Triple | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
94
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 94
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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Triple from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
3.86 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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