Tongerlo 8 Tripel Blond | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Average: 3.7 | pDev: 13.51%

Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 39

Belgian Tripel | 8.00% ABV

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 39
Photo of Cwrw
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An attractive bottle and label, from the Abbey of Tongerlo. Yellow and blue graphics, with a large circled 8 on the neck of the bottle. (They also have an extremely well-done website too, I might add. The back of the bottle, though my French is rusty, refers to the vitamin B of the beer.
This one poured with a moderate sized head, indeed, one of the least foamy heads of any tripel I have had. It receded quickly to a thin, bright white, somewhat patchy layer, though the lacing is extraordinary, despite that. Rich, light caramel accents, and extremely clear looking. I see no hint of haziness, leaving the yeast undisturbed in the bottle until later. Except for the moderate size of the head, this is a marvellous beer to behold. The aroma is alcoholic fruitiness, spicy and complex. Some roasted malt notes, red licorice, some sugary honey, and just enough yeast muskiness to balance this all out in the aroma. Grapes, or red wine, tangerine, black currant, and some berries. I could feel this beer substantially right up front on the tongue, asserting its sweetness. In the middle, lovely red-wine flavours, leaving a dry tannin feel like a good cabernet sauvignon. Substantial phenols throughout the middle and finish, but this actually added a lot of character, as some tripels mask the alcohol so well so you can barely detect the gravity. The strong alcohol actually works here. Spicy finish, a little dry, and very full. I had this with some 3-year aged cheddar, and these paired incredibly! Taking a sip after a bite of the cheese brings whole new flavours to the mouth: I get much more sweetness, candy-like, sweet cherry. The lees, sludgy and yellow, were less carbonated and much more alcoholic. The mouthfeel is just right, with medium carbonation, just smooth enough to make this easily quaffable, tripel or not; and I highly recommend the aged cheddar pairing with this one. My first from Tongerlo Abbey, but certainly not my last. This was not quite what I was expecting for a tripel--there is something different, unexpected about it, and I like it.

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Photo of iluvhops
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer while on holiday in Belgium, Oostduinkerke.
I like it because of the drinkability, with its fairly dry and bitter taste it's begging for another bottle. With 8% ABV you might just take it easy upon this request...

For a tripel i still prefer Westmalle or Witkap, but this one's in the ballpark.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale and hazy yellow, small white head forms, nice retention, and laces well. Smell is fruity, very flowery and some sugar/caramel. Taste is strange, a sour/acidic beginning, bitter in middle, then a canned pear fruitiness and yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very strange and complex flavours in the beer, I would definately try again.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, available in Norway 2007 (Vinmonopolet). Very pale blonde colour, slightly hazy. Huge white head. Very pleasant aroma of yeast, fruit and spices. The flavour is spicy and peppery, also notes of yeast, fruit and moderate hops. Alcohol is evident, but not dominant. Nice one.

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Photo of rarbring
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light golden beer, a white head, leaving nearly no lacing. Good curtains.

The smell is mainly sweet and spicy. Some yeast,

The taste has a rather clean sweetness, some white bread, spices and a clean bitterness..

Little carbonation, complex body, a bit oily and a dry finish.

A good trippel, easily accessible.

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Photo of Andreji
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice Tripel although not the best one I've had (nor what I expected entirely.)

Pour is yellow/orange, fully translucid with a nice rocky white head that lasts for good enough. A little carbonation as well is visible. Scarce lacing.

The smell, although quite rich in spices, seemed to reveal a bit too much of the alcohol. It was exactly the same for the taste: very nice fruity strong blend but a bit too alcoholized, and the thin body doesn't match totally with the style (à mon avis).

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

Appearance - Hazy golden color with a head that disappears and leaves lacing.

Smell - Malts, fruity and sweet with some alcohol.

Taste - Sweet malts, apples, lemon, spices and finishes dry with alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Lots of carbonation, medium body.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright but hazy yellow-orange with a frothy and lacy ivory head. Spiced apples in the nose, hint of alcohol underpinned by sweet pale malt.

Sweet and fruity, with those spiced apple flavors, but some lemony flavors too. Hint of alcohol that helps give it a driness in the finish. Full body and a lingering spicy finish.

Pretty good and fairly unique tripel. Picked up at a beer store in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium.

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Photo of therica
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is very light lemon-yellow, a very interesting color. The head was frothy and white, and stayed for a while after pouring. Some small bubbles gently rising but not prolific amounts.

The nose at first is a bit strong but quickly turns to a delightful bouquet of aromas.

The taste is smooth, with a light bite undertone of possibly anise or licorice but only subtly. The aroma bouquet continues into the taste, and it's very drinkable. It's not one that I would generally sit down and order, glass after glass, but I will certainly seek it out and have one, if I happen upon it again. I brought this bottle back with me on the flight home from Belgium, 2 months ago, and am consuming as I write.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being careful to separate the yeast, this beer is reasonable clear. It has a golden color. The head is modest but it lasts a long time and leaves an ample blanket of lace on the glass.

Mild aroma, no notable hop or alcohol to the nose. (This version had an abv of 9.0%).

Nutty flavor with a strong alcohol bite. Served with a shot glass to place the yeast, which had the flavors one would expect. (Side note: I like this practice. It was great to taste the yeast separate from the "beer.") The beer has a strong citrusy bite. The swallow is peppery, but the aftertaste is short lived. The body is thinner than most tripels I've had.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : blonde dorée, troublée, mousse abondante et serrée, assez peu saturée .
Smell : arôme vieux houblon , fruité ( levure ) , riche, fin, distingué.
Taste and mouthfeel : saveur bien houblonnée (houblon aromatique) et fruitée. Bonne bouche, assez sèche, amère, ronde. Arrière goût fruité et acre.
Drinkability : Abbaye triple très fine et fruitée.

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Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale yellow with a white head that produced a bit of spotty lace. Quite fruity, with a lot of pear showing through in the aroma and flavour. There's a bit of lemon and some sugary sweetness. Bitterness was aggressive, particularly in the finish, but this was subdued as it warmed a bit. The residual sugar seemed to counteract the aggressive carbonation, producing a strange (but passable) overall mouthfeel. Some dryness as well. It took some getting used to, but I eventually warmed up to this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly nice beer if you give it a chance, and I will give a triple an even chance. Almost transperant colour with Some lace,suds.Quality aroma.A Unique taste with apple, citrus, pear. Grew on us as range of flavour expanded as it warmed.Bitterness and dry; carbonation aggressive as it has been on the entire tongerlo series.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 6/1/2007 pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Slight malty nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced - apple/spice, clean finish. Best by Jul 11, 2008. €4.50 ($6.17) for a 330ml bottle from Le Paon de Pauro Restaurant Brussels, Belgium.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dusky golden yellow with a magnificent head that is creamy in texture and bright white in color as it dissipates the lace left behind forms a nice covering upon the glass. The nose is dominated by the malt with a pleasant citrus like crispness, sweet and hints of caramel pleasant enough as aromas go, start malt and lightly sweet, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity and the hops spicy in their bite, droughty aftertaste, drinkable, but not anything earth shaking.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle given to me a Christmas present...

Poured a light golden colour. Creamy head poured big and foamy with a meringue like topping which then faded to light wispy covering. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles drift to the surface.. very little lacing..

Aroma - Spicy Belgian yeastiness, strong slightly tropical fruits (pineapples, oranges, some strawberries, lemons), peppery, some vanilla notes, freshly cut grass, marzipan, floral honey, sea salt notes...

Taste - Nice biscuity malts and Belgian yeast, good fruitiness (apples, oranges, some pears, light pineapples), good pepperiness, alcohol is just noticeable, honey / sugary sweetness, light anise, medicinal, some almond traces...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... fairly drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good if fairly run of the mill Tripel... worth a try though...

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a nice presence of candy sugar. In the taste, a small orange citrus with some nice dry sweetness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Very nice presence of citrus in a triple.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent golden orange with lively bubbles. The head is slightly off white, creamy tight bubbles and thick lacing. The nose is full of candied sugar and malt notes, spicy yeast, light metalic twang, faint lemon and some light citrusy hops. The taste is much of the same, candied sugars, faint chocolate malt, spicy yeast punch, lemon and faint citrus and floral hops in the finish. Body is light, very wet and soft on the tongue, strong carb and touch of a dry finish. A bit sweet in flavor and lacks the yeast and spice to balance.

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Photo of stcules
1.61/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Yellow colour, with a little turbidity. Oranged reflexes. The foam is abundant, with a beautiful creamy hat, even if with some big bubbles.
The smell has at the first a good florel bouquet, but quickly you can feel a base flavour of wet paper, metallic. The off flavour becomes more strong after a while.
The taste is on the same line... There is not the typical freshness of a tripel beer. The tasteis heavy, and hot. Quite bitter, but metallic again.
Absolutely not satisfactory.

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