Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kasteel Tripel

Kasteel Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.


11.00% ABV

Commercial Description:
A golden craft-beer, brilliant, topfermented, refermented in the bottle.
An exceptional blend of malts and quality hops, an elegant nose and a particularly smooth flavour.
11% ABV.
Should be served at 9°C.

General Pricing:
750 ml bottles: ~$8.00 - $9.00 Each

I have had this beer several times before. Actually this is one of my favorite Belgian Tripels. This is our favorite beer to have when we have Maryland Blue Crabs and that’s just what we did two weeks ago. This particular bottle was left over so I figured I would give it a formal review.

The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a bright white head. This is nicely carbonated with tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is classic Belgian with light pilsner type malt aromas, light fruit sweetness, along with citrus notes all on a yeasty background.

Oh Man-O-Man is that a great Tripel.

The experience starts out with a light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by the most pleasant light effervescence over the tongue during the middle of the sip. The back-end is fairly easy drinking with just a slight hesitation on the top of the swallow. The top of the swallow also has a slight earthiness and yeastiness to it. The swallow has an additional carbonation release that masks some of the flavors. Behind that effervescence there is a building robustness, mostly from the alcohol. The finish is exquisite with light malts, citrus, coriander spice, sweet light fruit esters and sweet alcohol. This is all riding on that classic Belgian yeastiness. The final aftertaste is subtle but contains citrus, spice and yeast.

This is one of my favorite Belgian Tripels but it seems like a whole new experience drinking, no savoring it in this way.

Side Note:
This is our favorite go-to beer when we have crabs so this was a logical choice to have with my spicy pulled pork sandwich tonight. The spiciness of the beer compliments that spice in the pulled pork but it also has a smoothing effect that makes it a perfect match with spicy foods.

OK back to the review.

We are now at 68 degrees.

Unlike my last few reviews this beer has gotten better as it warms. The carbonation has diminished leaving a much richer and smoother ale. As modest as the flavors are they seem to be richer now at this temperature.
AHH, smooth and tasty to the last warm drop.

This is a solid A for me. It’s not the most complex or the most refreshing Tripel but it has the most unique spice and alcohol notes that make it one of the best in my book.

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