden liquid.

Even allergy suffers can smell this beer has three strong characteristics going for it: fruit, spice, and malt. Almost operatically this bouquet sings the tunes of nectarous orchard fruits the likes of plum, apricot and apple, fresh-cracked peppercorn and a finely toasted, generously honeyed breadiness.

Zeezuiper is a tasty little number. Flavours of pear, peach nectar, granola and oats are thoroughly coated in honey (unpasteurized, locally made wildflower farmstead honey, not the stuff sold in plastic squeeze bottles). The addition of coriander provides a rash of spiciness that enlivens the whole thing.

Without tasting them side by side, I find Zeezuiper a little flashier and more nectarous than Trappist tripels like Chimay or Westmalle. Some sips have a rich sweetness that borders on "new world-ish" (this in part from lower-than-average carbonation). Regardless, it owns that extra weight and wears it well.

Using sensory evaluation and creative writing to objectively describe beer is always more challenging than simply offering an opinion; there's a lot of involved, intricate qualities at play with this one so allow me to take the easy way out: I think Zeezuiper is an awesome beer. I really, really enjoyed it.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head and some floaties in it. Smell is bursting with fruit, some malts as well. Taste is a little disappointing, the smell had my mouth watering. Malts, some alcohol, a bit of fruit and yeast. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle says this is a tripel rather than a BSPA.

Appearance: silvery-gold hue with lots of haze and apparent effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy white foam. Nice.

Smell: nice orchardy aroma of pears and ripe apples. There's also a light tartness and light dustiness in there. Behind this there is a nice, somewhat sweet malt aroma; this is a well-composed bouquet. I love it.

Taste: very sweet flavor with a tasty malty character. Fruitiness is still present, along with a very light tartness, although not as strong as in the aroma. Pretty tasty, although not quite as enticing as the smell.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big carbonation. Could use a hair more body, maybe, but creaminess is spectacular.

Overall: this is a fan-damn-tastic beer. It lacks a little complexity, but I'm enjoying it greatly.

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Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 2008, served lightly-chilled in a large bulb wine glass.

A: cloudy and dark orangey hue, like a cider+geuze; the creamy white beer head doesn't linger, settling down to a thin velvet on top of a mildly carbonated body.
S: semi-sharp sour-sweet exotic fruitiness and some sweet lemons, wheatish grainy notes, mild caramel, and moderate flowery esters prevail upfront, on top of a thick layer of liquid form of candy sugar and cane sugar; a swirl brings out sulphur and some hidden spiciness. Overall, the aroma lacks a balance, but very approachable for a high-gravity Belgian pale ale.
T: quite effervescently-creamy and soothing on the palate, wrapping a caramely and bread-malty core, witbier-like exotic fruit-yeastiness, some steamed kidney beans, melted cane-sugar, and moderately sour-sweet citrusness in the centre; surprisingly light in the aftertaste, featuring a moderate yet well-lingering flow of tangerine-zesty and mildly-dry bitterness, and a belated entry of coriander-spiciness to go with a residual plum-jam-ish sour-sweet and kidney-bean like finish.
M&D: the mouthfeel is constantly creamy and low-fizzy, matching the low alcoholic profile just nicely; an easily approachable Triple-type of ale this is, and a quality one with a palate outperforming the aroma, albeit in need of more complexity to make a really impressive beer. Well worth a try, though!

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Photo of avalon07
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An OK aroma of malt, fruit, and some yeast as well.

T: Tasted of malt (a lot of malt, especially for the style), Belgian yeast, a strong bready quality, light citrus notes, a mild spices. While this isn't a bad flavor at all, it is kind of odd for the style (e.g., the bready quality). Still, not a bad flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid enough beer, even if there are better examples of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of stcules
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very, very hazy appearance. Dark orange in color. A lot of floating particles. A veil of head, thin.
The smell is malty, very fruity, with notes of orange peel, and spices. Pepper, coriander. Cinnamon? Grapefruit?
The taste is malty too, lightly, and fruity overall (definitely grapefruit). Spice again, lightly. Honey.
Apricot fruity, and orange again. Floreal in the background.
Medium-medium-high body.
Some alcohol perceptible, but it fits.
Malty aftertaste, and fruity, with the same notes, and a good citrusy.

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Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clouded straw colored brew, a white head with little lacing and rather small curtains.

A fruity aroma, apricots, citric tones, lime and grape-fruit.

Sweet white bread, fruit sorbet, apricots, mango etc.

Little carbonation, slightly sticky, a good body and a short dry finish.

A very nice and drinkable beer, could have been a bit dryer.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = hazy gold color with decent head to start, settling to thin head
S = spicy with orange peel. 1st impression-this will be a lighter trippel
T = impression was right as this one doesn't pack much of a punch on the back end like other good trippels. almost like it tries to get there, falling short. spicy, grapefruit tastes.
M = light body, little carbonation
D = as with many belgians, certainly a drinkable beer, just not that many

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Photo of Absumaster
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very clear, orange color with a small head and easy-going bubbles.

Smell is coriander, orange peel which make the beer very aromatic and spicy. Some malty honey, which comes from the ambermalt.

Taste is sweet and definatelly coriander and what tastes like cardemom, but is not mentioned on the label. This must be the combination with the orangepeel, that make the beer so aromatic and citric. I feel that this is a bit over the top. Some honey notes from the amber malt. The bitterness is a little sharp in the back of my throat. The beer is somewhat sticky and body is medium, which should be a little bit less in a triple.

This beer is overpowered by the spices used and becomes less drinkable IMO.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Scheldebrouwerij, we bring you the expertly crafted ales of a small Belgian brewery from the Antwerp province very near the Dutch border. The Scheldebrouwerij Zeezuiper is a full-bodied, malty tripel with a touch of spice. Golden-hued with dense, white lacing, the Zeezuiper is lightly sweet with notes of citrus fruit up front with a drying bitterness in the finish." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel. Available in single 11.2 oz. bottles and on select regional draft.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of an off-white color over a moderately hazy golden amber body with abundant heavy sediment in tow. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Tripel yeast profile of clove spice, fruit and modest alcohol, with a malt profile of pale syrups, wheat. Little to no hop aroma nor bitterness is detected. Collectively this beer smells very standard for a Tripel. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Very sweet syrup malt body, light graininess, delicate wheat, potent yeast spiciness with notes of clove and fruit, mellow alcohol. Nice flavor profile although I found the beer itself very sweet, it's very drinkable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly syrupy, faintly chewy, moderately chalky dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy spices and ethanol. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters to note. 3.5

(Overall) This Tripel was quite enjoyable by me for its boldness of flavors that sets it apart from many American-brewed examples, although I found the malt sweetness to be quite profound, perhaps somewhat over-the-top, this is nevertheless an enjoyable beer at the right price. 3.5

Scheldebrouwerij's
Zeezuiper Tripel
3.56/5.00

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Photo of impending
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

C+

33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly crystal clear classic orange gold, minor pure white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweet yeasty spicy and nice. Touch of citrus and tiny flowers.

Citrus carries through to the flavor which is somewhat bland. Chalky yeast. A rind bitter dominated the aftertaste. Not particularly complex. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazey straw colour with a large tight white head that retains well.

S - Plenty of vanilla malts and citrus.

T - Plenty of spice and hops with a little vanilla and spice. Very well balanced beer.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes for a very nice drop.

D - This beer is a great example of a Tripel, i'm not sure why its classified as a strong pale ale.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, taken home from volunteering at Belgian Beer Fest 2011 and allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Zeezuiper pours an opaque goldenrod, with some sediment from the bottle floating around in it. The bone colored head is massive, passing four fingers in height and threatening to spill out of the glass. It shows some crazy stamina as well, sticking around for ten minutes easily. Lacing is left in some nice rings around the side of the glass, but is just a little bit spotty in between. The nose is predominantly pale fruits, with some clove and alcohol playing against them in small doses. The flavor starts out much the same, but as the beer warm the balance begins to shift. The spicy yeast phenols creep up in prominence at the expense of the ripe pears and apples, and the warming sensation, while still pleasant, also becomes a little more noticeable. The body is dry, the beer is appropriately well attenuated. The carbonation is nowhere near up to snuff though, it's noticeably low and it doesn't have the fine, creamy edge to it that the best Belgians do. Zeezuiper is a serviceable tripel, it excels in one or two areas, but it's a league below being a great beer.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is golden in color. Nice white head on top of it. A lots of bubbles coming out of this one. Fruity in the aroma. Some spices too and floral. In the mouth, the beer is very fruity with a dry finish. The bitterness is light. Very dry in the finish.

Medium body. The head is very sticky. A good one.

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd Bier in my Scheldebrowerij review. Label says Tripel, but on here is a BSPA?
Pours a lovely triple murky golden color. Medium high carbonation. Thick, creamy head. Looks great.
Smells of apricots, musty grains, bitter hops, musty, complex, pepper, alcoholic esters,coriander sweet caramel sugar, malt, biscuit, grassy, solid triple.
Taste is light, floral, yeasty, spicy. Nice, light, pepper, alcoholic esters, very good. Subsequent sips reveal more and more complexity, really digging this one. light bitterness on the finish, leaving the flavor nice and clean.
Not as complex as a Westmalle triple, but solid, clean, and well made.
Good buy, look foward to more from this brewery.

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