Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company
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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
2.6/5 rDev -27.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a frosted pint glass.
Thin head, about a half an inch with fine lacing. Lighter bodied, blonde in appearance.
Very modest aroma with pale malt lager yeast sticking out the most. Also light notes of caramel. Has that familiar trippel aroma but lighter.
Tastes of bread malt. Hints of spice (allspice?), fruit (possibly cherry?) and a little bit of sugar. Kind of soapy in the finish. Fine carbonation.
Not the most favorite trippel I've had... kinda've lacks zest or strength of taste. Maybe a good "lighter" introduction to Belgian trippels, but if I had to start with an American-produced version I'd go with New Belgium's trippel.
05-03-2012 09:19:49 | More by martino_cappachino
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
2.85/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
05-08-2012 22:25:20 | More by hollyisaway
2.89/5 rDev -19%
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.
01-31-2013 01:44:10 | More by DavidCurry
2.9/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
07-25-2012 01:29:13 | More by corby112
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
Slightly hazy light yellow-amber with a thin white head that disipates rapidly. Bright yeast and light sweet fruit aroma. Salty yeast and wheat with slightly fruity notes. Sharp, smooth bite.
Nothing too outstanding here. Not a whole lot to mention as far as flavor is concerned. Really just a fairly easy drinking beer at a good price.
03-05-2011 00:27:02 | More by Bfarr
British Columbia (Canada)
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
07-09-2012 02:31:27 | More by FondueVoodoo
Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
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