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Triple - W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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BA SCORE
87
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2005)
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Reviews by Seanstoppable:
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip to Ontario earlier this year. No best before date, but has a bottle number of 917752. Originally thought this was a tripel, not triple referring to three levels of fermentation.

Pouring into a glass results in a ruby red color with barely any head. Very thin crown results, though there is a bit of active carbonation visible both in the glass and on the surface.

Booziness is apparent from the scent. Nose also contains things such as dates, molasses, toffee, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. Plenty of malt characteristics, with further flavors of toffee, molasses, dates and other dark fruits, some spice. Fairly chewy, with an apparent boozy character throughout. Some slightly piney hop flavor as well.

Very interesting beverage. Smooths out after repeated sips, though you still end up feeling the booze.

Seanstoppable, Dec 11, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of R_Kole
5/5  rDev +29.9%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass. A lovely dark copper-ruby hue, transparent. A generous bubbly inch-high head, tons of lacing. Excellent retention, which surprises me for a British ale such as this.

Nose is tea, malts, honey, perhaps a bit of berry.

Nice and malty, with notes of toffee, caramel, herbal hops, tea, dark fruit and honey. Alcohol is certainly present in the finish, it's actually quite noticeable, but it tastes alright. Decent combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light, crisp carbonation. Alcohol is delivered sharply.

Not a bad little strong ale, very drinkable. The alcohol isn't masked perfectly, but the corresponding flavors certainly get the job done. A bit strong for a session, but it works as a good finish to a long day.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - VERY NICE pouring beer, glass fills about 3/4 head then works its way down. Head is slightly brown and very "foamy" type. Head lasted a long time and was down to about 1/2 an inch within 5 minutes. Very nice carbonation and a gorgeous amber red colour appearance.

Smell - nice combination of hops and vanilla/pepper scents. Beer is warming and inviting one to drink based on the smell

Taste - nice tasting beer, very sweet taste right at the start then polishes off to a slight bitter. Again, i feel the vanilla, maybe caramel taste comes through right away. Slight bitter taste near the end, alcohol is seamless.

Mouthfeel - nice mouthfeel to this beer, come carbonation, the hops are really present. considering there is still head on the beer at this point, it actually had a light presents in my mouth. The bitterness at the end seems a little more active.

Drinkability - I am really impressed with this beer. From the appearance to the tasting, this was a full package beer. Something i would seek out and have on hand. It pours nice and serves well.

Swedes21, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

stephenlee, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2010, so this is well past the recommended date for consumption! I think I must have bought it in Autumn 2009 and stored it in the garage ever since. Still, the label mentions that it is bottle-conditioned and will improve if matured (fingers crossed).

The front label features a unique number that allows you to look up the bottling date - an unusual but useless feature in my opinion. When looking up this one (B553484), I discover that it is so old it isn't listed :)

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich coppery-amber hue with low carbonation and loads of floating sediment. I probably moved it around too much prior to opening. Produces a decent head of tan foam that doesn't last long before disappearing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt with notes of caramel and dried fruits. Also a considerable whiff of booze.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a mild dry bitterness. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit, yeast and stewed hops are all discernible, along with a distinct warming note of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly - more ethanol than CO2 I think. Nice body, neither too thick nor too thin. Astringent, with a boozy malt aftertaste.

Nice - a quaffable strong ale. Subtle and sweet; a good sipping ale that suits winter more than summer. The reduced score for appearance was due to the excess of floating yeast. I like this one, and commend it to all who encounter it.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of BGDrock
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: clear with slight haze; nice head with fine suds; light brown/amber colour

Aroma: hops jump out, as in a pale ale, but balanced with a light maltiness; citrus and banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: great balance - bitterness and mild sweetness bounce back and forth; not a definable flavour; hint of spice; moderate carbonation and smooth mouthfeel; tinge of the flavour of Belgian yeast

Overall: great texture and complex taste, keeps you guessing at what the flavour is which is exciting

BGDrock, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

with a golden hue and a generous white head. Rather cinammony tad roasted barley. A bit sour in the finish and aftertaste.Understated carbonation. Not offensive but nothing extraordinary or too tasty.
Perhaps would be interesting to try when well-aged

Sammy, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm wondering whether there was something wrong with my bottle... the pour gives some real lively carbonation, like soft drink style, with an audible fizz, wasn't expecting that. No problem though, taste is fine, colour is nice and although there is no head and very little in the way of lacings, the body is pretty nice.

Sweetness on the nose, berries, maybe a little bit of peach... everytime I put it up to my nose I get something different, but mostly sweet fruit with noticeable alcohol.

First thing I pick up is the malt. The grain really comes through, the strong alcohol giving a whiskey note to it but without much wood. A good amount of red, slightly sour fruit, gives off a nice, but very subtle, tartness. Gentle English hops throughout keeping a nice balance and the sweetness at bay. Finish is a little disapointing. Taste fades quickly, leaving a tonic water type flavour and a slight dryness in the mouth.

Despite the fiziness, the mouthfeel is fine. Thin, but in that loveable English ale sort of way. This i dangerously drinkable for a strong ale. The British ability to completely mask alcohol is unnerving. I'd drink this again.

CanuckRover, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

aztraz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of BS-
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a highball glass.

A: Deep copper with almost no head. Almost absolutely clear with no visible carbonation.

S: Malts, some spiciness and a bit of hops. Just a hint of sweetness.

T: slightly malty with a lot of hops. A hint of citrus and spice is present. Aftertaste is hoppy with a tinge of citrus and an almost honey-like sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Alcohol is uncensored, but pleasant. The citrus sat a little bit oddly on the tongue, almost bordered on becoming unpleasant. Everything disappears within 20 seconds.

M: Very light with slight carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: It's a good beer, but far from outstanding. While I might still get this beer every now and then, I could live my life without ever having this again. A good beer to drink if you're looking for something easy but with character.

BS-, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of paxkey
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle No. 1463363
the bottle says to check the website for bottle fill date but the website numbers end at 1299988 bottled 17/7/10.
not impressed.

great looking bumblebee on bottlecap.

pours out orange/amber with no head or lacing. and no evidence that it is bottle conditioned. clear through no cloud or sediment at all.

The smell makes up a bit for its lack to stun visually. great blend of hops and malt in the nose. the malts are complex and deep.
candy-like smells like an orange lifesaver candy. I'm having trouble to determine if i am smelling really juicy malts or artifical aroma.
i am hoping for the former.

The flavor is big. really big. but again i'm not entirely sure what i am tasting. Maybe its more hops than i am used to but there is a certain artificial chemically overtaste to this.

Im intrigued and a little cautious at the same time. i have not tried a whole lot of different beers and this is a taste i am not used to.

the alcohol is also hitting me really hard. i'm gonna go high on this even though i'm not sure exactly what i am tasting. it is very flavorful and compelling but has some mystery to it that i cant quite grasp.

paxkey, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and small traces of lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt is very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by nice biscuit malt notes with medium sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nicely done but nothing earth shattering in here.

Phyl21ca, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Pelicanrocks, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

MarkJBurch, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

WillAndSarah, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a creamy off white head that stands its ground and leaves some nice lacing. Has a clear coppery brown color.

Smells of earthy hops, caramel malt, a bit of citrus and alcohol.

Has a smooth drinkable feel on the palate. Notes of citrus, sweet malt, dried herbs and a yeasty fruitiness. Another great beer from the U.K.

irishkyle21, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

BrazilianAussie, May 26, 2013
Photo of StephenRich
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All of Brakspear's beers are brewed in the original copper kettle which dates back to 1774. Thats the kind of heritage you can expect from many English Breweries. And at the best ones, that heritage is plainly evident in the quality of their beer. I do have an excellent example for you here that is available at the LCBO in 500ml bottles; the Brakspear Triple. Don't let the name confuse you, as it did me - this is not an English Triple. It is actually an English Strong Ale whose name just happens to be the same as a very famous Belgian style of beer.

Each of these bottles are unique because they have a specific bottle number on the front label of each beer. You can then go to the Brakspear website and match your beer number to the corresponding date at which it was bottles. This is bottle no. 915515 and was bottled on March 2010. The reason it is called Triple is because it goes through 2 fermentations after brewing, and then a final 3rd in the bottle creating an aromatic and rich beer.

I opened the Triple at cellar temperature around 12C (54F) and poured it into a chalice. It formed a rich golden red beer that glowed deeply from the inside out. In the center was a rich amber brown heart emanating deep mahogany red and gold towards the edges. A short airy off-white head built up on the beer and formed a bubbly mountain just off center. The second I poured it I knew that this was no Belgian style tripel - it was obvious that this was an English Strong Ale.

The nose too gives it all away. It is soft but lush with full round malts. Toffee and warm caramel waft into my nose and bring clove, plum, brandy, figs and a hint of syrup. The scent isn't to powerful but it ranges in complexity and flavor. Back in for more and there are hints of pepper, vanilla, a touch of oak and even soft cake. Hops are very subdued, and feel like they may only have a minute presence in the beer. The brewery claims to have added hops three times, so we'll see if that comes out in the flavor.

Going in for a sip brought a smooth and medium heavy malt forward sensation directly onto my tongue, than shifting slowly to my cheeks and eventually filling my entire mouth. The malts here are big and round but not overly potent or aggressive. The gentle combination of caramel and toffee share flavors of clove, pepper, dates, pears, plums and raisins in a soft harmony of texture and juice. Softy bitterness lingers in the back of this beer the entire time.

The malt does show reasonable complexity here too now with a touch of wood, vanilla, and a brandy like sweetness. Right in the center of the beer is a sugar, almost brown sugar sweetness that is short, but mellows out into all the other flavors. The Triple is 7.2% abv and hints at it a few times with brief movements of tart and rich cognac malts. Here though hops do begin to make their way in offering an earthy and softly floral bitterness and aroma to the body of the beer. It brings the malt thickness down a bit and creates a more enjoyable and drinkable beer.

The mouthfeel is gently carbonated and not overly creamy or thick. It glides easily over your palate and has just enough carbonation to tickle you the whole way. Overall it is a nice round medium body with a smoothly rich palate. The finish is sweet with a short hint of bitter hops. This would be a nice accompaniment to roast game dishes or rich cheeses, but really I think it was built to stand on its own.

StephenRich, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number A265810, best before 14th Jan 2009, drank late Nov 2008.

Poured into a straight pint sleeve, no sediment left the bottle (that I noticed anyway).

Deep amber, mahogany reddy brown, clear and clean looking, off-white head sat on top.

The aroma was of hops, yeast and toffee/sweet molasses.

The taste is a sweetish, rich malty flavour. Real fires without the smoke also comes to mind as you sip this very pleasant beer.

Old leather armchairs, Gentlemens clubs and money, that is what this beer reminds me of. I can imagine warm lounges, smoking jackets and cigars when drinking this. A very good beer, the 7.2% is well hidden and balanced nicely. A beer for people who like the better things in life.

BlackHaddock, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank drom my Bombardier Conis Pint Glass.

A - Pours a red copper colour with a nice ivory coloured head that retains quite well and laces.

S - Aromas are very well balanced between various fruits and plenty of hop.

T - Really nice fruits up front followed by malts of toffee and caramel, has a classic bitter finish with a hint of booze.

M - Medium body a nd low carbonation and very smooth.

D - This is a top quality English Strong Ale

eric5bellies, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Antilochus
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at a Sainsburys in Clapham, London. 7.20% abv, 500mL.

Even brown copper body, a few bubbles, a hint of a collar and a cloud or two. Not much head, that's for sure.

Huge malt presence in the nose... nice balancing rusty/citrusy hop character as well. Caramel, rust, sweet fruits. Quite good.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the syrupy side for my taste. Palate is hot, stinging, generally fruity and sweet. Finish is even hotter with some yeasty bitterness and lots of alcohol. Not bad but rather 'malt liquorish'.

Antilochus, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, website tells me it is bottles in September 2010. Pours a crisp, clear burnt amber, couple fingers of head leaves rings of lacing.

Nose is exceptionally floral and fruity, loads of green apples and flowers. Hints of honey and caramel malt. Flavor is clean and approachable, while not altogether noteworthy. Middling sweet, pleasant hints of bread and honey, light cocoa, caramel; quite a bit of bittering hops in the finish which provides a really grassy, dry finish. Extremely light body for the ABV which is hidden - nowhere to be found except in your head as the bottle progresses.... Drinkable and pleasant, could use a little more complexity but for what it is, it's a pleasant beer.

ritzkiss, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +3.9%

vinicole, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep red-orange amber color. Decent sized, bubbly and foamy off-white head. Below average retention with essentially no lacing left over.

S - First whiff produced some bready malt and a bit of floral, herbal and earthy hops. Subsequent smells produce a good amount of fruit with apple and berries being the main ones. Also the alcohol is fairly present in the smell.

T - Apple along with tea, herbal and floral hop flavors. This provides a bit of a sour, tangy and slightly bitter taste. This gives way a bit to a caramel and toffee bready malt taste. This malt taste is in the background for the rest of the sip, and it finishes with a slightly sour tang. Alcohol taste is slight but always present.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat smooth, and a little watery.

D - Decent drinkability. Smooth and easy to drink. Flavors are pretty good for drinkabiity as well.

Notes: Not like a Belgian Tripel, and quite British in flavor. Also vaguely reminds me of a Euro Strong Lager. Lots of apple and some alcohol pretty dominate, resulting in a tangy tasting beer.

FreshHawk, Mar 09, 2010
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Triple from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.