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


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RATINGS: 942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4091) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Cork Date January 2004, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light, it shows a full reddish copper color as it sits on my desk in the dim light. It is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is quite nice; a mix of sweet grain, a grassiness, a touch of earthy spice, some hints of bergamot, and even a touch of moist wood character. As I explore the aroma a bit some notes of phenolic clove, perhaps a touch of higher alcohols and some toasted grain notes start to come out.

The beer has a clean grain sweetness to it up front, but quickly picks up lots of other notes which keep the whole of this beer a dry experience. A phenolic astringency seems to initially dominate the finish as does a touch of hot alcohol. The combination almost seems to give a sensation of menthol, quite interesting. A touch of lemon peel, some clove-like notes, a touch of grassiness and some definite herbal notes round out the spice character of this beer.

This beer is quite drinkable, and pretty complex as well, but it is perhaps a touch to phenolic and sharp in the finish to be great; it does not seem to hide its alcohol content very well. I would say that it needs to mellow out in the bottle some, but it is already two years old, so I am not sure that would help. Regardless this is a pretty tasty brew, which I will be happy to polish off the 750ml bottle of.

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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (442) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (4161) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Golden amber with bubbly white head. Sweet spicy malt aroma. Sour spicy flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3228) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reakt (950) - 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.

   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?

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