Ename Tripel
Roman N.V.

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #403
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #31,218
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 11.5%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
153
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Reviews by MrHurmateeowish:
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle obtained at Ron's in Farmington... Slightly murky golden body with a three fingers of off-white head. Citrus (orange peel or maybe grapefruit?) dominate the aroma. Complex flavor. Citrus, malt, and a little hop bitterness and pineyness are evident. Alcohol is also present, but is not as noticeable as other flavors. Fairly easy to drink. Lighter in body than some tripels, but not light bodied by any means.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 0.33l bottle sampled at Cafe Take One in Maastricht on 26SEP11, costing €3.40 for the pleasure.

The tulip was filled with a bright golden liquid, slightly hazy, with steady, plentiful carbo. A creamy, white head lasted well, leaving great stick. The mild aroma was a touch crackery, with some fruit and hints of spiciness. The body was medium, but the feel was light and airy, a touch prickly.

Flavor had a bit of toasty malt and some mild sweetness. Some fruit was present, but it leaned more towards spiciness with a hint of pepper. Pretty solid, all in all. Zum Wohl!!

3.88 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy straw gold color and formed a huge foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus, banana and bread. The flavor was of malt, candy and a hint of butter and pepper. The body was light and slightly creamy. The finish was fresh and a touch sweet.

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Photo of zerk
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I brought back with me from Belgium... a delicious example of an Abbey Tripel. Pours a clear deep gold, with cascading bubbles that create a persistent 1/4 inch head. Some slight traces of lace left on the glass. Aroma is a mix of tropical fruits, musty yeast, coriander and pepper. Flavor begins sweet and fruity, with some apple and passion fruit. Becomes yeasty with some must. Finishes with a peppery hoppiness. Quite smooth and medium bodied. This is a very good beer, that is worth seeking out!

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Photo of stcules
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full golden in colour, decent foam, with some bubbles on the sides. Medium persistence.
At the nose is yeast and bread, and grains. Behind, peach, white flowers. At the end, it raises a smell of wistaria flowers.
The taste is warm, with some heaviness, of cereals and honey, bread and yeast, with notes of peach and pear, and perhaps some floral notes. Alcohol perceptible.
Medium body.
Alcohol in the aftertaste too, with flowers and ripe melon. Light notes of hop.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classic 11.2 fluid ounce Belgium stubby is sealed with a brass colored crown cap which has black text on it. Staid black label simply has the words “Triple Abbey Ale Ename” with a stated strength of 8.5%. Has a code which is “L111 09:08 13./02/2008”. A fresh example for sure.


Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden straw body with a refreshing clarity which shines. Bleached white head rises quickly but soon dissipates and breaks down to a smattered covering.

Nose: Sharp nose, grains which are spiced and soft hopped floral finish. Tends to suffer from a stainless steel aroma. Not that bad though.

Taste: Clean metallic profile, never fussy or messed up but more so clean and unfettered. It has a Germanic feel at times. Sweet malts start but it soon turns dry and then finishes with some astringent grain and a floral hop pinch. Never exhilarating but not a let down either. The only drawback here is the malty sweetness, not something I like or enjoy.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and soft toned conditioning are certainly welcome. The body lacks depth but the feel is smooth and never harsh.

Drinkability: A clean effort, easy to drink but never quite the rewarding brew that you expect. Drinks like a light Blonde Ale, devoid of inherent spiced properties and as such it can soon become boring, yet despite this low quality I still enjoy this brew.

Overall: I stayed in Oudenaarde only once, way back in 1995, it was a strange night, an Irish chap in a car drove up and pulled a gun on us after we saw him fill him his car full of fuel at a closed petrol station, oh my, weird stuff and it was all very strange…..but aside from that, my memory was of a stupendously awesome locally produced Flanders Sour Red called Cnudde Bruin and the nearby Roman Brouwerij. The latter had held an open day the weekend that we were there. The lines at Roman were incredibly long, it seemed like the whole village and surrounding areas were there and we eventually decided not to attend in the end. Shame, I rue that decision! Roman is a weird concoction of tradition and modernity, the Ename brews, whilst clearly “Abbey” in style, is far more modern and clinical that some of the better examples, yet most of the Roman offerings rarely disappoint. A run of the mill brew that is nothing special, but nice to see it Stateside. OK, just OK, but always better than the bigger brewery offerings and I still frequently pitch for an Ename when in Belgique when faced with a larger commercial selection.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse sporting proper glassware and all pours a slightly hazed bright golden sunshine hue with an equally vibrant white head fine Belgian style lacing forms in even patterns around my chalice. Aromatics contain sweet fruit layers namingly tart white grapes apricots drizzled with honey tinged alcohol notes flowing amont the barrage the malts is light herbal hops and a touch of alcohol not too boozy. Flavor a well blaanced tripel touch of chalky yeast character with even sweetness caramelized pears, apples, and apricot flavor coming to me honey sweet slight syrupy glaze touch of herbal hop mix very nice stuff alcohol is hidden very well blends right in to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied effervescent carbonation and contains a touch of residual belgian candi sugar stickiness really flows well though and attenuation is great especially compared to most American brewed versions. Drinkability a well balanced packed with flavor traditional Belgian tripel and when drinking half off at the Edge during happy hour in it's official glass nothing seems better at the time.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a mild, frothy cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peach, yeasty esters, vanilla, cream, pineapple, apricot, and honey.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet nectarine and apricot mix pulling through with some honey rounding out the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet, with yeast, apricots, and vanilla resonating along the palate.

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Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellow / orange in color with a spotty surface head. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles streak to the surface.

Smell: green grape tartness, honey sweetness, grass, and a touch of spiciness.

Taste: malt / sugary sweetness is balanced with some nice bitterness, grassy tones, yeast spiciness, red apples, and honey. Alcohol is well hidden but provides the warming effect.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish, and the finish is a bit dry too. Brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice tripel that can sneek up on you since the alcohol is not noticeable. Easy to quaff and a bit refreshing even with the mildly dry finish.

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Photo of katan
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.2 oz into a pint - dated 2/13/2008

A - Pours a dark golden color. Extremely clear. Lots of carbonation in appearance and in head formation. Strong white head grows to 2mm, dissipates to a film.

S - Sugar sweetness from a load of malts - like breadiness from the yeast. Some sour notes which could be from age.

T - Starts off sugar, sweet - very warming and noticeable phenolic tones. Mid-stream still sweet - some bitterness forming - but certainly malt forward. Some bitterness shows which takes off with a yeast spice and bread flavor. Aftertaste is warming and boozy.

M - Strong mouthfeel. Creamy and clinging. Moderate carbonation bite on the palette.

D - Deceivingly drinkable - this beer would sneak up on me. ABV is strong, but well hidden. A bit filling at times.

A very worthy tripel.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a dingy-looking orange in color. The beer annoyingly foamed up at the pour then lost its head two minutes after hitting the glass.

Smell - I thought this might be a bad bottle after the explosive pour but the nose is quite nice. It is very fruity with some good grapefruit that's not bitter but more like the fleshy sweet part. There's some orange in here and maybe a hint of cherries as well. The banana is quite big for the style and adds an interesting aspect to the bouquet.

Taste - The big fruits find their way perfectly to the taste. The banana in particular is huge on the tongue. There's really not a lot of bitterness to this ale. It is very sweet and fruity with some light spicing. The cherry isn't nearly as strong at the banana but it's there just enough to form a really cool cherry-banana flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is a big, full-bodied ale with marginal carbonation.

Drinkability - I'll take a few points away for the lack of carbonation but without the big Belgian bubbles this goes down exceptionally well. The powerful sweet flavor keeps the glass draining and the 8.5% ABV is completely unnoticeable.

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Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle pours into a goblet a slightly hazed golden body with a large vanilla head. Fair retention with a sheet of lace left behind.

Aroma opens with fruity banana and golden apples, followed by some floral and grassy hops and some bready malt.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and carbonation with a distracting syrupy sweetness.

Taste has a dominant fruity component that is overripe pears, golden delicious apples, and a hint of banana. Candy sugar is very apparent. Hop bitterness is restrained, with floral and grassy notes. The dominant sweetness gains a honey taste as it warms. Alcohol seems totally absent. Finishes with a bready maltiness and slight yeast twang.

A better than average triple, but the sweetness is a bit cloying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden sunshine yellow containing a typically Belgian amount of carbonation. The result is a massive snow white cap that is only moderately rocky as it deflates. Unfortunately, it doesn't possess the world-class looks that many Belgian ales are known for. As well, the lace that manages to stick to the glass is overly melty. Note: for some reason, subsequent pours look much better in terms of both head and lace.

The nose effortlessly pulls thing back into the range of good. It's par for the tripel course, with an emphasis on sun-ripened orchard fruit rather than on spices or alcohol. Warm clove is present, alcohol is not. I find it interesting that some tripels, like this one, smell and taste like banana. I like monkey fruit so I don't mind a bit.

While Ename Tripel is far from earth shattering, it's a capable enough beer. All else being equal, if a high-ABV beer favors bold over tame, I'll probably like it more. This one isn't a screamer in the mold of De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch), but it ain't no shrinking violet either.

It tastes like there's a fair amount of shortbread-like pale malt present, along with a hefty dose of candi sugar. The pears and apples soaking in sugar syrup sweetness is almost, but not quite, balanced by a noble hop bite. As in the nose, clove spicy yeast plays a supporting role. Unlike the nose, well-integrated, peppery alcohol plays a little game of slap and tickle with the taste buds. This is delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty close to right on the money. Most of the original bubbles have now entered the atmosphere, leaving me with less carbonation than is usual for the style. It's still lively enough to keep things from feeling anywhere close to flat. A sweet, silkyslick linger is a definite positive since I like the flavor that it continues to impart.

The only other Brouwerij Roman offering to grace my glass was Sloeber, a decent BSPA, although not an especially memorable one. I'm pleased to report that Ename Tripel is a better beer and is one that I'll be sure to keep an eye out for. If you like Belgian tripels, this is an easy recommendation.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squat typical Belgian 11.2 oz bottle. Best before date of 1997!Poured golden with amber tinges, tad cloudy, with some yeast clumps floating around. Head is snow white, tiny bubbles and lacing is sticky, clinging, wispy and well developed. Nose is strong, vinious, spicy, alcohol. Rich full bodied tripel, notes of tropical fruits, yeast, nuts, gobs of spice. More vinious notes, alcohol expertly kept in the background. Finishes with a dry vanilla, lime, peppery, hoppy note that is sublimeThis is a full flavored and bodied tripel. Nicely crafted,balanced and exhibiting world class complexity. Seek it out, found this one at RT. 59 Beverage in W. Nyack NY

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby capped Duvel look a like bottle with a black label.

Clear golden colored beer with a strong white head.

Smell is strongly sweet and fruity with a heavy apple and grape aroma. Coriander and spice are in here but mostly overwhelmed by the strong fruit aroma. Noticeable ethanol fumes that carry apple brandy scents.

The taste starts out sweet and a little fruity with an apple flavor and Candi sugar. Malty and sweet this is mostly apple flavor with a second layer of rock sugar candy and a little wood and bitterness. Seems a bit muted in taste like the fruit is only a shadow of what it was and left mostly sugar behind.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer at all, thought was a bit pricey. Worth a try I suppose but I will continue to buy Hennepin most of the time.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of tekk9
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a wonderful golden color, with a nice lacy head. You can see the carbonation is ample even minutes after the poor. There is not much of a nose to this beer. I can pick up hints of fruit smells but nothing dominant. There is a definite fruity taste, apple and some pineapple, followed by a creamy finish. The beer seems to have some weight to it, but is surprisingly drinkable. all in all, a decent triple. I was surprised to find this at a small pub in Florence, Italy.

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Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A really unimpressive pour, with absolutely no carbonation; the liquid was a murky, apricot nectar color

Smell: Although somewhat one-dimensional, the aroma had a lot of fruity elements, including pear, pineapple, apricot as well as a aweet candi sugar and vanilla aspect

Taste: What smelled great is just average on the tongue, as the sweet and fruity flavors overwhelm and are not backed up by the anticipated yeasty complexity; the finish is very sweet and slightly boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, but flat; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: I suspect that something may have happened as this beer crossed the pond; too bad, as the flavors are not that bad and with a bit more magic from the yeast, this could well be a decent tripel

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
code on bottle is 9:13 13/02/08
A- This beer pours the color of golden apple juice with a thick mousse head of off-white foam that turns bubbly after a bit. There is a big carbonation of tiny bubbles that support the head.

S- The smell of floral yeast has a big apple juice smell and a faint caramel note that turns into honey as the beer warms. There is a nice apricot smell that comes through as the beer warms, too.

T- The first taste is a light plastic flavor but that decreases as the beer warms. The taste of yeasty, fruity caramel malt is sweet with a white sugar note to finish. There is a fusel alcohol taste at the finish that balances the sweetness a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that is due much in part to the thick head. There is a soft alcohol heat that grows as the temperature rises.

D- This beer has nice big flavors of a triple and a good amount of alcohol heat to balance it but there is not a lot of depth or complexity to this beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/03/06- Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. A best buy date printed on the side of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Somewhat deep golden color...maybe a dull golden. Wonderful thick to the rim fluffy white head. At least a 1/2 inch remains the entire beer. Scads of chunks and streaks everywhere. Brilliant!

Smell- A tad earthy. Corriander for sure, white pepper and a menagirie of tropical scents.

Taste- Damn, this is all and I mean all corriander. It's very good, but I think they overdid it a bit. Corriander covers up just about all the other flavors. I do sense some peach and definite pear like flavors though. Hops come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Streaming, bubbly carbonation...a bit to high, but common for the style. Lasting sharp hop bitterness.

Drinkability- If you like corriander...you get the picture. Worth trying for sure. Very nice tasting and different brew here.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new arrival at Pazzo's Pizza Pub. Since they do no wrong with any of the beers that they offer, I had to try it. Ultimately a classic Trippel that begins with a canary straw color with about 50% opacity; a stubborn head retention that kept me from filling the tulip glass to it's full capacity. Waiting for the foam to subside, I notices big, full aromas of sweet pilsner-type malts, estery pears, apples, and berries, firm yeasty, pepery, bready back-up notes. Once I was finally able to sample the beer, I found the same sweet characters that I found in the nose, but with a little more strength that the aromas let on. Flavors emphasized the fruitiness and pepery characters (which took on sweet and hot alcoholic flavors). The feel was full and well rounded initially, but after the alcohols took, the beer dried out in a hurry and left very little in the way of aftertaste--quite evaporative. I liked this beer quite a bit, very similar to a strong Belgian Pale.

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Photo of theopholis
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- The body pours the color of clear, golden apple juice with a thick head of fairly white foam. The body continues to effervesce for quite some time, allowing the head to slowly settle, and get slightly looser.

Smell- When you first crack it, you get a nice jolt of fresh, light fruits (apples, white grapes, apricots, etc.) As those aromas dissipate, you get a distinct sour aroma. Barely perceptible underneath the mild sourness, you get tantalizing hints of malt sweetness.

Taste- The very first taste has a hint of a plastic flavor. Weird. That is quickly overcome by a fruity, bubbly malt with fair amounts of malt sweetness. Quite clean and refreshing. Some citrus in there to, but just a hint.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a light body (appropriate to style) with a very nice effervescence that dances over the tongue. There is a hint of alcohol that is more noticeable as the temperature of the beer rises.

Drinkability- This beer has nice big flavors of a triple, but that funky plastic taste up font keeps it from being a great beer. also lacks the complexity a Belgian Trippel should have.

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Photo of wl0307
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer at home, bottle-conditioned, at just the right temperature. The first time I had it it was in a B&B in Brugge, Belgium, when it tasted so great that I promised myself to try it again in the future.

Here it goes:
The one I had has best before date of June 2006.
It has a golden/blond, nice, but thin foamy head.
Smell: perfumy, "red-bean paste" (as in Chinese cuisine, key ingredient for a lot of traditional "puddings") and sweetish nose.
Taste: Not too bad really... Tastes peachy, honeyish...it was round, BUT very gassy on the other hand... a pity.
Aftertaste: lingering gingery/spicy and "green-tea"-like dry hoppyness. BUT (again), a bit thin and not long-lasting enough as everyone would have expected from a strong, Belgian blond beer.

My previous experience is definitely better. Is it because I hadn't waited long enough before opening the bottle? Or is it because I wasn't drinking it in Belgium??!!

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Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Smells like husky grain. This is a Belgian Tripel right?
Foamy, with small bubbles, and sticky lace. Ok, it looks more Belgian with the sediment poured in.

Tastes similar to a Euro strong ale, or strong pale. Not much sweetness, a little residual maybe. This is a Polish Pilsner with a Belgian label. If it was a Pilsner though, it would be a strong one. The alcohol is evident, but not too much in the taste. Honey with grain. Not much else, dry in the aftertaste.

Can't really recommend it, but if you are hellbent on trying every Belgian beer out there, it's worth a try.

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Ename Tripel from Roman N.V.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 153 ratings