4 Stars, Brouwerij Het Anker, Tripel

Gouden Carolus – Tripel by Brouwerij Het Anker

Per the Het Anker website, this beer was originally brewed for the Knights of the Golden Fleece in 1491 so I had to pull out the gold rimmed glass for this golden tripel with a long lasting creamy white head. Nice mild, spicy aroma with orange and malt sweetness working in harmony. A little spicy, citrusy followed by light hop bitterness and pleasant alcohol, finishes dry with a grain character. Easy drinking and refreshing with no overpowering flavors, completely hides it’s 9% alcohol.

4 Stars

4 Stars, Brasserie St Feuillien, Tripel

Triple by Brassiere St Feuillien

This beer is a bright amber with a pebbly, frothy white head. Inviting aroma leads to more fruitiness and yeast eaters than I was expecting, light maltiness plays in the background. High carbonation leads to a pleasant explosion on the tongue; juicy, malty with an long lingering aftertaste. There is a triple hiding somewhere in the background…

4 Stars

3 Stars, Brasserie Vanuxeem, Tripel

Queue de Charrue – Triple by Brasserie Vanuxeem

Pours golden straw with small amount of long lasting bright white head. A pleasant  spicy aroma greats the nose, additional floral notes and nice juicy orange. High carbonation makes the beer feel to dissolve in you mouth, well balanced, fruity and spicy with light sweet grains and light bitterness, finishes dry leaving a nice aftertaste. Overall nice but the body is a bit thin. Not a hint of the 9% ABV. 

3.5 Stars

4 Stars, St. Bernardus, Tripel

Watou Tripel by St. Bernardus 

Pours a light gold with bright white head. Orange citrus and faint floral aromas, surprisingly light spiciness for a Tripel. Flavors playing very well with each other, fruit, grain, plenty of spicy character and a nice lingering spicy bitter finish. Maybe not the most classic Tripel but very enjoyable.

4 Stars.

4 Stars, De Struise Brouwers, Tripel

XXX – Rye Tripple – Reserva 2013 by De Struise Brouwers 

Best before November 2019, only half way there. Pours a murky dark reddish brown with a small amount of rapidly disappearing head.  Complex aroma of peach, spice and faint bourbon. Fruity at first quickly switching to bourbon and charred oak, honey like sweetness, leading to a spicy, peppery finish. At 10% the alcohol doesn’t disappear but complements the other flavors very nicely. I would bet this will continue to age well. Aren’t all bourbon barrel aged beers stouts? Not this one and that’s a good thing.

4 Stars.

4 Stars, Tripel, Westmalle

Triple by Westmalle

Poured a hazy deep gold with slow developing, but long lasting, bright white head.  Smells of pit fruit, spiciness, some malt and faint hop character. Plenty of carbonation, full of flavor that lines right up with the aroma, finishes dry. Nothing gives away the 9.5% alcohol content.

Interesting tidbit about Westmalle they supply the yeast to their Trappist friends at Westvleteren and they both share the same bottles.

4 Stars.