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Ename Tripel - Roman N.V.

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 141
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 impending
1.79/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours like an unfiltered apple cider, little to no head even with an encouraging pour, little lacing.

Aroma is sweetness and phenols. Honey and white grapes.

Taste is overwhelmed with the sweetness, zero dry, zero bitter, just a bland sweetness topped with a touch of solvent alcohol. Medium bodied mouthfeel. While not flat, very low carbonation.

Seems the other reviewers' looked different than mine but it doesn't taste oxidized . . . . . . just the bad side of mediocre.
no cheers
jd (510 characters)

Photo of therealmcclurg
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If its Belgian, I'll drink it. It is after all, the Disneyland of beers. However...this beer is more like monorail: you have to ride it, but its not that fun, and its kind of forgettable. There are much better Belgian beers out there-choose them instead. (254 characters)

Photo of atlason
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in Beaune, France.

A: Pale gold, clear.

S: Light toasted malt and yeast.

T: Triple yeast character is same direction as Westmalle but less complex. Too much alcohol on palate. Appropriate hops to keet it crisp. Aftertaste emphasizes cloying parts -- not terribly pleasant.

M: Medium attenuation, quite alcoholic, below avg carbonation. Not easy to drink.

O: Average triple, true to style, pretty clean but boring. (426 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is one of those typical Belgian beers that use enormous amount of sugar, which make it thin and alcoholic, without adding any taste.

The appearance was good, orange bright color with a big fluffy head and lots of carbonation.
Smell was spicy and fruity with all kinds of fruits, peaches and exotic fruits. Slightly bitter.
Taste was dry and bitter, hoppy. The spiciness was present and tastes like coriander and some other spices. Also some fruitiness from the yeast. The grains gave the beer a malty and husky taste.
Body was too thin, lots of sugar in the recipe, which made the beer too alcoholic and solvent burning. (638 characters)

Photo of tekk9
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a wonderful golden color, with a nice lacy head. You can see the carbonation is ample even minutes after the poor. There is not much of a nose to this beer. I can pick up hints of fruit smells but nothing dominant. There is a definite fruity taste, apple and some pineapple, followed by a creamy finish. The beer seems to have some weight to it, but is surprisingly drinkable. all in all, a decent triple. I was surprised to find this at a small pub in Florence, Italy. (483 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A really unimpressive pour, with absolutely no carbonation; the liquid was a murky, apricot nectar color

Smell: Although somewhat one-dimensional, the aroma had a lot of fruity elements, including pear, pineapple, apricot as well as a aweet candi sugar and vanilla aspect

Taste: What smelled great is just average on the tongue, as the sweet and fruity flavors overwhelm and are not backed up by the anticipated yeasty complexity; the finish is very sweet and slightly boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, but flat; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: I suspect that something may have happened as this beer crossed the pond; too bad, as the flavors are not that bad and with a bit more magic from the yeast, this could well be a decent tripel (761 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full golden in colour, decent foam, with some bubbles on the sides. Medium persistence.
At the nose is yeast and bread, and grains. Behind, peach, white flowers. At the end, it raises a smell of wistaria flowers.
The taste is warm, with some heaviness, of cereals and honey, bread and yeast, with notes of peach and pear, and perhaps some floral notes. Alcohol perceptible.
Medium body.
Alcohol in the aftertaste too, with flowers and ripe melon. Light notes of hop. (466 characters)

Photo of jhicks12
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour a Pale, little Hazy yellow with strong fluffly head

Smell: Picked up a dry slight hop aroma and also some malt sweetness and a little sour as well:

Taste: Slightly sweet at first and then finishing dry with a bit of a medicinal alcohol finsih.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation with a dry alcohol burn finish.

Drinkability. Not the best beer I have tried. But not bad (392 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Smells like husky grain. This is a Belgian Tripel right?
Foamy, with small bubbles, and sticky lace. Ok, it looks more Belgian with the sediment poured in.

Tastes similar to a Euro strong ale, or strong pale. Not much sweetness, a little residual maybe. This is a Polish Pilsner with a Belgian label. If it was a Pilsner though, it would be a strong one. The alcohol is evident, but not too much in the taste. Honey with grain. Not much else, dry in the aftertaste.

Can't really recommend it, but if you are hellbent on trying every Belgian beer out there, it's worth a try. (612 characters)

Photo of Philc
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle in a Stella glass

Dark cloudy yellow think two finger head large bubbles thin cap dissipates quickly

Lemon fruity light sent floral notes very light funk I would like to see a little more from a Abby

Light fruity flavor, slight malt, thin mouthfeel very light and drinkable. Little carbation.

Not bad overall, light easy to drink. (350 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

New review from a 75cl bottle

A: pale blonde colour, descent head, not a lot of carbonation.

S: orange, malts, hint of banana, apricot and hops

T: banana and peach , alcohol is there, hint of hops and malts

M: too thin, slightly undercarbonated, too alcoholic

O: pretty average tripel, the thing that bothers me most is the alcohol, not really looking forward to drinking the bottle.

6-1-2009 review

Appearance; Excactly what you expect from a tripel. Maybe a bit pale. (4)

Smell: Nothing spectacular, very difficult to extract a specific smell, kind of plain. (3.5)

Taste: A disappointment. Can't really place the taste, a bit like the smell. The aftertaste flavour is something irony, metallic. As it is a new bottle, I can hardly imagine this is coming from the cap. (3)

Mouthfeel: Fo me it could use a bit more carbonation. Because of the weak taste, the alcohol is quite noticeable. (2.5)

Drinkability: Quite an easy drink. nothing complex; lacks the stronger flavours you'd expect from a tripel, because of this the alcohol comes through, and quite strongly so. (4)

If they gave me one I would drink it, but i wouldn't give money for it, as there are so many better beers in this style easily available to me. (1,228 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Smell: spiced citrus

Taste: banana cream and almonds with hints of maltiness along with a smooth overall mouth feel

This beer is, well, fairly average and I'm having a hard time with the 250 character limit...as I always say, however, try it for yourself and you may find yourself wondering why you can only use 5000 characters. And yes, I had it at 48 degrees and it was served in a tulip. (392 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy copper orange with a thin head that dissipates immediately, no lacing. Mild aroma of caramel malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing. Light flavor dominated by sweet caramel malt, light fruit, light Belgian spices. Abrupt sweet finish.. Light to medium bodied with very light carbonation. This seems a lot more like a mildly flavored dubbel than a tripel with the emphasis on sweet malt rather than a drier, spicier taste I associate with tripels. Flavor and carbonation are too subdued to be interesting. (552 characters)

Photo of ewpgolf2
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This triple pours a cloudy gold with a bright white frothy head. The aroma was diminutive and expelled only subtle wisps of dried apricot/pineapple and herbs.
I got stronger wiffs of the alcohol as I drank it though. I inadvertently served this quite a bit warmer than recommended which may have enhanced the drinkability a bit-being an "easy drink". Mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat clean even w/ the higher ABV and probably @ 65F near the finish. I intentionally saved taste till last because I was a little perplexed on the rating. This started out a little bland but oddly enough, as it warmed the flavors intensified which were similar to what you'd expect from the smell. Thin and syrupy at the same time>? Overall, this was a forgettable beer but I would order again if given a choice between this and a macro. (821 characters)

Photo of WhiteOak
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- The color is a light golden/olive, the head white.

S- The nose was very muted, with little more than alcohol on display except for a faint hint of apple must and yeast.

T- The dominant flavor was honey. Sweet malt and faint spice, then a honey-nut finish.

M, D- The body was medium. The feel was pronounced powdery chalkiness but still smooth. Lots of CO2. (362 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle, poured into a tulip at home, leaving the sentiment on th bottom, in the bottle. ABV 8,5%.

Big white head, three fingers in height, soapy in texture. Very good retention, leaving heavy lacing behind. All that, on top of a clear pale golden body, with minimal activity in it.
Aroma is yeast, slighty hoppy and with some fruit notes.Very subtle and faint.
Taste is sweet, with fruity notes, slighty alcoholic.
Full body and carbonation above average. Very dry and long finish.
Overall an okay beer. (518 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, fruity, mostly like a green apple. In the taste, green apple sweetness, and counteracted with a dry yeastiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small sticky, green apple like sweetness in the aftertaste. Like a dry cider and kind of sticky, good but not my first choice. (342 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow orange with a thin white head that dissolves quickly with no residual lace to speak of. This is not promising. Some malts, vinegar, distant spice and a few light fruits to the nose. Tastes grainy with a little citrus and sour fruitiness. Some nutmeg, phenols and a faint piny bitterness work in after a bit. Almost thin with a small creamy core. A tiny alcohol heat lingers in the throat. The Belgian Tripel is one of my favorite styles. This is by far not one of the best I've had, but its not the worst either. (525 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer comes ina a squashed bottle typical from the area. The beer pours a clear straw color. Aroma, taste, and flavor are typical to the style, most notably the banana flavors from the frement. There are no endearing qualities of this beer that would make me pick it out from others. I would drink again however. (316 characters)

Photo of JoBoTo
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl, poured into Duvel chalice, label says best by 17/02/2010. Chilled, but let warm to about 40 before pouring,

L: This pours a very light, slightly cloudy yellow. A sort of dull gold. Somewhat lighter than I was expecting. The head was good on this one, about a solid finger, but it hangs around and appears very thick and creamy. I love the carbonation that sticks to the sides, throwing bubbles at the head from random places around the glass

S: Very earthy grain. Definitely what you would expect a triple to smell like. Liquid bread. Some sugary undertones, with a citrusy-high zest. Seems to be a spice too, small, faint, and only after inhaling about 20 times was there any hint, and now still faint. If you like belgians, then you will thoroughly enjoy the smell of this.

M: Very carbonated. Full 3-5 seconds of high tongue tingle. Light bodied Bubbles thoroughly when you play with it. As most triples/quads do. There is a little residue left around your mouth upon swallowing, letting you know that you are drinking something of substance. Also there is a slight...vibration, no, more like a tingle, all around where the beer touches. Even minutes after swallowing. Just filling your mouth. I am picturing these little yeast nuggets (follow me here), sliding around, playing, having a gay old time in my mouth. Just enjoying the small space they have found to play in.

T: very malted. This seems to be one of the most prominent factors about this beer. They really wanted you to know that this was a triple. Some yeast, and there is that spice again. I wish I could place it. Not a peppery, but similar. There doesn't appear to be a lot of depth to this unfortunately. You get a lot of malt, and some slight citrus, and yeast. Unfortunately.

D: For a triple, I would say that this is a good one. It is no where near the best out there. The lack of complexity, would make this an easy starting block for some. Me included J I have been looking forward to trying this for months, for no reason other than the fact that I thoroughly enjoy it, but sadly, I feel somewhat let down. Just was expecting more. (2,120 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer at home, bottle-conditioned, at just the right temperature. The first time I had it it was in a B&B in Brugge, Belgium, when it tasted so great that I promised myself to try it again in the future.

Here it goes:
The one I had has best before date of June 2006.
It has a golden/blond, nice, but thin foamy head.
Smell: perfumy, "red-bean paste" (as in Chinese cuisine, key ingredient for a lot of traditional "puddings") and sweetish nose.
Taste: Not too bad really... Tastes peachy, honeyish...it was round, BUT very gassy on the other hand... a pity.
Aftertaste: lingering gingery/spicy and "green-tea"-like dry hoppyness. BUT (again), a bit thin and not long-lasting enough as everyone would have expected from a strong, Belgian blond beer.

My previous experience is definitely better. Is it because I hadn't waited long enough before opening the bottle? Or is it because I wasn't drinking it in Belgium??!! (937 characters)

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has the appearance of a fairly light copper with a creamy foam head. The scent is very fruity, mainly strawberry but with a hint of citrus as well. It isn't as bready smelling as I expected.

The taste is quite bready. It is very strong beginning to end and even lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. I even get a bit of metallic taste at the start.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, more than necessary.

It is very drinkable but there are so many better examples of this style. (495 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle pours into a goblet a slightly hazed golden body with a large vanilla head. Fair retention with a sheet of lace left behind.

Aroma opens with fruity banana and golden apples, followed by some floral and grassy hops and some bready malt.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and carbonation with a distracting syrupy sweetness.

Taste has a dominant fruity component that is overripe pears, golden delicious apples, and a hint of banana. Candy sugar is very apparent. Hop bitterness is restrained, with floral and grassy notes. The dominant sweetness gains a honey taste as it warms. Alcohol seems totally absent. Finishes with a bready maltiness and slight yeast twang.

A better than average triple, but the sweetness is a bit cloying. (746 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz beer, bottle sampled at the map room in chicago. chosen from the mile long bottle list by my drinking assistant christopher columbus style (literally close eyes and point)

appearance: poured into a tulip with a logo that escapes me at this point, golden straw yellow body, white froth that fades quickly

smell: high on the sweetness levels, grain, a touch metallic, syrupy citrus hops

taste: I've been on a big tripel kick this summer, and i found that this one was far sweeter than anything i have had. The syrupy citrus and apricot was a bit much for me. Theres a bit of metallic grain and some floral citrus hops. I also found traces of sweet honey throughout

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet

drinkability: not the greatest (733 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classic 11.2 fluid ounce Belgium stubby is sealed with a brass colored crown cap which has black text on it. Staid black label simply has the words “Triple Abbey Ale Ename” with a stated strength of 8.5%. Has a code which is “L111 09:08 13./02/2008”. A fresh example for sure.


Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden straw body with a refreshing clarity which shines. Bleached white head rises quickly but soon dissipates and breaks down to a smattered covering.

Nose: Sharp nose, grains which are spiced and soft hopped floral finish. Tends to suffer from a stainless steel aroma. Not that bad though.

Taste: Clean metallic profile, never fussy or messed up but more so clean and unfettered. It has a Germanic feel at times. Sweet malts start but it soon turns dry and then finishes with some astringent grain and a floral hop pinch. Never exhilarating but not a let down either. The only drawback here is the malty sweetness, not something I like or enjoy.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and soft toned conditioning are certainly welcome. The body lacks depth but the feel is smooth and never harsh.

Drinkability: A clean effort, easy to drink but never quite the rewarding brew that you expect. Drinks like a light Blonde Ale, devoid of inherent spiced properties and as such it can soon become boring, yet despite this low quality I still enjoy this brew.

Overall: I stayed in Oudenaarde only once, way back in 1995, it was a strange night, an Irish chap in a car drove up and pulled a gun on us after we saw him fill him his car full of fuel at a closed petrol station, oh my, weird stuff and it was all very strange…..but aside from that, my memory was of a stupendously awesome locally produced Flanders Sour Red called Cnudde Bruin and the nearby Roman Brouwerij. The latter had held an open day the weekend that we were there. The lines at Roman were incredibly long, it seemed like the whole village and surrounding areas were there and we eventually decided not to attend in the end. Shame, I rue that decision! Roman is a weird concoction of tradition and modernity, the Ename brews, whilst clearly “Abbey” in style, is far more modern and clinical that some of the better examples, yet most of the Roman offerings rarely disappoint. A run of the mill brew that is nothing special, but nice to see it Stateside. OK, just OK, but always better than the bigger brewery offerings and I still frequently pitch for an Ename when in Belgique when faced with a larger commercial selection. (2,530 characters)

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