Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.85/5 rDev +35.5%
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 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
4.5/5 rDev +25.7%
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.
06-30-2013 18:18:54 | More by washingtonstatebeerfan
4.45/5 rDev +24.3%
A: Cloudy yellow color, white head, good lace
S: Peppery, apple cider scent, yeast
T: Much like smell. Good spiciness/peppery taste. Sweet and malty up front. Dry aftertaste
M: Smooth creamy and very easy drinkin
D: Very good tripple, easy drinking would for sure get this again.
12-15-2006 18:15:54 | More by loren01
4.4/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
01-03-2007 02:04:47 | More by ppoitras
4.4/5 rDev +22.9%
I must say I really enjoyed this beer in spite of the fact that lighter Belgian styles aren't my favorites. The pour looked great ... and would've scored even higher if the body had been lighter than the dark golden color I got. Head was two and a half fingers ... and looked almost like whipped cream. One of the nicest heads I've gotten from a bottle. Nose is sharp apple, followed by sugar and spice. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the nose on this but I kind of expect a bit of a cotton candy smell here as well. Once I taste it I get a dash of hop bitterness and citrus mingled with sour apple and sugary sweetness. There's no real definition to the sweetness like in most Triples .... usually the sweetness makes me think of bubblegum or cotton candy. Mouth is like cream beaten until thick. I love it and can only marvel that they made a brew this creamy. As I said to start this review off, I don't care all that much for Triples ... but ignoring the style parameters for a moment this is an awesome beer! I would buy this before most triples I can think of.
07-22-2006 05:27:18 | More by TheBungyo
4.38/5 rDev +22.3%
22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery April 2007; Sampled August 2007
I have had this beer a couple times and. as usual, the beer is quite over carbonated. The beer sits in my glass with a lightly hazy, orangish tinged, copper color. A multitude of mad rivulets of carbonation stream up through the beer. This produces a full, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that slowly recedes with a crag-mired surface and all the while leaving lacing patterns on the sides of the glass. A sharp, spicy aroma greets my nose with notes of ginger, tart citrus, earthy coriander and a nice honey-like note. A solid, clean malt character is found in the nose too, with notes of biscuit-like malt, fresh crushed malt, soda crackers and even some sweet malt aromatics. The aroma on this beer is quite nice & I certainly am enjoying smelling this beer.
The beer is fairly sweet tasting (though in no way overly so), which gives this a solid herbal-varietals-honey like flavor. The beer is quite well carbonated still, despite it being almost 10 minutes since I poured this brew. The carbonation adds a zesty, prickly sensation and certainly helps to clean the sweet honey flavors from the palate, though it never entirely banishes it. The finish has a herbal astringency (almost basil like, sort of menthol like), a solid hop bitterness and a dry malt character to it. Flavors of orange zest, white pepper, young ginger, soda crackers, fresh cut sharp tasting herbs (a mix of arugula/rocket, dandelion, nettle and green tea), sweet malt, perhaps a hint of earthy coriander, honeysuckle and even some notes akin to penny royal.
Quite a nice example of a Tripel. Despite the perceived sweetness, this beer still captures a lightness and quaffability that I like to see in my strong, pale, Belgian-inspired ales (even though many examples from Belgium don't have this). I think that this beer is not nearly as sweet as my focus on it has been; a large part of this is due to the distinct honey note that I find here. I must say that I really like the hop character here, it adds a herbal, zesty edge to the flavor and plays quite a role in the flavor profile. This beer is really impressing me at this moment in time; in fact it is almost exactly what I want in a beer at this moment in time (yesterday or tomorrow I might not have appreciated it nearly as much). This is certainly one of the better beers I have had from this good brewery.
08-14-2007 01:39:11 | More by Gueuzedude
4.22/5 rDev +17.9%
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
4.15/5 rDev +15.9%
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
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
I like this beer. The bottle conditioning is not taken lightly and a full dose of yeast in the bottle goes a long way to build the mouthfeel and taste of the beer throughout. I like yeast and encourage blending with the beer as a whole. It's smell is well balanced but not unique and is a bit overshadowed by alcohol. The taste is so pleasant it's hard not to think its apple juice. Quenching and full bodied without being overpowering. It pours full with a off-white, but full head.
06-07-2005 02:25:33 | More by NoLiberty
4.1/5 rDev +14.5%
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
06-10-2012 00:24:34 | More by hreb
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with the anticipated buoyant head that leaves plenty of lacing around the chalice
Smell: Loads of peppery sweetness on the nose, with candi sugar, white pepper, rotting pears and hints of banana and cloves
Taste: Sweet up front, with pear and apricot, joined, to a lesser extent by banana and clove; by mid-palate, plenty of bitterness arrives, with some pine, in particular; after the swallow, the candi sugar becomes more apparent along with a peppery spiciness
Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice domestic example of the style, although there is a bit too much bitterness - but what would you expect from a NW brewer
Thanks, cannabanaceae, for the opportunity
The beer has been re-formulated since my initial review so I need to rate the new version
Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a meringue of a head that leaves a few shards (4)
Smell: Peppery yeast, with hints of candi sugar, juicy fruit gum and pear (4)
Taste: Biscuity malt, with a growing juicy fruit gum, candi sugar and pear flavor on the sweet side as well as a balancing pepper and bitter hop character; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors tend to linger in the finish (40
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation (4)
Overall: It has been a while since I tried the prior version but it doesn't appear that this one is altogether different; perhaps a little less bitterness, but a very fine beer (4)
12-28-2008 21:26:20 | More by brentk56
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
Sampled in a 16 oz pint at the brewery.
Beer pours hazy maize with a deep reflected glow and a soft white disappearing head.
Aromas of peaches and apples with a sweet pineapple acidy aroma.
Grapes and continental malt graininess draw into a long honey and candy body cut by a cinnamon spciness with a large warming alcohol down the throat.
06-14-2003 01:43:04 | More by drewbage
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
22oz bottle poured into a Goblet.
A: Light golden straw color. Slight haze. About a half finger white fizzy head that fades quickly but leaves a decent lacing.
S: Coriander, lemon. Belgian yeast. Crisp. Tropical. Slight nice Ivory soap aroma.
T: Slight caramel upfront. Coriander spiciness, lemon, and Belgian yeast flavors from middle through the finish.
M: Light body. Super crisp. Medium carbonation. Dry.
O: Good. I haven't had many of this style. Not really my thing, but this was good.
01-20-2012 01:44:14 | More by doughanson78
United Kingdom (England)
4.01/5 rDev +12%
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.
08-01-2013 17:28:47 | More by wl0307
Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.