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Triple - W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | 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 BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 21:46:26 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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~~

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 09:03:39 | More by wl0307
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 20:28:15 | More by Antilochus
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from LCBO. Consumed Feb 08 with a best before date in April 08. Pours a dark gold with just a couple of floaties from swishing the bottom of the bottle. Solid malty aroma. Solid malty flavour as well, but with a slight bit of tangy fruitiness as well. However, the aftertaste is all malt, which isn't quite my thing. RE-RATE in April 08. Man, it's going down nicely. Still malty, but seemingly richer and satisfying an itch as it goes down the throat. Upped the ratings a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 01:20:43 | More by sstackho
Photo of DaveUK

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown, (poured bright) with a tint of red. A small head of white bubbles formed, despite a fairly aggressive pour. Lacing remained to the end with some swirling.

Aroma - Alcohol, pungent apples and pears, sweet dried fruit, whispers of toffee and caramel. But dominated by ripe apples and pears. A floral to herbal hop aroma becomes apparent as the beer warms up.

Taste - Strong grainy malt, rich roasted notes present. This gives way to subdued but bitter hops displaying more ripe pears and sweet fruit. Warming alcohol and bitterness finish off this layered beer.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, thick and malty is how I would describe this beer. The lazy carbonation does barely enough to keep the liquid alive.

Overall - A rich and complex beer, similar to a barley wine in its presence in the mouth. The aroma was especially intriguing as almost every time it was sniffed, different aromas could be detected.

I would probably want this in a 330ml bottle as well, as after finishing the 500ml, the alcohol was very apparent!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 21:46:56 | More by DaveUK
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned from the LCBO. Pours a very dark brown, with a rocky off-white head, which diminishes to a fine film. Really fresh aroma...apples, oranges and pine needles. The taste has a nice apple edge to the malt body, but I can also detect the presence of darker fruits, as well as caramel and nut. The finish is refreshingly bitter, with a slight warmth from well-hidden alcohol. Excellent beer, that seems to gain complexity with each sip!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 21:32:25 | More by bobsy
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, number 659455. sampled jan 8/08.

pours a pretty garnet hue with a small incredibly fine off-white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. floral hop character that almost comes across perfumey at times. hint of toast. toasted biscuits actually. bit of alcohol. bit of dark fruit hiding in the background.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. crackers. bit of alcohol. big floral hop presence with just a hint of perfumey character, but not to unpleasant levels. touch of date and nice fruity esters.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is good. excellent balance, almost completely hiding the alcohol. nice malt depth. a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 02:08:39 | More by grub
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 18:26:47 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 21:23:11 | More by Viggo
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle No. 655870 - I presume it was bottled June/July 07.

A: Amber-brown with a light tan head; pours a thick finger of head, not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Earthy-mineral, floral, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Earthy-mineral, orange zest, dark fruit, dark caramel, slight bread & nut; residual sweetness is balanced by the hop bitterness; warming alcohol.

M: Moderate-to-full body has some residual sugar; moderate carbonation.

D: I'm not particularly fond of the earthy-mineral flavour and the alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 00:59:49 | More by Derek
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 00:38:23 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 21:31:26 | More by Sammy
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear rusty iron color with a patchy foamy head and scads of chunky lacing left behind. Pristine banana esters fill the nose, along with some cherry, apple, citrus notions. A great floral hop character is also in abundance. The taste is quite malty but lightbodied for the gravity. Once again esters dance around a core English hop profile. I taste cherry, field berries and grapefruit. Hop bitterness is sturdy and a tea like tannin feel is evident in the background throughout. The finish is relatively hoppy and medicinal from the strong booze presence. The mouthfeel is medium and very lightly carbonated.

This is a tastey strong ale. Vibrantly hoppy and full of malt and yeast goodness. My only criticism is the alcohol could be more hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 00:55:04 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 00:21:00 | More by pootz
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: clear amber color, small head that mostly disappears, some lacing remains
s: balance between sweet malts and citrus crispness
t: sweet malts through most with a subtle bitter finish that turns to a strong hoppy aftertaste along with alcohol
m: medium to creamy body and low carbonation
d: pretty good english ale that had decent balance between hops & malts. worth a try

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 08:55:46 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 07:13:38 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Impressive on the pour, almost red in colour. Head started well but faded quite quickly.

S - Quite a bit going on here. Very malty with toffee/brown sugary texture and dark fruits.

T - Consistent with taste, malty but quite dry. Plums and raisins seemed to be coming through. Only a little bitter on the aftertaste.

M - Light and smooth, good texture for a bottle conditoned beer.

D - Quite a hit with 7.2% and 500ml but a second could be on the cards.

The "triple" tag is not unjustified although this beer is not as complex as the top belgians. I'd say this is between a tripel and strong ale in style. For a bottle conditioned beer I can get at the supermarket easily this is one I will be going back to.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 20:55:12 | More by Stephen63
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle best by 18.10.07 (tasted 15.03.07). I poured this into a stemmed beer glass, giving it plenty of air to promote the head. Appearence was a clear ruby coloured brew with a fairly thin head. The head deteriorated quickly. Note; after replenishing the glass with the remainder of the beer, it took on a slightly cloudy appearence.
Smell was malty with a sweet fruits. The taste was a little on the sweet side for me with a syrupy feel to it.
I thought overall a decent brew, mayme more of a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 09:50:55 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Served very slightly chilled

Pours with a rich coppery body, burgandy and ruby hues. Thick off white head with good retention, about an inch thick soon settling down to about half or so. Some patchy lacing

Smell, ripe estery fruit, mangos and bananas. Some biscuity dry malt floating around in there too, some almost candied sugar aromas too. Little bit of english hop aroma

Taste, whacking great estery malt along with a nice delivery of hop bitterness on the palette knocking your taste buds into overdrive. Quite a thin body, a fair degree of sweetness on the finish along with some dry hops

A tasty offering from the Brakspear brewery, worth a try

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 07:24:44 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Sigmund


4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 21:59:33 | More by Sigmund
Photo of haz77


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark copper with an inch of fluffy off-white head, which recedes to a thin covering. Small bubbles of low carbonation.

S - Peach, pineapple, apple, ripe banana, spicy alcohol and perfumed floral background.

T - Sweet malts set the course along with a light fruitiness. Ripe banana (although it's like artificial banana flavouring in sweets, rather than actual banana) and tropical fruit comes though in the middle along with a burst of candi sugar flavour. Rounds off with a medium bitterness and burnt caramel/slight phenols.

M - The light side of medium, with soft carbonation.

D - A pretty good effort which is worth taking a look at.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 15:25:00 | More by haz77
Photo of Naerhu


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 16:00:39 | More by Naerhu
Photo of UnionMade


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle brought back from London, courtesy of my little sister. Thanks Jen!
Burnt caramel brown, topped with a huge puff of eggshell head. The foam settles down into a thick mist, keeping strong through my entire (slightly shy of an) imperial pint. Great clarity, apparently the bottle conditioning sits like a stone. Tiny bubbles float up like it's a lazy Sunday (don't forget the cupcakes). Flecks of lace. Man, this beer looks like it was filtered. Gorgeous. The red-brown is glowing. Great presentation, even considering with the curvaceous bottle, individually numbered on the label, and bumblebee-emblazoned bottle cap. The aroma is on the sweet side, with very smooth and creamy caramel malt. Notes of honey, cotton candy and those little banana shaped candies you can get in the older-style coin slot machines. Perhaps a whiff of floral hops, but they're packed way in the back of the trunk. The flavor starts out sweet, and gets a little sweeter. Not cloying by any means, but there's little else going on besides sugary caramel and candied fruit. It's delicious, don't get me wrong, but I'd enjoy a bit more complexity from a strong ale. One thing i have to say is that the mouthfeel, the texture of the beer, is stunning. Kinda slick, though not quite full bodied. Velvety carbonation, very smooth and flowing, it's like touching a silk dress. Gets a bit flowery in the finish, with a phenolic air of plastic, like those cheap, bulk packages of army men toys. Leaves off with banana candy and gummi peaches, as well as an Auntie Annie's sugar coated pretzel with caramel dipping sauce.
I understand it's not a belgian style "tripel", rather it's a triple fermented brew, but the overall sweetness is somewhat similar. The flavor profiles are more or less parallel. Good beer. Nothing I'd get again, because of the price and lack of importation to the States, but if this were made locally, I'd be happy enough. God knows there's far worse strong ales out there, brewed much closer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 08:32:41 | More by UnionMade
Photo of GreenCard


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 161223...

Appearance: dark copper, good clarity, fluffy layer of tannish froth, good head retention, some lace

Aroma: dark caramelly malt, appley hops, touch of pine and citrus

Flavor: subtle sweetness with a rough edge of dark malts, fruity note of overripe apples, banana, herbally hop flavor, finishes semisweet with a malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, slightly rough texture

Other comments: Great beer, classy bottle/packaging. Very impressed by how settled the yeast is in the bottle. I poured it normally without realizing it was bottle conditioned. The yeast stayed put and the beer was crystal clear!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 10:50:32 | More by GreenCard
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 11:52:41 | More by mdagnew
Triple from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.