Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company

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Bete Blanche Belgian-Style TripelBete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: xlperro on 06-16-2002

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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 79
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes after drinking this bottle on 1/26/14. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no bottling or enjoy by dating. This particular beer is a summer release, so it's probably at least 6 months old, but that shouldn't be a problem for a tripel.

Appearance - Pours a brassy orange hue that is so crystal clear that I can see a miniature upside down version of the stuff sitting on the other side of the glass through the liquid. Atop the body sits a one finger layer of creamy bone white foam. Retention is moderate and decent amount of silky lacing lines the glass.

Smell - Light, pleasant notes of fruity esters with notes of pear and nectarine from the yeast profile. There isn't a whole lot of character to the aroma, but I'd rather have this lighter take, where I can really take in the fruit and even some of the peppery aroma as well over a cloying yeast bomb.

Taste - More of the same fruity notes, with pear, nectarine, and now some additional spices, like clove, ginger and white pepper join the party. The aroma didn't do the taste justice, which is a lot more interesting, with some bready notes reminiscent of slightly sweetened dinner rolls. There is also just a hint of heat from the alcohol, which is surprising for a 7.5% beer. Still, it enhances, rather than detracts from the overall profile.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with an effervescent feel and a dry finish with just a touch of sweetness.

Overall, this is a really great summertime tripel, and in many ways makes me think more of a Belgian pale ale because the yeast profile which is so often a huge part of the tripel flavor profile is subdued and just present enough to keep it interesting. That said, it's not quite in line with what I would expect from traditional takes on the style.

Photo of utopiajane
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and pretty clear. A fat creamy head of bone white foam falls pretty quickly to a thin ring. leaves sheets of lace to slide back into the glass as you drink. The nose is shy on this one. It's lovely sweet pale malts, tropical fruit sweetness and the zest of a lime. Nice citrus peel and as it warms some lemon peel shows up. No alcohol on the nose but there is a faint musk as ti warms.

Taste is abundant. The malts are pale but sweet , lightly breaddy and the tropical fruit sweetness takes the middle of the beer. It seems to never end and you can taste it long after the finish. There is a faint hop spice on the back end with a touch of hop bitter to finish this dry and a little grassy. A touch of astringency as well as a bit of warmth from alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin, the carbonation is ample but soft and this beer is just lovely.

Photo of spinrsx
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a smaller size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Hops, coriander/clove, citrus, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and corn. There is also some light citrus, caramel, and a touch of spice.

Overall – A poor appearance and mouthfeel.. especially for a tripel. The taste isn't all that spectacular either. It actually tastes a bit like a home brew - I am disappointed with this one.

Photo of wl0307
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At 7.4%abv., coming in a 355ml slim brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 15/02/13, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly cloudy, dark yellow-ish or light golden colour, coming with a foamy off-white head with good retention and rather healthy & constant carbonation.
S: fruit esters abound along with random orangey and grassy notes of hops, yeasty barn-ish (or “off-ish”) acidity and a dry-ish note, plus some zesty and floral esters. A decent layer of pale malts stays in the background, not dominating. Not so exotic estery or pronouncedly fragrant as one’s standard Belgian Tripel, but still a very refreshing and nicely executed one.
T: refreshingly carbonated on the entry, packed with musk, juicy malts, lime zests, and overripe tropical fruitiness, balanced by lingering hop spicy-bitterness and an intensifying-ly dry palate from the exotic yeasts’ work, and a tinge of exotic “mung bean paste”-like estery taste lingering. Turning minerally dry on the palate and even chewy, with some dried lemon peel-ish tannic undertones.
M&O: refreshingly carbonated but never sharp, medium-bodied, full-flavoured and well-structured, this is a nice Tripel beer but in a rather balanced and not so well-attenuated or dry-ish version. I like it very much.

Photo of washingtonstatebeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not normally a fan of Belgian-style brewing, but for Elysian, I gave it a chance. I was very pleasantly surprised. I have long credited Elysian for having a powerful, unpretentious taste in many of their beer styles, and this was no exception. When poured, it gives a cloudy appearance that lasts throughout the drinking, solid head, as the label might tell you, and soft lacing. Its flavor is wheaty with some caramel notes. Not a regular choice for me, but if offered I would not refuse it.

Photo of LI_PO12
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip (no freshness date)

Appearance- Deep gold, clear, 1 finger white head

Aroma-Light malt sweetness, spicy, some pepper notes, some fruitiness

Flavor- spicy, some fruitiness, sweet up front with a dry finish. lacking for a triple

Mouthfeel- Medium full, smooth, medium carb

Overall- Its good, not great wouldn't really seek out again but its enjoyable brew, it seems to light for a triple, but drinkable for sure.

Photo of ksimons
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-a hazy golden orange with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-pale malts, citrus, pears

T-pale malt backbone with sweet pears, hints of citrus and pepper, and light Belgian yeast

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation

Overall this is an ok tripel, but nothing all that special

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with fine off-white, two finger head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of over ripe light fruit, light caramel malt and Belgian yeast; a hint of coriander and cloves. Flavor is sweet apple and pear juice, light bready malt, fruit finish with a hint of grassy hops. Very slight Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Light flavored and fairly tame by Belgian tripel standards, but the flavors were pleasant and well balanced, although a bit on the sweet side. I enjoyed it as an interesting domestic take on the tripel style.

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking tripel, but definitely lacking in the alcohol & body department to really feel like one.

Slightly more easier drinking than a tried & true tripel, mostly sour citrus in the hops. Not a lot of sweetness, which is fine by me. Maybe a nice intro to tripels.

Photo of Braz
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pure gold in color. Pretty opague. Small white head that doesn't last long. Heavy fragrance of citrus fruit, floral notes, lemon and yeast. Tastes is slightly sweet, zesty with little to no bitterness. Refreshing light citrus quality though flavor is pretty heavy. Good punch of spice notes as well, definate coriander. Body is smooth yet well carbonated with a sort of sparkling quality. Pretty enjoyable.

Photo of DavidCurry
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I might not be the best to review this because I am much more of an ipa/strong ale guy, but this was at my local market which always has great crafts. This beer is a stronger beer for Elysian, a Seattle Brewery where I live and it is the worst I have had from them. Its not exactly a tripel, 7.4% and has some spice notes, coriander and allspice almost. But then again, I am not a fan of the Tripel or any Belgium style.

Photo of klkatz
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in the stemmed Stella Artois flute glass...

love my belgians to be murky and thick... small white head...

smells - typical... blondish... malty maybe.. hard to disinguish... floral nodes...

taste... good well balanced..not super heavy for a tripel... spicy..

drinkability is high... at 7.4% it's not over the top... and is subtle enough to keep you going back... though not a session beer at over 7...

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation.The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of light fruits (apple and pear), candi sugar, and some zesty spices.

T: The flavors of the beer starts with moderate amounts of pale malts with some lighter hints of light fruits (pear, white grape, and apple), candi sugar sweetness, and zesty spices.

M: Just slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light hints of alcohol warming and light dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and feels a little like a slightly American take on a Belgian Tripel but that makes it a little different than it's peers - pleasant flavors and smells. Easy to drink considering it's strength and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and smell.

Photo of confer
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks like a tripel maybe a bit on the pale side, but a bright white head.
Smell is good as well, mildly spicey and fruity.
Taste is just okay, not enough of the tripel flavor and to much of a boozy aftertaste even though the abv is on the low side for a tripel.
Overall a decent American tripel.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- AOH

A- pale light yellow in color. Minimal head and lack of lacing on the pint.

S- clove and sour fruit tartness

F- fruity tones and a yeasty flavor.

M- a light tripel but it makes up for in the end. The yeast comes at as you finish the bottle.

O- not a bad tripel and pretty decent. The yeast and alcohol flavor actually give i a nice punch in the end.

Photo of woemad
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Main Market Co-Op in Spokane for $1.79. No freshness date. Different label than the one pictured.

Poured a hazy apricot color with a half-inch of bone-white foam. Spotty lace.

Fruity esters. Some spicy notes as well, but they are subdued. Clove-like scents can be detected once the beer begins to warm up.

Starts out cautiously fruity tasting, then some mild spicy notes thrown in a little contrast. There’s an incongruous bitter taste in the background that just doesn’t match anything else. Fairly clean finish.

Medium bodied, and without that effervescent mouthfeel that seems to only be available in Belgian-style beers brewed on the other side of the Atlantic.

Fairly mediocre, but okay for the price. Just don’t expect it to be as good as the ones you can drink in Europe (or even from there).

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark straw yellow with a small white head. Some lacing..few bubbles.

Smell offers yeasty cloves, grain, some sweetness, light spice

Lighter spice notes in taste with grain dominating..very low bitterness, mild sweetness, slight tinge of booze.

Easy drinking for a tripel

Pretty tasty stuff

Photo of ummswimmin
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet style glass.

Golden coloring with about two fingers of foam on the pour. The foam goes down to scum, but it leaves some pretty good lacing.

The smell is pretty simple. I get the sour from the yeast. There's a little malt and some graininess.

The flavor is decent. I get more of the sour, which plays pretty well. I also get more of the grain. The balance is fine, but that may be because there isn't much there. I wouldn't call this a tripel.

This beer is decent. Not really exceptional. I would order it again to pair with white meat as a simple pairing.

Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly hazed golden hue with a bubbly bright white head which dies quickly to a thin lace.

Smells extremely funky of old bananas and other rotten fruit. some earthiness. Kind of tastes the same as the nose. Not digging this beer what so over. Overly sweet and overly bitter at the same time. Drain pour.

Photo of corby112
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange color with tangerine hues and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some pepery spice, grassy hops, crisp, light fruit and alcohol.  Grassy soil character along with pepper and coriander followed by apple and pear. Pale biscuity malt underneath.  

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a strong earthy/musty character along with some prominent spice.  Grassy, soily hops along with pepper, coriander and caraway seed followed by perfume like light fruit and booze.  Fruit is subtle and overpowered by the earthy spice.  Faint hints of pear and apple along with biscuity malt backbone.  Boozy sweetness in the finish but abv is still decently masked.  Kind of bland and needs more fruit sweetness for balance.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear copper with plenty of suspended sediment, poured with 1 finger of white head and leaves with delegate lacing.

S: First notes are of alcohol, then delicate scent of sweet candy and light caramel, pale fruits and Belgian yeasts. Spiced notes of coriander and lemon peel. I find that the initial hit of alcohol detracts from the subtle scent and is not consistent with what I expect from a triples.

T: Big front end yeast and again a strong alcohol hit. Notes of ripe banana. maybe even banana bread. Dry and bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium to high carbonation and a full thick mouth feel.

O: The higher than usual notes of alcohol in both the smell and the taste combined with active carbonation seem to override the triple style. The remaining scent is rather delicate and the taste is mild with a bitter aftertaste. I won't try this again on account that should I want to have a triple there are so many great one out there. Too bad, because I really enjoy Elyisan's brews otherwise.

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Label claims 7.4% ABV. Beer pours crystal clear and pale orange, with a pleasing thin white head. Really this is extremely clear for a (relatively) high-gravity Belgian style ale. Typical floral/yeasty Belgian ale aroma with hints of sugary sweetness.

Flavor is extremely neutral: considerable spice and Belgian character despite being perfectly balanced, not sweet nor sour nor funky. Just lots of interesting flavors from the grain, hops, and yeast, wrapped up in a package that doesn't overdo it on the alcohol

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this 12oz up at Thirsty's enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

A golden hued hazed appearance with thin pale ivory cap w/ tight bead and confetti-like lace clings. The smell is strong with spicy esters from the yeast with a hop and bready malt odor with some slight grainy pils essence and light vegetal tinge. The feel is very spicy and dry in texture with mild carbonation for the style and hint of bitterness with slight toasted malt and creamy yeast with slight sweetness in the finish.

The taste is good with light pilsner flavor and mild cooked veggie w/ mild herbal hop accent up front which blends with the light spice and clove from the yeast. The taste is slightly fruity but not as extreme as the hops and yeast spice with mild green leafy sweet edge and hints of alcohol come through in the finish. The beer is more cracker-like with dry malt and pronounced hop bitterness as it warms with a slight peppery tinge. Overall a solid tripel & tasty interpretation which I could definitely enjoy more of -well brewed.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel
Elysian Brewing Company
Style: Tripel
ABV: 7.50 %

LOOK: Dark for a triple, deep copper hued beer. Exhibits fine clarity, with a soapy white head and some lacework on the glass. Active carbonation rising to the top.

SMELL: Aromatic to say the least, with strong floral notes, candy sugar sweetness, mild herbal touches, and pleasing to the senses inviting the first sip.

TASTE: Mellow flavors of Belgian yeast with a subtle fruityness (pear, apricot) upfront. There is a herbal element and a mild but well pronounced bitterness to round out the flavor profile. Even balance, light, agreeable flavor, and a modest alcohol content.

FEEL: Light bodied, crisp, not dry at all and more of a quenching character. Belgian yeast lingers into the finish showing off a fine flavor.

OVERALL: This is a very solid American style Tripel. Has the Belgian yeast note with American hops and a very well balanced brew. One of the better American interpretations of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Always happy to try a new beer from Elysian.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of wheat, as well as some Belgian yeast notes and some orange citrus. The flavor is very similar. There is a lot of orange citrus, as well as some wheat and biscuit malt, as well as a little bit of sugary sweetness and some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
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