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Brewed by Durham
Style: Abbey Tripel
Durham, England

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6739) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle, that once opened, threatened to gush but only emptied its neck down the side of the bottle before I got it into the glass. Needless to say, this beer is GASSY. Medium honey colour, crazy white crown that actually collapses rather quickly and doesn’t leave any lace. Aroma is sweet, more like peaches-in-syrup than fresh peaches, and lightly phenolic. The flavours seem simple and overly sweet to me, with the same fruit character and a little spice. Mild bitterness in the finish. I’m not a fan of tripels in general, and this one seemed mediocre at best.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2012
A clear golden colored beer, with a small foamy white head. The aroma of some fruits with notes of hops. The taste of a lot of fruits, like peaches, malts with a nice hop bitter. The aftertaste is bittersweet.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours a golden amber colour with a slim head. Aroma is citrus orange with a spicy Belgian yeast. flavour is buttery sweet alc. with a dry bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via The Dram Shop. Hazy greyish apricot appearance. Intense orange rind citrus aroma, heavy fruit with peach, nectarine, and some prune. Sweet, very little alcohol detectable for the strength. Coriander and honey on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10226) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle conditioned, 500ml from Westholme Stores, Goring, Oxon. Hazy orange gold with slight head. There is a heavy yeasty note along with the spices and a hefty wallop of alcohol. Some sweetness, fruity, esters, but the spice and corriander dominate a little. Heavy on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2011
500ml bottle pours a golden color with about 2 fingers of white head with some good retention eventually leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is light malts and some fruit with a hint of yeast and coriander. Taste is light malty sweetness enhanced with fruit and spices and yeast with some hop bitterness. A really nice tripel which left me in good spirits upon completion.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3275) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2011
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at Colin and the Vikings.
Appearance: Hazy dark golden colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Fruit, malt, caramel, some alcohol.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, spices, yeast. Bitter finish and some alcohol that shines through.
----- Original rating 2011-09-11 - 7/4/6/1/15 Bottle at Monks Sveavägen Stockholm. Amber colour with an off-white head. Fruity aroma. Sweet somewhat citric flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2432) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle. Gold with a white head. Aroma of light sugars, oranges and spices, light dough. Subdued sweetness with caramel, peaches, orange, biscuit, vanilla, coriander, white pepper, cloves. Alcohol very well hidden. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel beneath the yeast. Maybe the coriander’s a bit much towards the finish. Very English malt touches but very much a Tripel - and a good one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle, split with mcberko. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a dense foamy head. Aroma of citrus, coriander, some tropical fruits, honey, spice and yeast. Flavour of yeast, spice, coriander, herbal, citrus and funk. Dry, spicy, lovely flavours. Nice and light, yet full-bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5443) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2011
50cl, as Bede’s Chalice, English brew, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex brew, sweet/spicy and slightly fruity, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, rocky head, good brew


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