Triple | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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94 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 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 BS-
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a highball glass.

A: Deep copper with almost no head. Almost absolutely clear with no visible carbonation.

S: Malts, some spiciness and a bit of hops. Just a hint of sweetness.

T: slightly malty with a lot of hops. A hint of citrus and spice is present. Aftertaste is hoppy with a tinge of citrus and an almost honey-like sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Alcohol is uncensored, but pleasant. The citrus sat a little bit oddly on the tongue, almost bordered on becoming unpleasant. Everything disappears within 20 seconds.

M: Very light with slight carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: It's a good beer, but far from outstanding. While I might still get this beer every now and then, I could live my life without ever having this again. A good beer to drink if you're looking for something easy but with character.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Arphie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Bix
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing how accounts vary of this beer. It's one of the best I've ever had.

A: Huge beige head. Dark copper body. One bubble at the bottom.

S: Caramel / honey. Unrevealing - typically English.

T: Wousers! Lots of caramel. Very sweet, complements the alcohol to perfection. Nutty. A touch of dandelion & burdock, or phenols as they're known.

O: Not overly complex but perfect tasting. One of the most balanced beers I've ever had. Absolutely beautiful.

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Photo of 6string
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BogBoyJD
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 samEBC
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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

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

Pretty one dimensional. Meh.

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