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

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RATINGS: 835   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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).


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MBarni (9) - - FEB 24, 2014 does not count
Excelent tripel belgium beer. Good arome and taste. A good belgium strong pale ale

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jan23778 (92) - SPAIN - FEB 23, 2014
Dark blonde, light amber in colour with a clean white head. Sweet, fruity smell with a hint of banana. Very fizzy taste with more fruit -a little too much- and an alcohol punch that kicks in a second later. Another potentially dangerous beer as it masks it’s alcohol quite well.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickey9 (447) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2014
Nuts, grains, spirit, sugar, ripe tyropical fruits. Medium carbon, full body. Not suprising after yesterday party but giving me a chance to be again drunk. B@H

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
htzpah (76) - - FEB 18, 2014
A slight floral aroma, notes of citrus finish it out. Medium head. Understated bitterness, some depth, a nice bite at the end. Would be a great summer beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BLADT (498) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
From bottle. Smell is orchard fruit and cork. Closer to a cider or saison in flavor. Some lemon zest too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2878) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2014
330ml bottle courtesy of Ashton McCobb. Pours clear golden yellow with a thin long-lasting head. Aromas of honey malt and light spice. Taste has more of the same. Cleansing finish. Hides the strength well. Cuts through the aftermath of a sirloin steak with bearnaise sauce very nicely.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
g_georgiou (165) - CYPRUS - FEB 12, 2014
Slightly hazy golden color with a thick white head. Carbonation looks very lively. Caramel, banana, some other fruit maybe apricot. Medium sweet taste. The carbonation is not as crazy as I expected from the looks of it but still quite fizzy. Alcohol leaves you with a warm feeling which is good because it lets you know this is a strong beer in case you forget after a few sips.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7666) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
33 cl cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
BB 02-2015.
Clear golden color, fizzy pop/soda like white head that dimishes very fast. Sweet, alcohol, some dried fruit taste. Dry, spicy, alcohol aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low to very low bitterness. Sweet, alcohol, dried fruits scent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (763) - HONG KONG - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014

330 ml bottle bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.

Cloudy, hazy light golden orange colour with traces of dirt-like yeast sediments; One and a quarter finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Good sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation; Fragrant aroma of banana, with alcohol, light vanilla, caramel, sugar, ester, fairly light floral, malt, and strong Bel yeast; Strong and sweet taste of malt, with strong alcohol, light banana, caramel, strong molasses, strong Bel yeast, light earth, light spices, liquorices, lime, and light bitter herbal hops; Mid to full body, slick and slightly creamy palate; Mouth feel is strong sweet alcohol plus Bel yeast-laden esters and banana; plus quite rich caramel and creamy characters cover up an otherwise pretty bare taste varieties. Strong, but still nice 11% booze is the key here, which seems to scream out a lot more than the well-contained Kasteel Donker. Still retained some comfy feeling, but there’s a slight fiery after taste which means you have to sip slowly and carefully! Hoppiness is light floral nose, slightly earthy and spicy, limey herbal hops in taste. Just right liquorices to add the low bitter background for a pretty nice but abrupt sweet-bitter finish; Fairly dry after taste, sweet and boozy to mouth.

Comments: This one has the perfect sweetness - strong but not cloying - I longed for an ideal Tripel. It’s also very damn rich and simple-minded in flavours. Down sides being a lot more booziness than Kasteel Donker, somewhat lacking dimensions and hops in aroma and taste. Ironically, it’s the strong booze which makes it stand up well to be a decent Tripel, yet nowhere near those top dogs. Perfect for wanting a Tripel and getting stoned at the same time.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
androman (302) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2014
33cl bottle @ home. Slightly hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma banana, biscuit, caramel, fruits, glue, malty notes, slight licorice, alcohol is present. Medium sweetness, lightly bitter, slightly salty. Full body, sticky texture, lively carbonation, medium lasting bitterish-sweet finish. Not bad but not too exciting.


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