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

bottled
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on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1011   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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4.5
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 íborn oní 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.

4.5
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2002
Truly girls stuff - made for me! Malty, rum-like, barley-wine like aroma - much alcohol in the nose. Nice hazelnut color with a medium head. Chocolaty, nutty flavor, sweet, but not to sweet. Smooth, almost silky. No dessert for me, just bring me this beer!

4.5
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
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.

4.5
broncoman (8) - new monmouth, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2008 does not count
nice, nice nice. the aroma suggest a rich vinegar sour ale. the appearence is something to behold in a blonde, the flavor in right on with the aroma. comes on strong, with alight sour, vinegar taste. however the a rich creamy oliy texture takes you to a clean finish through and through. this is the ultimate good time brew. i rate this up with the likes of Duvel.

4.5
dwyerpg (6078) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 16, 2008
I wonder what happened to my rating for this. Maybe I forgot to enter it? Anyways, this is a nice spicy brew with a good flavor from start to finish and a great appearance. An excellent triple.

4.5
ralphdot (1092) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2009
11% gold with a good head, the aroma is sweet alcohol and fruitcake, taste is sweet fruits, I like this beer very much but only drink it occasionally, a bit too strong for everyday use.

4.5
Grzesiek79 (4276) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 25, 2012
cereal, toast, dough, cooked vegetables, banana, vanilla, alcohol, amber, white foam, rocky head, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, umami, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter,

4.5
ghawener (1607) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - DEC 14, 2016
Bottle: Malt flavors, with notes of vanilla, bread dough and a gentle alcohol presence. Food Pairing: Strong soft cheeses.

4.5
NiklasT (33) - SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2017
Light golden with white head. Nice yeasty, fruity aroma. Initial taste very good balance between slight sour yeastines and malty sweetness. Then sweetness takes dominance and then some bitterness at the end. Very, very good!

4.4
TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2002
Pours with big consistent bubbled head that eventually crawls intoa creamy froth that sticks like a victor and has no hints at leaving (even after two hours). Aroma consists of malts, spices, alcohol, esters and bananas. Palate is a real treat; medium body, smooth texture that coats the tongue before the grainy alcohol hits, kicks and slaps my throat and belly. The sweetness of this beer must come from the heavy dosage of malts; Numbing alcohol tingles my tongue; pepper notes and soft vanilla flavors emerge before the bitter, salty finish. Serve this at í55í degree my butt! Much better at 65 degrees. Luckily I held onto my chair while drinking this rear-kicker. Purchased from Belgium. My bottle states í11% ABV,í the site states 9%? This would age with the best of Tripels.


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