Novice Tripel Black
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Novice Tripel BlackNovice Tripel Black
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Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
3.62 | pDev: 10.22%
Jan 21, 2022
Sep 29, 2012
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Reviewed by dcmchew from Romania

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.
Jan 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle, from Prima Beer. ABV is 8.5%. Dark brown colour, huge beige head. Aroma of brown kandij sugar and dark dried fruits, hints of roast malts, mild coffee and chocolate. The flavour is moderately sweet, notes again of brown kandij sugar and dried figs, also burnt sugar, moderately roasted malts, mild coffee and chocolate, moderate hops. A very nice and drinkable beer.
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
De Belgiuminabox. En copa Grimbergen. Con jamón ibérico de Mercadona + picos. Viendo The Mandalorian 2x03 + Amor y Anarquía 1x01. Peculiar birra con notas típicamente belgas, cierto perfil a pasas y una facilidad de trago impropia de su abv. Sin ser una experiencia asombrosa en lo organoleptico, si que proporciona cierto soplo de aire fresco y se bebe con facilidad
Nov 17, 2020
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottle from Belgium in a box, served at home in a trappist glass.
I don't see a black colour, is rather red, ruby when held to the light, Big head with long retention, tiny lacing.
Arome of dried fruits, apples, licorice, chocolate, apricots, malts.
Full body, sticky texture, good carbonation. Sweet finish.
Taste of apricots, dried fruits, bread, sugar, toffee, chocolate, apples.
Very good.
Aug 06, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L- Effectively black, held to a bright light I see a hint of deep ruby through it. A slight haze, and pours with a 2mm tan head.
S- Roasty and caramel on the first sniff, but then I don't get it again after that.
T- Toasty, hints of fruit and cocoa.
F- It's striking that this is 8.5% and it hides it well. I'd guess it blind-tasted as 6-6.5%. It's quite pungent, but nothing about it is even heading towards OTT, which in an 8.5% black-tripel might not be that hard to achieve.
O- I like it, it's drinkable and well balanced. It's pungent and would likely work better in colder months as a slow-sipping beer. I'd suggest taking this from the fridge and warming a bit towards room-temp as I expect the flavour might really open up. As chilled as mine is the taste is not up where I'd anticipated.
330ml bottle BB: 01/06/2021 Bought from BelgiumInABox in Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK.
May 07, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by HopBelT from Belgium

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by Antyk from Belgium

Aug 10, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by gregcordle from Ohio

Apr 28, 2016
Rated: 3.04 by Euroglot from Belgium

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by desint from Belgium

Oct 08, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by RMentair from Panama

Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by ManforallSaisons from Belgium

Feb 14, 2015
Rated: 3.62 by KristofH from Belgium

Jan 08, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by funkel81 from Colorado

Sep 23, 2014
Rated: 3 by beerpirates from Belgium

May 17, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by discodoni from Belgium

May 03, 2014
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Reviewed by BlackHaddock from England

2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
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.
Mar 04, 2014
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.
Oct 02, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Jeeb from North Carolina

Sep 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by BartMcStout from Belgium

May 01, 2013