Triple | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2005

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm wondering whether there was something wrong with my bottle... the pour gives some real lively carbonation, like soft drink style, with an audible fizz, wasn't expecting that. No problem though, taste is fine, colour is nice and although there is no head and very little in the way of lacings, the body is pretty nice.

Sweetness on the nose, berries, maybe a little bit of peach... everytime I put it up to my nose I get something different, but mostly sweet fruit with noticeable alcohol.

First thing I pick up is the malt. The grain really comes through, the strong alcohol giving a whiskey note to it but without much wood. A good amount of red, slightly sour fruit, gives off a nice, but very subtle, tartness. Gentle English hops throughout keeping a nice balance and the sweetness at bay. Finish is a little disapointing. Taste fades quickly, leaving a tonic water type flavour and a slight dryness in the mouth.

Despite the fiziness, the mouthfeel is fine. Thin, but in that loveable English ale sort of way. This i dangerously drinkable for a strong ale. The British ability to completely mask alcohol is unnerving. I'd drink this again.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear rusty iron color with a patchy foamy head and scads of chunky lacing left behind. Pristine banana esters fill the nose, along with some cherry, apple, citrus notions. A great floral hop character is also in abundance. The taste is quite malty but lightbodied for the gravity. Once again esters dance around a core English hop profile. I taste cherry, field berries and grapefruit. Hop bitterness is sturdy and a tea like tannin feel is evident in the background throughout. The finish is relatively hoppy and medicinal from the strong booze presence. The mouthfeel is medium and very lightly carbonated.

This is a tastey strong ale. Vibrantly hoppy and full of malt and yeast goodness. My only criticism is the alcohol could be more hidden.

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

500ml bottle

Decants a clear, deep chestnut brown ale with ruby high lights...2 finger sticky cap ...moderate retention. Bottle conditioned with very little suspended particulate.

Aroma is pungent, citrus, spice, some sweetness, fruity.

Flavor is malt accented but the fruit esters are complex and range from succulent fruits like plums to dried fruit like dates...some treacle light charred husk, spices, hopping ranges from medicinal to herbal to citrus rind...what complexity...complex hop alpha mix, complex yeast esters and phenols and multi-layered malt sturdy and satisfying yet complex beer.

Love it!

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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 irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a creamy off white head that stands its ground and leaves some nice lacing. Has a clear coppery brown color.

Smells of earthy hops, caramel malt, a bit of citrus and alcohol.

Has a smooth drinkable feel on the palate. Notes of citrus, sweet malt, dried herbs and a yeasty fruitiness. Another great beer from the U.K.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Impressive on the pour, almost red in colour. Head started well but faded quite quickly.

S - Quite a bit going on here. Very malty with toffee/brown sugary texture and dark fruits.

T - Consistent with taste, malty but quite dry. Plums and raisins seemed to be coming through. Only a little bitter on the aftertaste.

M - Light and smooth, good texture for a bottle conditoned beer.

D - Quite a hit with 7.2% and 500ml but a second could be on the cards.

The "triple" tag is not unjustified although this beer is not as complex as the top belgians. I'd say this is between a tripel and strong ale in style. For a bottle conditioned beer I can get at the supermarket easily this is one I will be going back to.

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

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Served very slightly chilled

Pours with a rich coppery body, burgandy and ruby hues. Thick off white head with good retention, about an inch thick soon settling down to about half or so. Some patchy lacing

Smell, ripe estery fruit, mangos and bananas. Some biscuity dry malt floating around in there too, some almost candied sugar aromas too. Little bit of english hop aroma

Taste, whacking great estery malt along with a nice delivery of hop bitterness on the palette knocking your taste buds into overdrive. Quite a thin body, a fair degree of sweetness on the finish along with some dry hops

A tasty offering from the Brakspear brewery, worth a try

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Photo of Sigmund
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle condtioned, 500 ml. Bottle No. 001880. Trade with maeib. Pours with a large, thick and lasting beige head. Beautiful copper colour, transparent, no sediment in bottle. Delightful sweet aroma - Christmas spices, caramel, brown sugar, oak, fruits (sultanas, plums), sherry. Flavour is malty and spicy with some brown sugar notes, but not too sweet. A substantial hoppy bitterness from start to finish. I can’t believe some raters did not think more highly of this one! My warmest thanks to maeib for picking it out for me!

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Photo of haz77
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark copper with an inch of fluffy off-white head, which recedes to a thin covering. Small bubbles of low carbonation.

S - Peach, pineapple, apple, ripe banana, spicy alcohol and perfumed floral background.

T - Sweet malts set the course along with a light fruitiness. Ripe banana (although it's like artificial banana flavouring in sweets, rather than actual banana) and tropical fruit comes though in the middle along with a burst of candi sugar flavour. Rounds off with a medium bitterness and burnt caramel/slight phenols.

M - The light side of medium, with soft carbonation.

D - A pretty good effort which is worth taking a look at.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this beer all the way to Japan.

Bottle states that it is brewed with Maris Otter, Crystal and Black malts in addition to Northdown and Cascade hops.

Dark wicked looking red body with small white head.
Very malty aroma with strong honey notes.
Nice big maltyness. Medium bitterness, which I guess is huge for a british beer. Lots of earth and lots of dark spices.
Very well integrated alcohol. Solid body. Light carbonation.
Not very complex, but oh so delicious.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle brought back from London, courtesy of my little sister. Thanks Jen!
Burnt caramel brown, topped with a huge puff of eggshell head. The foam settles down into a thick mist, keeping strong through my entire (slightly shy of an) imperial pint. Great clarity, apparently the bottle conditioning sits like a stone. Tiny bubbles float up like it's a lazy Sunday (don't forget the cupcakes). Flecks of lace. Man, this beer looks like it was filtered. Gorgeous. The red-brown is glowing. Great presentation, even considering with the curvaceous bottle, individually numbered on the label, and bumblebee-emblazoned bottle cap. The aroma is on the sweet side, with very smooth and creamy caramel malt. Notes of honey, cotton candy and those little banana shaped candies you can get in the older-style coin slot machines. Perhaps a whiff of floral hops, but they're packed way in the back of the trunk. The flavor starts out sweet, and gets a little sweeter. Not cloying by any means, but there's little else going on besides sugary caramel and candied fruit. It's delicious, don't get me wrong, but I'd enjoy a bit more complexity from a strong ale. One thing i have to say is that the mouthfeel, the texture of the beer, is stunning. Kinda slick, though not quite full bodied. Velvety carbonation, very smooth and flowing, it's like touching a silk dress. Gets a bit flowery in the finish, with a phenolic air of plastic, like those cheap, bulk packages of army men toys. Leaves off with banana candy and gummi peaches, as well as an Auntie Annie's sugar coated pretzel with caramel dipping sauce.
I understand it's not a belgian style "tripel", rather it's a triple fermented brew, but the overall sweetness is somewhat similar. The flavor profiles are more or less parallel. Good beer. Nothing I'd get again, because of the price and lack of importation to the States, but if this were made locally, I'd be happy enough. God knows there's far worse strong ales out there, brewed much closer.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 161223...

Appearance: dark copper, good clarity, fluffy layer of tannish froth, good head retention, some lace

Aroma: dark caramelly malt, appley hops, touch of pine and citrus

Flavor: subtle sweetness with a rough edge of dark malts, fruity note of overripe apples, banana, herbally hop flavor, finishes semisweet with a malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, slightly rough texture

Other comments: Great beer, classy bottle/packaging. Very impressed by how settled the yeast is in the bottle. I poured it normally without realizing it was bottle conditioned. The yeast stayed put and the beer was crystal clear!

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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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