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Ename Tripel | Roman N.V.

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Ename TripelEname Tripel

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Roman N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-08-2003

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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 GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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 descartes
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cl bottle with drink by 31/07/05.

Appearance: Nice light golden appearance with a thin head.
Smell: Spicey smell with a hint of nuts.
Taste: Cereal and a bit fruity.
Mouthfeel: Spicy and then some hoppy tones but quickly dissapears.

Overall: A good beer but not a great one, good tasting but could be refined and nuance added. Also took a hit in drinkability for being so heavy.

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Photo of wl0307
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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 Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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 stcules
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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 zerk
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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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Ename Tripel from Roman N.V.
3.71 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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