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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2005

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3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
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Photo of BGDrock
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: clear with slight haze; nice head with fine suds; light brown/amber colour

Aroma: hops jump out, as in a pale ale, but balanced with a light maltiness; citrus and banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: great balance - bitterness and mild sweetness bounce back and forth; not a definable flavour; hint of spice; moderate carbonation and smooth mouthfeel; tinge of the flavour of Belgian yeast

Overall: great texture and complex taste, keeps you guessing at what the flavour is which is exciting

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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 dansmcd
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A honey-like brown colour in the body, creamy smooth head and well defined rings of lace. Very attractive.

S - Vanilla, honey and caramel. Sweet dessert fragrance.

T - Follows the nose, with the addition of nutty nougat. Abv shows with a spot of heat.

M - Low carbonation, chewy and creamy.

O - A rich, complex, full flavoured beer. Best sipped and savoured.

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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 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 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 jonb5
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 2 bottles, reviewed the first march 2011. Half litre bottle. Dark ruby mahogany colour. Clear. The head goes fairly quickly. The malts dominate the smell but some sour pear comes out as well. The 7.2 percent comes through strongly, its too much, it dominates. I got a bit of smoke with some apple. This isn't a smooth beer. Not easy to drink. Have to say I expected a bit more. Second bottle reviewed one year later. Aging the beer really worked, it had a nice fruity aroma, a much smoother texture and the alcohol was so well hidden. This is definately a beer to age before drinking.

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

Bottle from the LCBO, website tells me it is bottles in September 2010. Pours a crisp, clear burnt amber, couple fingers of head leaves rings of lacing.

Nose is exceptionally floral and fruity, loads of green apples and flowers. Hints of honey and caramel malt. Flavor is clean and approachable, while not altogether noteworthy. Middling sweet, pleasant hints of bread and honey, light cocoa, caramel; quite a bit of bittering hops in the finish which provides a really grassy, dry finish. Extremely light body for the ABV which is hidden - nowhere to be found except in your head as the bottle progresses.... Drinkable and pleasant, could use a little more complexity but for what it is, it's a pleasant beer.

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

bottle No. 1463363
the bottle says to check the website for bottle fill date but the website numbers end at 1299988 bottled 17/7/10.
not impressed.

great looking bumblebee on bottlecap.

pours out orange/amber with no head or lacing. and no evidence that it is bottle conditioned. clear through no cloud or sediment at all.

The smell makes up a bit for its lack to stun visually. great blend of hops and malt in the nose. the malts are complex and deep.
candy-like smells like an orange lifesaver candy. I'm having trouble to determine if i am smelling really juicy malts or artifical aroma.
i am hoping for the former.

The flavor is big. really big. but again i'm not entirely sure what i am tasting. Maybe its more hops than i am used to but there is a certain artificial chemically overtaste to this.

Im intrigued and a little cautious at the same time. i have not tried a whole lot of different beers and this is a taste i am not used to.

the alcohol is also hitting me really hard. i'm gonna go high on this even though i'm not sure exactly what i am tasting. it is very flavorful and compelling but has some mystery to it that i cant quite grasp.

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