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Ename Tripel - Roman N.V.

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Ename TripelEname Tripel

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 141
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-08-2003

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Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours light apple juice, cotton white .333 inch head. Leaves fast, leaving ring. Slightly clingy sudsy lacing.

S - Ah , Belgian yeast. Tropical fruit, banana. Nice.

T - Taste follows smell. Nice malt and fruits.

M - Medium body, maybe a little too much carb, good coating.

D - Reminds me of my Europe trip. Could drink until stupor.


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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 dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of csmiley
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours just a little cloudy and bright gold in color. The more than ample white head stuck around for a while and left behind a good amount of lacing.

S - Sharp spice is the first aroma to be noticed - black pepper and clove. Some honey and sugar show up next. A small amount of fruit is on the end and comes close to green apple. Very light aroma.

T - There are several flavors in this beer that seem to be fighting to be dominant but none of them really succeed. Fruit is present with hints of apple and lemon. Honey and pale malt are in there as well. Spiciness and alcohol come through on the back end. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is hot at first but sweetens out over time.

D - Drinkability is good. The typical Tripel aspects are in this beer and come together well. The lack of aroma does hurt it some. Alcohol is somewhat hidden which helps drinkability. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of tekk9
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of ewpgolf2
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of TStandley13
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color. Very good head/retention.

Coriander, fruit, and spices. Lots of fruit. Grapes, apples, strawberries, even a little banana.

Very fruity and sugary tasting. Can taste some sort of burnt flavor, maybe wood.

Mouthfeel is average. Not too thick, not too thin, carbonation is good.

Another basic triple. Little bit too much on the fruity side, however it is a decent brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby capped Duvel look a like bottle with a black label.

Clear golden colored beer with a strong white head.

Smell is strongly sweet and fruity with a heavy apple and grape aroma. Coriander and spice are in here but mostly overwhelmed by the strong fruit aroma. Noticeable ethanol fumes that carry apple brandy scents.

The taste starts out sweet and a little fruity with an apple flavor and Candi sugar. Malty and sweet this is mostly apple flavor with a second layer of rock sugar candy and a little wood and bitterness. Seems a bit muted in taste like the fruit is only a shadow of what it was and left mostly sugar behind.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer at all, thought was a bit pricey. Worth a try I suppose but I will continue to buy Hennepin most of the time.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the sharp-edge creekhouse this afternoon. Served in an Ename chalice.

A- Body is a crystal clear light golden yellow with some bubbles on the side of the glass. Head is creamy and white at 1/2 finger with perfect retention. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is light and rich in phenols. Floral hops and a light, sweet fruity scent lie deep in the background.

T- Not much to the taste at first. There is a light, sweet fruitiness with apples and maybe white grapes upfront. The finish is almost all floral hop flavor-but very reserved. All that lingers is a hint of residual alcohol. Very clean.

M- The mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Low carbonation and light body.

D- This tripel definitely isn't one that "wow"s me but it is elegant in its own right in how light and smooth the flavor and mouthfeel are. It doesn't come on as strong as most brews of this style. I do really like this one and will have it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold (though if you let the bottom of the bottle in your glass, it will cloud it just a bit). Slight off white head. The thought came to me in the midst of tasting this one: "A milder Duvel". On the end it has a very slight bitter tone to it. Feel is very good though. Leaves a lasting bubble on your tongue. Drinkable. Sure. But the alcohol will get to you, and that slightly bitter edge on the end detracts. Good. But I don’t think it’s one to go back to.

I’d suggest not letting the bottom of this bottle into your glass. It seems to bring a more bitter edge to it and does not positively influence the brew as a whole.

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Photo of mcallister
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light for a tipel. Looks more like a Belgian gold or pale. Head is enormous and this is obviously over carbonated. Pure white with a long hold out.

Nose on the other hand is nice and herbacious with a vibrant acidity. Grassy esters with some light tropical fruit notes and a hint of clove. A floral hopping with spicey renderings.

Nice and way too easy to drink. Tastes like the nose would indicate. Tropical fruits with a clove middle. Grassy and herbacious with a floral finish that is bitter with an alcohol burn in the chest. Prickly carbonation and bright acidity make this a great food beer and an easy drinker.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2002.
Appearance: Yellow-gold color, clear, well saturated with large bubbles, white foam tight and plentiful.
Smell: fresh nose, fine and fruity hop
Taste and mouthfeel: Strong, sweet, a little spicy, slightly bitter. Hops and Yeast aromatic, slightly bitter post-marked.
Drinkability: good beer in the style tripel

Review added 11-10-2007, translated from french 3-5-2008.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a mild, frothy cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peach, yeasty esters, vanilla, cream, pineapple, apricot, and honey.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet nectarine and apricot mix pulling through with some honey rounding out the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet, with yeast, apricots, and vanilla resonating along the palate.

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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 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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Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellow / orange in color with a spotty surface head. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles streak to the surface.

Smell: green grape tartness, honey sweetness, grass, and a touch of spiciness.

Taste: malt / sugary sweetness is balanced with some nice bitterness, grassy tones, yeast spiciness, red apples, and honey. Alcohol is well hidden but provides the warming effect.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish, and the finish is a bit dry too. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice tripel that can sneek up on you since the alcohol is not noticeable. Easy to quaff and a bit refreshing even with the mildly dry finish.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden straw color with a billowy white head. Smells sweet, malts and candy sugars. Taste is light, again sweet maltiness, maybe some peachy flavors. A bit more complexity would be just the thing. Not bad though. Well balanced and tasty. Sort of reminds me of a BPA more so than a tripel.

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Photo of jhicks12
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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

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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 emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle obtained at Ron's in Farmington... Slightly murky golden body with a three fingers of off-white head. Citrus (orange peel or maybe grapefruit?) dominate the aroma. Complex flavor. Citrus, malt, and a little hop bitterness and pineyness are evident. Alcohol is also present, but is not as noticeable as other flavors. Fairly easy to drink. Lighter in body than some tripels, but not light bodied by any means.

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Photo of DragYourBone
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a refrigerated bottle into a goblet and allowed it to sit at room temp for about 5-10 minutes while I was cooking the chops.
Came back to the golden-honey cup with a persistent inch thick foam. Lots of carbonation was still visible. Very pleasing to the eye.

Took a long whif and the sweet yeast scent was present along with some pepperyiness (sp?).

Took my first taste and it was somewhat lighter that I had expected; both in fullness and taste. The sugars/spices were present, though I could not really distinguish them (maybe corriander, maybe vanilla) - they were like a faint memory. It was also a little on the thin side with a medium fullness. I'm glad the foam and carbonation was there to compensate for this. The fullness dissipated/fizzed quickly on the palate with a light acidic end.

I only had one bottle to taste, though I could have easily had another. It went well with my chops.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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