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Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9 - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 26.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: drpimento on 01-29-2010

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Photo of stevoj
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very spicy for a tripel, snappy palate stings at first. Foamy head fades, hazy dark golden body. Aroma is hops, coriander, butterscotch. taste is sharp, burns the palate, but no aftertaste. This is a bit different, and a bit too spicy for my taste (compared to the style).

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Photo of kitch
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 10th October 2016 and poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear deep golden colour with a fluffy two finger white head which lasts a long time and leaves stringy lacing.

Aroma: Mainly bready malts and unripe banana with hints of pear.

Taste: Flavour is strong with sweet banana, clove, honey and bready malts. There was also a hint of spicyness and the booze comes through towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: This was quite a nice tripel especially when comparing its price to other decent tripels.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Hipercor San Juan (tasting pack) Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side, in its cup. Nearly perfect. Enters quick and its necessary to take care because its strong

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Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle. Pours golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is funky yeas, pale malt, spices and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Spicy yeast, candy sugar, some hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Overall it’s good brew

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Photo of janubio
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml. bottle. Golden colour, pours a big head that fades soon, leaving a big lace and a ring on the surface. Smell of fruit, specially bananas. some Citrus, spices. Medium body, good carnbonation. Taste of bananas, citrus, peach. Good, but not excellent.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: nearly clear, gold-tinged yellow in color... impressive, tufted-cottony tower of foam, bright white in color, nice staying power... left the lees in the bottle - not much

S: unripe bananas, subtle shortbread malts, esters the scent of grape skins and nutmeg... the mildly medicinal, phenolic spice cuts through all else... not much depth behind it

T: assertive, lasting, vaguely clove-y phenolic spiciness with a supple hop bitterness atop a base of clean pilsner malts... perhaps a touch of toasted biscuit on the back end... all about the spicy alcohol notes here, as if they're trying to say "this is our tripel. it'll do the job!"

M: a bit too light-bodied and airy... good bit of residual carbonation - seems to expand and fill the mouth with air on the way down - not diggin' that... moderately dry finish... alcohol seems to stun and numb the taste buds a good bit

O: eerily similar to Victory's Golden Monkey... pretty basic, industrial tripel... kinda comes across as a premium malt liquor, or something of that nature... hardly extraordinary... had a few of Haacht's beers now - at the moment, kinda seeing them as Belgium's BMC - similar recipes, little variance

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The initial pour is clear and straw yellow with a foamy white head and froth. Aroma of phenolic yeast, bread, honey and herbal hops. In the taste, more of the same, sweet malt, dusty, phenolic Belgian yeast, table sugar, and herbal malts. Very clean and easy drinking. Keeps bringing back a tempered sweetness and dry, woody hops. Medium bodied and well carbonated, dry, almost tannic finish. Overall, a good triple but just above average.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rather translucent light blonde-colored ale with a massive three and a half finger head. Serious lace and rocky-top foam retention.

Big Belgian nose of spicy banana and malty white bread. Phenol clove and pear and chewy malts. Semi-musty and bruised fruitiness, thank you yeast. Forefront malty punch with layers of breadth. Reduced are the notes of alcohol and a spry citrusy hop.

Malts have the same character, but diminished, with added pilsner-y tones. Same clove, lesser yellow banana, spiciness, white bread, faint treacle with contributing sweetness, and finishing alcohol warmth. Sting of the booze, coupled with a lagery bitternesd, makes for a long aftertaste. Some semblance of citrusy hops are in play, but in small roles.

Chewy, chunky dried head and mushy wet body. It has a backbone, with that 9%. Not afraid to be a big boy. Good stuff.

Good. I'd love to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 28/08/14, served chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet.

Appearance: pours a lightly translucent, bright golden colour with lively and fine carbonation in action, topped with a thin off-white creamy head to last.
Smell: the lively Saaz’ hop aroma comes in perfect harmony with the dense and perfumy fruit esters, featuring ripe bananas, pears, sweetened lemons, underlined by sweet vanilla, melted rock sugar and exotic mung bean paste. Fulsome and richly estery all in all.
Taste: light-bodied and mildly fizzy on the entry, the flavour is light-bodied sweet malty and overripe-fruit estery at the same time, edged by rather fine spicy elements and leaving a long and deepening flow of tangy, spicy and Saaz’ aromatic bitterness going down the rear of the palate, rendering a lightly chewy and yet dry-ish mouthfeel alongside the belated entry of alc. warmth.
Mouthfeel & Overall: refreshingly carbonated, moderate on the palate without going sugary/slick, while the alc. content hides very well in general, showing just a tinge of warmth in the very end of each patient sip. All in all, I find this Tripel a well-crafted one showcasing a charming estery theme on the aroma and a rather bitter and nicely spicy palate on top of a generally straight-forward but decent flavour profile.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber colored body with effervescence; medium head

Aroma: Tart; lemony; spicy

Taste: Citrusy; spicy; with a fairly complex finish, but overall it was fairly thin

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tall frothy head lays atop fluid sparkling with carbonation, reminiscent of an orange sunset...
Aromas of wheat, belgo yeast, and citrus come off the top. Sweetness hits the palate, followed abrubtly by bitter hops and the spice of booze, citrus fruits dominate. Body is medium built and contrasted with furious champagne like bubbles.

Overall this beer gives me a relief from the local Okinawan fare, Orion, Kirin< etc... I appreciate the bitter with the sweet. Nice, tripel I recommend it.

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Photo of NielZ
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 33cl at home
Poured into a Palm glass.

A: Large top which lasts for a normal time. The color is yellow with a brown tint, I noticed the huge amount of bubbles..
S: Smells of apple, pear and a bit dry..
T: Combination of apple and pear, the pear overwhelms the apple. Ends a bit dry with some sweetness.
M: Smooth, mix of the sweetness and smoothness + bubbles is good in balance
O: Good beer, the smell and taste got apple and pear and nothing else, so you taste the fruits..
Its a nice combination of fruits and dryness

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped into Cafe 't Pothuiske in Maastricht on 04Oct12 after touring some WWII battlefields near Nijmegen. After a quick Delerium Tremens, I settled in with a 0.33l bottle of Tongerlo (€4.10) for round two.

My very top-shelf bartender poured most of the bottle into a small chalice, with the remaining yeasties drawn into a little shot glass. Nice touch, Bro! I drained the yeasties first, getting my vitamin B fix with the spicy dregs! The main portion was a clear, light to medium golden hue. It had steady, slow carbo, and a long-lasting, creamy, white head. Lacing was A-1. Nose was a combo of bready/crackery malt and tropical fruits. The feel was pretty decent, with some light carbo roughness and a medium body.

Tasted of light crackery malts with mild sweetness. Pear, green apple, honeydew, and honey itself hit the palate. Had minimal bitterness, witha smidge of spicyness at the finish. Quite nice! Had a couple more on subsequent visits, and brought a bottle home, too. Zum Wohl!!

4.03/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of Filosoof
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tongerlo Tripel has a great label, a nice bottle and is certainly drinkable. A closer look learns that something is missing. The absence of funk?

L: good top but not very special, clear yellow/gold Amstel-colour;
S: round, creamy, pear;
T: pear, yeast, a bit too sweet;
M: bite is too thin;
O: drinkable? Yes. Will I drink it? Yes. Will I buy it? No, I will pick up something more special.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2011 (bottled April 2010), so it's a bit out of date. Purchased from a supermarket during a trip to Belgium in Sept 2010.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy golden colour with fine yeast sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with good retention; it eventually reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters, especially banana, and hints of spice and marzipan. Dry and slightly sweet, with a background whiff of booze.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters and alcohol. Notes of bananas and sugar, with faint hints of almonds and spice. A warming, boozy flavour hits the back of the throat - solventy and astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation. Dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity yeast esters.

A run-of-the-mill tripel - decent but not outstanding. Smooth and drinkable, but nothing in the flavour grabs your attention. Doesn't seem to have suffered excessively despite the age of the bottle. Quite boozy and a bit hot. Nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack of 33 cl bottles from the NEX in Spain poured into my affligem chalice where I saw about one inch of white head and noticed a cloudy yellow body with some sediment. Smell is atypical of a Belgian blonde; not overly ambitious just can smell a fruity yeasty bread like aroma. Taste is good, not too sweet the hops have a place with a pear tartness and some mild yeast flavor. The body is medium with a bit of carbonation fizz hitting the throat. Overall a decent triple blond; will drink at least three more times but have a few better options available

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light blond color, slightly cloudy. The nose is far from exciting and offers little flavor. The mouth is very syrupy, light hints of melon acid very subtle, and far from appetizing. Presence of alcohol in the throat too intrusive in that it prevents other flavors - if there are other flavors - to develop. Triple very weak compared to its glorious sisters.

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Photo of skypup
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a gift set with Beer and Glass.
.75L Bottle served in Prior Tulip Glass

A: Bright straw color with a thick head with course bubbles.

S: Slightly hoppy and a little malt. Similar to a German Keller beer.

T: Mildly malty with a touch of honey; balances to slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Fairly carbonated. Medium body, easily drinkable beer. Alcohol is easily masked.

D: Very drinkable beer. The .75L bottle is too much for one person at 9% alcohol.

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbaye beer, 33 cl bottle.
Flavoured with Saaz hops.

Very curious.
Looks golden, with a huge head, good carbonation.

Smell very fresh. Malts, yeast, and some grassy and herbal notes.
Taste is similar. Bittersweet, with bitterness as dominant character.
Aftertaste is pretty long bitterness too. Alcohol is present, but most of is it well covered by the flavour.
Overall, i'm not disappointed. The Saaz seems to have enough power to flavour a tripel of 9%.

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Photo of 77ships
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pretty big, creamy rather firm head on this one that collapses more than it disappears, lovely sight really nice hazy yellow colour
The instructions on the bottle seem kind of retarded, it says in Dutch & French but not in English "Tip: either pour the yeast into the glass or drink it separately." Is there a third way to do it or?
S: primarily Saez hops, some yeast, bready, floral element, smell is not that strong
T: floral, bitter hops, not too overt but definitely present, bready yeast, some banana/fruit & spice
M: slick, medium bodied, decent (somewhat above average, towards high) carbonation, I am thinking more of a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale rather than a tripel
D: pretty high, seems sesionable whilst it probably shouldn't be, definetly a nice beer, enjoyed it

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Photo of Sigmund
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 9%. Fairly clear yellow colour, huge white head. Strong sweetish aroma of ripe bananas, coriander and Belgian ale yeast. The flavour is spicy and rather sweet, okay but not really remarkable. A hint of anise in the aftertaste.

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Photo of sfprint
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: extremely carbonated. fluffy uneven head. carbonation rushing to the top like I've never seen. slightly dull gold.

S: alcohol very apparent, yeast and therefore bready.

T: alcohol is quite forward, however fairly well blended. otherwise difficult to describe. soft and medium bodied. slightly yeasty

M: Soft but mutely astringent

D: Not bad, but the flavor doesn't stand out. inoffensive but uninteresting.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra points for the presentation: It is served in the bottle with two glasses: one the traditional stemware, the other a shot glass--this is for the yeast sediment. I poured the larger glass first, moderating the head. I was impressed to see it last as well as coat the glass with a blanket of fine bubbles. The main glass was nearly clear and was golden in color. The shot glass was definitively whiter.

The aroma was mild. Despite being a trippel, it was not notably alcoholic to the nose. There was also little hop. This smelled like a pale amber beer.

The flavor was nutty with a strong alcohol bite given the nose. The swallow featured an acidic citrus bite. The finish has a lot of pepper to it, but it is short lived. The body was thinner than most trippels, but the carbonation was very good.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 15 Nov 2010, reviewed 06 Aug 2010. This was part of a four pack bought in Belgium and brought home to review at leasure.

Poured slowly into a Corsendonk stemmed tulip: Light amber, even light orange in colour, with a good white head on top. Plenty of carbonisation showing on the sides of the glass at first. The brew had a slight haze to it.

Very floral, spiced and sweet country garden type aroma.

The initial taste was of sugared water (with alcohol), a headache in the making! I tried to find flavours or a taste, some yeasty hints could be found within the sweetness, but not much else.

If I have had a sweeter, less flavoursome Belgian Tripel in my life I can't remember it.

Sorry to say the smell is the best part of this beer. I had to get some brown bread and Pié d'Angloys soft French cheese to help me finish the beer.

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Photo of Brabander
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this tripel during a game of Colonists of Catan. Poured in a La Trappe chalice it is a pity that the head disappeared very fast. This makes the beer less 'good looking'. That's why i have to rate it with a 2. The next bottle i got had the same problem.

The smell is as a triple should be. The yeast is good noticable together with some spices and citrus. For the rest a very nice triple but the head should be better looked after.

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Tongerlo Prior Tripel 9 from Brouwerij Haacht NV
82 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.