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Durham Bedes Chalice

Brewed by Durham
Style: Abbey Tripel
Durham, England


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Mainly available Bottle Conditioned. Has appeared on cask occasionally.
Full bodied Maris Otter malt with a small addition of wheat and Vienna malt are aromatised by a typical Belgian charge of coriander. The result is a smooth, sweetish, luscious and fruity experience. The peach and orange notes of the malt base are enhanced by the judicious use of a single American hop, centennial. A very satisfying beer with a Belgian character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (855) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2016
Bottle shared at home - erupted once opened so unfortunately 1/3 of this ended up on my bar top and in the washing up bowl. In spite of that it poured a clear golden with a fizzy, lively white head which quickly faded away. Aroma of alcohol, orange and lemon with a hint of coriander. Taste is sweet with orange and lemon again. Light body, prickly carbonation and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BazScott (69) - - JAN 30, 2016
Hazy amber appearance. Small head, which quickly disappears. Tingling effervescence on the palate. Sharp, slightly bitter taste. With a bitter grapefruit like aftertaste. This is a really good 9% beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6182) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2015
500ml bottle. Murky amber colour with small to average, frothy, rapidly diminishing, off-white head. Sweet-ish, fruity and slightly bready-grainy aroma, notes of dried fruit, apple, fig, apricot, raisin, hints of baked red appple, a peppery spicy (yeasty) touch. Taste is sweet caramel malty, slightly bready, minimally alcoholic, fruity notes of dried apple, fig, apricot; counterbalanced by a minimally tart fruit acidic touch; viscid, but in no way sticky palate. Rich, flawless, decent Triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
500ml Bottle from the brewery. Pours hazy honey-colour with a very thin, bubbly, off-white head and soft to moderate carbonation. The nose is slightly sweet and predominantly malty with hints of toffee a definite boozy character, and lots of coriander. Herbal coriander flavour comes through too in the flavour as part of a well balanced bittersweet taste. The finish is long and dry to the point of being a little astringent. Loads of Belgian style malt action but as a whole it avoids being too sweet. Another real winner from Durham. 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dutchbeerpages (2182) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2015
As a non-lover of tripels this one has to be one of the best ones I have had in a very long time. Spicy, different, warming, great. Gift from uckelman

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1698) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle from Beer Hawk. Reminded me of my first homebrew attempt at a strong Belgian...boilovers with set up too small for the volume, malfunctioning smack pack, no yeast starter, fermenting bucket sat on a radiator trying to kickstart things...amazingly the beer was drinkable and in some ways tasty but under attenuated, spicy, estery and boozy. And so was this, the Venerable Bede, nice mid amber colour with ballooning head, huge spicy boozy petrol, pear drop estery flavours. Alcohol battering through like a sledgehammer. Too much, at least for my preferences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (3940) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2015
A small taste from a bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours clear golden with a low head. Aroma is sweet malts, honey and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, alcohol, yeast and some hops. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (577) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Hazy golden with some flecks in suspension. I recommend having a second glass handy when opening this; the yeast in mine had been quite busy and the bottle was still foaming over when I ran out of space in my glass! This smells a bit more like a witbier than a tripel. It’s a bit lighter body than a Dutch or Belgian tripel, so it’s clearly an English take on the style. Bit of fruit on the flnish along with the warmth. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
What a brew! Really nice, great marzipan flavour, really nice. But the alcohol is right there in your face, taste a lot highr than 9%... Looks gorgeous

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (4018) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle. Mitchell’s Wines, Sheffield. Slow gusher. Hazy gold. Big, bubnly, white head. Lovely, honeyed caramel aroma. Quite floral. Bit of peachy hop. Underpinned by a soft, Belgian yeast character. Taste is toasty sweet, turning dry. Light bitterness at the end. Rich, full mouthfeel. Doesn’t feel the ABV, though. Quite warming. Finishes soft sweet, turning yeasty dry. Very nice. Super easy drinking.

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