Tongerlo Prior
Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Brouwerij Haacht NV
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3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Mar 27, 2022
Jan 29, 2010
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a cloudy, dark golden amber coloration with a small, fizzy head and visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, caramel malt and estery fruit and spice, with a distinct banana note and hints of clove, with not a lot of hops being noticeable. Taste is a decent balance of doughy, caramel malt and strong banana esters, as well as some clove, nutmeg and hints of floral, citrus hops. Finishes with a medium/strong sweetness and some banana and clove lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While this makes for a decent Tripel, it's not to my personal taste at all, being fairly sweet and boozy, with a very strong banana presence and little hops or bitterness coming through. I seriously never picked up this much banana in a Tripel, while I prefer the fruity esters to be more on the apple, pear, apricot side and think that a strong hoppiness is very important to the balance of a Tripel, but then again, this may just be really old, the best-by date is only 5 months away. At least there's a pretty noticeable spiciness to this, which I can apprecite, with distinct clove and lighter nutmeg and black pepper, while body and mouthfeel are fairly full as well.
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by elamb106 from New York

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.58 by Tenebris

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by arzt from Germany

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L- A somewhat deeper amber than average, clear, pours with 5mm white head. (ps 5mins later holds very well).
S- The Smell is entirely from The Book of monastic Tripels. Some deeper fruits almost a scent of the ABV% as if one were sniffing a hunk of brandy-doused British Christmas pudding.
T- Ohhhhhh yes, this is superb, right up my street! This is solid Belgian monastic Tripel style. Spices, the deep intensified notes of roast dark fruits (x-ref Brit Xmas pudding) plus the 9.0 ABV% comes over loud and clear...
F- ... so it's something of a beast, but it balances oh so well. This is ideal for slow-sippin', it's too good to rush anyway.
O- What a fantastic beer this is, absolutely superb! Not cheap but nice for a treat.
Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery, 330ml bottle £3.59, BB: 11/12/21
Sep 22, 2020
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Reviewed by The_Bujon from Ireland

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours exactly as you would expect from a high abv tripel. Clear golden blonde, light effervescence and a moderate head. Head suffers quickly despite being in the correct Tongerlo tulip glass.

Aroma is alco heavy and almost medicinal, that said my hands were covered in fire lighter fuel at the time! There are some subtle forest fruit notes and nicely spiced.

Taste is a grower and definitely this brews' strong point, malty with a twist of fruit. First sip is very alcoholic but warms on you thereafter. Lovely warming aftertaste.

Feel is also good, helped by that winter warmer feel, hot sensation in the throat.

Overall, almost a 4 out of 5 beer, just not quite up to the same level as its rivals....a common theme I find for tongerlo.
Jan 17, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by tux_alin from Romania

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 3.82 by Robertas from Lithuania

Nov 17, 2019
Rated: 5 by igl from Russian Federation

Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by Campodog from Spain

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by S_McAteer_95 from Ireland

Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 3.61 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 17, 2018
Rated: 3.76 by robotic_being from Florida

Aug 07, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by steverx8 from England

Jul 17, 2018
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge white frosty head that dissolves slowly and leaves some lacings.
Aroma is of banana, oranges,bread,vanilla,cloves and spices.
The flavour is sweet and fruity at the start with strong notes spices and herbs, while it is some weak notes of malts in the back. The finish is slightly bitter but it does not balance well with the sweetness. Aftertaste has a decent lenght but is not so comfortable. Fizzy carbonation with a medium body. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft.
All in all is a decent enough triple, but is far more better belgian triples out there.
Jul 06, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by Antyk from Belgium

Apr 14, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by emincems from Turkey

Mar 01, 2018
Rated: 3.09 by Ichoosefiction from Belgium

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 5 by angergeneral from Ohio

Oct 19, 2017
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
-pours a slightly hazy golden with a big,quickly dissipating,foamy,grey head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-honey,banana,wheaty,white bread,grainy,spicy,melon
-white bread,spicy,honey,coriander,pears
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-high carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
A great Tripel.Like a Bakery in a Bottle.
Sep 05, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Aug 01, 2017
Rated: 3.44 by 54V4G3 from Belgium

May 26, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by MattMorin from Illinois

Oct 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Brought back from my Belgium road trip last year. Poured from a 330ml bottle, a slightly hazy amber colour with a white foamy head. Aromas of fruits including orange & pineapple as well as grains, malts & yeast. Tastes of orange, pineapple, apple, grapes, light wine as well as hints of citrus, grains & spice. Aftertaste has a fruity alcoholic kick with a fair amount of bitterness. Overall a decent triple, enjoyable, but no more than mid range in quality.
Sep 06, 2016
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | 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. Smell is malts, some spices, light fruits. Taste is malts, fruits, banana stands out, spice, alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but there are much better tripel's out there.
Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by benlhoest from Belgium

May 21, 2016
Rated: 3 by YvesB from Belgium

Apr 04, 2016
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Reviewed by kitschiguy from Hong Kong

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured 330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

I'm still learning about this style.

Nice dark, golden yellow.

Vigorous pour produced big, loose head.

Nose is spicy yeast, orange zest and bubble gum and spicy baking aromas. NIce.

Palate is not as complex as the nose but still nice. Yeast and bubble gum/spice. Well-rounded.

Mouth is ok. Quite creamy.

Overall this is pretty good but there are much better ones out there..
Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by trainingwithkev from New York

Jan 17, 2016
Rated: 3.91 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Jan 17, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by jonj from Faroe Islands

Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 3.8 by DeanBB from South Africa

Dec 18, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by desint from Belgium

Dec 02, 2015
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Reviewed by Zet from Netherlands

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bright golden colour with a very thick anf frothy head of foam that retains well and leaves lacing on the glass. Nice smell of banana, oranges, yeast and coriander. The taste is not as full as the smell, but still quite good: malts, oranges, raisin, coriander and honey with subtle hops and not so subtle overripe fruit in the aftertaste. Alcohol slowly makes its entry towards to end, but doesn't dominate. It makes the mouth feel a bit stingy though. A good tripel, but not extraordinary.
Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 3.3 by Eddieeeee from Japan

Nov 25, 2015
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Very spicy for a tripel, snappy palate stings at first. Foamy head fades, hazy dark golden body. Aroma is hops, coriander, butterscotch. taste is sharp, burns the palate, but no aftertaste. This is a bit different, and a bit too spicy for my taste (compared to the style).
Oct 15, 2015
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 10th October 2016 and poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear deep golden colour with a fluffy two finger white head which lasts a long time and leaves stringy lacing.

Aroma: Mainly bready malts and unripe banana with hints of pear.

Taste: Flavour is strong with sweet banana, clove, honey and bready malts. There was also a hint of spicyness and the booze comes through towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: This was quite a nice tripel especially when comparing its price to other decent tripels.
Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jul 03, 2015
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