Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Abbey Tripel
Ingelmunster, Belgium


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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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A tripel, as solid as a castle. A full bodied beer, brewed with Belgian hops, to enjoy quietly, with a powerful, distinctive flavour: flowery, hop bitterness and soft alcohol.

Ingredients: water, barley malt, corn, sugar, hops, yeast, antioxidant (ascorbic acid).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (1523) - FINLAND - JAN 27, 2014
bottle. pale yellow. dusty pale malts, coriander seeds, some boozyness aroma-wise. full bodied with a bit of citrusy sweet finish. some soapyness. Creamy butter as it warms up. Was really excellent chilled near freezing - nicely fresh fruity coriander spicy, but warming up it does become a bit to boozy ordinary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. It was bottled on "110208" (February 8th, 2011?). It cost $5.99 ($0.53 per ounce).

Appearance: Orange/copper hue that is surprisingly clear with no sediment (it doesn’t appear to be bottle-conditioned). Pours to virtually no head and what does forms fizzles away completely. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Strong Belgian aromatics of yeast esters, banana, clove and distinct alcohol.

Taste: I originally reviewed a 2008 vintage of this beer back in 2010 and it absolutely floored me with its intensity. I had drank several Belgian beers by that point, but this was just a booze bomb. A few years later and I’m drinking a nearly three-year-old vintage to the day and it’s a completely different beer. While Kasteel Triple is indeed a big beer, it’s nowhere near as intimidating as I remember. This time around it’s a pretty standard Belgian tripel, only much stronger than most of the style and not necessarily any better.

The palette here is actually quite simple, which is surprising given the hefty 11% ABV weight. It begins with a sweetness akin to butterscotch or caramel hard candies. Sweet, but not especially rich. There’s notes of banana, clove and black pepper, but they are on the more subtle side. Perhaps this is due to age, or the fact the alcohol is difficult to ignore. It imparts warmth and some dryness, and while it’s a bit distracting, it’s still complementary to the palette.

Drinkability: Where Kasteel Triple loses points with me is its drinkability. Even though carbonation isn’t visible, it’s definitely a physical sensation in the mouth and throat. The dense 11% ABV body can’t be ignored as it sits quite heavy on the system and has a distinct character of warmth or even flat-out heat. It does finish remarkably clean, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (930) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Solid tripel. Strong sweet fruit notes, which perhaps overwhelm the Belgian yeast just a bit. Nevertheless quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
EdwinLitzau (233) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2014
Heldere gouden kleur, bijna pils. Dikke witte schuimkraag. Weinig aroma. Smaakt behoorlijk bitter. Lomp zwaar., niet geweldig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (2682) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
From a 33 cl bottle at The Olde Brogue in Great Falls VA. Pours a clear copper with a thick off white head. Aroma of tropical fruits. Flavors of caramel and banana. Medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (1912) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2013
Diesen Test melden (Funktion im Probebetrieb) Nach oben Nun also das helle Gegenstück zum "bruin", dem dunklen Tripel von Kasteel. Die Farbe im Glas ist schön hell und hefig-trüb. Der Geruch ist süßlich-frisch, der Schaum cremig-mild und schön lange beständig. Im Antrunk ist es sehr fruchtig-schwer, bananige Töne machen sich auf der Zunge breit, auch eine leichte alkoholische Schärfe kommt hinzu. Erst im Nachgeschmack wird es dann etwas süßer. Dieser ist lang anhaltend, schön alkoholisch-warm mit schönen, fruchtigen Anklängen. Im Gegensatz zum Bruin erscheint es mir überhaupt nicht klebrig oder überzuckert.
--> Ein sehr schönes, helles Tripel. Schöne Fruchtnoten und angenehme alkoholische Note!
Test vom 9.6.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,12,10,11,12,11 - 11,15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (521) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 19, 2013
Botella de 33 cl. En el Lupulo. Varias veces en 2010 y 2011. La etapa belga vamos. Bastante buena y con gran potencia alcohólica, aunque me quedo con la dunkel como una de mis favoritas del mundo belga. Una gran cerveza y con grandes ganas de repetir para valorarla mejor. Las dos claro...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mpuntmuts (121) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Blond yellow golden pour with huge white head. Phew! Really dominant smell of uhm.....lager? Malts and hops hiding out in the backyard but they’re there. Banana and yeasty malty taste. Little sweet but not too much. Bitter appears later on. Body is a bit too thin with a high bubble factor. Still quite enjoy this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Hazy yellow, big white head. Nose of glue and spice. Flavour has alcohol, floral and some pear. Alcohol is really apparent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moebbels (241) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Pours a clear light golden color with loads of bubbles rising to the surface. The white head settles to a thick even layer that lasts well. Nose has yeast, spices and some tropical fruit notes. Taste is sweet with an underlying bitterness and a warm, dry finish. Carbonation is very high with lots of large bubbles and the palate is rich but not too thick or syrupy. Very nicely balanced, the alcohol is well hidden but you cant avoid feeling the warmth of it.

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