Triple | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

TripleTriple
BA SCORE
69.1%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 94 ratings
TripleTriple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
England, United Kingdom
brakspear-beers.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,329
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
94
Liked:
65
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
10.88%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of rarbring
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The brew is clear deep amber, has an off-white head, some lacing and good curtains.

Sweet honey, nuts, turpentine, bitter oranges.

Starting with dark syrup bread, nutmeg, raisins, ethanol, bitter orange peel.

Low carbonation, soft, slightly sticky and oily, a medium body, a slightly dry finish.

Actually too boozy and sweet, lacks freshness.

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Photo of BogBoyJD
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper with a slight haziness. Moderate head that goes to nothing as you drink. No lace.

Dark fruit nose. Slightly sweet. Tastes like it smells - fruit and malt, slightly treacly, some toffee. Initially bitter, followed by some sweetness and bitterness again. Seems like a lightweight barleywine.

Pretty one dimensional. Meh.

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Photo of defect_
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of soulgrowl
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coffee brown, mahogany along the edges with a yellowed ivory head. Not very good retention for a bottle-conditioned ale. Nose is mostly cola with a good smack of citrus, especially lime and grapefruit, intersected by grape and pear-like fruitiness and unusual notes of dark honey, varnish, and fresh pineapple. Tastes rather sweet and surprisingly bland; bready and yeasty with some quiet fruity and spicy notes. A surge of whiskey-like alcohol fires up the finish, which, along with a consistently hoppy bitter orange flavor and a light, airy, dry body, helps to add balance. Not bad, but not very interesting - way too bland to warrant the strength.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

with a golden hue and a generous white head. Rather cinammony tad roasted barley. A bit sour in the finish and aftertaste.Understated carbonation. Not offensive but nothing extraordinary or too tasty.
Perhaps would be interesting to try when well-aged

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Photo of DerBayer
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It s a dark reddish and brownish amber with little head looks rich but not great

The smell is all fruity esters, many layers but not much else, some alcohol

The taste is of the same but balanced by some bitter hop noteds

Mouthfeel is kind of flat but oK for the style

Drinkability is alright but would not want more than a bottle

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: clear amber color, small head that mostly disappears, some lacing remains
s: balance between sweet malts and citrus crispness
t: sweet malts through most with a subtle bitter finish that turns to a strong hoppy aftertaste along with alcohol
m: medium to creamy body and low carbonation
d: pretty good english ale that had decent balance between hops & malts. worth a try

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Photo of vauxhaulastra
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle No. 655870 - I presume it was bottled June/July 07.

A: Amber-brown with a light tan head; pours a thick finger of head, not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Earthy-mineral, floral, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Earthy-mineral, orange zest, dark fruit, dark caramel, slight bread & nut; residual sweetness is balanced by the hop bitterness; warming alcohol.

M: Moderate-to-full body has some residual sugar; moderate carbonation.

D: I'm not particularly fond of the earthy-mineral flavour and the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this on a shelf. Got excited because it said triple. Realized it didn't say tripel. And now I am drinking it. True story!

Bottle number 1396056. Yeah, I don't care either. Is this a limited edition or something? I still don't care.

Pours a rich, clear burnt caramel colour topped by a loose foamy head. Drops small spots of lace. Poor retention.

Is it me or do all English beers smell the same? This one has a slight burnt roast to it along with rich caramel and toffee and a light tinge of booze.

The taste is very striking, as a sweet caramel malt meets a grassy earthy bitterness. Alcohol is omnipresent--odd for its ABV. Has a certain staleness about it. The finish is a quick toasty flash of hop bitterness and then a lingering something that reminds me of an industrial cleaning solution.

Medium to full bodied with a crisp carbonation.

According to the label hops are added three times. So you know it's going be good like Miller Lite. It's also triple fermented. Which seems like a lot of work when the net result is this.

Why has it got a bee on it?

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle directly from the UK. Poured into a de Molen sniffer. The beer pours a very clear copper color, with a almost not existing head, but a nice lacing.

Smell: Sweeet red fruits, caramel, brown sugar and roasted malts.

Taste: Bit sweet malts, bit bitter malts, and some hints of liquorish and red fruits. Bit flat and boring. Light bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium-bodied

Overall: Definitively not a typical (Belgium-style-like) tripel. More a boozy ale. Not bad to try once, but a too flat and too boring.

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Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my local LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Bottle no. 1767956. Don't know what that means, but I'm guessing they made a helluva lot of this stuff.

Pours mahogany with a bubbly cream coloured head. Translucent body, with moderate head retention and good lacing. Nose is bready, alcohol, sweet and mildly acidic grape skins, a very fine and extremely mild acetic note and caramel overriding most of this. Notable English character in the mild hopping and malt. Taste is interesting, again an English caramel and bready quality, with some slightly sharp alcoholic notes. A fine hint of balsamic vinegar, some pear and a general fruitiness - berries and some other dark fruits. Touch of spice. Mouthfeel is moderate with a medium high carbonation, alcoholic for the most part however. Interesting, yet quite confusing as to what I should be rating this as - foreign to almost anything I've tried. Pleasant to try, doubtful that I'd revisit.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at a Sainsburys in Clapham, London. 7.20% abv, 500mL.

Even brown copper body, a few bubbles, a hint of a collar and a cloud or two. Not much head, that's for sure.

Huge malt presence in the nose... nice balancing rusty/citrusy hop character as well. Caramel, rust, sweet fruits. Quite good.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the syrupy side for my taste. Palate is hot, stinging, generally fruity and sweet. Finish is even hotter with some yeasty bitterness and lots of alcohol. Not bad but rather 'malt liquorish'.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of sstackho
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from LCBO. Consumed Feb 08 with a best before date in April 08. Pours a dark gold with just a couple of floaties from swishing the bottom of the bottle. Solid malty aroma. Solid malty flavour as well, but with a slight bit of tangy fruitiness as well. However, the aftertaste is all malt, which isn't quite my thing. RE-RATE in April 08. Man, it's going down nicely. Still malty, but seemingly richer and satisfying an itch as it goes down the throat. Upped the ratings a bit.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Feb 19, 2011.

Pours a mildly dark amber with a finger-width of frothy slightly off-white head which dissipates to a thin film very quickly.

The malts are the strongest element of the smell but are quite balanced by the hops. The smell is fruity but I find it hard to place what the fruits are- fig, perhaps poached pear. A bit of a toffee scent accompanies. Generally, I find the scent hard to pin down- reminiscent of many things, but I can't be quite sure what any of them are! Anyway, a generous and pleasant scent.

After the smell, I was quite surprised by how subdued the taste was. There is a fair bit going on, but all quite faint. Surprisingly light, it starts fairly sweet, with similar fruity aspects as were found in the nose: raisin/fig, baked fruits such as pear. The finish is mildly bitter, which is really not noticeable until the end. Very slight hint of spices. It sounds quite exciting, but I actually found it underwhelming. Enjoyable, but not exciting or particularly interesting. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel I was not too fond of. It felt too thin and weak, which was a surprise given both the smell and the strength of the beer. Carbonation is moderate to low, which I generally enjoy, but couple with the thin body, the beer felt quite lifeless to me.

Overall, I would not seek out this beer again. but am happy to drink the bottle that I have. I knew going into it that this was not a Belgian tripel, but I wish it had been!

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Photo of peensteen
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red, thin creamy white head that settles at the edges with slight lacing showing up. Smells malty with caramel, toffee, slight lemon zest with hops revealing themselves toward the end. Tastes malty with caramel, sweet candy like notes, noticeable alcohol with a medium bitterness and a sweet aftertaste. Medium to thin mouthfeel that was watery at times, good light carbonation though. This is above average but thats it, I feel like this would be good on tap as opposed to bottle, I would have it again but not for some time though.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle best by 18.10.07 (tasted 15.03.07). I poured this into a stemmed beer glass, giving it plenty of air to promote the head. Appearence was a clear ruby coloured brew with a fairly thin head. The head deteriorated quickly. Note; after replenishing the glass with the remainder of the beer, it took on a slightly cloudy appearence.
Smell was malty with a sweet fruits. The taste was a little on the sweet side for me with a syrupy feel to it.
I thought overall a decent brew, mayme more of a winter warmer.

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Photo of charlatan
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%

This has changed from smaller bottles at 7.2% to 500ml bottles at 6.7%.

Copper colour with no head. Theree seems to be dried fruit, apple, lemon and sherbet in the nose. This is certainly on the citric side for an English Strong Ale, but there is a pleasant variety of discernible flavours aside from lemon, including vanilla, oak, brown sugar and a little mint. Good stuff.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass. A lovely dark copper-ruby hue, transparent. A generous bubbly inch-high head, tons of lacing. Excellent retention, which surprises me for a British ale such as this.

Nose is tea, malts, honey, perhaps a bit of berry.

Nice and malty, with notes of toffee, caramel, herbal hops, tea, dark fruit and honey. Alcohol is certainly present in the finish, it's actually quite noticeable, but it tastes alright. Decent combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light, crisp carbonation. Alcohol is delivered sharply.

Not a bad little strong ale, very drinkable. The alcohol isn't masked perfectly, but the corresponding flavors certainly get the job done. A bit strong for a session, but it works as a good finish to a long day.

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Triple from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
Beer rating: 69.1% out of 100 with 94 ratings
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