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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ummswimmin
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet style glass.

Golden coloring with about two fingers of foam on the pour. The foam goes down to scum, but it leaves some pretty good lacing.

The smell is pretty simple. I get the sour from the yeast. There's a little malt and some graininess.

The flavor is decent. I get more of the sour, which plays pretty well. I also get more of the grain. The balance is fine, but that may be because there isn't much there. I wouldn't call this a tripel.

This beer is decent. Not really exceptional. I would order it again to pair with white meat as a simple pairing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bottle split with some friends. This was a light hazy yellow color and had a smell to it that was slightly spicy indicating its belgian style nature. The flavor was like a mix of wit and tripel to me. Not syrupy like I find a lot of tripels to be. I also liked the fact that this did not have a very high alcohol content compared to most tripels. Overall, not bad especially for the price.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: First pour yielded a pale orange color with a good amount of clarity. The head was a promising 2 fingers high, off white, with a frothy nature. A generous amount of foam lace lines the glass. Medium dense show of fine misty bubbles rise at a moderate pace. Continuous pours yielded a similar opening clarity indicating not much yeasty goodiness was present in the drink.

S: The nose exhibited a spicy orange aroma, along with pepper and coriander and a bit of lemon peels. The level of intensity was low however. The flavor was a bit tart of dried lemons and pale wheat. Very likeable flavor, smooth and continous in nature and not overly spicy. There was a bit of underlying fruitiness of dried apricots about as well. The individual character was not so much sharp and pronounced as it was blended together with equal recognition.

M: creamy and full on the tongue with a good deal of carbonation bubbles. A warming of tart citrus and wheat graces on the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Smooth going down, nice relaxing drink per style, though drank more like a French bier de garde then a triple.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, spices, especially ginger and candy sugar. In the taste, spicy, ginger, notes of candy sugar and some dry sugar notes. A spice bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry ginger in the aftertaste. Interesting spices, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow color w/ a nice two finger white head. Good carbonation and great lacing on this brew. Color is quite a bit lighter than I expect to see on a tripel. Smell is that of malt, hops, grass, lemon, corriander, honey. Fairly well balanced, although a little on the weak side for me. Honey is really out front of everything else. Taste is the exact same profile as the nose, with the honey even more out front- very sweet. Hops leave a slightly bitter aftertaste, but the honey is there masking just about everything else feel wise. Overall, this is a tasty beer, but nowhere near the best for the style. Still, it's solid, and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid tripel from Elysian that is on the lighter side for Spring. Huge head and a gold colour ( thought it might be whiter). Nose is yeasty but hops are also there. The beer is fairly well balanced with a sweetness that is underneath the surface. Very drinkable and not really that complex.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light cloudy golden color with good carbonation leaving a nice white set of bubbles

S: Pears and white vrapes mainly, a hint of candy

T: Pear and green grape sweetness is in front. A bit of spioce, tinge of booze

M: Pretty light and airy body, drinks good, feels good

O: A pretty decent rep of the style

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip (no freshness date)

Appearance- Deep gold, clear, 1 finger white head

Aroma-Light malt sweetness, spicy, some pepper notes, some fruitiness

Flavor- spicy, some fruitiness, sweet up front with a dry finish. lacking for a triple

Mouthfeel- Medium full, smooth, medium carb

Overall- Its good, not great wouldn't really seek out again but its enjoyable brew, it seems to light for a triple, but drinkable for sure.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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 bbeane
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a weak white colored head that disappears quickly. Beer is a cloudy straw color with a fair amount of activity

S- First whiff is very sweet smelling, sugar and fruits with a hint of booze. After some swirls of the snifter, a light hop aroma is evident

T- Mostly sweet with a bit of hop presence coming through in the finish. This one has been in the cellar for a while, so I'm not sure it tastes exactly as it should

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

O- I wasn't overly impressed by this one, though it could have been different fresher. I thought it had a mostly good flavor except for an odd aftertaste that I could have done without


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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Always happy to try a new beer from Elysian.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of wheat, as well as some Belgian yeast notes and some orange citrus. The flavor is very similar. There is a lot of orange citrus, as well as some wheat and biscuit malt, as well as a little bit of sugary sweetness and some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold, good clarity, nice layer of fine-beaded white foam that collapses to a thin, lacy cap

Aroma: malty with hints of yogurt, caramel, honey, and spice (maybe coriander?)

Flavor: honeyish malt profile that's not too sweet; hints of citrus peel and an herbal, rooty bitterness; finishes semisweet with a lingering spice

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, spritzy carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: The label describes this as "extremely drinkable". For a Tripel-style beer, I'd say that's so, but probably because it is lacking in some of the typical Belgian zestiness.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: cloudy golden hue with plenty of effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory head. It looks good to me.

Smell: somewhat bright malt aroma with sour apples and a little hint of chalk. That said, it's not quite as bright or fruity as I like my tripels to be; it's still not bad, though.

Taste: fruitiness is subtle here, which I like; apples and pears, mostly, in flavor. Again there's this little hint of chalkiness which I quite like. It does lack some of the richness of a higher-alcohol tripel; I'm missing a little of that here. Once again, it's good but not quite good enough.

Mouthfeel: quite nice. I feel like a tiny bit more body would be nice, but the carbonation and creaminess are out of this world.

Drinkability: while Bête Blanche does lack a few of the flavor qualities I so like in a tripel, it is still pretty darn good. The somewhat lighter-than-average ABV makes this a sessionable tripel -- something you don't see too often.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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 LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with fine off-white, two finger head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of over ripe light fruit, light caramel malt and Belgian yeast; a hint of coriander and cloves. Flavor is sweet apple and pear juice, light bready malt, fruit finish with a hint of grassy hops. Very slight Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Light flavored and fairly tame by Belgian tripel standards, but the flavors were pleasant and well balanced, although a bit on the sweet side. I enjoyed it as an interesting domestic take on the tripel style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up most of these offering for a mere $5.99. Heck at that price I would try any bomber!

A - Looks like it held up pretty well for a summer release. Clear yellow in color with a tint of brown amber and a nice 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells of apples, mild citrus and a touch of hops. The Belgium yeast is fruity and juicy smelling.

T - Taste is a touch more wheat and hoppy than expected with very little orange, lemon or coriander. Not saying it's bad just not as pronounced as the smell.

M - Light to medium it has a good ABV.

Overall its more of an imperial Hefeweizen than a Belgium Trippel but it's in no way a bad beer.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ksimons
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-a hazy golden orange with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-pale malts, citrus, pears

T-pale malt backbone with sweet pears, hints of citrus and pepper, and light Belgian yeast

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation

Overall this is an ok tripel, but nothing all that special

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Photo of philbertk
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bete Blanche Belgian Style Tripel 2001 22 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Big white head. Hazy thin golden color with orange shade. Belgian yeast front. Thick pellicle clouds color and mellows flavor. Creamy rich sweet dry malt fruitiness. Slightly hot spicy alcohol end. Sampled 7/28/2001.

2004 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Big pellicle. Mild foamy head. Clear light bright golden color hazes lemon gold. Floral fruity ester mild hop front. Sediment mellows rich spicy Belgian wheat body. Hot spicy mild hop end. Too Much. Tasty. Sampled 8/21/2004.

2005 22 oz. Bottle 6.90% ABV--15 IBU's.? (3.5 / 5.0) Foamy lacy head. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Rich coriander spice mild banana hop front. Thin spicy dry sweet tart rich caramel candy ester body. Big Belgian spice end. Totally Unbalanced! Sampled 7/25/2005.

2006 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Huge foamy lacy head. Cloudy bright gold color hazes dense lemon white with big brown sediment. Mellow Belgian clove banana hop front. Creamy malty mild sweet Belgian fruit ester wheat body. Clean NW end. Sampled 4/16/2006.

2007 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBU's. (4.0 /5.0) Thin foamy mild lace head. Clear bright gold color hazes bright orange. Big floral Belgian coriander fruit ester front. Thin crisp dry sweet tart Belgian ester body. Tart crisp citrus hot spice end. Sampled 6/14/2007.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 LambicPentameter
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes after drinking this bottle on 1/26/14. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no bottling or enjoy by dating. This particular beer is a summer release, so it's probably at least 6 months old, but that shouldn't be a problem for a tripel.

Appearance - Pours a brassy orange hue that is so crystal clear that I can see a miniature upside down version of the stuff sitting on the other side of the glass through the liquid. Atop the body sits a one finger layer of creamy bone white foam. Retention is moderate and decent amount of silky lacing lines the glass.

Smell - Light, pleasant notes of fruity esters with notes of pear and nectarine from the yeast profile. There isn't a whole lot of character to the aroma, but I'd rather have this lighter take, where I can really take in the fruit and even some of the peppery aroma as well over a cloying yeast bomb.

Taste - More of the same fruity notes, with pear, nectarine, and now some additional spices, like clove, ginger and white pepper join the party. The aroma didn't do the taste justice, which is a lot more interesting, with some bready notes reminiscent of slightly sweetened dinner rolls. There is also just a hint of heat from the alcohol, which is surprising for a 7.5% beer. Still, it enhances, rather than detracts from the overall profile.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with an effervescent feel and a dry finish with just a touch of sweetness.

Overall, this is a really great summertime tripel, and in many ways makes me think more of a Belgian pale ale because the yeast profile which is so often a huge part of the tripel flavor profile is subdued and just present enough to keep it interesting. That said, it's not quite in line with what I would expect from traditional takes on the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this 12oz up at Thirsty's enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

A golden hued hazed appearance with thin pale ivory cap w/ tight bead and confetti-like lace clings. The smell is strong with spicy esters from the yeast with a hop and bready malt odor with some slight grainy pils essence and light vegetal tinge. The feel is very spicy and dry in texture with mild carbonation for the style and hint of bitterness with slight toasted malt and creamy yeast with slight sweetness in the finish.

The taste is good with light pilsner flavor and mild cooked veggie w/ mild herbal hop accent up front which blends with the light spice and clove from the yeast. The taste is slightly fruity but not as extreme as the hops and yeast spice with mild green leafy sweet edge and hints of alcohol come through in the finish. The beer is more cracker-like with dry malt and pronounced hop bitterness as it warms with a slight peppery tinge. Overall a solid tripel & tasty interpretation which I could definitely enjoy more of -well brewed.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Bete Blanche Belgian-Style Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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