Novice Tripel Black | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Novice Tripel BlackNovice Tripel Black

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Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by eric5bellies on 09-29-2012

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Photo of Antyk
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desint
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

33cl Bottle opened at home on 4th March 2014: poured carefully into a Westmalle chalice.

No sediment appeared to leave the bottle (I had stored it for some months) so I got a clear, red beer with a thinning tanned wisp in my chalice, it looked clean and inviting, even though the head could have held longer.

Sweet malty molasses vie with yeast esters for attention in the nose, dark fruit notes in the background play along.

The taste is also malty, semi-sweet and with a dark fruit feel, mild hop presence balances the brew but the body seems thin and watery considering the ABV it carries. It almost turns 'Cola' in it's mouthfeel, a bit fizzy, with a 'Dandelion and Burdock' hint or two.

Not a huge disappointment, but not far off.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a deep mahogany colour with an off white creamy head that retains very well

S - Aromas of molasses and sweet sugars complimented with dark fruit.

T - up front some nice dark malts with some molasses, dark fruits are present but not too pronounced. Lacks a little boldness in flavours.

M - medium body and a little thin with medium carbonation

O - This is more of a Belgian dark rather than a tripel for me, it also has Belgian Royal Stout qualities. It is smooth an refreshishing without being spectacular. Lacks the true qualities of a tripel but well worth a shot. A pleasant beer without being complex.

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Photo of beerpirates
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of gregcordle
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Euroglot
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of funkel81
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Le Trappiste in Bruges.

Novice Black Malheur Tripel is a deep, deep (like Olympic swimming pool-deep) brown in colour. Though thoroughly opaque even the dim lighting of this 13th century cave can't convince me that it is, as its name claims, authentically black. Authentically a tripel, on the other hand, I can believe: it pours with a super foamy, long-lasting head.

The bouquet, however, is not up to the style's usual dynamic standard of aromatics. The spicy phenols and fruity esters are somewhat dulled, perhaps in part to the darker malt which buds in with a mild, but prominent roastiness (a bit of smokiness too).

Novice Black Tripel definitely has a different flavour profile. It actually drinks somewhat like a German Schwarzbier; mild coffee bean roast, black licorice and wholesome, bready malt flavours override the style's typical cast of orchard fruits and peppery spices (though it has a rooibos tea-like quality and a subtle floral component that reminds me of hibiscus).

Even the beer's bitterness is like that of a strongly-steeped black tea. It weighs in at 8.5% and only tastes about as strong as 'standard' Tripels do (which is to say bolder than commercial ales, but not as strong as it actually is). It's an ok experiment but I think I'd just as well go with a Porter or Quad if I were in the mood for something darker.

Belgium and Germany have very similar flags but their beers, generally speaking, could not be any more different; Belgians typically produce ales that are flamboyant, spicy, higher in alcohol and better suited to savoring whereas the Germans prefer lagers that are clean, conventional and geared for high-volume consumption. Novice Tripel Black blurs the lines between the two.

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Photo of RMentair
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of samEBC
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, big fluffy, pillowy beige head.
Smell is fruity with a nice blond and dark mix, some licorice too, very light dark malt.
Sweet fruity, slightly acidic start, with a mix of apricot, apple, raisin and plum. Some alcoholic sherry, nice light dark chocolate and toasted malt, light spices. Doesn't get too ashy.
Refreshing, a bit robust too, weirdly. A great mix of tripel yeast and fruitiness with chocolatey dark malts. Great stuff.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of KristofH
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Novice Tripel Black from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
3.45 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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