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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Photo of Buggies
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

his beer gets a lot of bad reviews. But, it really isn't that bad... it just isn't a great example of a triple. It is a nice representation of the style, but it lacks a lot of what I think of a triple should be.

All the elements are there just a little muted. Really not bad. I got a single of this out of a cooler at my local GE, so I didn't pay much for it. Had I did pay a lot for it I might have been a little more disappointed. But this one is just a bit above average.

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Photo of hollyisaway
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack at Tommy's Pizza in Gettysburg, PA for $10.50.

Poured into a Flying Dog goblet.

Appearance: Beautiful pour, flowed slowly from the bottle and left no major head. Possible bottling line issue considering the liquid alone is well above the 12oz mark on the goblet, but I'm not complaining there. A dark gold color, with heavy carbonation as bubbles continue to bloom upward a good bit after pouring. Really a beautiful drink.

Smell: Maybe it's an ignorance of traditional tripel aroma, but the immediate smells are stale beer and weed. Maybe someone appreciates that, but it's not what I've experienced or look for in a tripel.

Taste: For the price, very solid. For the style, nothing beyond average. There are some nice grassy notes, in particular in the forefront of the taste, but sadly any complexity seems to end there. Even the 7.3% alcohol barely leaves a mark. Oddly, there is an aftertaste that stays in the mouth reminiscent of a well-brewed pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Heavy without being overbearing. There is no noticeable alcohol burn, which is certainly nice for a spring/summer release. A very sticky taste lingers in the mouth, but this is more than welcome to seal in the floral flavors from the taste.

Overall: For 10.50, this is a good deal. I think it's mediocre, but the resident german in my house says it's his ideal tripel. So different strokes, I suppose. I would buy again for a barbecue or to introduce the idea of a tripel, but not for "advocate" reasons.

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Photo of martino_cappachino
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a frosted pint glass.

Thin head, about a half an inch with fine lacing. Lighter bodied, blonde in appearance.

Very modest aroma with pale malt lager yeast sticking out the most. Also light notes of caramel. Has that familiar trippel aroma but lighter.

Tastes of bread malt. Hints of spice (allspice?), fruit (possibly cherry?) and a little bit of sugar. Kind of soapy in the finish. Fine carbonation.

Not the most favorite trippel I've had... kinda've lacks zest or strength of taste. Maybe a good "lighter" introduction to Belgian trippels, but if I had to start with an American-produced version I'd go with New Belgium's trippel.

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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 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 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 WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a St Bernardus bowl shaped chalice, glowing orange copper honey appearance with the body. Flowing off white head forms thick and bubbly, beautiful beer here. Aroma has zesty spices, I'm even getting "beef jerky". Don't ask me why, but I get that spiced meat, okay to be fair let's call it a canivorous spicy pepper kick. Aroma also carries on grapefruit pith/peel, with candied sugar additions, and bubblegum esters, with a touch of green apple tartness. Flavor is pretty absurd upfront honey sweetness, with bitter spice notes lingering on that initial sip, some bright fruit notes that aren't enough to save the day...this is one cloying beast of a Belgian style tripel, there are other 9 and 10% abv tripels out there that ferment out the cloying qualities and leave behind a masterpiece. Harsh on the palate, cloying with booze, I don't get it it's only 7.4% abv according to the label yet it's screaming a booze ridden flavor with each sip. Banana smoothie with peppery bitter spice additions doesn't work in the ester or spice components this beer has to offer. Texturally it's a nightmare on the palate. Please don't go out and rush into a 22 ounce bottle of this without checking your facts. You can get this beer served a hundred times better as a real Belgian triple for half price during happy hour at the Sharp Edge.

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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 doughanson78
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Goblet.

A: Light golden straw color. Slight haze. About a half finger white fizzy head that fades quickly but leaves a decent lacing.

S: Coriander, lemon. Belgian yeast. Crisp. Tropical. Slight nice Ivory soap aroma.

T: Slight caramel upfront. Coriander spiciness, lemon, and Belgian yeast flavors from middle through the finish.

M: Light body. Super crisp. Medium carbonation. Dry.

O: Good. I haven't had many of this style. Not really my thing, but this was good.

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Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits, yeast. Taste is a bit milder than thwe smell, still some fruits and yeast, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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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 NWer
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to brandy snifter.
Nice balanced Tripel shows Americans can make a good Tripel. Pours golden yellow with pale yellow head that retains well. Soft to the palate, mildly sweet, slight astringent aftertaste.
One of my favorite summer beers. Perfect for those who shy away from lagers on that hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a slighty hazy yellow orange color with a nice head leaving fair lace. Smell of the Belgian style having a light musty note with the spice. Taste seems well balanced with the malt, spice and hops having a good yeast flavor with a light alchohol note. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall an enjoyable Triple, nothing to complex, Just enjoyable.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Elysian Fields in Seattle Washington.

A: 1/8" soapy white head over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Yeasty, malty and sweet.

T: Malty and yeasty with a sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium viscosity and medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Although nothing particularly stands out, this is a tasty and well-rounded tripel.

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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 LeeryLeprechaun
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured a pale gold yellow color that was crystal clear. The aroma was fruity with some pineapple and banana in the nose. That however was the highlight of this beer. The taste was sweet with a little bit of fruit. I could taste no hop and wonder how long this beer had been on the shelf. I was not impressed by this beer but it certainly met some style guidelines for being a tripel.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshenss date poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 5/1/11

A: Pours clear and pale with thin white head, very few bubbles rising.

S: Sweet malts with fruity esters, bananas and some grassy hops. Very little detectable alcohol.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness up front takes away from the pleasant sweet malts and fruits. Nice lingering taste of bananas and cloves after each sip. Very little alcohol with a bit of grassy hop flavor.

M: Feels pretty thin for a tripel, decent carbonation with medium-thin body. Pretty light, not really what I expect in a tripel.

O: Pretty average tripel, not bad, but nothing really wows me. Less alcohol, less body, and more bitterness than I like in a tripel.

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Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a goblet

A -Pours a deep golden color. Lots of head formation, pearly white, but then down to a film. Lots of bubbling. Very clear.

S - Strong bready notes, pilsner and 2 row. Sweet. Some fruity yeast notes, strong esters. Coriander, clove.

T - Starts off malty, light amounts of pilsner. Mid-stream gets more spicy, bits of coriander and clove. Mainly clove. No hopping. Some alcohol warmth. Finishes overall very clean, lightly sweet.

M - Lightly sticky, somewhat thick. Carbonation lightens up the body a little. As noted in the taste, some alcohol warmth.

O/D - Fairly easy drinking. Flavors are smooth, not palette abusing. Alcohol is strong, but not unmanageable for a tripel.

A decent offering - somewhat understated.

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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 Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with excellent retention. Lightly decanted. Laced in sticky sheets.

S: Sweet light-colored fruit; white grape and pea. Mild clove spice.

T: Light fruits just like the nose. Clove and coriander follow quickly. Peppery finish with a little warming alcohol.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Fruity and a little sweet, but smooth and balanced into the finish. Nice balance overall

O: Very drinkable and consistent with style. Good flavor and good balance overall.

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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 emmasdad
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up the other day at Mondo Vino. Poured from the bomber a crisp dark golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and pears. Light bodied and crisp, with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices, apples and pears.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, light tripepl from Elysian. Golden amber, not very cloudy though. Thin, snowy head. A little too hoppy on the nose. Light candi sugar and malts.

Dry, almost bitter taste. Very light malts. Raisins, and a little bit of spice in the taste. Not quite as rich or developed as I'd hoped for, but by no means horrible.

Good carbonation and a nice brew, but needs some work.

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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 justintcoons
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with 1 finger head that dissipates slowly.

N: Red delicious apple, pear and Belgian yeast.

T: Light apple cider, pear, banana, Belgian funk (perfect amount) and lemon grass. Finishes with notes of earth, citrus and coriander.

M: Light bodied, smooth, clean and refreshing.

D: The lower than average abv makes this Tripel an easy drinker. Very crisp and clean!

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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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