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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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BA SCORE
81
good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 06-16-2002

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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 79
Reviews by hreb:
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Th head was humongous. It foamed up instantly and went down slow, leaving a picture-perfect lacing design that I stared at for quite some time. The body is cloudy orange. This is beautiful.

Smell – There’s some big yeast/malt in there. The pungent aroma worked right through the head. It smells almost like the Ruth HOTD, if you’ve ever had that. There’s a sweetness as well, consisting mostly of oranges, caramel, and a light sprinkle of table sugar. The classic candy sugar aroma is here in spades.

There’s also some good spicing in this brew. I can pick up some coriander and big clove, along with white pepper and maybe cinnamon. This is a very complex bouquet. There are even some hops in here to give it a balanced flavor and to “dry out” some of the other flavors. Amazing!

Taste – This is the real deal. The yeast/malt flavors pick it up a step at the taste, and the sweetness comes in big and smooth. The sugar is 10X from the aroma – it is monstrous. All of these flavors, and it is smooth as silk. Also, though the ABV isn’t on the bottle, this one has a heaping share of alcohol. Beware.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and an almost-full body put this right on style. There’s a slight alcoholic sting as well, giving it a bit of excitement.

Drinkability – This was smooth as silk, right on style to the nth degree, and refreshing to boot.

Comments – I hate to go bonkos over a beer with three reviews brewed in my back yard, but this is unbelievable. I’ve always said that a local brewery couldn’t do a malt-based ale, let alone anything Belgian, but this is the real deal. This is my idea of an Abbey Tripel.

Update – I just loved this beer so much when I first joined the site. I thought, now that it’s a year later and I’ve had literally hundreds of Belgian Ales, I should revisit this one.

It’s still one of my favs of all time. I think it is damn near perfect and stand by all of my scores. I’ve sent this to a few other BAs who haven’t thought so much of it, but I still love it. I guess that’s all that matters. Cheers!

Photo of NWer
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to brandy snifter.
Nice balanced Tripel shows Americans can make a good Tripel. Pours golden yellow with pale yellow head that retains well. Soft to the palate, mildly sweet, slight astringent aftertaste.
One of my favorite summer beers. Perfect for those who shy away from lagers on that hot summer afternoon.

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

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Bright golden hue, mild haze with a thick white lace. Aroma of mild tropical fruit and grassy phenols. Tastes a bit juicy with grassy hop and phenols. A tad bitter but the finish goes towards sweet.

A tasty Belgain style brew from the NW but a bit too weak to be a tripel IMO.

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with a thick whtie head. Straw, grass, pears, and spice in the nose. Dry, crisp taste up front, then moves into a sweeter yeast and apples combination. More of the sugar and the spicy Goldings come out as the beer warms. Not really the trippel I was expecting, kind of has a farmhouse quality.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a St Bernardus bowl shaped chalice, glowing orange copper honey appearance with the body. Flowing off white head forms thick and bubbly, beautiful beer here. Aroma has zesty spices, I'm even getting "beef jerky". Don't ask me why, but I get that spiced meat, okay to be fair let's call it a canivorous spicy pepper kick. Aroma also carries on grapefruit pith/peel, with candied sugar additions, and bubblegum esters, with a touch of green apple tartness. Flavor is pretty absurd upfront honey sweetness, with bitter spice notes lingering on that initial sip, some bright fruit notes that aren't enough to save the day...this is one cloying beast of a Belgian style tripel, there are other 9 and 10% abv tripels out there that ferment out the cloying qualities and leave behind a masterpiece. Harsh on the palate, cloying with booze, I don't get it it's only 7.4% abv according to the label yet it's screaming a booze ridden flavor with each sip. Banana smoothie with peppery bitter spice additions doesn't work in the ester or spice components this beer has to offer. Texturally it's a nightmare on the palate. Please don't go out and rush into a 22 ounce bottle of this without checking your facts. You can get this beer served a hundred times better as a real Belgian triple for half price during happy hour at the Sharp Edge.

Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you ccrida. Pours like a Belgian, cloudy grapefruit with a generous white head. Smell is fresh, mouthfeel is above average, but taste is not really there. Some sweetness and even astringency. Its drinkable, its a decent try, but its not up to a real tripel.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update 4/08/2011: I haven't increased the numbers, but the current sample I have in front of me shows much less alcohol than it did 9 years ago; and the bitterness is much more in line. I'm tempted to give it a 4.5 for taste but I think that would bump it up a bit too much. Still, it's remarkably improved, and not surprisingly so after so many years.

11/13/2002: Pours a very deep gold with an orange cast. Slightly hazy. The white head is limited to an average size, and then drops to a limited surface covering - but it's also quite creamy, holds fairly well, and leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly estery and gently malty with just a limited yeastiness. The body is medium/light with a very fine and gently effervescent carbonation that seems limited for the style. There is, however, also a higher than expected level of bitterness which might seem elevated under a stronger carbonation. The mouthfeel is gently zesty at first, but becomes much more creamy as it warms. The flavor starts a bit wine-like with a dollop of honeyish sugar (through a combination of the high level of alcohol and a grape-like fruitiness), then shows its alcohol a bit more clearly just before the gently sweet and grassy maltiness comes through. It finishes long and dry with an increasing bitterness in the aftertaste. An interesting interperetation of the style with alot of character and many charms.

Photo of nortmand
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber orange with a huge, white, Duvel style head. Leaves alot of lace.

Spicy, peppery, coriander, fruit notes dominate the smell.

A bit sweet up front, mellows into a coriander spiciness. A bit of funkiness in the aftertaste.

Light bodied and refreshing, very drinkable.

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 tone77
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits, yeast. Taste is a bit milder than thwe smell, still some fruits and yeast, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: First pour yielded a pale orange color with a good amount of clarity. The head was a promising 2 fingers high, off white, with a frothy nature. A generous amount of foam lace lines the glass. Medium dense show of fine misty bubbles rise at a moderate pace. Continuous pours yielded a similar opening clarity indicating not much yeasty goodiness was present in the drink.

S: The nose exhibited a spicy orange aroma, along with pepper and coriander and a bit of lemon peels. The level of intensity was low however. The flavor was a bit tart of dried lemons and pale wheat. Very likeable flavor, smooth and continous in nature and not overly spicy. There was a bit of underlying fruitiness of dried apricots about as well. The individual character was not so much sharp and pronounced as it was blended together with equal recognition.

M: creamy and full on the tongue with a good deal of carbonation bubbles. A warming of tart citrus and wheat graces on the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Smooth going down, nice relaxing drink per style, though drank more like a French bier de garde then a triple.

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 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 hollyisaway
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack at Tommy's Pizza in Gettysburg, PA for $10.50.

Poured into a Flying Dog goblet.

Appearance: Beautiful pour, flowed slowly from the bottle and left no major head. Possible bottling line issue considering the liquid alone is well above the 12oz mark on the goblet, but I'm not complaining there. A dark gold color, with heavy carbonation as bubbles continue to bloom upward a good bit after pouring. Really a beautiful drink.

Smell: Maybe it's an ignorance of traditional tripel aroma, but the immediate smells are stale beer and weed. Maybe someone appreciates that, but it's not what I've experienced or look for in a tripel.

Taste: For the price, very solid. For the style, nothing beyond average. There are some nice grassy notes, in particular in the forefront of the taste, but sadly any complexity seems to end there. Even the 7.3% alcohol barely leaves a mark. Oddly, there is an aftertaste that stays in the mouth reminiscent of a well-brewed pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Heavy without being overbearing. There is no noticeable alcohol burn, which is certainly nice for a spring/summer release. A very sticky taste lingers in the mouth, but this is more than welcome to seal in the floral flavors from the taste.

Overall: For 10.50, this is a good deal. I think it's mediocre, but the resident german in my house says it's his ideal tripel. So different strokes, I suppose. I would buy again for a barbecue or to introduce the idea of a tripel, but not for "advocate" reasons.

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 DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up most of these offering for a mere $5.99. Heck at that price I would try any bomber!

A - Looks like it held up pretty well for a summer release. Clear yellow in color with a tint of brown amber and a nice 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells of apples, mild citrus and a touch of hops. The Belgium yeast is fruity and juicy smelling.

T - Taste is a touch more wheat and hoppy than expected with very little orange, lemon or coriander. Not saying it's bad just not as pronounced as the smell.

M - Light to medium it has a good ABV.

Overall its more of an imperial Hefeweizen than a Belgium Trippel but it's in no way a bad beer.

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 grabtindy
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into 2 stemless Cabernet style wine glasses. First time trying this brew at the liquor store's recommendation.

Appearance - Typical rich golden hue I'd expect from a Tripel. A bit more than a finger of delicate head, good lacing. Much better clarity than I expected after reading some of the older reviews; seemed very clear to me with fine cabronation.

Smell - Very enjoyable, spicy (coriander), sweet, and balanced. I get a fairly strong cotton candy nose with a nice subtle hoppy undertone. Smells delightful, but I don't get a sense of the malt from the smell.

Taste - Tasty, though I think the smell over-promised and the taste slightly under-delivers. Some nice spicy yeast characteristics, some tropical fruit flavor in there as well. I get a little more astringency than I'd like. Warm finish.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is right on for me, fine but fervent. Overall it seems just a bit thin and lacking some body, but still very enjoyable.

Drinkability - VERY drinkable. At 7.5 abv I was surprised at how easily it went down.

Overall I thought it was a very good value ($4.99 for 22oz) and I would get it again. Fun beer to evaluate, but I thought the first impressions (appearance and nose) overshadowed the flavor slightly.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured a pale gold yellow color that was crystal clear. The aroma was fruity with some pineapple and banana in the nose. That however was the highlight of this beer. The taste was sweet with a little bit of fruit. I could taste no hop and wonder how long this beer had been on the shelf. I was not impressed by this beer but it certainly met some style guidelines for being a tripel.

Photo of brewcat
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A complex one. Poured a nice blond, rocky, tad hazy. Great aromatics. Loved the banana, Belgian yeasty goodness. The pallet I found was a bit askew from the initial invitation. Not nearly as interesting as the aroma. Not too sweet but thought it would be dryer, a tad to bitter on the back end and the pallet seemed thin. Overall incredibly drinkable and at 7.5% @$4.50 a good deal.

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 ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head lasts and lasts, in part due to vigorous replenishment from the upward bubble shower, with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet spiciness. Taste is sweet malts upfront, with moderate spicing coming on in the middle, and the combination lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Nice one here.

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.

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Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.