Updated notes 03/11/23
$14 for the corked and caged 750 from Blue Ridge Beer Hub, Waynesville, NC.
I very much stand by my original notes from April of 2005. This ‘tripel’ is a dry one, but without being truly dry. It has some fruit and alcohol but those elements are unusually muted. There are bubblegum notes but the beer is really ‘soft’. For me it lacks presence, and there is little to no white pepper or spice, and everything is limited. In short, it feels watery; diluted.
Perhaps my least favorite of all the well-known Tripels.
Original notes (04/03/05)
Purchased this as part of the gift pack (A tripel, Dubbel, Blonde and Quad with a Koningshoeven chalice) – GREAT value at $7.99 the lot!
This Tripel is a very, very subdued example of the style. The furitiness, alcohol and aromas are all presnt, but they are mild compared with many others in the style.
Light, golden body with some lacing but not much to speak of. Alcoholic fruits dominate a mild nose, and the initial flavors I get are some pear and pineapple in a typical ester based beer.
A little astringency and above average mouthfeel
Don’t get me wrong, this is a nice beer that I enjoyed driking very much, but this is definitely not a Tripel to remember. It’s slightly disappointing to an experienced palate, and would probably leave a newbie thinking what’s all the fuss about Belgian Tripel’s?
Excellent value though, worth a try.