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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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).

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4.2
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Appearance is nice, the head is soft, but thick with a lacing. Smell is slightly metalic, but also sweet burnt sugar with underlying malts. Taste is sweet, malty and has flavors of faint burnt sugar, and cloves. Mouthfeel is velvet and smooth, very good. I like this beer, it’s definetly not a session beer, but I enjoyed it very much.

3.5
jredmond (8445) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 bottle split with wcampbell. This one was a bit too strong for me. Aroma is sweet and some fruit. The flavor is some fruit and sweet but also alcohol. :::SECOND TRY:::: Bottle split with Pat, Tony, and Pwn3d. This pours a slightly cloudy yellow body with nice white head. The aroma is sweet candy and malt. The flavor is very smooth, much better than my original tasting. Hides the alcohol quite well.

3.3
Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Light golden, beautiful head. The aroma is spicy, mostly coriander. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour has a lot of light sweetness and is quite powerful with it’s notes of spice, coriander and clove, that partially dominates the light notes of fruit. Nice.

3.6
Sticks73 (28) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle. Poured nicely to a golden blond color with a soft white head that quickly disappeared. Little to no fizz with a lite syrupy body. Sweet fruit aroma (pear) with flowers accents. Clean crisp cider like tatse. Quick beginning, long middle draw and quick aftertaste. Small alcohol flavor noted in after taste.

3.7
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 Pours clear gold with large white head. Pleanty of carbonation. Aroma of some spice, fruit, and floral notes. Taste is crisp with pepper, alcohol, fruit present. Finishes with more pepper and lots of yeast.

3.7
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 3, 2007
(330 ml bottle (stamped "07-2008") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co., cellared for 8 mos. after purchase) A little sweet, a little hot...Pours hazy blonde with a smallish off-white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, light spice, bubblegum, sweet candyish malt. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, very finely effervescent, fairly soft, a bit of syrupy stickiness esp. in finish. Wide, very fine, weepy rings of lacing. Flavor is kind of fruity and sweet, also fairly hot (could lightly feel in nasal passges) but not sharply so. Notes of spice, bubblegum and even honey were tasted, esp. on back end. Not too bad. Labeled as a "Triple".

3.6
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle, BB 11/07. Poured clear brighter golden with a tall, looser cap of white head that receded to a thin layer after a short while.. lively carbonation. The aroma picked up spicy Belgian yeast, alcohol-enhanced apples and other lighter fruits, and some perfumey notes.. very strong, yet it worked well for me. The flavor had lots of bright peppery alcohol amplifying the lighter-skinned fruits.. sharp estery notes get caught up a bit on the higher carbonation at the back-end.. left a long, strong, pepper and light fruity finish. Medium-bodied with the aforementioned high carbonation.. I liked the yeast in here, but the brew was a bit too sharp at times. Overall quite nice!

4
yngwie (17102) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle. Slightly hazy, golden-orange body with a medium, dense, white head on top. There’s some floaties in the beer, and a very lively carbonation, causing the floaties to swirl rapidly from bottom to top to bottom and so on. There’s nice lacings forming too. The nose is very fruity, with a good dash of alcohol, lots of dried fruits, some spicyness, a little pale malt, and a little hoppy note. There’s also some beef-stock like aromas, more common in darker beers. Flavorwise it is quite bitter, but the sweetness of course hits first. Fruits, mostly yellow apples, spicyness, alcohol, some pale malt and dried fruits are other things that comes to mind. A slight alcohol burn in the mouth, quite full bodied. Finishes with some alcohol, a good bitterness and sweetness, pale malt and fruityness. And it lasts for a long time. Well suited as a night cap or a relaxing beer earlier in the evening. 11% ABV is a bit strong if one wants more than one or two beers, but for the forementioned purposes, it works just fine. Not refreshing, not quenching, but surely enjoyable. (071120)

3.3
Ingy (100) - candler, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2007
bottle. Clear golden, with small white head. Taste of bread, malt, spice. Well rounded. More bitter than sweet, long finish.

3.9
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Pours with a decent size head with strong aromas of hot alcohol, this beer need to open up in the glass like a fine wine. It changed as I drank it over a half hour. Bready Belgian yeast, spice, and a creamy, long sweetish finish. Was about to get another beer when I first opened it but I’m glad I gave it a chance to shine. Recomened to any Belgian Triple lover.


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