De Prael Tripel | Brouwerij De Prael

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De Prael TripelDe Prael Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Prael

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Willeke

Added by sfprint on 07-17-2011

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by sfprint:
Photo of sfprint
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: extremely creamy top of the head, huge head, massive tidal carbonation though slow rising, hazy neon yellow orange. One of the best looking beers I've seen. A living creamsicle.
S: Very fresh and citrusy, slight chemical edge to the top. Yeasty.
T: Perfect sweetness, fresh, orange, if a creamsicle was made into a beer, this would be it. perfection! Yeast sits perfectly. incredible blend. There is a soapy sort of quality, but not in a negative way at all.
M: Very creamy, but the carbonation is quite mild. Quite soft. Light to medium body.
O: Incredible. Grand slam. Most beautiful tripel i've ever had.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at De Blauwe Hollander, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruit and hints of yeast are present in the nose.
T: flavors of fruit-bananas seem to stand out in particular-are present in the taste along with a little sweetness. Notes of coriander are also noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The only thing that will slow you down is the fuller mouthfeel.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A yellow, orange beer with a settling head. Some haze from the yeast.

Smell is fruity with hints of apricot and marmelade. Also some general English fruitiness and a light herbal and earthy hoppiness.

The taste has a full malty body with notes of wheat. There is a grainy and bready taste, backed up by a medium bitterness and a nice hoppy taste. The yeast character is clean, but has a slight fruity taste, which reminds of apricots and marmelade. The alcohol is nicely hidden and drinkability is fine.

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Photo of safaricook
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi quickly at first but then slows to a med pace, over hazy wheat orange colored beer.

Nose brings immediate coriander, and now that I think about it I think I remember they mentioned brewing it with coriander. Then light tripel like spices, floral spices, juicy Belgian malts and wheat, light orange zest, actually fresh squeezed orange juice like.

Taste starts with malts, light Belgian blond malts, and wheat flavors as well with hints of banana like fruit and tripel like spices. Warming booze cuts through everything like a 9-10% abv beer, even gets tingly. Then more fruit, mostly esters this time, light green apple and pear, light Belgian spices and some coriander but not a lot, a bit of orange zest as well as plenty of fresh squeezed cheap orange juice. Bitterness in the middle mostly orange rind bitterness though, and a bit of an earthy chewy hop character. Finish is dry with long bitterness, orange zest, a big booze feel, bitterness, chewy hops, orange zest and some spices all lingering. Quite complex actually but quite boozy too.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some carb, lots of warming booze.

Overall decent, interesting characters, fits the style for tripel and I like the coriander plenty nose and some flavor but not overpowering, nice orange juice and citrus peel, plenty of spices as many tripels have, and interesting bitterness from the orange peel and hops. Booze is way too much though for only being 7.5%. Still an interesting Belgian style beer for being from a small brewery in Amsterdam.

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Photo of Elbrownbag
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of supermeniscus
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I happened to be in Amsterdam and picked up some bottles straight from the brewery shop.

A. Incredibely cloudy even with an aggressive pour there was very little head. Lacing was ok
S. There is a smell i can't put my finger on, like wood varnish (!) on the nose also some glorious spices following it up. Nice!
T. Woah this is quite bitter upfront, the hops have a strong presence but it does get sweeter towards the finish which is a nice touch. Aftertaste is bitter again. Zero alcohol detected
M. Light, low carbonation and quite enjoyable

O. My expectations were high and although it is a very interesting beer and more complex than other highly rated triples, i do not think it can compete with the likes of Westmalle, St. Bernardus or Fin du Monde, which for me are more balanced and the bitterness of this beer threw me off a bit.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I'm going Belgian style with this Dutch brewery. On tap at De Prael taphouse, on to the beer:

A creamy, long lasting head is a theme for this beer. Below it is a golden colored liquid waiting to infect me. A bit of sweet, a bit of fruit, the aroma features sweet tangerine coated in a mild dusting of sugar. It's a fun tripel, a fruity tripel, one that is like sucking on a sweetn tangerine, surrounding by vague tropical fruits. One dimension really, but it's a good flavor. It's medium bodied with the 7.5% ABV tough to find. This is a likeable tripel that won't weigh you down.

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Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AMiz602
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The "Willeke" is a very unfiltered, very golden Tripel that, coming from a Dubbel guy myself, is the best in Amsterdam. It comes in a long, slightly bent glass that you can't see through because of the cloudiness of the beer. It starts a little bitterr then goes down a little sweet to let you know its a Tripel. The head is usually pretty stable and of a decently thick consistency for an unfiltered Tripel. It is the best out of their normal tapped beers, and easily competes with anything Belgian.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy apricot colour with a thin white head and squiggly lengths of lacing.

S - Tripel aroma, yeast and bread dough, some spice.

T - Yeasty on the tongue, dried apricot and pear, some citrus and mild spice.

M - Quite watery in the body, with low to moderate carbonation.

O - A nicely sessionable tripel but disappointed it wasn't fuller and heavier. Needs some punch.

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Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%

I visited Amsterdam on 30SEP14. After a couple at In de Wildeman, I made my way to the De Prael Proeflokaal to try some fresh offerings... Led off with a 0.33l chalice of Willeke on draft for €3.50.

The glass was filled with a bright golden liquid. It was a touch cloudy, topped by a fine, thin white head. The foam was just a miniscule layer covering the bier, yet it still left A-1 lacing. Aroma was restrained, with crackery notes, light spiciness and some fruit. It was medium-bodied, and fairly smooth, with only light prickle.

Flavor was crackery and bready, with subtle sweetness. Had some pear and green apple present, with, again, some yeasty spiciness. Had some earthy hoppiness, and the finish was dry with some bitterness. Solid, though not earth-shattering. Prosit!!

4.02/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.35 | smell: 3.85 | feel: 4.05 | taste: 4.05 | drinkability: 4.00


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Photo of Mercarood
1.06/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Totaal weinig variatie. Alle bieren lijken teveel op elkaar. Zou het niet aanbevelen als biercafé. Uitzondering de IPA en het rookbier

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Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeiiVP
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of rdespain
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMoldy
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey in color with a rather disappointing off-white 1/2 inch head. Almost milky in translucency. Similarly disappointing lacing.

S: Lots of spicy phenols backed up by a faint bread-like malt aroma and a lemony citrus character.

T/M: Yeast presence is much more subdued in the taste, and instead plays a supporting role to the malts and hops. Lots of toasted biscuit-like pale malt and mildly spicy hop flavor emanate from a surprisingly light-bodied brew. The bitterness starts off strong before fading more to the sweet malts in the middle, but then reappears towards the finish. The coriander really presents itself in the finish and aftertaste, and tastes more like fresh cilantro than the seeds themselves. This last fact, combined with the light body and a fine carbonation, add to the refreshing nature of the beer.

O: I've never had such a deliciously light-bodied tripel, and I can't say I'd mind having more! This would definitely be an interesting pairing with some Mexican food, or just enjoyed outside on a hot summer day.

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De Prael Tripel from Brouwerij De Prael
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 20 ratings