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Triple - W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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BA SCORE
86
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%

Amazing how accounts vary of this beer. It's one of the best I've ever had.

A: Huge beige head. Dark copper body. One bubble at the bottom.

S: Caramel / honey. Unrevealing - typically English.

T: Wousers! Lots of caramel. Very sweet, complements the alcohol to perfection. Nutty. A touch of dandelion & burdock, or phenols as they're known.

O: Not overly complex but perfect tasting. One of the most balanced beers I've ever had. Absolutely beautiful.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Beerstorian
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Beerstorian, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

Bottle conditioned and poured into a dimpled handled pint pot to reveal a rich brown sugar body with a strong thick head that halved but kept.

Lovely rich strong aroma of sugar cane, brandy and toffee.

Real old ale taste with the alcohol flowing through the rich sugary butter fudge notes that are snapped up at the end with a bitter kick of hops before becoming sickly with coffee regular overtones.

Fantastic mouthfeel with perfect carbonation makes the alcohol kept from becoming over bearing.

A really really good tasty ale.

EmperorBevis, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of BGDrock
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

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 BitterLover
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottle Number: A313220. I went to the website to look up the bottling date based upon the bottle number, but this series wasn't listed (guess they figured that no one could have possibly held onto a bottle this long long).

Drink By Date: 05/02/09 (Feb 5, '09 in English format)

I bought this bottle at a Sainsbury's in the UK while on a Business trip and stuck it into the back of my fridge when I got home. Poured into a proper English pub glass. There was a little sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

A: A clear, deep amber honey color with moderate carbonation and a one finger off-white head that didn't last very long.

S: I didn't detect a very strong hop presence in the nose, but there was a little bit of toffee and brown sugar. Maybe the age of the bottle has moderated the hop aroma?

T: At first I thought that the alcohol presented too strong a presence (maybe it's more of a green apple pinch?), but after a few mouthfuls I really started to get to the maltiness of this beer. As it warmed up a little the flavors of dark toffee and brown sugar really come to the fore. I didn't feel like it had a very pronounced hoppiness.

M: A velvety, rich, viscous texture in the mouth. This stuff goes down very easily! Very strong and satisfying finish.

D: Even though this is relatively high alcohol beer, it is not overbearing in any way from the alcohol, the hops, or the malt. Everything about this beer is balanced, if slightly pronounced. I could enjoy this all night long. This was a lucky find for me!

BitterLover, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

This beer is called "Tripel" because it undergoes three stages of fermentation and three stages of hoping - not because it's been inspired by or modeled after the Belgian style of the same name. It's important not to confuse that. Of course, if you had any uncertainties about it, a quick look at the beer should dispel any misconceptions rather quickly...

because this somber, nearly opaque, sienna brown colour looks nothing like the bright, golden brilliance of a Belgian Tripel. Its body, despite being very dark, is a hotbed of colours that unlatch at different angles to the light. Although transparency isn't permitted, its complexion is notably clear. Its head is insistent and the lacing becomes all engrossing.

The bouquet is a fantastic show of scents, all of which prosper with spry effervescence and ooze a prolific sumptuousness. Dried and festered dark fruits, dark toffee, a trickle each of molasses and fig balsamic, sap and flowers, coffee cake and wood spice - it's a distinctive ensemble, one that is more mellow even than it is luscious.

Apparently, triple fermentation + triple hopping = triple flavour. Whatever was smelled in the aroma is tasted just as vividly on the palate (and with the added benefit of a properly suited texture to boot). To compliment this profound maltiness, and all the flavours of dark toffee and dark fruits it delivers, are nuances of cognac and brandy.

The latter arise from the beer's unabashed strength. The alcohol itself (a relatively modest 7%) is never tasted outright but conspires with the malts to create the lavish tastes listed above. A gritty, earthy, quite kinetic cast of hops not only make for a vivacious bitterness but also restrain the beer's profuse sweetness from becoming overwhelming.

I can't see asking anything more from an English Strong Ale. Many British brewers operate on illusions of grandeur but few actually create the succulent, refined ales they boast to. Brakspear Triple, along with Fullers Vintage Ale, 1845 and Greene King Strong Suffolk, are the beers that truly define what it means to drink to the fullest extent.

biegaman, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of wl0307
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottle No. A576851. According to the beer label, the term "Triple" has a two- (or maybe three-)fold meaning: "triple fermentation" - two in the double-drop system and one in the bottle and "triple hopping" during the brewing process. On top of all these, three kinds of malts are used: crystal, black and Maris Otter pale malts. BB 23/06/09, served cool in Westmalle's broad rimmed goblet.

A: dark amber to copper hue, topped with a thin off-white foam retreating to a blanket; carbonation remains moderate throughout the drink.
S: extremely apple-ly and fragrant, featuring lots of Fuggles and some lychee-floral hops, plus dates, sweet prunes, and even berry-fruits... the crystal and black malts result in a deeply caramely and chocolatey aroma (quite like Fuller's 1845) in the background, along with a fruit estery aroma of over-ripe fruits that many English strong ales come with.
T: lychee-shells, flowery and green-apple-ly hops with a tannic tinge of tea-stems and grapes come on top of aromatic black sugar, mildly chocolatey hint, a cheesy note, then taken over by lots and lots of biscuity malts intertwined nicely with estery flavour of overripe apples as well as spicy English hops... In the incredibly long aftertaste, the tremendously aromatic biscuity finish of malts goes hand in hand with a moderately bitter and increasingly dry palate imparted by Brakspear yeast and the double-drop system.
M&D: so much better than my previous encounters with this beer, this bottle shows a brilliant depth of complex hops and superb body of malts. Plus the soothing carbonation and a semi-dry bitter undertone, this ale really has achieved the status of a sensational and complex beer over the years!

* Tasting Date: 28/12/05

This bottle has the same BB date 02/04/06 as the one I had four months ago. Now is the time to see if it benefits a little from further ageing in the bottle.
4 A: copperish hue, creamy off-white froth slowly dissipating...
4 S: not much different from the previous note, except that this time a stronger apple-ish edge is added to the fruity profile, while maltiness is more pronounced, with caramel malts mixed well with strong-scented, rum-soaked black cherries like fruity flavour with additional touch of spice at the back.
3.5 T: smooth flow of juicy malts mixed with toffee and lightly caramelised sugar, underlined by slightly sour-sweet flavour of dark fruits like plums-on-skins plus a residual taste of lychee and preserved berry-fruits, leaving a mildly spicy and tangy fruity edge in the end. On balance the fruitiness imparted by hops is much milder than the previous bottle, and so is the bitterness.
3 M&3 D: even smoother than the last bottle, yet the texture turns a bit thin at the tail of each sip, while the body is not yet three-dimensional. It seems ageing hasn't done a great deal to improve its overall complexity and especially the hop profile~~

wl0307, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Sigmund
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Bottle condtioned, 500 ml. Bottle No. 001880. Trade with maeib. Pours with a large, thick and lasting beige head. Beautiful copper colour, transparent, no sediment in bottle. Delightful sweet aroma - Christmas spices, caramel, brown sugar, oak, fruits (sultanas, plums), sherry. Flavour is malty and spicy with some brown sugar notes, but not too sweet. A substantial hoppy bitterness from start to finish. I can’t believe some raters did not think more highly of this one! My warmest thanks to maeib for picking it out for me!

Sigmund, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of Naerhu
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this beer all the way to Japan.

Bottle states that it is brewed with Maris Otter, Crystal and Black malts in addition to Northdown and Cascade hops.

Dark wicked looking red body with small white head.
Very malty aroma with strong honey notes.
Nice big maltyness. Medium bitterness, which I guess is huge for a british beer. Lots of earth and lots of dark spices.
Very well integrated alcohol. Solid body. Light carbonation.
Not very complex, but oh so delicious.

Naerhu, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Swedes21
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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 WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +11%

WillAndSarah, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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 kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Saw this at the Liquor Control Board in Ontario and never heard of it, so thought I'd give it a try.

Pours a dark amber, almost brown colour with thick off-white head. Tons of lacing. Has a sweet, roasted fruit smell. Taste has a lot of banana and raisin with some sort of spices. Little bit of hop presence too. Very smooth carbonation level. This is dangerously drinkable for a moderately strong beer. I'm glad I randomly picked this up.

kwjd, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a dark orange / rusty amber colour... Creamy tan head pours quite big and fades to almost nothing..

Aroma - Biscuit maltiness, toffee/caramel, banana hints, underlying hop notes, pineapple, figs, some vanilla...

Taste – Malty, spicy hops, dark fruit (raisins?), caramel, floral notes..

Feel - Quite sharp with smooth, chewy aftertaste.. Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good beer.... Recommended...

mdagnew, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of cratez
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

500ml bottle from the LCBO, poured into a goblet. Deep reddish brown with a thin ring of cream white head. Smell and taste are cherry, bubblegum, toffee, rich malts, barley, red plums, dark fruit sweetness, fig, Christmas cake, butterscotch, citrus hop bitterness, quite spicy and astringent, warming alcohol to end. Fuller than medium palate coats the mouth with foamy, citric, and drying textures. An unusually hoppy English strong which isn't surprising given the generous use of Cascade hops. Perhaps not as complex as the style can be, but still an outstanding sipper. This will now be a regular purchase for me.

cratez, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

I poured this from a 500ml brown bottle into a stemmed Duvel glass.

A= This ale poured a brilliantly clear deep ruby/light-brown color with a loose 1/2" off white head. The head settled to a broken skim within a minute or so, and left behind big sheets of thin lace on my glass.

S= The aromas contained a very balanced meld of malt, hops, and alcohol. Aside form that, I picked up a bit of leafy tea aroma too.

T= Started off with some nice malty notes full of caramel, toffee, raisin, and dark fruits. That was followed by a wonderful firm bitterness and woody/herbal English hop flavors. Neither the hops nor the malt were dominant of each other. Rather it was a truly balanced medley. Finish was smooth with a kiss of alcohol warmth. The alcohol left a pleasant spiciness on my tongue that made me want the next sip.

MF= Actually less than medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level. Slightly thinner than expected but still very nice.

D= Oustanding ale here, and dangerously drinkable for the abv. I bought this while on a recent trip to Toronto and will have to see if I can get this locally in Chicago.

spointon, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +7%

Pours a slightly hazed amber, almost golden, decently thick off white head forms, not as voluminous as most triples but still decent, leaves behind a lot of lace, good retention. Smell is very nice, honey, bread, sweet malt, hint of biscuit, strawberries, grass, caramel, bit of yeast, very nice floral aroma. Taste is neat, spiciness up front, very bready, sweet honey and caramel malts, lots of grass and floral, some minerals, strawberries, yeast and honey in the finish, some dry spices as well, just a touch of alcohol but its nicely hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth, nice dry finish, little bit of warmth. Surprisingly great, I wasn’t sure what to expect from an English triple, but it tastes like a tripel with British influence, well done.

Viggo, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of pootz
4.1/5  rDev +7%

500ml bottle

Decants a clear, deep chestnut brown ale with ruby high lights...2 finger sticky cap ...moderate retention. Bottle conditioned with very little suspended particulate.

Aroma is pungent, citrus, spice, some sweetness, fruity.

Flavor is malt accented but the fruit esters are complex and range from succulent fruits like plums to dried fruit like dates...some treacle light charred husk, spices, hopping ranges from medicinal to herbal to citrus rind...what complexity...complex hop alpha mix, complex yeast esters and phenols and multi-layered malt mix...one sturdy and satisfying yet complex beer.

Love it!

pootz, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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 ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a dark copper hue with a off white two finger head and very nice clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is fruitcake,strawberry jam,boozy alcohol,brandied raisins and herbal hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,moderately carbonated but still rounds the palette with tastes of chocolate coated cherries,booze,roasted nuts,herbal hops and finished with a caramel candy bittersweetness and overall i like it and the perfect after dinner drop and would buy again as would age well cheers.

ADZA, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

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 dansmcd
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

A - A honey-like brown colour in the body, creamy smooth head and well defined rings of lace. Very attractive.

S - Vanilla, honey and caramel. Sweet dessert fragrance.

T - Follows the nose, with the addition of nutty nougat. Abv shows with a spot of heat.

M - Low carbonation, chewy and creamy.

O - A rich, complex, full flavoured beer. Best sipped and savoured.

dansmcd, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +4.4%

MarkJBurch, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 +4.4%

BrazilianAussie, May 25, 2013
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Triple from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.