Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured from a 22oz mag into a handy, part-flared pint glass. Uncontrollable amounts of thick, white head consisting of big bubbles. Milk-dense lacing as a result. Color is a positively medium yellow. A bit of haze but no clumps of yeast at all until the dregs are swirled, after which this looks pleasingly flecky.
Smell is piney hops below a ton of caramel candi and spring water along with requisite belgian yeast. Taste is quite bitter for the style, but not as hoppy. All alpha acids and not much fruity oil. Both smells and tastes more of booze than it's barely double-like ABV justifes.
Upon warming and inspiration of the fallen yeasts, this beer changes character considerably. The notions in the smell become quite apparant on the tongue - sweet, orange, pepper, and beet candi. In particular, you could almost imagine the taste of a brief cask aging.
Carbonation is visible but not too tangible on the tongue, though the throat tickles well enough. Initial high alpha bitterness and clear ABV make it a bit astringent, but the smooth smell keeps your head in it long enough for the taste to bloom. Not the easiest drinking beer, or trippel for that matter. May pair with stronger or spicier foods that you'd normally throw at a style expected to be complex.
01-19-2007 06:56:43 | More by ojiikun
4.4/5 rDev +23.2%
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
4.45/5 rDev +24.6%
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
4.15/5 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
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
bought in 22oz bottle at Sam's for 3.99
Poured with huge head, light golden color
aroma -- sweet almost bubble gum
light sweet taste on first mouthful
with a touch of spice/dryness at the end
got less sweet as I kept drinking
this is a nice summer triple -- lighter in alcohol and less sweet than most -- a pretty good price for a big bottle.
(although I think Victory Golden Monkey might be a better value as it is both stronger and less expensive)
09-07-2006 00:05:32 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
4.4/5 rDev +23.2%
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
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
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
22 oz. bottle. light amber color with a creamy white head. Lots of bubbles streaming to the surface ; looks like a volcano creating a foam dome in the middle of the glass, pretty cool, actually. Nice thick lacing as well. Musty, earthy leathery smell. Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Strong, tart citrusy lemongrass taste. Lots of sweet tart lemony flavors. Finishes very dry and clean.
Not sure I'd call this brew a tripel.
06-28-2005 20:15:07 | More by beerceller99
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
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
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a bomber, it had the big pillowy head expected in a tripel. The head leaves lace all the way down the glass. Although the Belgian yeast smell is present, the rest is mainly fruity sweetness without little trace of spiciness. The taste is also on the sweet side: a bit too much fruity sweetness to be honest. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but the sweetness detracts a bit from the drinkability. Thanks to RoyalT for the sample.
11-17-2003 07:00:12 | More by mickeymac
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
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
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
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
Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
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