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Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: xlperro on 06-16-2002

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light cloudy golden color with good carbonation leaving a nice white set of bubbles

S: Pears and white vrapes mainly, a hint of candy

T: Pear and green grape sweetness is in front. A bit of spioce, tinge of booze

M: Pretty light and airy body, drinks good, feels good

O: A pretty decent rep of the style

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 Azurescens
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a goblet

A -Pours a deep golden color. Lots of head formation, pearly white, but then down to a film. Lots of bubbling. Very clear.

S - Strong bready notes, pilsner and 2 row. Sweet. Some fruity yeast notes, strong esters. Coriander, clove.

T - Starts off malty, light amounts of pilsner. Mid-stream gets more spicy, bits of coriander and clove. Mainly clove. No hopping. Some alcohol warmth. Finishes overall very clean, lightly sweet.

M - Lightly sticky, somewhat thick. Carbonation lightens up the body a little. As noted in the taste, some alcohol warmth.

O/D - Fairly easy drinking. Flavors are smooth, not palette abusing. Alcohol is strong, but not unmanageable for a tripel.

A decent offering - somewhat understated.

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

A: Hazy gold color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with excellent retention. Lightly decanted. Laced in sticky sheets.

S: Sweet light-colored fruit; white grape and pea. Mild clove spice.

T: Light fruits just like the nose. Clove and coriander follow quickly. Peppery finish with a little warming alcohol.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Fruity and a little sweet, but smooth and balanced into the finish. Nice balance overall

O: Very drinkable and consistent with style. Good flavor and good balance overall.

Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid tripel from Elysian that is on the lighter side for Spring. Huge head and a gold colour ( thought it might be whiter). Nose is yeasty but hops are also there. The beer is fairly well balanced with a sweetness that is underneath the surface. Very drinkable and not really that complex.

Photo of emmasdad
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bottle split with some friends. This was a light hazy yellow color and had a smell to it that was slightly spicy indicating its belgian style nature. The flavor was like a mix of wit and tripel to me. Not syrupy like I find a lot of tripels to be. I also liked the fact that this did not have a very high alcohol content compared to most tripels. Overall, not bad especially for the price.

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with 1 finger head that dissipates slowly.

N: Red delicious apple, pear and Belgian yeast.

T: Light apple cider, pear, banana, Belgian funk (perfect amount) and lemon grass. Finishes with notes of earth, citrus and coriander.

M: Light bodied, smooth, clean and refreshing.

D: The lower than average abv makes this Tripel an easy drinker. Very crisp and clean!

Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into one of my favorite chalices.

A: Peach tinged gold with nice clarity. A soapy eggshell head quickly falls to a broken film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Sweet pear and green grape are joined by a coriander and clove spice. A light alcohol tingle finishes things.

T: Pear and green grape sweetness is in front. A coriander and clove spice comes on quick and provides nice balance. Alcohol adds a light warmth, but is otherwise masked. Pepper comes on very late in the finish.

M: The body is quite light for the ABV, which is in keeping with this style. The carbonation has the right tingle to it.

D: If memory serves, this is contract brewed in CO by New Belgium. I say this because the beer seemed eerily similar to New Belgium's Trippel in its presentation. Both beers just happened to be on hand, so I did a side by side. This beer is a touch sweeter and a bit less spicy, which makes sense given that the NB beer contains coriander. Otherwise, the flavors are awfully close. Coincidence?

Photo of Bfarr
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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 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 julian
3.15/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of philbertk
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bete Blanche Belgian Style Tripel 2001 22 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Big white head. Hazy thin golden color with orange shade. Belgian yeast front. Thick pellicle clouds color and mellows flavor. Creamy rich sweet dry malt fruitiness. Slightly hot spicy alcohol end. Sampled 7/28/2001.

2004 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Big pellicle. Mild foamy head. Clear light bright golden color hazes lemon gold. Floral fruity ester mild hop front. Sediment mellows rich spicy Belgian wheat body. Hot spicy mild hop end. Too Much. Tasty. Sampled 8/21/2004.

2005 22 oz. Bottle 6.90% ABV--15 IBU's.? (3.5 / 5.0) Foamy lacy head. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Rich coriander spice mild banana hop front. Thin spicy dry sweet tart rich caramel candy ester body. Big Belgian spice end. Totally Unbalanced! Sampled 7/25/2005.

2006 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Huge foamy lacy head. Cloudy bright gold color hazes dense lemon white with big brown sediment. Mellow Belgian clove banana hop front. Creamy malty mild sweet Belgian fruit ester wheat body. Clean NW end. Sampled 4/16/2006.

2007 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBU's. (4.0 /5.0) Thin foamy mild lace head. Clear bright gold color hazes bright orange. Big floral Belgian coriander fruit ester front. Thin crisp dry sweet tart Belgian ester body. Tart crisp citrus hot spice end. Sampled 6/14/2007.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: cloudy golden hue with plenty of effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory head. It looks good to me.

Smell: somewhat bright malt aroma with sour apples and a little hint of chalk. That said, it's not quite as bright or fruity as I like my tripels to be; it's still not bad, though.

Taste: fruitiness is subtle here, which I like; apples and pears, mostly, in flavor. Again there's this little hint of chalkiness which I quite like. It does lack some of the richness of a higher-alcohol tripel; I'm missing a little of that here. Once again, it's good but not quite good enough.

Mouthfeel: quite nice. I feel like a tiny bit more body would be nice, but the carbonation and creaminess are out of this world.

Drinkability: while Bête Blanche does lack a few of the flavor qualities I so like in a tripel, it is still pretty darn good. The somewhat lighter-than-average ABV makes this a sessionable tripel -- something you don't see too often.

Photo of callmemickey
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-straw. Good head, retention and lacing.

S: Yeasty citric character. Lemon, grapefruit. Some light spice.

T: Solid, but not terribly noteworthy. Yeasty. Light citric fruits over a slight biscuity malt body.

M: Moderate body. Bubbly. Clean finish.

D: Solid american tripel. Doesn't quite have that true belgian taste that only a few american breweries can match.

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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of SickBrew
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this brew in a 22oz bomber from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. This "Belgian Style Tripel" pours a solid gold with some hints of orange and is overall slightly hazy. Head is white, about 2 fingers high in my pilsner glass and holds OK and leaves some good lacing. Aroma is fruity, like bananas, which is bounded by some fair esters and mild malt aromas. Flavor is also fruity, estery and slightly malty. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is moderate. Overall, this is a good Belgian.

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 snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer, but not exceptional. Bananas and cloves take over the taste with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Thick, foamy head with strong, long lasting lacing. Not fizzy, but respectably carbonated. Large amount of sediment in the bottle. Pours a clear golden (until the sediment comes out, when it turns cloudy).


Most of what I said still applies, although this bottle has very little head and is very lightly carbonated.

Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Bete Blanche is a really thick, dark murky gold, honey like, with a very large off-white head, long lasting and dense, leaving very heavy lace and big sticky sheets of foam. Would be fantastic were the brew not so turbid and imposing.

Smell is sweeter, lime like citrus, a little plastic, yeasty. Very tropical vibe, almost tanning lotion like, with coconut notes. Pretty nice, fruity rum drink with a hint of Tums.

Taste is fruity, with lots of citrus spices and very yeasty, almost like a big wit without the oats to soften the bite of the grains. Sour aftertaste like grapefruit juice (not any type of funk), probably just bittering hops, drying alcohol and yeast. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a lot of orange peel and coriander in this, and would be impressed if it was all esters. A nice bite to it, but on the cleaner side.

Mouthfeel is not really as thick as it looks, but it's still a mouthfeel, with a pretty high, fine bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, better then it looks, but it's too robust to want more then one at a time. Not really a trippel, but a pretty nice BPA, fruity and rustic. Good price too IIRC...

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