Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by hreb:
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
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
06-10-2012 00:24:34 | More by hreb
More User Reviews:
4.85/5 rDev +35.9%
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 Theres some big yeast/malt in there. The pungent aroma worked right through the head. It smells almost like the Ruth HOTD, if youve ever had that. Theres 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.
Theres 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 isnt 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. Theres 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. Ive always said that a local brewery couldnt 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 its a year later and Ive had literally hundreds of Belgian Ales, I should revisit this one.
Its still one of my favs of all time. I think it is damn near perfect and stand by all of my scores. Ive sent this to a few other BAs who havent thought so much of it, but I still love it. I guess thats all that matters. Cheers!
09-11-2003 02:26:38 | More by RoyalT
4.22/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
09-08-2011 23:51:58 | More by NWer
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-17-2005 01:24:48 | More by Jason
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-22-2012 04:23:33 | More by Mora2000
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
12-08-2008 22:32:10 | More by magictrokini
2.78/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
03-26-2012 06:53:40 | More by WVbeergeek
3.2/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
03-22-2009 03:08:30 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
11-13-2002 19:36:58 | More by NeroFiddled
4.15/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
11-18-2006 00:33:34 | More by nortmand
1.3/5 rDev -63.6%
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.
08-06-2012 04:11:06 | More by jtierney89
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-26-2011 04:53:28 | More by tone77
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-25-2011 22:17:05 | More by beerthulhu
Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
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