Triple | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bryehn
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty copper colour with a ruby tone to it. Off white head settles quickly, but is retained as a thin layer and leaves some thick lacing. Very little sediment made it into my glass.

The aroma is rather hoppy and a bit boozy, with some deep dark fruit and malty bread character and rich pepper and vanilla tones.

Taste is also quite rich, malt forward with strong wood, cocoa and dark fruit tones. Its earthy and a bit like a brown spirit in taste. There is a very well-balanced bitterness. Very complex, very rich and very satisfying.

The body is surprisingly smooth, but at the same time very robust. There is a malty thickness to it and the slightly above average ABV really comes through on the tongue.

Very glad I took a chance on this one, I'll definitely seek out a few more bottles.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle No. 1577198 and as mentioned elsewhere this is NOT at all a Belgium tripel.

Appears clear dark brownishly orangy. Thin but very firm magnolia head which leaves some intricate sticky lacing.

Has a dark musty sharpish bitterness that really hits at the end of the palate which is then strangely followed by some fruit. A fairly rich vinous quality too with some tartness.
Starts lightly spritzy which is quite light for the alcohol and leaves a slightly cloying feel to the tongue. Potent over time.

Could do with being a bit more supple but still tastes pretty good to me.

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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 Seanstoppable
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip to Ontario earlier this year. No best before date, but has a bottle number of 917752. Originally thought this was a tripel, not triple referring to three levels of fermentation.

Pouring into a glass results in a ruby red color with barely any head. Very thin crown results, though there is a bit of active carbonation visible both in the glass and on the surface.

Booziness is apparent from the scent. Nose also contains things such as dates, molasses, toffee, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. Plenty of malt characteristics, with further flavors of toffee, molasses, dates and other dark fruits, some spice. Fairly chewy, with an apparent boozy character throughout. Some slightly piney hop flavor as well.

Very interesting beverage. Smooths out after repeated sips, though you still end up feeling the booze.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank drom my Bombardier Conis Pint Glass.

A - Pours a red copper colour with a nice ivory coloured head that retains quite well and laces.

S - Aromas are very well balanced between various fruits and plenty of hop.

T - Really nice fruits up front followed by malts of toffee and caramel, has a classic bitter finish with a hint of booze.

M - Medium body a nd low carbonation and very smooth.

D - This is a top quality English Strong Ale

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Photo of Swedes21
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - VERY NICE pouring beer, glass fills about 3/4 head then works its way down. Head is slightly brown and very "foamy" type. Head lasted a long time and was down to about 1/2 an inch within 5 minutes. Very nice carbonation and a gorgeous amber red colour appearance.

Smell - nice combination of hops and vanilla/pepper scents. Beer is warming and inviting one to drink based on the smell

Taste - nice tasting beer, very sweet taste right at the start then polishes off to a slight bitter. Again, i feel the vanilla, maybe caramel taste comes through right away. Slight bitter taste near the end, alcohol is seamless.

Mouthfeel - nice mouthfeel to this beer, come carbonation, the hops are really present. considering there is still head on the beer at this point, it actually had a light presents in my mouth. The bitterness at the end seems a little more active.

Drinkability - I am really impressed with this beer. From the appearance to the tasting, this was a full package beer. Something i would seek out and have on hand. It pours nice and serves well.

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Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 500ml brown bottle into a stemmed Duvel glass.

A= This ale poured a brilliantly clear deep ruby/light-brown color with a loose 1/2" off white head. The head settled to a broken skim within a minute or so, and left behind big sheets of thin lace on my glass.

S= The aromas contained a very balanced meld of malt, hops, and alcohol. Aside form that, I picked up a bit of leafy tea aroma too.

T= Started off with some nice malty notes full of caramel, toffee, raisin, and dark fruits. That was followed by a wonderful firm bitterness and woody/herbal English hop flavors. Neither the hops nor the malt were dominant of each other. Rather it was a truly balanced medley. Finish was smooth with a kiss of alcohol warmth. The alcohol left a pleasant spiciness on my tongue that made me want the next sip.

MF= Actually less than medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level. Slightly thinner than expected but still very nice.

D= Oustanding ale here, and dangerously drinkable for the abv. I bought this while on a recent trip to Toronto and will have to see if I can get this locally in Chicago.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All of Brakspear's beers are brewed in the original copper kettle which dates back to 1774. Thats the kind of heritage you can expect from many English Breweries. And at the best ones, that heritage is plainly evident in the quality of their beer. I do have an excellent example for you here that is available at the LCBO in 500ml bottles; the Brakspear Triple. Don't let the name confuse you, as it did me - this is not an English Triple. It is actually an English Strong Ale whose name just happens to be the same as a very famous Belgian style of beer.

Each of these bottles are unique because they have a specific bottle number on the front label of each beer. You can then go to the Brakspear website and match your beer number to the corresponding date at which it was bottles. This is bottle no. 915515 and was bottled on March 2010. The reason it is called Triple is because it goes through 2 fermentations after brewing, and then a final 3rd in the bottle creating an aromatic and rich beer.

I opened the Triple at cellar temperature around 12C (54F) and poured it into a chalice. It formed a rich golden red beer that glowed deeply from the inside out. In the center was a rich amber brown heart emanating deep mahogany red and gold towards the edges. A short airy off-white head built up on the beer and formed a bubbly mountain just off center. The second I poured it I knew that this was no Belgian style tripel - it was obvious that this was an English Strong Ale.

The nose too gives it all away. It is soft but lush with full round malts. Toffee and warm caramel waft into my nose and bring clove, plum, brandy, figs and a hint of syrup. The scent isn't to powerful but it ranges in complexity and flavor. Back in for more and there are hints of pepper, vanilla, a touch of oak and even soft cake. Hops are very subdued, and feel like they may only have a minute presence in the beer. The brewery claims to have added hops three times, so we'll see if that comes out in the flavor.

Going in for a sip brought a smooth and medium heavy malt forward sensation directly onto my tongue, than shifting slowly to my cheeks and eventually filling my entire mouth. The malts here are big and round but not overly potent or aggressive. The gentle combination of caramel and toffee share flavors of clove, pepper, dates, pears, plums and raisins in a soft harmony of texture and juice. Softy bitterness lingers in the back of this beer the entire time.

The malt does show reasonable complexity here too now with a touch of wood, vanilla, and a brandy like sweetness. Right in the center of the beer is a sugar, almost brown sugar sweetness that is short, but mellows out into all the other flavors. The Triple is 7.2% abv and hints at it a few times with brief movements of tart and rich cognac malts. Here though hops do begin to make their way in offering an earthy and softly floral bitterness and aroma to the body of the beer. It brings the malt thickness down a bit and creates a more enjoyable and drinkable beer.

The mouthfeel is gently carbonated and not overly creamy or thick. It glides easily over your palate and has just enough carbonation to tickle you the whole way. Overall it is a nice round medium body with a smoothly rich palate. The finish is sweet with a short hint of bitter hops. This would be a nice accompaniment to roast game dishes or rich cheeses, but really I think it was built to stand on its own.

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Photo of cratez
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO, poured into a goblet. Deep reddish brown with a thin ring of cream white head. Smell and taste are cherry, bubblegum, toffee, rich malts, barley, red plums, dark fruit sweetness, fig, Christmas cake, butterscotch, citrus hop bitterness, quite spicy and astringent, warming alcohol to end. Fuller than medium palate coats the mouth with foamy, citric, and drying textures. An unusually hoppy English strong which isn't surprising given the generous use of Cascade hops. Perhaps not as complex as the style can be, but still an outstanding sipper. This will now be a regular purchase for me.

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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 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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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 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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Photo of mjgarrett2
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Rich chocolatey brown, mostly translucent but not thick. Light brown head and good lacing.

S- Not giving much away at first take, maybe a hint of bread coming from the yeast. Smells of fruit develop later, maybe banana or apple.

T- Sensual fruit flavors, again maybe banana but predominantly spicier like apples, pears, maybe cranberries. The brightness of the hops does well to mediate any overpowering characteristics, being complex and intriguing to identify some of the flavors.

M- Flavors immediately permeate around the mouth and move to cover the palate and let everything develop. It feels like the sensation of the beer embracing the whole palate rather than targeting any one area.

D- Very sippable and pleasant but perhaps too big and complex to be enjoyed for a lengthy stretch.

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

Bottle Number: A313220. I went to the website to look up the bottling date based upon the bottle number, but this series wasn't listed (guess they figured that no one could have possibly held onto a bottle this long long).

Drink By Date: 05/02/09 (Feb 5, '09 in English format)

I bought this bottle at a Sainsbury's in the UK while on a Business trip and stuck it into the back of my fridge when I got home. Poured into a proper English pub glass. There was a little sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

A: A clear, deep amber honey color with moderate carbonation and a one finger off-white head that didn't last very long.

S: I didn't detect a very strong hop presence in the nose, but there was a little bit of toffee and brown sugar. Maybe the age of the bottle has moderated the hop aroma?

T: At first I thought that the alcohol presented too strong a presence (maybe it's more of a green apple pinch?), but after a few mouthfuls I really started to get to the maltiness of this beer. As it warmed up a little the flavors of dark toffee and brown sugar really come to the fore. I didn't feel like it had a very pronounced hoppiness.

M: A velvety, rich, viscous texture in the mouth. This stuff goes down very easily! Very strong and satisfying finish.

D: Even though this is relatively high alcohol beer, it is not overbearing in any way from the alcohol, the hops, or the malt. Everything about this beer is balanced, if slightly pronounced. I could enjoy this all night long. This was a lucky find for me!

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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 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 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 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 DaveUK
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown, (poured bright) with a tint of red. A small head of white bubbles formed, despite a fairly aggressive pour. Lacing remained to the end with some swirling.

Aroma - Alcohol, pungent apples and pears, sweet dried fruit, whispers of toffee and caramel. But dominated by ripe apples and pears. A floral to herbal hop aroma becomes apparent as the beer warms up.

Taste - Strong grainy malt, rich roasted notes present. This gives way to subdued but bitter hops displaying more ripe pears and sweet fruit. Warming alcohol and bitterness finish off this layered beer.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, thick and malty is how I would describe this beer. The lazy carbonation does barely enough to keep the liquid alive.

Overall - A rich and complex beer, similar to a barley wine in its presence in the mouth. The aroma was especially intriguing as almost every time it was sniffed, different aromas could be detected.

I would probably want this in a 330ml bottle as well, as after finishing the 500ml, the alcohol was very apparent!

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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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Triple from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
3.86 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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