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Ename Tripel - Roman N.V.

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Ename TripelEname Tripel

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-08-2003

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Photo of JamesGrove
4.92/5  rDev +32.6%

This Belgian Tripel is an exceptional beer. It has a slightly turbid appearance and a smooth, full mouthfeel. The taste is also full with a very strong caramel aftertaste that strikes the palate and lingers on the tongue, increasing in time. This is the BEST beer I have had in a long time.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian ales are in a separate class of they're own ... and this one is a great example!

I am a brewer and I wish I knew how they did these, there has to be some secret to getting that slight fruity twang underneath it all ...that's what separates these beer from all others!

Slight head might have something to do with the high alcohol and I pour at an angle to minimize head retention. Strong ...about three times the flavor as an standard Belgian, imagine that. When I drank this one, I followed it with three other Belgians, because I wanted to see the difference. Three different beers, three different abbey's ... and much to my surprise, they all tasted the same, except in strength.

Floral honey notes with a twang!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer. Not your standard tripel but this beer works really well for me. Very sweet and some hints of German lager flavoring a somehow. Very good beer!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer, light golden clear, excellent head with retention and outstanding lacing. Excellent aroma, you pick up some citrus within the malt, a little bit of bread like a hefe. Very clean, nice balance, you get a little German thing going in the flavor, similar to pils but not dominating, citrus tart adds great flavor. Just a tiny touch of dry on the finish, but smooth and clean. Hides the ABV very well. Excellent beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice rocky white head is made off the pour, not much lacing and some retention but settles to a nice puck. Body color is a real nice clear honey gold and bronze, with lots of rising carbonation and a big center column of rising fire. Very impressive, just wish the head stuck around longer, but otherwise real great looking.

Nose is soft and floral, mild sweetness mixing with dry grape like white wine. Crisp sense coming with perhaps some good malt density.

Real nice thickness, and a good alcohol warming but not boozy action. Sweetness comes with a great crisp palate. A bit gaseous though, but a good mix of floral and honey malts rolling in the tongue, with a good tongue tingle in the front. Chewy soft sweet dessert breads in taste and feel.

Overall I really like this tripel's taste profile, glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squat typical Belgian 11.2 oz bottle. Best before date of 1997!Poured golden with amber tinges, tad cloudy, with some yeast clumps floating around. Head is snow white, tiny bubbles and lacing is sticky, clinging, wispy and well developed. Nose is strong, vinious, spicy, alcohol. Rich full bodied tripel, notes of tropical fruits, yeast, nuts, gobs of spice. More vinious notes, alcohol expertly kept in the background. Finishes with a dry vanilla, lime, peppery, hoppy note that is sublimeThis is a full flavored and bodied tripel. Nicely crafted,balanced and exhibiting world class complexity. Seek it out, found this one at RT. 59 Beverage in W. Nyack NY

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Photo of zerk
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I brought back with me from Belgium... a delicious example of an Abbey Tripel. Pours a clear deep gold, with cascading bubbles that create a persistent 1/4 inch head. Some slight traces of lace left on the glass. Aroma is a mix of tropical fruits, musty yeast, coriander and pepper. Flavor begins sweet and fruity, with some apple and passion fruit. Becomes yeasty with some must. Finishes with a peppery hoppiness. Quite smooth and medium bodied. This is a very good beer, that is worth seeking out!

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Photo of beeronesse
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, really nice.

Poured a clear, yellow-gold with a small white head. I have to say that I was surprised this was clear because I'm used to Triples being unfiltered.

Great aroma; promised golden fruit and spice.

Taste is divine, though a little sweet. Definitely some golden apple, banana, coriander, slight bread, toast? from the yeast Nice, long finish with high drinkability.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In its own glassware. An almost-clear blonde color with a half-inch head.

Bit of tart apple and wet hay, but otherwise, smells like liquid bread. Pretty enticing.

Bready flavor with estery apple, quince, and lemony hops. More straw and some funk with a spit of alcohol fumey-ness. Mild spice note, like coriander. Mellow and complex.

Creamy, smooth, hefty, and very bready. Pockets of bubbles in the mouth.

A solid tripel. A must try.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy yellow with a thick white head

S-strong scent of caramel and belgian sugars. very bready. okay scent

T-comes in with a decent bready taste of pale belgian malts. banana. fairly bitter and slightly syrupy. its not harsh at all, but fairly raw. lasting flavor

M-high carbonation with a dry finish

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Photo of dqrull
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a lively white head that forms nice, but thin lid on the brew after a while.

Smells fresh of apples, green grapes, a hint of mandarin as well, slightly yeasty all along. A sugary prescense is also backing up the fresh fruits, reminds of spun sugar.

A really surprisingly full flavour, was nothing spcial when I just took it out of the fridge, but as it warms up it really grows. The green fruits are here, as well as a tartness reminding me of ripe red berries, strawberries and raspberries in particular, and maybe some gooseberries as well. A bigger malt-prescense than the nose suggested, which backs up the other flavours with a great balance. This is sweeter than most tripels, but it fits right into the flavourbill, the sweetness has a slight note of fudge to it as well, great. Finishes with a light bitterness from the hops that keep in the back for the rest of the experience.

Light- to medium body, with a refreshing light carbonation, fitting.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into my new Kasteel goblet.

Appearance: hazy golden color with a thin head of quickly-dissipating white foam. I'd like it to be a little lighter and have a better head, but it's not bad.

Smell: sweet, fruity flavors of apple and pear. Aroma is light but quite nice and endearing.

Taste: big malt background with a nice chalky fruitiness, again mostly pear and apple. Refreshing and fulfilling ... I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: big, creamy and delicious. This is one thing which drew me to the style in the first place; this is certainly a good example of what I like.

Drinkability: quite drinkable indeed. The overall flavor and consistency are quite refreshing and appealing. A good beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a dingy-looking orange in color. The beer annoyingly foamed up at the pour then lost its head two minutes after hitting the glass.

Smell - I thought this might be a bad bottle after the explosive pour but the nose is quite nice. It is very fruity with some good grapefruit that's not bitter but more like the fleshy sweet part. There's some orange in here and maybe a hint of cherries as well. The banana is quite big for the style and adds an interesting aspect to the bouquet.

Taste - The big fruits find their way perfectly to the taste. The banana in particular is huge on the tongue. There's really not a lot of bitterness to this ale. It is very sweet and fruity with some light spicing. The cherry isn't nearly as strong at the banana but it's there just enough to form a really cool cherry-banana flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is a big, full-bodied ale with marginal carbonation.

Drinkability - I'll take a few points away for the lack of carbonation but without the big Belgian bubbles this goes down exceptionally well. The powerful sweet flavor keeps the glass draining and the 8.5% ABV is completely unnoticeable.

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Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dusty straw color, poured into my family guy pint glass... a full two fingers of soft cloudy white head. Well, not really my fingers.. but someone who is a little skinnier than me. A little bit hazy from the yeast sediment.

S: Clove, banana, strawberries, and a bit of yeast. Smells sweet like a cool afternoon when the leaves are just starting to turn along the shores of great flowing river.

T: Sweet, and delicious. Strawberry flavors without any bite from the alcohol. Dry like a champaign. Sweet nectar of the Gods!!

M: Highly carbonated like a champaign, sweet, dry and a light mouthfeel. Like drinking sweet carbonated mountain waters filtered through a strawberry field.

D: What can I say, this is a pretty great beer, and if this review isn't lost like the last 3 or 4 I've written then it will be pretty awesome. Tastes good, is very enjoyable, and refreshing and the alcohol is very well masked. Delicious and worth a buy.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice; lot 3393, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a beautiful 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, herbal, earth, bread, grass, floral, honey, candi sugar, pepper, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big pear, apple, citrus, grape, herbal, floral, grass, earth, bread, honey, candi sugar, coriander, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruit, earth, herbal, floral, bread, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry and crisp on the finish. Very nice balance of malt flavors and yeast spiciness; with good complexity. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a prickly, yet very smooth mouthfeel; lightly slick. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent tripel! Very nicely carbonated; with good flavor balance and complexity. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/03/06- Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. A best buy date printed on the side of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Somewhat deep golden color...maybe a dull golden. Wonderful thick to the rim fluffy white head. At least a 1/2 inch remains the entire beer. Scads of chunks and streaks everywhere. Brilliant!

Smell- A tad earthy. Corriander for sure, white pepper and a menagirie of tropical scents.

Taste- Damn, this is all and I mean all corriander. It's very good, but I think they overdid it a bit. Corriander covers up just about all the other flavors. I do sense some peach and definite pear like flavors though. Hops come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Streaming, bubbly carbonation...a bit to high, but common for the style. Lasting sharp hop bitterness.

Drinkability- If you like corriander...you get the picture. Worth trying for sure. Very nice tasting and different brew here.

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Photo of DARIVA
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Partly cloudy yellow beer with a nice white head.

S: Slightly sweet, slightly caramel.

T: Slightly sweet, slightly caramel. Delicious sweet aftertaste.

M: Super, an indulgence, light tingling, delicious rolls on the tongue.

O: Delicious beer completely, fairly drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new arrival at Pazzo's Pizza Pub. Since they do no wrong with any of the beers that they offer, I had to try it. Ultimately a classic Trippel that begins with a canary straw color with about 50% opacity; a stubborn head retention that kept me from filling the tulip glass to it's full capacity. Waiting for the foam to subside, I notices big, full aromas of sweet pilsner-type malts, estery pears, apples, and berries, firm yeasty, pepery, bready back-up notes. Once I was finally able to sample the beer, I found the same sweet characters that I found in the nose, but with a little more strength that the aromas let on. Flavors emphasized the fruitiness and pepery characters (which took on sweet and hot alcoholic flavors). The feel was full and well rounded initially, but after the alcohols took, the beer dried out in a hurry and left very little in the way of aftertaste--quite evaporative. I liked this beer quite a bit, very similar to a strong Belgian Pale.

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy straw gold color and formed a huge foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus, banana and bread. The flavor was of malt, candy and a hint of butter and pepper. The body was light and slightly creamy. The finish was fresh and a touch sweet.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice deep gold with a slight haze under a really powerful snow white head. Looks bottle conditioned but still, it could be a protein haze.

Aroma: Pils malt is the main aroma in the beginning, with citrus and a biscuity smell. A little weak, though, a demerit in my book.

Up front: Citrus tartness, a slightly biting hop bitterness, and some sweet Pils mal... with some alcohol bite, too.
Middle: Very malty, the flavor of Pils, Biscuit and maybe Honey malts. One can also taste the telltale background flavor of clear Belgian candy sugar by the sweet, deep fruity flavor, but also nutty, almost hazelnut. There's also the small bite of alcohol.

Back: Here I get flowery Noble hop bitterness and then spiciness, citrus notes and a decent amount of tartness, and then hazelnuts, biscuity malt flavors, and sweetness that borders heavily on banana and apricots. On top of that, it's quite alcoholic, almost boozy, but not too heavy, just enough to tell you it's a Tripel.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy but verging into a thinness from the heavy use of sugar.

Overall: Not a bad Tripel, A mix of some bitterness, hazelnut, honey notes, biscuity and sweet malt, and then fruity (banana, apricot, citrus) flavors. I like it, flavorful but the alcohol notes turned me off some, but it wasn't too much and felt like it was a normal part of the beer. A mark of 4.1.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse sporting proper glassware and all pours a slightly hazed bright golden sunshine hue with an equally vibrant white head fine Belgian style lacing forms in even patterns around my chalice. Aromatics contain sweet fruit layers namingly tart white grapes apricots drizzled with honey tinged alcohol notes flowing amont the barrage the malts is light herbal hops and a touch of alcohol not too boozy. Flavor a well blaanced tripel touch of chalky yeast character with even sweetness caramelized pears, apples, and apricot flavor coming to me honey sweet slight syrupy glaze touch of herbal hop mix very nice stuff alcohol is hidden very well blends right in to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied effervescent carbonation and contains a touch of residual belgian candi sugar stickiness really flows well though and attenuation is great especially compared to most American brewed versions. Drinkability a well balanced packed with flavor traditional Belgian tripel and when drinking half off at the Edge during happy hour in it's official glass nothing seems better at the time.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
code on bottle is 9:13 13/02/08
A- This beer pours the color of golden apple juice with a thick mousse head of off-white foam that turns bubbly after a bit. There is a big carbonation of tiny bubbles that support the head.

S- The smell of floral yeast has a big apple juice smell and a faint caramel note that turns into honey as the beer warms. There is a nice apricot smell that comes through as the beer warms, too.

T- The first taste is a light plastic flavor but that decreases as the beer warms. The taste of yeasty, fruity caramel malt is sweet with a white sugar note to finish. There is a fusel alcohol taste at the finish that balances the sweetness a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that is due much in part to the thick head. There is a soft alcohol heat that grows as the temperature rises.

D- This beer has nice big flavors of a triple and a good amount of alcohol heat to balance it but there is not a lot of depth or complexity to this beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange honey color with a nice firm white head.

Nose is strong yeast, and ripe banana Belgian fruit; yeast esters are very floral and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich and bold with wonderful balance and integration of malt with light hop character;

Flavors are very assertive sweet stone fruits, ripe banana and with undertones of sweet creamed coffee and malt.

The hops come out in the end finish with some nice bitter grapefruit character to round out an otherwise malty, sweet-charactered Belgian. Quality and nice drink. Might be a bit sweet for some.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to kryptic for this brew.

Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus white fizzy/foamy head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some pears. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, nice touch of pears, and some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, and it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden sunshine yellow containing a typically Belgian amount of carbonation. The result is a massive snow white cap that is only moderately rocky as it deflates. Unfortunately, it doesn't possess the world-class looks that many Belgian ales are known for. As well, the lace that manages to stick to the glass is overly melty. Note: for some reason, subsequent pours look much better in terms of both head and lace.

The nose effortlessly pulls thing back into the range of good. It's par for the tripel course, with an emphasis on sun-ripened orchard fruit rather than on spices or alcohol. Warm clove is present, alcohol is not. I find it interesting that some tripels, like this one, smell and taste like banana. I like monkey fruit so I don't mind a bit.

While Ename Tripel is far from earth shattering, it's a capable enough beer. All else being equal, if a high-ABV beer favors bold over tame, I'll probably like it more. This one isn't a screamer in the mold of De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch), but it ain't no shrinking violet either.

It tastes like there's a fair amount of shortbread-like pale malt present, along with a hefty dose of candi sugar. The pears and apples soaking in sugar syrup sweetness is almost, but not quite, balanced by a noble hop bite. As in the nose, clove spicy yeast plays a supporting role. Unlike the nose, well-integrated, peppery alcohol plays a little game of slap and tickle with the taste buds. This is delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty close to right on the money. Most of the original bubbles have now entered the atmosphere, leaving me with less carbonation than is usual for the style. It's still lively enough to keep things from feeling anywhere close to flat. A sweet, silkyslick linger is a definite positive since I like the flavor that it continues to impart.

The only other Brouwerij Roman offering to grace my glass was Sloeber, a decent BSPA, although not an especially memorable one. I'm pleased to report that Ename Tripel is a better beer and is one that I'll be sure to keep an eye out for. If you like Belgian tripels, this is an easy recommendation.

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Ename Tripel from Roman N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.