clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh bottle, brand-new label. Havenít had this stuff in years, so Iím 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 isnít 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, itís 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 donít see the problem there. Itís bigness is not a detriment, itís an attribute that makes this tasty brew a true champ among tripels. If you want a real powerhouse, this hereís 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.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance:golden with light head...
JK (4865) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11z bottle. Recently bottled. Light golden hue. Floral, yeasty, apple nose. Very dry. Can only get better.
HermanW (1045) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beautifull foam had my kasteelbier, it was not too cold. But there was too much alcohol taste.
wncbeerules (9) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What can I say, but mere perfection in a glass. My favorite way to drink Kasteel is a whole bottle to myself in a large fishbowl, the beer barely makes it to the bulge of the glass. When you tilt the glass back to drink the CO2 thats been hiding trapped in this huge thing hits you in the face. There is so much aroma of fresh sea air, the bubbles seem to go on forever. I bought a case so I would know no light ever touched them I love this beer so much.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a golden body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly bitter, yeasty and peppery with other spicy notes and alcohol esters in the nose. Medium bodied, warming and slightly smooth.