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Enghien Noël Triple Blonde | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Enghien Noël Triple BlondeEnghien Noël Triple Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-21-2004

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Reviews by Sigmund:
Photo of Sigmund
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 9%. Pale golden colour, slightly hazy, huge white head. Strong sweetish aroma of Belgian ale yeast, white kandi sugar, over-ripe fruits and mild spices. The flavour is sweet with a nice spicness and decent hops throughout, maybe too strong notes of white kandi sugar. Sweet enough to replace a sweet wine with many finer dishes, but has also enough bitterness to avoid being cloying, and retain some refreshing qualities.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beerfeast at the Flying Saucer at the Lake.

The beer pours a dark gold color with a white head. The aroma is fairly hoppy, with some citrus and grass notes, as well as some Belgian yeast and biscuit malt character. The flavor is similar, with some spice and biscuit malt mixed in with a little bit of fruit and some wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of desint
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle, best before April 2011, drank in Feb 2010. Poured into my 'Westmalle' chalice.

A dull hazy amber/copper/orangey coloured body, with a thin white head stared at me, as I stared at it. I poured the whole bottle into the chalice, so what sediment there was in the bottle must have clouded the beer somewhat, hence the hazy look.

Orange peel and sweet molasses (not sickly sweet though) were the smells coming from the glass, some yeast esters too.

Unlike most triples, this one had its alcohol full on from the start, no hiding this behind anything at all. Sweet, a bit too sweet for me up front, I prefer any sweetness in a triple to be less obvious.

Not sure what they've added to this brew, but it has a cinnamon type spicey feel to it, as well as the citrusy notes from the orange peel type smell I detected.

Not a triple I'll look for again, intersting, but just a little on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of kbenson13
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rastacouere
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost looks like a pils. Clear sunny golden body with a 1cm white head. Powerful floral nose, herbal, hay hints. Lemon pie, crust, bread, yeast... Totally enticing. Rather tart palate, very flavorfull. Lots of hay, flowers, bread yeast flavors. Very dry altogether, lemony. Moderate balancing spicy bitterness finishes it off slowly with more sage and ginger notes together with a final touch of lime. Foamy and spongy mouthfeel from the moderately high carbonation. The closest I’ve tasted to beloved petrus aged pale, it’d just need more acidity, a touch more complexity and some more champaign dryness. Great surprise that reminds you why you’re in the business (beer sampling hobby)

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Photo of Cramerican
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Creamy white head poured very big, thick and foamy then faded slowly to light covering. Decent amount of carbonation drifts to the surface... lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma - Nice juicy, spicy fruitiness (pineapples, grapefruits, pears, some lemons), light malts, candy sugar / honey sweetness, light bready / yeasty notes, cut grass, spicy hops, pine traces, peppery, faint corn notes...

Taste – Quite sweet fruits (pineapples, apples, pears and lemons), salty notes, some metallic hints, spicy / peppery hops, yeasty, light floral honey sweetness, grassy, herbal notes..

Feel - Quite sharp initially then becomes smoother.. light body... very refreshing and dangerously drinkable - the 9% doesn't show at all...

Overall - Not particularly festive but a very good and well made tripel... there are better examples out there but it's definitely recommended...

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Photo of WynnO
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's during 72 hours today.

The beer pours solid gold color with OK head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is intensely sweet and spicey, with mandarin orange, cherry, honey and lemon. For some reason this beer hit me the wrong way when I first smelled it, but then I quickly fell in love. There's almost a slight, light green tobacco aroma a well, which really weird (but not off putting). Flavors replicate the nose, though the honey flavor really dominates. However, the underlying spice keeps the sweetness in check, though there's no getting around that this is a pretty sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though there's plenty of flavor and the beer finishes well. Drinkability is good, though the sweetness, spice and noticeable alcohol wear on me after a while. All things considered, this is an interesting, impressive beer. Am not the biggest fan of Silly beers, but this isn't bad at all.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a crisp white head that fades leaving small amounts of lace around the glass.

Smell is of caramel, nutmeg, clove, pepper, citrus, and butter.

Taste starts off with some slightly butter notes up front then changes to a floral sweet peppery taste and a slightly bitter finish that is very pleasant and warming.

Medium bodied beer, very enjoyable and drinkable. Wish I could find a better supply of this, it's an interesting triple with flavors like none other. I know I'm missing some characteristics of the beer but it is complex and hard to describe, a must buy. I bought a whole gift pack with 16 different beers just to get this one.

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Photo of Yesdog
3.84/5  rDev 0%

Photo of liothei
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and zesty, it's refreshing to find Christmas Ales that are well brewed examples, not over spiced, and a reprieve from the darker, richer beers that are normally associated with winter.

Pouring a bright straw yellow color with a light creamy white head that retains fairly well while also lacing aptly. Carrying a mild haze, the beer exhibits the yeasty, lighty, and crisp nature of a Tripel simply to the sight.

Aroma and flavors of lemon teas, soft powdered sugar malts, and light bread. Soft sugar cookie confectionate notes give way to the acidic lemon, apple, and pear notes that are normally associated with Tripels. Spicy white pepper, dried orange peel, and soft corriander-like zest give a bright and refreshing taste. Estery fruitiness and phenolic spiciness give way for a phenol-heavy soap note going into the finish that provides the only real distraction to the beer.

Moderate early, the creaminess of the beer makes a quick transition to fleeting sweetness to a dry, peppery, fruitiness that is accentuated by 9% alcoholic warmth. Dry fruitiness, spice, and soap return in aftertaste.

A good Tripel ale that reminds me of the fruits that are plentiful during this time of year. If not for the phenolic finish, the beer would test those of Chimay and Westmalle.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen. It poured into my chalice, thick golden yellow, hazily translucent and topped by a massive cream head that resembled meringue. Seriously, it built to a dome more than half an inch over the lip of my glass, before slowly, ever so slowly, falling. It left a finger's width of foam, like an extra spoonful of whipped cream, which in turn, left delicate lace as the beer disappeared.

An interesting aroma, light hoppiness, some spice I can't pin down and a slight sour edge, somewhat grassy in nature.

It tastes not unlike it smells, with a touch of spice, some bitterness and slight sourness -- the aftertaste reminds me of rhubarb. There's alcohol, too, but it is well hidden. Very tasty.

Extremely dry -- it may be the pucker-inducing dryness that reminds me of rhubarb. But I don't mean to be critical. I like rhubarb.

Very good beer. Not a drink-all-night offering, and probably not something I'm going to go for too often but an excellent beer nonetheless. A complex quaff, to be contemplated and enjoyed.

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Photo of grover37
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at the Triangel Brasserie & Restaurant in Halle (see BeerFly) on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005.

Available from….well I noted that this was on draft but I never confirmed this to be honest, however, the waiter told us that the Silly Printemps had just arrived and wouldn’t go on until the Noël had gone, so I guess the Silly Seasonal was draft after all, I’ll list it as such. Listed at 9.0% ABV, cost €3.20 for the 33cl sample.

Appearance: Shockingly clear and utterly lucid golden body with a massive white head that filled the Silly Goblet. Terse conditioning that is resilient.

Nose: Spicy floral hops and lots of them, light lemon zest, ground pepper spicy character mixed with a slightly sweet pilsner malt dimension which has some freshly baked French bread stick odors.

Taste: Lovely Saaz bitter traits that run through start to finish, stamps a bitter Blonde character on you, think Delirium Tremens and Duvel as others have stated. This is an attractive brew that invites. The soft yet vibrant carbonation and the spicy zing lend a Ginger Snap feel to the finish. Granny Smithy apple rind lends a sourness to the finish. Damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Big in the alcohol and taste department. Moderate carbonation and high levels of dryness in the ending. Fabulous body.

Drinkability: Rather a quaffable libation I have to say, the spicy character really adds a lot to this bold Blonde Ale.

Overall: A beautiful Seasonal that I had not tried in some 11 years of visiting Belgium. Wow, this one was quite a shocker, I’m not much of a Silly fan to be honest but I was quite impressed by this one. An Űber Belgian Blonde that benefits from serious bitterness in the finish. Damn good, on draft at least.

And….as my mate EyeChartBrew would add……

Music: The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow; “Reel around the Fountain”

…….15 minutes with you, ooooh I wouldn’t say No...

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Photo of RupertRonco
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Enghien Noël Triple Blonde from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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