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

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RATINGS: 849   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).


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 750 bottle. Pours a beautiful, soft gold with a nice frothy head of white. Aroma is earthy and yeasty, with a bit of floral tones. Ample carbonation. Flavor is a rush of alcohol, followed by bits of orange, coriander, malt, and a mint-like rush. Interesting beer, but not spectacular. Palate is slick. I’d try another.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
Tasted at Fynske Øldag 2005, Pale yellow colour with a small white head. Malty and fruity aroma with faint alcohol note. Malty and quite spicy flavor with a warming alcohol finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2005
Bottled @ Fynske Øldage: Pale yellow coloured. Hazy. White head. Citric, spiced and fruity beer with some light alcoholnotes. Is well balanced and quite complex. Medium bodied. Has a nice alcoholbite with a nice warming on lips and palate.. NIce one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
this is one of the best beers that i ever had. it has a nice golden color to it and a nice white head. and to top it all off its 11% and i never could tell there is no warming or taste of alcohol what so ever its a great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
Draught. At Pizza Plant in Williamsport, NY. Poured hazy white-yellow with a good, thick white head. Had the standard suite of trippel/blonde aromas - lemon, ashy hops, sweet fruity malt, coriander and black pepper. Taste follows the nose - spicy, fruity (apricot), the alcohol is well behaved but evident, gets candyish and a tad harsh as it warms. Mouthfeel is creamy, fizzy and almost sticky. Overall a decent, very drinkable middle of the pack strong blonde.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Fresh bottle, brand-new label. Haven’t had this stuff in years, so I’m eager to get it on my tongue, again. Clear, pale golden hued, with a twister of bubbles rising from the bottom, capped with a gorgeous, puffy, llacey layer of thick white froth. Aroma is an angelic blend of citrus and spice, arousing and uplifting, floral, effervescent, with distinctive yeast aromatics, and a potent, but lovely blend of fruit (apricot, pear, lemon)...just what I love in a tripel! Taste: Mmmmm! Tart, crisp, acidic, and brimming with flavor, in this case, as said before, a tasty mix of fruit and spice. Just a little sour, with a bracing grimace present at every sip, but releasing when the brew lays back, and the overall effect is utter relaxation and splendid refreshment. 11%? Who? What? The high abv isn’t so apparent, but it becomes clearer after the imbiber has admired the zing, the zap, the ping on the palate. Once that flavor profile impresses, you lay back and wallow in it, the thought finally occurs, "oh, yeah, it’s damned strong, too!" (becomes ever-clearer halfway into the 750ml bottle, too!) Full bodied, with a wicked, spicy/citric finish. And hanging heavy on the boozy side, too...for those who like that sort of thing... Me, I love this stuff! I admit it does feel a bit one-sided, maybe a touch unbalanced, and perhaps over-the-top, but I still don’t see the problem there. It’s bigness is not a detriment, it’s an attribute that makes this tasty brew a true champ among tripels. If you want a real powerhouse, this here’s your dog! Kasteel Tripel definitely deserves wider recognition and madder props than it gets...try a bottle out on some friends and see what happens.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2005
(750ml bottle, Jan 2004 vintage) Pours a lightly cloudy golden body with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of mustiness, orange peel, and florals. Flavor of spicy yeast and light citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Aroma:floral,citrus.... Appearance:golden with light head... Flavor:alcohol,floral,citrus.Light malt........

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4436) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Yeasy aroma that includes alcohol. Light and flowery. Good flavor, malt and yeast, flowers and light fruit. A delicate beer, better than the average triple.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2005
11z bottle. Recently bottled. Light golden hue. Floral, yeasty, apple nose. Very dry. Can only get better.


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