Sint Canarus Tripel | Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus

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Sint Canarus TripelSint Canarus Tripel

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Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 49
Photo of viverlee
2.19/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Massive fan of this style. When done right, there are few better. This one, however, simply fails to wow.

STYLE: Belgian Tripel

ABV: 7.5%

LOOK: Poured into my Orval goblet. Years after my first experience, I’m still fascinated by these cloudy Belgians. The color, a dirty orange.

NOSE: Atypical. And I’m not sure I mean that in a good way. It reminds me more of a Euro Pale Lager than a sweet, complex treat. I might have wasted the wide glass on this one. Bready, canned, and light earth. Really really surprised by the lack of fruit, sweet malts, and general balance.

MOUTH: Unsweetened banana bread, lagerish, soggy. If people are harder on those they expect more from, maybe I’m not quite the cynical contrarian I fancy myself to be. Again, I love this style. But I honestly feel like I can say this tastes too much like the brownish water in canned green beans. The rest is maybe irrelevant, though the curious might want to know anyway: medium weight, decent mouthfeel, dry finish. There, am I done now?

Beeradvocate Rating: 81*

ratebeer Rating: 78

Hayward Abbey Rating: 68

* Based on a relatively insignificant 29 reviews.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A snapping sounding carbonation out of the bottle, hits with an off white head, it looks very soapy, very shampoo like, but it manages lots of lacing and retention and clumpy character. Body color is slightly hazy, but mostly a nice orange orb glowing, with classic white pinhead rising carbonation. Nice looking brew.

Nose is alright and fairly solid. A real dry spiced clove sense. Fruit apple and delicious chew bursting flesh. Fairly simple but pretty good. After some time though, the nose doesn't really become obvious. You really need to snort it.

Taste is kind of neutral. Fruit angle hinting of apple on the nose doesn't seem to come through with a bit of a wet angle. Very dry finish, even an almost woody tannic quality to it as all, and a big dry mouth on the finish.

Overall it's not bad, but certainly not a tripel that I would jump at the chance of trying again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a pale yellow-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, tart, fruit, bread, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, fruit, banana, spice, earth, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into this one not really expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised upon inspection. There was a nice balance of flavors and aromas going on here while making it fairly complex at the same time. The breadiness was a very nice touch and helped to tie some of the notes on this one together. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity and are a big fan of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a tall cylinder glass. Pours a hazy, light orange amber, thick three finger head and massive lacing. Aroma of light fruit, spices and light malt caramel malt. Flavor of caramel, light fruit, brown sugar and light spicing. Nice light hops finish. Not complex, but very nicely balanced and very tasty. I will buy again.

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Photo of n2185
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange with three fingers of billowing white head that fades into a dense cap with excellent lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front followed by lots of candy sugar and bubblegum. There are also light aromas of pears and white grapes. The finish smells of chalky yeast.

T: Lots of spices and strong yeasty characters dominate the flavor. I decanted the pour, but the yeast characters dominate with spicy and bitter notes.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit underattenuated and could use more carbonation. The heavy yeast character doesn't help.

O: Not a bad tripel, but not particularly good, either. It looks great and smells nice, but the flavor and body are a big letdown.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Easy to develop head, big poofy edges like cotton balls and puppydog tails, mild to creamy pharmaceutical emulsion in the center above a chilled honey color. It has low lacing, but great retention time. This is the Michael Jordan of hang-time when comparing it to previous beers I've reviewed this week.

S- Straw, sharp spice notes, pilsner malt, ethanol. Very light aroma, not much strength or lingering power. Faint orange slice acidity, the bouquet that wafts at you from across the room making you wonder who could possibly be opening an orange right now.

T- Opens light bitterness, straw, grass, and lingers with that. There is that unmistakeable pilsner malt flavor, misplaced ethanol power, and belgian yeast. Its like a sweet hay flavor making me think brett. The finish is insanely dry and very clean.

M- Super crisp right off the bat. Like, SLAM BAM thank you sam! But my name isn't sam, and I don't want this. Fuck off, give me some time to understand you! No! DON'T TOUCH MY PALATE LIKE THAT! Ahh! Why won't it fade, its slick... it rushes into all my crevices, the oily nature of it, the fluid thin power. Its... its touching me and I don't want it to. When its finished, I can't help but keep feeling its bitter nature all over my tongue... reminding me.. taunting me. You. Will. Not. Forget. ME.

It doesn't have much going for complexity, and its mouthfeel drives me up a wall. It has imperial pilsner characteristics but also makes me think of belgian pale ale. Really, really light and crisp belgian pale ale.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with a frothy, two finger white head that has excellent retention, onlsy slowly fadig into a thick lasting cap. Sporadic streaks and spots
of lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with lots of estery fruit notes and bready yeast. Hints of pepper, candy sugar and coriander along with alcohol phenols, apple, pear and grape.

Medium body with soft carbonation and a nice spicy presence that lingers over the crisp, light fruit notes into a slightly dry finish. Hints of pepper and candy sugar followed by some apple and pear before finishing with slight boozy sweetness. Well balanced, flavorful and easy to put down.

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Photo of impending
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy tangerine, dense white head recedes slowly, excellent lacing.

Aroma is yeasty apricot skins just shy of rotting backed by a floral arrangement. Something in the distance is not inviting.

Taste lacks the sweetness the scent indicated. Relatively narrow flavor profile resulting in a bland nature. Minor pepper and phenols announce mid taste. Fairly strong bitters but not of the hop kind in the finish. Thin to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and pretty decent lacing. The nose is kind of intriguing and a bit unusual for a tripel. I get some honey and pineapple, mixed with vanilla, smoked meat and light spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, though I like the light bitterness and somewhat dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, moderately sweet and slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I get no sense of heat or heaviness on the finish.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is still a pretty solid tripel.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light gold color w/ a nice two finger off white head. Excellent carbonation, head and amazing lacing. Some floaties in the beer, and it's a fairly cloudy brew.

S- Fairly light for a tripel. Some malt, spices, and that's about it. Fairly disappointing for the style (and one of my favorite styles). Pretty weak nose that's bordering on average.

T- Not bad, but nothing special. Malt, yeast, spices, toast. Fairly light for a tripel, and not particularly refined or balanced. There are a lot of great Belgian tripels out there, this is not one of them.

M- Fairly thin, and extremely dry for the style. Somewhat disappointing.

O- I love tripels. I do not love this tripel. It just doesn't do justice to the style. I'm really surprised this is from Belgium as well. It just doesn't live up to the Belgian Tripel legend. Won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My bottle of Sint Canarus Tripel had some problems. There were some hints of musty barnyard.

A: Orange colour and a big 4 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Spicy Belgian yeast with something else... a funky odour that I don't love. 3.5

T: Taste is a little off to begin with but there are also some pleasant, sweet, woody flavours. There is some flavour there, I'm not sure what it is, that I don't like. Like an old barnyard. 3

M: Foamy and well carbonated. 4

O: There were some problems with my bottle. 3

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz into Stone VE tasting glass.

A- Hazy honey gold, big rocky head. Dense, 3-fingers, not going anywhere. Beautiful lacing.

S- Mild pill bottle and lots of spiciness.

T- Banana, clove, mild medicinal notes. Solid bitter finish. Sweet flavors dry out. Banana comes back after the sip. Interesting. Flavors are all pretty mellow, simple, clean.

M- Finishes very well, leaving you wanting more. Good balance.

O- Enjoyable, not the most complex tripel I've had but very enjoyable. Will be putting this on the 'buy' list. Good stuff.


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Photo of WhiteOak
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy golden-yellow color. The head was impressive, like a big, white, soapy, sea foam from a heavy surf. The term lacing is insufficient, since thick clumps of foam clung to the sides of the glass like cotton balls.

S- The simple aroma was of toasted caramel and malt. No fruit, no spice.

T- Strangely, the only flavors which I got were of hazelnut and chocolate covered almonds. Certainly not unpleasant, but undetectable was any fruitiness. The finish revealed some slight hops bitterness.

M, D- The CO2 was a bit too lively, but the drinkability was OK.

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Photo of crossovert
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml stubby abbey-style brown bottle.

It pours like and average tripel, a bit murky for the style. It is a peachy brown with a tall, foamy, white head. It is a super foamy head. It slowly recedes with a thick coating of lacing, and I mean coating.

The nose is super fruity, there is some pear, apple, white grape, and orange. The orange really seems to be the focal point. It is accented by some honey and caramel notes. The thing I love about Tripels is they always have interesting and unique scents.

The taste is a bit more subtle, but it is fantastic. The main flavor is a nice alcoholic caramel and some light fruity esters. There is a noticeable sweetness, but it isn't overpowering or cloying, and the same goes for the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very prickly and I have to dock the mouthfeel a little bit. But overall, solid, solid brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, great Arthurian Sangreal quest type label with a bit of Magic cards circa '94 art in there too, made me interested to try it, poured appropriately IMO into an Orval chalice,

A: Pours burnt orange with a mild sort of floaty problem, but nothing too drastic. One finger head, soapy lace, good retention.

S: Upon the first smell I got a heavy roast chicken component, due to the sage notes that come bursting from the bottle. Once that retreats, the hops come out in force with a heavy almost hard candy like sweet tangerine which overtakes everything. Notes of hay in the background with a bit of barnyard, hint of the outside world.

T: Hop forward initially, very earthy and Americanized, not a real elegance to the brew. More classic flavours come out with the finish, light candy sugar and esters, orange, bready malt.

M: Medium-bodied, mild notes of ethanol. Soft pleasing carbonation - classic Belgium.

D: At 7.5% it's definitely on the low end ABV-wise for a tripel which could have made it interesting, as a "session" type, and I use that term loosely, abbey ale. Frankly though, I didn't find the flavour too inspiring, and while the other aspects of the brew are nice, the flavour is the most important part, and that is where this brew falls short. Not a bad tasting brew, I'll drink it just fine thank you, but nothing to grab your attention or to latch onto.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Publican into a tall tulip...Light honey gold pour, lots of carbonation but it doesn't stay...A super sweet aroma with tons of honey...The sweetness sadly rollsover to the taste as well, honey and yeast. No floral hops or hops at all present. A strong and hot mouthfeel, very alcoholic for only 7.5% abv.

This is a poor showing from Belgian of one its classic styles. A tripel that should be skipped.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeast, spices, wheat and bready malt. The flavor is lemon, yeast and bread. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good tripel, even if it is not as complex as some of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dirty orange with a heavy state of turbidity of macro-particles creating a muddled appearance. A billowy head rises to the occasion, 2 fingers high, and ivory colored displaying a respectable rate of retention. Visible carbonation , or what could be determined beneath the murky appearance, looked strong with the brief glimpses I caught. The particulate matter was rustic orange in color creating a thick haze of obstruction and lied in suspension not moving much even in the midst of the strong carbonation. The lacing was soapy with random patches.

S: The nose was yeasty with a tart citric nature. The initial impression was one of moderate strength, but soon fades to gentle suggestions of semi-dry oranges and bread soon after. A light spiciness of hops closes things out.

T: The initial flavor was spicy with light tart notes of tangerines first coming to mind. Bready and loaded with orange citrus it had a fizzy carbonation with a tart and acidic nature. Traces of wheat come through along with spicy hops on the close that is also accompanied by grapefruit peel and a spicing of coriander. The finish is slightly dry, tart and citric, well suited per style rounding out with a gentle dry and sour twang.

M: The mouthful was bright and very active, full bodied and creamy in texture. Warming with a dry sour twang of citrus teases the tongue for a brief while after the swallow.

D: A very easy drinking tripel. Spicy, tart with a nice citric appeal this goes down quite nicely even at 7.5% with a gentle warming.

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Photo of MaltistLupulist
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the contents of a an 11.2 oz. bottle, including sediment, into a chalice. I'm not sure I've ever witnessed the presence of such an absurd amount of lees in as limited an amount of liquid as this; it's as if it's the Belgian response to Turkish coffee. Otherwise, the appearance is a brilliant honey orange with a sustained but slowly diminishing head which leaves a respectable if splotchy lacing.

The aroma is a little on the faint side, but I perceive, most prominently, sour apple and some sweet bready malts, lending the nose a sort of apple turnover/apple strudel quality. There's some subtle spice here, too...difficult to identify until I've actually tasted it, but I suspect coriander plays a pivotal role. Lastly, a scarcely noticeable delicate vinous trait is interwoven with the more apparent features of the nose.

The flavor is a peculiar mix of tart citrus rind, clean but abrasive bittering hops (which, presumably, are the prime contributor to the somewhat soapy finish), coriander, and, unfortunately, some readily discernible alcohol, although this last factor somehow becomes less pronounced as I proceed. There is some awkward incongruity among the flavor components but, all in all, the taste is agreeable if not exemplary. I'm especially partial to the dry (if soapy) finish.

Light- to medium-bodied; quite lively carbonation-wise but finishes dry and mellow.

Drinkability is decent; as aforementioned, the alcohol seems sharp and unpleasant initially but desensitization quickly sets in. I actually had more difficulty with the hops: while the booziness seemed less prominent as I proceeded, the lupulin seemed to become increasingly aggressive, almost to the point of astringency.

I have no regrets about trying this beer; it's certainly nowhere near a drainpour, but the positive attributes are too few to entice me to seek it out again. When tasting it, there is a fleeting moment when all the flavors come together harmoniously, but this is entirely too brief, and is preceded by a clumsy convergence of disparate flavors and followed by an anticlimactic (although not unpleasant) finish.

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Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Brown in color. Thick consistency with lots of floaties and sediment. Not much lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, apples, esters and some spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, apples, esters, and a mixed array of spices. A decent flavor, if a little unfocused.

M: Highly carbonated with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but not the most mind-altering beer I've ever tried.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale/deep gold in color, cannot see through the beer. Lots of carbonation rising from deposits in bottom of the glass. Off-white creamy head about one finger. Rich malt, mild spice noted. Not picking up any hop aroma. Leaves a white lace behind after tasting. Very spicy, highly carbonated. Rich creamy maltiness stays throughout.

Received at a holiday secret santa. Not a bad little brew.

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Photo of farrago
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over two finger head of pure white, delicately laced foam alongside big bubbles, they pop so violently they shake the head, thin lacing streaks, dissolves pretty quickly. Glowing zinc orange color, much closer to yellow than red, translucently opaque, very active bubble beads visible. Green apple, crab apple driven nose, lemon zest, pressed wildflowers, pear and pomegranate fruit as well, leesy rather than doughy or bready, possesses a nice filling soft texture but short on the diversity of scents. Light to medium-bodied, presents the same soft and pliant feel, no rough edges. More pepper and spicy bite here, still the lees like element adds to soft feel. Peach, apricot, pear, strawberry fruit light of touch. Gentle lemon, orange citrus component. Stays dry and without anything above moderate sweetness. A friendly beer, the carbonation level keeps it just active enough, however, it does lack a certain measure of personality. For the price, you need something more than just competently put together.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl stubby bottle, poured into a Westmalle Chalice. I allowed some of the sediment (by mistake) to enter the glass, so the beer took on a slightly hazy look. Old orange peel colour with a crisp white foaming head.

A sweetish aroma, apple pie with a caramel crust, mixed with yeast and grapefruit esters, nice!

Its best before date was 7th Apr 2012, so it was very fresh when reviewed (4th Nov 2009). It was spritzy and tart, young and refreshing, ageing could well mellow the beer, who knows? The taste was an agreeable blend of what a tripel should taste of; good quality hops, barley and yeasts, brewed in that Belgian way no one else on earth can quiet manage.

Considering it has 7.5%ABV within, it didn't seem to carry an alcoholic kick, you could detect the strenght but it didn't creep up on you like some tripels I've had, nor did it protrude out like a pointed stick.

Very easy to drink and put me in the mood for more beers, sadly I had things to do.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits (apple, pear, strawberry), jam, light spices, and yeast. Flavor is peppery/spicy upfront with a yeasty finish. Flavor is not quite as nice and fruity as the aroma, but it's still quite nice. I like this one a lot -- it's much better than the ratings suggest.

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Photo of spointon
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from an 11.2oz stubby brown Belgian bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a mostly pale gold color with a bit of orange hue in there too. The white head rose an impressive 2+ inches and then settled slowly to a thin cap. Faint lacing down the glass.

S= Mostly clean, with a fresh green apple and pear note throughout. With a bit of swirling and deep inhaling, I could also get a very faint estery yeast note.

T= Again, pretty overwhelmingly clean. Some spice and green orchard fruit on top of very pale and faint malts. Finish was dry and showed some alcohol spice.

MF= Pretty light bodied with a huge effervescent carbonation release and seriously sharp feel on my tongue.

D= This was an ok beer, but not nearly half as good as some of the best tripels I have had. Worth a try and in all honesty, pretty easy to drink.

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