Ename Tripel
Roman N.V.

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #405
Ranked #31,431
3.74 | pDev: 11.5%
Roman N.V.
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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 154
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 TStandley13
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color. Very good head/retention.

Coriander, fruit, and spices. Lots of fruit. Grapes, apples, strawberries, even a little banana.

Very fruity and sugary tasting. Can taste some sort of burnt flavor, maybe wood.

Mouthfeel is average. Not too thick, not too thin, carbonation is good.

Another basic triple. Little bit too much on the fruity side, however it is a decent brew.

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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 DragYourBone
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a refrigerated bottle into a goblet and allowed it to sit at room temp for about 5-10 minutes while I was cooking the chops.
Came back to the golden-honey cup with a persistent inch thick foam. Lots of carbonation was still visible. Very pleasing to the eye.

Took a long whif and the sweet yeast scent was present along with some pepperyiness (sp?).

Took my first taste and it was somewhat lighter that I had expected; both in fullness and taste. The sugars/spices were present, though I could not really distinguish them (maybe corriander, maybe vanilla) - they were like a faint memory. It was also a little on the thin side with a medium fullness. I'm glad the foam and carbonation was there to compensate for this. The fullness dissipated/fizzed quickly on the palate with a light acidic end.

I only had one bottle to taste, though I could have easily had another. It went well with my chops.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap, though with little lacing.

S: Lots of bread and yeast aromas on the nose with some light spice notes. There are also hints of bubblegum and light fruits, though they're faint.

T: Belgian spices up front followed by some faint bubblegum, candy sugar, and pear flavors. Yeast and bread flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is well attenuated so it's not too thick and sweet, though it's still a little watery feeling.

O: A pretty decent tripel, overall. It's a bit lacking in complexity and crispness, but is still tasty.

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Photo of Zet
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pale golden colour (pilsener-like) with a good head (large at first, soapy texture, fades slowly, while still leaving a surface covering layer. Smell of malt, citrus, banana and brown sugar. Taste of apple, lemon and some malt and yeast. There is also quite some sugar in there (unsure if this is added or derived from the malt). In fact, it is a bit too sweet for my liking. Alcohol is also present, but mixes well with the other flavours. Mouth feel is fine: quite creamy in fact.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Liquid is a cloudy selective yellow topped by a seashell head of foam which diminishes to half a finger leaving even glittery arcs of lacing as it recedes. Thin legs.

Very fruity aroma with waves of honeydew, lemon drops, rosewater, and guava; a backdrop of light yeast and malt notes as well. Very minimal spice and hops - alcohol plays a nice supportive role though.

Candy sweetness is first and foremost on the palate. Citrus on the edges of the tongue, with a yeasty, faintly spicy finish just dry enough to keep the ale from being cloying. Overall a bit too sweet, and lacking complexity.

Creamy, but not nearly carbonated enough for the style. Alcohol lends a woozy warmth, though not hot in the mouth.

Not bad, but undistinguished...

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Photo of nick76
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is sweet and fruity with yeast, incense, and herbal hops. The appearance is golden with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall I like it but it seems a bit weak for the style. This is another beer that is good but lacks substance.

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Photo of AZbelgian
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden color. Small white head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Sharp aroma of grapes and fruity esters.

T - Starts subtly with flavors of grapes and hints of other light fruit following. Smooth strong finish of caramel.

M - Light in the mouth

O - Good drinkability but something was missing. Not a bad beer by any means, but I get the sense it could've been better. Overall it was just fairly average.

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Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a huge thick head with eternal retention.
Slightly sour and yeasty aroma with notes of banana, pineapple and cloves.
Flavor with notes of cloves, white pepper, mild herbal hops, green apples, Belgian yeast, grainy and biscuit malt, banana, flowers and pineapple juice foam. Dry aftertaste with a mild to medium bitterness.
Medium towards full body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 8,5% is very well disguised.
Some further attenuation or more hops would have done good for this fruity Tripel with decent complexity.

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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 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 dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz beer, bottle sampled at the map room in chicago. chosen from the mile long bottle list by my drinking assistant christopher columbus style (literally close eyes and point)

appearance: poured into a tulip with a logo that escapes me at this point, golden straw yellow body, white froth that fades quickly

smell: high on the sweetness levels, grain, a touch metallic, syrupy citrus hops

taste: I've been on a big tripel kick this summer, and i found that this one was far sweeter than anything i have had. The syrupy citrus and apricot was a bit much for me. Theres a bit of metallic grain and some floral citrus hops. I also found traces of sweet honey throughout

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet

drinkability: not the greatest

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

Almost clear straw color with white head. Aroma is yeast forward with some hay and meadow flower esters plus the traditional belgian sugar sweetness. Taste is sweet at first with clean malt and sugar notes, continues with yeast flavor, slightly spicy and floral, finishes with some earthy hop bitterness. Light body, quite dry, medium plus carbonation. Overall it's a legit tripel.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has the appearance of a fairly light copper with a creamy foam head. The scent is very fruity, mainly strawberry but with a hint of citrus as well. It isn't as bready smelling as I expected.

The taste is quite bready. It is very strong beginning to end and even lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. I even get a bit of metallic taste at the start.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, more than necessary.

It is very drinkable but there are so many better examples of this style.

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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 Squelch
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer comes ina a squashed bottle typical from the area. The beer pours a clear straw color. Aroma, taste, and flavor are typical to the style, most notably the banana flavors from the frement. There are no endearing qualities of this beer that would make me pick it out from others. I would drink again however.

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Photo of JoBoTo
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl, poured into Duvel chalice, label says best by 17/02/2010. Chilled, but let warm to about 40 before pouring,

L: This pours a very light, slightly cloudy yellow. A sort of dull gold. Somewhat lighter than I was expecting. The head was good on this one, about a solid finger, but it hangs around and appears very thick and creamy. I love the carbonation that sticks to the sides, throwing bubbles at the head from random places around the glass

S: Very earthy grain. Definitely what you would expect a triple to smell like. Liquid bread. Some sugary undertones, with a citrusy-high zest. Seems to be a spice too, small, faint, and only after inhaling about 20 times was there any hint, and now still faint. If you like belgians, then you will thoroughly enjoy the smell of this.

M: Very carbonated. Full 3-5 seconds of high tongue tingle. Light bodied Bubbles thoroughly when you play with it. As most triples/quads do. There is a little residue left around your mouth upon swallowing, letting you know that you are drinking something of substance. Also there is a slight...vibration, no, more like a tingle, all around where the beer touches. Even minutes after swallowing. Just filling your mouth. I am picturing these little yeast nuggets (follow me here), sliding around, playing, having a gay old time in my mouth. Just enjoying the small space they have found to play in.

T: very malted. This seems to be one of the most prominent factors about this beer. They really wanted you to know that this was a triple. Some yeast, and there is that spice again. I wish I could place it. Not a peppery, but similar. There doesn't appear to be a lot of depth to this unfortunately. You get a lot of malt, and some slight citrus, and yeast. Unfortunately.

D: For a triple, I would say that this is a good one. It is no where near the best out there. The lack of complexity, would make this an easy starting block for some. Me included J I have been looking forward to trying this for months, for no reason other than the fact that I thoroughly enjoy it, but sadly, I feel somewhat let down. Just was expecting more.

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Photo of stephens101
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow orange with a thin white head that dissolves quickly with no residual lace to speak of. This is not promising. Some malts, vinegar, distant spice and a few light fruits to the nose. Tastes grainy with a little citrus and sour fruitiness. Some nutmeg, phenols and a faint piny bitterness work in after a bit. Almost thin with a small creamy core. A tiny alcohol heat lingers in the throat. The Belgian Tripel is one of my favorite styles. This is by far not one of the best I've had, but its not the worst either.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, fruity, mostly like a green apple. In the taste, green apple sweetness, and counteracted with a dry yeastiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small sticky, green apple like sweetness in the aftertaste. Like a dry cider and kind of sticky, good but not my first choice.

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Photo of Douberd
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle, poured into a tulip at home, leaving the sentiment on th bottom, in the bottle. ABV 8,5%.

Big white head, three fingers in height, soapy in texture. Very good retention, leaving heavy lacing behind. All that, on top of a clear pale golden body, with minimal activity in it.
Aroma is yeast, slighty hoppy and with some fruit notes.Very subtle and faint.
Taste is sweet, with fruity notes, slighty alcoholic.
Full body and carbonation above average. Very dry and long finish.
Overall an okay beer.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- The color is a light golden/olive, the head white.

S- The nose was very muted, with little more than alcohol on display except for a faint hint of apple must and yeast.

T- The dominant flavor was honey. Sweet malt and faint spice, then a honey-nut finish.

M, D- The body was medium. The feel was pronounced powdery chalkiness but still smooth. Lots of CO2.

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Photo of ewpgolf2
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This triple pours a cloudy gold with a bright white frothy head. The aroma was diminutive and expelled only subtle wisps of dried apricot/pineapple and herbs.
I got stronger wiffs of the alcohol as I drank it though. I inadvertently served this quite a bit warmer than recommended which may have enhanced the drinkability a bit-being an "easy drink". Mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat clean even w/ the higher ABV and probably @ 65F near the finish. I intentionally saved taste till last because I was a little perplexed on the rating. This started out a little bland but oddly enough, as it warmed the flavors intensified which were similar to what you'd expect from the smell. Thin and syrupy at the same time>? Overall, this was a forgettable beer but I would order again if given a choice between this and a macro.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy copper orange with a thin head that dissipates immediately, no lacing. Mild aroma of caramel malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing. Light flavor dominated by sweet caramel malt, light fruit, light Belgian spices. Abrupt sweet finish.. Light to medium bodied with very light carbonation. This seems a lot more like a mildly flavored dubbel than a tripel with the emphasis on sweet malt rather than a drier, spicier taste I associate with tripels. Flavor and carbonation are too subdued to be interesting.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Smell: spiced citrus

Taste: banana cream and almonds with hints of maltiness along with a smooth overall mouth feel

This beer is, well, fairly average and I'm having a hard time with the 250 character limit...as I always say, however, try it for yourself and you may find yourself wondering why you can only use 5000 characters. And yes, I had it at 48 degrees and it was served in a tulip.

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Ename Tripel from Roman N.V.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 154 ratings