Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2003 07:00:12 | More by mickeymac
4.85/5 rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2003 02:26:38 | More by RoyalT
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2002 19:36:58 | More by NeroFiddled
Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
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