Triple | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2005

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 94
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 Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and small traces of lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt is very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by nice biscuit malt notes with medium sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nicely done but nothing earth shattering in here.

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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 BlackHaddock
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number A265810, best before 14th Jan 2009, drank late Nov 2008.

Poured into a straight pint sleeve, no sediment left the bottle (that I noticed anyway).

Deep amber, mahogany reddy brown, clear and clean looking, off-white head sat on top.

The aroma was of hops, yeast and toffee/sweet molasses.

The taste is a sweetish, rich malty flavour. Real fires without the smoke also comes to mind as you sip this very pleasant beer.

Old leather armchairs, Gentlemens clubs and money, that is what this beer reminds me of. I can imagine warm lounges, smoking jackets and cigars when drinking this. A very good beer, the 7.2% is well hidden and balanced nicely. A beer for people who like the better things in life.

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is called "Tripel" because it undergoes three stages of fermentation and three stages of hoping - not because it's been inspired by or modeled after the Belgian style of the same name. It's important not to confuse that. Of course, if you had any uncertainties about it, a quick look at the beer should dispel any misconceptions rather quickly...

because this somber, nearly opaque, sienna brown colour looks nothing like the bright, golden brilliance of a Belgian Tripel. Its body, despite being very dark, is a hotbed of colours that unlatch at different angles to the light. Although transparency isn't permitted, its complexion is notably clear. Its head is insistent and the lacing becomes all engrossing.

The bouquet is a fantastic show of scents, all of which prosper with spry effervescence and ooze a prolific sumptuousness. Dried and festered dark fruits, dark toffee, a trickle each of molasses and fig balsamic, sap and flowers, coffee cake and wood spice - it's a distinctive ensemble, one that is more mellow even than it is luscious.

Apparently, triple fermentation + triple hopping = triple flavour. Whatever was smelled in the aroma is tasted just as vividly on the palate (and with the added benefit of a properly suited texture to boot). To compliment this profound maltiness, and all the flavours of dark toffee and dark fruits it delivers, are nuances of cognac and brandy.

The latter arise from the beer's unabashed strength. The alcohol itself (a relatively modest 7%) is never tasted outright but conspires with the malts to create the lavish tastes listed above. A gritty, earthy, quite kinetic cast of hops not only make for a vivacious bitterness but also restrain the beer's profuse sweetness from becoming overwhelming.

I can't see asking anything more from an English Strong Ale. Many British brewers operate on illusions of grandeur but few actually create the succulent, refined ales they boast to. Brakspear Triple, along with Fullers Vintage Ale, 1845 and Greene King Strong Suffolk, are the beers that truly define what it means to drink to the fullest extent.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Pour is deep amber with a rather small off-white compact head that dissipates slowly into rather nice lacings.

S: Sweet, roasted malts, caramell. Nuts and some butter. Dark dried fruits.

T: Syrupy sweet, almost like dark bread. Bitterness and roasted notes. Fruity, both ripe (apples and oranges) and dark dried. Taste is actually "darker" than one could guess.

M: Aftertaste is mostly bitter, and rather long. Body is smooth and full, while carbonation is mild.

O: Nice, on the lighter side for a Strong Ale, but still nice.

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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 wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. A576851. According to the beer label, the term "Triple" has a two- (or maybe three-)fold meaning: "triple fermentation" - two in the double-drop system and one in the bottle and "triple hopping" during the brewing process. On top of all these, three kinds of malts are used: crystal, black and Maris Otter pale malts. BB 23/06/09, served cool in Westmalle's broad rimmed goblet.

A: dark amber to copper hue, topped with a thin off-white foam retreating to a blanket; carbonation remains moderate throughout the drink.
S: extremely apple-ly and fragrant, featuring lots of Fuggles and some lychee-floral hops, plus dates, sweet prunes, and even berry-fruits... the crystal and black malts result in a deeply caramely and chocolatey aroma (quite like Fuller's 1845) in the background, along with a fruit estery aroma of over-ripe fruits that many English strong ales come with.
T: lychee-shells, flowery and green-apple-ly hops with a tannic tinge of tea-stems and grapes come on top of aromatic black sugar, mildly chocolatey hint, a cheesy note, then taken over by lots and lots of biscuity malts intertwined nicely with estery flavour of overripe apples as well as spicy English hops... In the incredibly long aftertaste, the tremendously aromatic biscuity finish of malts goes hand in hand with a moderately bitter and increasingly dry palate imparted by Brakspear yeast and the double-drop system.
M&D: so much better than my previous encounters with this beer, this bottle shows a brilliant depth of complex hops and superb body of malts. Plus the soothing carbonation and a semi-dry bitter undertone, this ale really has achieved the status of a sensational and complex beer over the years!

* Tasting Date: 28/12/05

This bottle has the same BB date 02/04/06 as the one I had four months ago. Now is the time to see if it benefits a little from further ageing in the bottle.
4 A: copperish hue, creamy off-white froth slowly dissipating...
4 S: not much different from the previous note, except that this time a stronger apple-ish edge is added to the fruity profile, while maltiness is more pronounced, with caramel malts mixed well with strong-scented, rum-soaked black cherries like fruity flavour with additional touch of spice at the back.
3.5 T: smooth flow of juicy malts mixed with toffee and lightly caramelised sugar, underlined by slightly sour-sweet flavour of dark fruits like plums-on-skins plus a residual taste of lychee and preserved berry-fruits, leaving a mildly spicy and tangy fruity edge in the end. On balance the fruitiness imparted by hops is much milder than the previous bottle, and so is the bitterness.
3 M&3 D: even smoother than the last bottle, yet the texture turns a bit thin at the tail of each sip, while the body is not yet three-dimensional. It seems ageing hasn't done a great deal to improve its overall complexity and especially the hop profile~~

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Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a massive size beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is an excellent amount of lacing all over the glass. The head lasted for a long time before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, light hops, tea, pears

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels creamy but also slightly watery. There is a lot of malt flavour mixed with light hops and some pear. Also there are notes of wood and a tea taste. The beer finishes with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - The beer really had a fantastic appearance, not sure I've ever seen so much lacing. The taste reminded me of an ESB with a higher level of alcohol. It's an above average beer that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of bark
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is deep red, almost brown. The small head white, it sinks slowly to a very thin lid, leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is smooth, sweet and very malty. Some oak-barrels, alcohol and dried fruits (ripe apples). It is luxurious, although not very strong.

The taste is surprisingly fresh and smooth, making the beer highly drinkable. Fruits, some of them dried, sweet toffee, clean bitterness and perhaps some flowery notes from the hops. There is alcohol, but it is smooth and warming. Some wood and tree sap. Medium body. The aftertaste is not that sweet with more malty caramel notes and less bitterness. The finish is smooth with some toffee and alcohol.

The carbonation is medium to smooth, the few bubbles mild. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit dry.

I had expected a heavier and sweeter brew, but I got a tremendously drinkable and quite hoppy one. Will probably gain some complexity over the next years.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber, almost golden, decently thick off white head forms, not as voluminous as most triples but still decent, leaves behind a lot of lace, good retention. Smell is very nice, honey, bread, sweet malt, hint of biscuit, strawberries, grass, caramel, bit of yeast, very nice floral aroma. Taste is neat, spiciness up front, very bready, sweet honey and caramel malts, lots of grass and floral, some minerals, strawberries, yeast and honey in the finish, some dry spices as well, just a touch of alcohol but its nicely hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth, nice dry finish, little bit of warmth. Surprisingly great, I wasn’t sure what to expect from an English triple, but it tastes like a tripel with British influence, well done.

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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 kwjd
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Saw this at the Liquor Control Board in Ontario and never heard of it, so thought I'd give it a try.

Pours a dark amber, almost brown colour with thick off-white head. Tons of lacing. Has a sweet, roasted fruit smell. Taste has a lot of banana and raisin with some sort of spices. Little bit of hop presence too. Very smooth carbonation level. This is dangerously drinkable for a moderately strong beer. I'm glad I randomly picked this up.

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Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper hue with a off white two finger head and very nice clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is fruitcake,strawberry jam,boozy alcohol,brandied raisins and herbal hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,moderately carbonated but still rounds the palette with tastes of chocolate coated cherries,booze,roasted nuts,herbal hops and finished with a caramel candy bittersweetness and overall i like it and the perfect after dinner drop and would buy again as would age well cheers.

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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 EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned and poured into a dimpled handled pint pot to reveal a rich brown sugar body with a strong thick head that halved but kept.

Lovely rich strong aroma of sugar cane, brandy and toffee.

Real old ale taste with the alcohol flowing through the rich sugary butter fudge notes that are snapped up at the end with a bitter kick of hops before becoming sickly with coffee regular overtones.

Fantastic mouthfeel with perfect carbonation makes the alcohol kept from becoming over bearing.

A really really good tasty ale.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a dark orange / rusty amber colour... Creamy tan head pours quite big and fades to almost nothing..

Aroma - Biscuit maltiness, toffee/caramel, banana hints, underlying hop notes, pineapple, figs, some vanilla...

Taste – Malty, spicy hops, dark fruit (raisins?), caramel, floral notes..

Feel - Quite sharp with smooth, chewy aftertaste.. Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good beer.... Recommended...

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2010, so this is well past the recommended date for consumption! I think I must have bought it in Autumn 2009 and stored it in the garage ever since. Still, the label mentions that it is bottle-conditioned and will improve if matured (fingers crossed).

The front label features a unique number that allows you to look up the bottling date - an unusual but useless feature in my opinion. When looking up this one (B553484), I discover that it is so old it isn't listed :)

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich coppery-amber hue with low carbonation and loads of floating sediment. I probably moved it around too much prior to opening. Produces a decent head of tan foam that doesn't last long before disappearing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt with notes of caramel and dried fruits. Also a considerable whiff of booze.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a mild dry bitterness. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit, yeast and stewed hops are all discernible, along with a distinct warming note of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly - more ethanol than CO2 I think. Nice body, neither too thick nor too thin. Astringent, with a boozy malt aftertaste.

Nice - a quaffable strong ale. Subtle and sweet; a good sipping ale that suits winter more than summer. The reduced score for appearance was due to the excess of floating yeast. I like this one, and commend it to all who encounter it.

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Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned from the LCBO. Pours a very dark brown, with a rocky off-white head, which diminishes to a fine film. Really fresh aroma...apples, oranges and pine needles. The taste has a nice apple edge to the malt body, but I can also detect the presence of darker fruits, as well as caramel and nut. The finish is refreshingly bitter, with a slight warmth from well-hidden alcohol. Excellent beer, that seems to gain complexity with each sip!

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, number 659455. sampled jan 8/08.

pours a pretty garnet hue with a small incredibly fine off-white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. floral hop character that almost comes across perfumey at times. hint of toast. toasted biscuits actually. bit of alcohol. bit of dark fruit hiding in the background.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. crackers. bit of alcohol. big floral hop presence with just a hint of perfumey character, but not to unpleasant levels. touch of date and nice fruity esters.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is good. excellent balance, almost completely hiding the alcohol. nice malt depth. a fine beer.

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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 flyingpig
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep chestnut to copper colour with a small, foamy head that is slightly off-white in colour and settles to a thin lacing after a few minutes.

Strong malt aroma to begin that is paired with a sweet and rather fruity aroma that has hints of darker fruits and a noticeable caramel smell that is quite pleasant. There is a little bit of apple, some spice and a touch of sugar.

Very rich and sweet with a good mix of caramel, toffee and dark fruit to begin with, coupled with some sweet sugar and a rich, malty base. There is some dates and apple along with a hint of vanilla too.

Very smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation as well. There is some definite spice and a very slightly dry ending.

An excellent beer with tonnes going on and a beer that strikes a great balance between the rich malty flavours and the sweet, dark fruit like ones. The caramel that both the aroma and taste start with are a lot stronger than I would have expected but this is a beer that I will be seeking out again in the near future.

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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 FreshHawk
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep red-orange amber color. Decent sized, bubbly and foamy off-white head. Below average retention with essentially no lacing left over.

S - First whiff produced some bready malt and a bit of floral, herbal and earthy hops. Subsequent smells produce a good amount of fruit with apple and berries being the main ones. Also the alcohol is fairly present in the smell.

T - Apple along with tea, herbal and floral hop flavors. This provides a bit of a sour, tangy and slightly bitter taste. This gives way a bit to a caramel and toffee bready malt taste. This malt taste is in the background for the rest of the sip, and it finishes with a slightly sour tang. Alcohol taste is slight but always present.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat smooth, and a little watery.

D - Decent drinkability. Smooth and easy to drink. Flavors are pretty good for drinkabiity as well.

Notes: Not like a Belgian Tripel, and quite British in flavor. Also vaguely reminds me of a Euro Strong Lager. Lots of apple and some alcohol pretty dominate, resulting in a tangy tasting beer.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle No. B.486617, tasted in 2010.

Appearance : copper brown colour, with beige foamy head (little bubbles).
Smell : malty with caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malr flavours, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English strong ale.

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Triple from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.
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