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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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Reviews: 79
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 22.04%
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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 168
Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -64.2%
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.

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Photo of martino_cappachino
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of hollyisaway
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of DavidCurry
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.94/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshenss date poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 5/1/11

A: Pours clear and pale with thin white head, very few bubbles rising.

S: Sweet malts with fruity esters, bananas and some grassy hops. Very little detectable alcohol.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness up front takes away from the pleasant sweet malts and fruits. Nice lingering taste of bananas and cloves after each sip. Very little alcohol with a bit of grassy hop flavor.

M: Feels pretty thin for a tripel, decent carbonation with medium-thin body. Pretty light, not really what I expect in a tripel.

O: Pretty average tripel, not bad, but nothing really wows me. Less alcohol, less body, and more bitterness than I like in a tripel.

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Photo of julian
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear golden yellow in color with a nice 1 finger fluffy white head on the first pour. 2nd pour, although aggressive, yielded very little head. Lacing is almost non existent.

S: Belgian spices, lemon zest, grass.

T: Up front it has the taste of a typical belgian yeast I'd expect to find in a Tripel, but the flavors seem a bit muted. There's not much going on here to be honest.

M: Medium carbonation, light bodied.

D: Eh...there are much better readily available Tripels (La Fin Du Monde) that I would choose over this. Nice to try and to support my local breweries though. Not a bad price either for $4.49 for 22oz.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Buggies
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

his beer gets a lot of bad reviews. But, it really isn't that bad... it just isn't a great example of a triple. It is a nice representation of the style, but it lacks a lot of what I think of a triple should be.

All the elements are there just a little muted. Really not bad. I got a single of this out of a cooler at my local GE, so I didn't pay much for it. Had I did pay a lot for it I might have been a little more disappointed. But this one is just a bit above average.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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).

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Photo of confer
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.34/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up the other day at Mondo Vino. Poured from the bomber a crisp dark golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and pears. Light bodied and crisp, with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices, apples and pears.

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Photo of klkatz
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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...

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Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of brewcat
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, light tripepl from Elysian. Golden amber, not very cloudy though. Thin, snowy head. A little too hoppy on the nose. Light candi sugar and malts.

Dry, almost bitter taste. Very light malts. Raisins, and a little bit of spice in the taste. Not quite as rich or developed as I'd hoped for, but by no means horrible.

Good carbonation and a nice brew, but needs some work.

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Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.