Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel | Elysian Brewing Company

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Bete Blanche Belgian-Style TripelBete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by xlperro on 06-16-2002

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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with the anticipated buoyant head that leaves plenty of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Loads of peppery sweetness on the nose, with candi sugar, white pepper, rotting pears and hints of banana and cloves

Taste: Sweet up front, with pear and apricot, joined, to a lesser extent by banana and clove; by mid-palate, plenty of bitterness arrives, with some pine, in particular; after the swallow, the candi sugar becomes more apparent along with a peppery spiciness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice domestic example of the style, although there is a bit too much bitterness - but what would you expect from a NW brewer

Thanks, cannabanaceae, for the opportunity

The beer has been re-formulated since my initial review so I need to rate the new version

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a meringue of a head that leaves a few shards (4)

Smell: Peppery yeast, with hints of candi sugar, juicy fruit gum and pear (4)

Taste: Biscuity malt, with a growing juicy fruit gum, candi sugar and pear flavor on the sweet side as well as a balancing pepper and bitter hop character; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors tend to linger in the finish (40

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation (4)

Overall: It has been a while since I tried the prior version but it doesn't appear that this one is altogether different; perhaps a little less bitterness, but a very fine beer (4)

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Photo of SickBrew
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this brew in a 22oz bomber from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. This "Belgian Style Tripel" pours a solid gold with some hints of orange and is overall slightly hazy. Head is white, about 2 fingers high in my pilsner glass and holds OK and leaves some good lacing. Aroma is fruity, like bananas, which is bounded by some fair esters and mild malt aromas. Flavor is also fruity, estery and slightly malty. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is moderate. Overall, this is a good Belgian.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with a thick whtie head. Straw, grass, pears, and spice in the nose. Dry, crisp taste up front, then moves into a sweeter yeast and apples combination. More of the sugar and the spicy Goldings come out as the beer warms. Not really the trippel I was expecting, kind of has a farmhouse quality.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer, but not exceptional. Bananas and cloves take over the taste with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Thick, foamy head with strong, long lasting lacing. Not fizzy, but respectably carbonated. Large amount of sediment in the bottle. Pours a clear golden (until the sediment comes out, when it turns cloudy).


Most of what I said still applies, although this bottle has very little head and is very lightly carbonated.

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Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Bete Blanche is a really thick, dark murky gold, honey like, with a very large off-white head, long lasting and dense, leaving very heavy lace and big sticky sheets of foam. Would be fantastic were the brew not so turbid and imposing.

Smell is sweeter, lime like citrus, a little plastic, yeasty. Very tropical vibe, almost tanning lotion like, with coconut notes. Pretty nice, fruity rum drink with a hint of Tums.

Taste is fruity, with lots of citrus spices and very yeasty, almost like a big wit without the oats to soften the bite of the grains. Sour aftertaste like grapefruit juice (not any type of funk), probably just bittering hops, drying alcohol and yeast. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a lot of orange peel and coriander in this, and would be impressed if it was all esters. A nice bite to it, but on the cleaner side.

Mouthfeel is not really as thick as it looks, but it's still a mouthfeel, with a pretty high, fine bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, better then it looks, but it's too robust to want more then one at a time. Not really a trippel, but a pretty nice BPA, fruity and rustic. Good price too IIRC...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery April 2007; Sampled August 2007
I have had this beer a couple times and. as usual, the beer is quite over carbonated. The beer sits in my glass with a lightly hazy, orangish tinged, copper color. A multitude of mad rivulets of carbonation stream up through the beer. This produces a full, four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that slowly recedes with a crag-mired surface and all the while leaving lacing patterns on the sides of the glass. A sharp, spicy aroma greets my nose with notes of ginger, tart citrus, earthy coriander and a nice honey-like note. A solid, clean malt character is found in the nose too, with notes of biscuit-like malt, fresh crushed malt, soda crackers and even some sweet malt aromatics. The aroma on this beer is quite nice & I certainly am enjoying smelling this beer.

The beer is fairly sweet tasting (though in no way overly so), which gives this a solid herbal-varietals-honey like flavor. The beer is quite well carbonated still, despite it being almost 10 minutes since I poured this brew. The carbonation adds a zesty, prickly sensation and certainly helps to clean the sweet honey flavors from the palate, though it never entirely banishes it. The finish has a herbal astringency (almost basil like, sort of menthol like), a solid hop bitterness and a dry malt character to it. Flavors of orange zest, white pepper, young ginger, soda crackers, fresh cut sharp tasting herbs (a mix of arugula/rocket, dandelion, nettle and green tea), sweet malt, perhaps a hint of earthy coriander, honeysuckle and even some notes akin to penny royal.

Quite a nice example of a Tripel. Despite the perceived sweetness, this beer still captures a lightness and quaffability that I like to see in my strong, pale, Belgian-inspired ales (even though many examples from Belgium don't have this). I think that this beer is not nearly as sweet as my focus on it has been; a large part of this is due to the distinct honey note that I find here. I must say that I really like the hop character here, it adds a herbal, zesty edge to the flavor and plays quite a role in the flavor profile. This beer is really impressing me at this moment in time; in fact it is almost exactly what I want in a beer at this moment in time (yesterday or tomorrow I might not have appreciated it nearly as much). This is certainly one of the better beers I have had from this good brewery.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz mag into a handy, part-flared pint glass. Uncontrollable amounts of thick, white head consisting of big bubbles. Milk-dense lacing as a result. Color is a positively medium yellow. A bit of haze but no clumps of yeast at all until the dregs are swirled, after which this looks pleasingly flecky.

Smell is piney hops below a ton of caramel candi and spring water along with requisite belgian yeast. Taste is quite bitter for the style, but not as hoppy. All alpha acids and not much fruity oil. Both smells and tastes more of booze than it's barely double-like ABV justifes.

Upon warming and inspiration of the fallen yeasts, this beer changes character considerably. The notions in the smell become quite apparant on the tongue - sweet, orange, pepper, and beet candi. In particular, you could almost imagine the taste of a brief cask aging.

Carbonation is visible but not too tangible on the tongue, though the throat tickles well enough. Initial high alpha bitterness and clear ABV make it a bit astringent, but the smooth smell keeps your head in it long enough for the taste to bloom. Not the easiest drinking beer, or trippel for that matter. May pair with stronger or spicier foods that you'd normally throw at a style expected to be complex.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head lasts and lasts, in part due to vigorous replenishment from the upward bubble shower, with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet spiciness. Taste is sweet malts upfront, with moderate spicing coming on in the middle, and the combination lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Nice one here.

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Photo of loren01
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow color, white head, good lace
S: Peppery, apple cider scent, yeast
T: Much like smell. Good spiciness/peppery taste. Sweet and malty up front. Dry aftertaste
M: Smooth creamy and very easy drinkin
D: Very good tripple, easy drinking would for sure get this again.

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Photo of nortmand
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber orange with a huge, white, Duvel style head. Leaves alot of lace.

Spicy, peppery, coriander, fruit notes dominate the smell.

A bit sweet up front, mellows into a coriander spiciness. A bit of funkiness in the aftertaste.

Light bodied and refreshing, very drinkable.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought in 22oz bottle at Sam's for 3.99

Poured with huge head, light golden color
somewhat cloudy

aroma -- sweet almost bubble gum

light sweet taste on first mouthful
with a touch of spice/dryness at the end

got less sweet as I kept drinking

this is a nice summer triple -- lighter in alcohol and less sweet than most -- a pretty good price for a big bottle.

(although I think Victory Golden Monkey might be a better value as it is both stronger and less expensive)

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must say I really enjoyed this beer in spite of the fact that lighter Belgian styles aren't my favorites. The pour looked great ... and would've scored even higher if the body had been lighter than the dark golden color I got. Head was two and a half fingers ... and looked almost like whipped cream. One of the nicest heads I've gotten from a bottle. Nose is sharp apple, followed by sugar and spice. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the nose on this but I kind of expect a bit of a cotton candy smell here as well. Once I taste it I get a dash of hop bitterness and citrus mingled with sour apple and sugary sweetness. There's no real definition to the sweetness like in most Triples .... usually the sweetness makes me think of bubblegum or cotton candy. Mouth is like cream beaten until thick. I love it and can only marvel that they made a brew this creamy. As I said to start this review off, I don't care all that much for Triples ... but ignoring the style parameters for a moment this is an awesome beer! I would buy this before most triples I can think of.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Bright golden hue, mild haze with a thick white lace. Aroma of mild tropical fruit and grassy phenols. Tastes a bit juicy with grassy hop and phenols. A tad bitter but the finish goes towards sweet.

A tasty Belgain style brew from the NW but a bit too weak to be a tripel IMO.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. light amber color with a creamy white head. Lots of bubbles streaming to the surface ; looks like a volcano creating a foam dome in the middle of the glass, pretty cool, actually. Nice thick lacing as well. Musty, earthy leathery smell. Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Strong, tart citrusy lemongrass taste. Lots of sweet tart lemony flavors. Finishes very dry and clean.
Not sure I'd call this brew a tripel.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. The bottle conditioning is not taken lightly and a full dose of yeast in the bottle goes a long way to build the mouthfeel and taste of the beer throughout. I like yeast and encourage blending with the beer as a whole. It's smell is well balanced but not unique and is a bit overshadowed by alcohol. The taste is so pleasant it's hard not to think its apple juice. Quenching and full bodied without being overpowering. It pours full with a off-white, but full head.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber, it had the big pillowy head expected in a tripel. The head leaves lace all the way down the glass. Although the Belgian yeast smell is present, the rest is mainly fruity sweetness without little trace of spiciness. The taste is also on the sweet side: a bit too much fruity sweetness to be honest. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but the sweetness detracts a bit from the drinkability. Thanks to RoyalT for the sample.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Th head was humongous. It foamed up instantly and went down slow, leaving a picture-perfect lacing design that I stared at for quite some time. The body is cloudy orange. This is beautiful.

Smell – There’s some big yeast/malt in there. The pungent aroma worked right through the head. It smells almost like the Ruth HOTD, if you’ve ever had that. There’s a sweetness as well, consisting mostly of oranges, caramel, and a light sprinkle of table sugar. The classic candy sugar aroma is here in spades.

There’s also some good spicing in this brew. I can pick up some coriander and big clove, along with white pepper and maybe cinnamon. This is a very complex bouquet. There are even some hops in here to give it a balanced flavor and to “dry out” some of the other flavors. Amazing!

Taste – This is the real deal. The yeast/malt flavors pick it up a step at the taste, and the sweetness comes in big and smooth. The sugar is 10X from the aroma – it is monstrous. All of these flavors, and it is smooth as silk. Also, though the ABV isn’t on the bottle, this one has a heaping share of alcohol. Beware.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and an almost-full body put this right on style. There’s a slight alcoholic sting as well, giving it a bit of excitement.

Drinkability – This was smooth as silk, right on style to the nth degree, and refreshing to boot.

Comments – I hate to go bonkos over a beer with three reviews brewed in my back yard, but this is unbelievable. I’ve always said that a local brewery couldn’t do a malt-based ale, let alone anything Belgian, but this is the real deal. This is my idea of an Abbey Tripel.

Update – I just loved this beer so much when I first joined the site. I thought, now that it’s a year later and I’ve had literally hundreds of Belgian Ales, I should revisit this one.

It’s still one of my favs of all time. I think it is damn near perfect and stand by all of my scores. I’ve sent this to a few other BAs who haven’t thought so much of it, but I still love it. I guess that’s all that matters. Cheers!

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 16 oz pint at the brewery.

Beer pours hazy maize with a deep reflected glow and a soft white disappearing head.

Aromas of peaches and apples with a sweet pineapple acidy aroma.

Grapes and continental malt graininess draw into a long honey and candy body cut by a cinnamon spciness with a large warming alcohol down the throat.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update 4/08/2011: I haven't increased the numbers, but the current sample I have in front of me shows much less alcohol than it did 9 years ago; and the bitterness is much more in line. I'm tempted to give it a 4.5 for taste but I think that would bump it up a bit too much. Still, it's remarkably improved, and not surprisingly so after so many years.

11/13/2002: Pours a very deep gold with an orange cast. Slightly hazy. The white head is limited to an average size, and then drops to a limited surface covering - but it's also quite creamy, holds fairly well, and leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly estery and gently malty with just a limited yeastiness. The body is medium/light with a very fine and gently effervescent carbonation that seems limited for the style. There is, however, also a higher than expected level of bitterness which might seem elevated under a stronger carbonation. The mouthfeel is gently zesty at first, but becomes much more creamy as it warms. The flavor starts a bit wine-like with a dollop of honeyish sugar (through a combination of the high level of alcohol and a grape-like fruitiness), then shows its alcohol a bit more clearly just before the gently sweet and grassy maltiness comes through. It finishes long and dry with an increasing bitterness in the aftertaste. An interesting interperetation of the style with alot of character and many charms.

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Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with white head. Very nice malt character that balances well with the alcohol, which is present but not overwhelming. Nice hop bitterness. Pretty good mouthfeel. Overall a nice interpretation of the style.

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Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 170 ratings