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

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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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).


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2005
A true contender for the best beer in the world. Deep, sharp, mellifluous. About the best thing you could drink before bed--heaven in a glass.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wncbeerules (9) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2005 does not count
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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2008
This one scores a perfect 5 for me! I love the combination oof Sweet and bitter in this gorgeous brew. Slightly skunky as well. YUM.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hectorG (1) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2011 does not count
this is the beer of the gods. three of these and youre straight. this is far and away my favorite belgian triple.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (708) - BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2013
Kasteel est une merveilleuse marque de Van Honsebrouck, et l’idée d’une bière de château est plus que séduisante et valorisante pour la profession. Et en plus de ces éléments, Van Honsebrouck est capable de produire dans de nombreux registres. Ses bières sont toutes des compétitrices en puissance, parce qu’elles ont un style et une personnalité. Celle-ci dans son habillage à la fois simple et classe est encore un membre illustre de cette famille. On ne peut décrire le plaisir de voir pareille bière dès qu’on la verse dans son un beau verre ballon. Sa couleur est un merveilleux vieil or, d’une clarté pure, avec des centaines de bulles partout dans le verre. La mousse blanche est d’une texture crémeuse. Les arômes premiers sont ceux des blés mûrs. Le volume de la 1ère bouche est soyeux, et la saveur s’ouvre sur des céréales avec une pointe de gingembre, et une arrière-bouche sur un cognac de fins bois. La 2ème bouche est avec du blé, de la girofle, des impressions de levure et un petit virage par un genièvre du style péquet. La 3ème nous emmène jusqu’à la banane flambée avec une touche de melon, et une fine nuance de tabac de la Semois. La longueur est très belle. La levure remplit parfaitement son rôle, incluse et pourtant relevée, comme nous l’avons vu en 2ème bouche. L’alcool est fort (11 % abv, merci Kasteel...), mais bien proportionné et progressif. En conclusion une digne représentante de la famille, Kasteel d’abord et Belgian Family Brewers ensuite, avec un vrai caractère trempé, rond et pourtant incisif. Il ne lui manque qu’une finale plus brillante pour avoir le 5, mais n’oublions pas que deux de ses sœurs l’ont obtenu : la brune et la cuvée du Château, et que sur la même ligne qu’elle (à 4,9) se trouve aussi la rouge. Donc 4 petites sœurs bien élevées !!! qui campent dans la haute aristocratie de la bière belge. Merci Van Honse.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Champagne like, wonderfull crisp clean taste. Nice and strong but not enough to make your mouth pucker. I had both the Kasteels at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle and I must say I am becoming a fan of the brand. Slightly creamy and spicey. Not soomethng I would consider an everyday drink, but one that is great as a special treat.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewboss (137) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle... pours a rich golden color white a fluffy white head. Strong aroma that makes you actually want to drink it. A unique flavor with a hint of fruitiness, but just the right amount of hops that reminds you that you are drinking a beer. Good experience.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sbron (237) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2013
Fles 33cl. Licht geel/bruin. Mooie witte schuimkraag. lichte gist smaak. Korte afdronk. Een lekkere tripel, niet erg bijzonder.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle. Classic of the style, all the way around. Fuzzy golden, pineapple color, with a firm and thick white foam head. The aroma is restrained, but true to style ... vague tropical fruit and yeast. This drinks with a superbly easy balance, with perhaps the only "fault" a bit of a tilt to an earthen bit of loam in the finish. But this remains IMHO a classic. (#5548, 6/11/2014)

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
This ale pours with a dark gold color. When poured, a fairly substantial white foam head is produced, but not so great as Piraat Ale (10.5% ABV) or Augustijn Ale (8.0% ABV) from the Van Steenberge brewery of Ertvelde, Belgium.   This is a live beer, and since secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle, there is a relatively high amount of carbonation. This is also a beer style that will cellar well (if stored at appropriate temperatures) and it will actually improve with age. The incredible fact about this beer is that it has a 15 year shelf life! (Forget those ’born on’ dates!)   This is a big beer -- 11% ABV is a big number -- but the alcohol is not so overwhelming. This beer is actually quite easy to drink. Dare I say it? It can even be guzzled. The nose has a honey-malt sweetness. The palate is malty, sweet, filled with butterscotch and complex hop flavors, mellowed by a nutty, vanilla edge.


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