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

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RATINGS: 832   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).


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1840) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2005
Bottle. Hazy pale gold colour with large white head. Aroma is fruity, barnyardy, grassy, spicey - nice. Alcohol is noticable in the taste, up front and in the finish, but I’m willing to forgive that at 11% and an otherwise nice taste at first bitter then sweet; citrusy and nicely complex. One of the better Belgian Strong Ale blondes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4/7/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 4/7/05. 2003 Vintage. Poured a lightly hazy golden tan with a fluffy, rocky, and slightly broken head. Lasts long in a thin cookie-like patty, spotted with rocky bubbles. Lacing sticks at first and then shatters and crumbles, but still maintains dense ribbons high atop the sides of the glass. Lemon pie crust nose, lightly sweet with mild, inviting honey, candied lemon peel, and something like angel food cake. Taste has yeasty and lightly doughy components. Some subtly sweet vanilla flavors too. Finish brightens and dries up on the swallow. There’s background alcohol but generally really nice masking. Very drinkable for 11%. Medium-full body. Long, subtly humming finish with the mild yeast and vanilla, lightly dry and with still more hints of cake. Very damn good, and I think the extra year or so of aging helped to soften and refine this a little bit. I’ll have to get more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle, 33cl. Nice golden colour. Highly carbonated at the beggining (almost like champagne), with a beautiful white head that disappears fast. Mine wasn´t cold enough so the first impression was quite good but at the end, the fruitness was a little bit annoying. Nevertheless, a great beer. Be careful because the alcohol is very well hidden. Approved.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 11, 2005
(Thanks to Rick from Cavalier for sharing) 2001 bottle. Light golden color with a fizzy head. Very soft aromas with slightly sweet malt, a touch of grassy hops and spicy yeast. Great carbonation. Somehow soft yet prickly on the tounge. Malty and just a touch sweet. Ghost of yeast throughout. Good, but not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2005
(bottle, brewed anno 2004) Golden colour with a small frothy white head, quickly diminishing. Sweet malty aroma with notes of citrus and peach. Bittersweet flavour, malty and fruity taste. Nice finish of bitter lemon peels. Good alcohol management, not ostensible but heartwarming. Nice !

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Mildly citrusy. Way tasty. A bit of hoppy bitterness at the beginning and then some subtle spice and pear/apple flavors. Totally awesome. Very drinkable, but not a chug beer at all. Bubbly like champagne-ish brews. At first taste the immediate response was "oh, this is a fruitier Duvel." But it is much more than that. Really good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) In my version known as "Kasteel Bier Gouden Triple D’Or". Holy shite for a beer. First a touch of sweetness, the an overwhelming, dry spiciness lasting the whole way through. Dry more than bitter. Extremely complex and refined. The king of tripels? 210496

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 20, 2005
In the bottle. Pours a cloudy white gold with a big poofy white head. Great intense carbonation. Not a very strong aroma. Taste is delicious. First second and third sensations are alcohol burn. Great medicine flavor. Burning man palate. I think this is an awesome triple. Nice amount of yeast crud in the bottom of the bottle. Initial sweetness gives rise to epithelial fixation in response to the ethanol dehydration of the mucosa. Fabulous!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - MAY 6, 2005
draft, yellow orange color, fruity aroma w. yeasty fruity taste. small head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7288) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottle. Sweet peach malt aroma. Golden yellow color with medium head. Sweet fruity flavor with moderate alcohol burn finish.


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