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

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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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).


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Bottle: light-colored and clear. Nose is quite sweet, with apple and banana. Flavor is fruity with loads of apples and quite strong, but doesn’t have the particular bite I expect from tripels, just not as distinctive and explosively flavored as normal. A bit too tart.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (430) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Poured from 750ml bottle into a Kasteel bier glass. The apperance was a hazy pineapple yellow with small white head. Nice lacing. This Kasteel glass is one of my favorites to drink Belgiums out of. The aroma was spicy, musty, and yeasty. The taste is stong on the yeasty esters, tangy and slightly burning in the back. The alcohol is apparent. The belgium sweetness manages to pop its head once the lingering spice fades. A slow sipper. This Tripel is well-rounded, but not really a knock out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Poured to a hazy golden orange, with medium white head that lingered through mid-glass, and decent lacing. Aroma was a tart, spicy fruit, almost a green apple smell. Taste was very spicy and fruity and at the beginning, the 11% alcohol was well hidden. As beer warmed at mid-glass, alcohol became more evident, but blended well with the spices. Finish was very long and warming, as alcohol made its presence known. I sipped on this for over 40 minutes, and am glad I did, as I got to expereience the beer changing as it warmed. A good to very good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3833) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Golden amber with bubbly white head. Sweet spicy malt aroma. Sour spicy flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Hazy yellow gold hue, with a frothy white head, leaving nice laces, yeasty, sweet corn nose, hint of sweet warming alcoholic notes, pale malt, bready dough, and a honeyish accent in the aroma follows through on medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, sweet honeyish alcoholic character, bready note, corny accent, hint of graininess, leading towards a warming alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2006
On tap. Opaque gold with delicate white head. Aroms is musty/cheesy, fruity, and spicy. Flavor is the same with a touch oif malt to finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a large head that lasts for a good 5 minutes. Good carbonation and great lacing. I actually thought the 11% was masked very well. A sharp tartish taste. This was very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Golden crystal clear with a sparse, sparse head. But don’t be fooled by the colour, at 11% this blond packs a wallop. Spicy apple aroma with a strong taste of alcohol, the whole experience reminicent of organic apple cider, even down to the subtle carbonation. Pleasant if you have the pallate for such things otherwise leave this one to the ol’ country boys.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2006
750 mL bottled 10/2005. Gold. Large, fluffy, white head. Nose of doughy, musty, yeast, light colored fruits, perfume, sweet malt, and alcohol. Flavor adds subtle toffee, some floral/herbal spiciness, heavy whole wheat bread. Very dry finish, alcoholic and yeasty. Full, well carbonated palate matches the charater nicely. Solid brew. Any reason it’s not a triple?

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
this big boy was tangled in some bob wire, he was down and thrashin’. i cooled him some and did that fancy horse-whisper shit so’ze i could get near and pull off that wire and ease back the cork. i done it gentle and then BOOM come that cork like a festered sore. well stuff my boots with sand burrs if’n that bronc didn’t rear back and bite me in mean mule-spirited dis-gratitude: i mean i got me straight-away a sucker punch in the nose of moonshine, dog blanket and wood glue. then i seen me sompthin wadn’t quite right with this here critter. he’s a lobin’ sideways to a real triple, he got no yeast, got a pale yaller color. t’aint right. he got him a sure nuff purdy mane, tho, a head set up thar flowin’ like an assateague pony’s locks in a head wind. spirit! he got that! well i tell ya friends i circled that stallion, feelin’ like a pork chop at a fat farm, generally outnumbered like a four foot dude facin’ a two ton bull. he barked all kinda unnecessary rattlesnake venom my way, i hollered back "whata you? huh? a banana daiquiri or a malt liquor?" i mean he tasted like a twinkie soaked in jet fuel. truth is, i knowed he was a good-hearted steed but he’d been a-handled brutal. t’wasn’t ol’ kasteels fault he’d turned out so onery. coulda been raised up with ripe barlet pear sweetness, meller an’ refined. but no, ’stead he smelt like all tore up pine boards-- a mixture of milk an vodka that cha drank until ya damn-near died with yer snout in the sod under some lemon-scented honeysuckle. well, i darn near shit me a t-bone that night but i think i come to understand this poor critter. an’ it’s a damn shame. a rich little tripel done got hisself all mixed up in meth-amphetamine. sigh. i seen me some little fairies and twinklies before i got my self home jes before dawn, but it remembers me: even out in belgium, boys-- y’all best watch yer backsides.


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