Brewed by Durham
Style: Abbey Tripel
Durham, England


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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9522) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 7, 2013
Bottle: Deep golden with an orangey sheen and a medium-sized, relatively auickly collapsing off-white head, sweet bready-fruity nose with a certain amount of hops in the background; solid sweet-bitter flavour, quite full bodied, but a bit fizzy; drier in the hoppy and bready-fruity finish, a warming alcohol-burn is detectable. Announced as a "Belgian Tripel", but certainly british…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (11834) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2013
500ml bottle (Viisi Pennia, Helsinki)
Love the aroma. Very subtle and soft, but delightful spicy aroma. Not totally belgian, as it veers towards some english ale esters, but not english either. Alas there’s a tiny hint of acetone in the retronasals, but otherwise they’re delightful, spicy grains, real raw malted barley. taste again is a mysterious combination of the english malts and the belgian spiciness. Alas I do see the yeast-piss (alcohol), but the soft warming natural organic mellowness makes it perfectly fitting. This is a great way of getting drunk. It’s not he plan, but at 9% it’s hard to avoid, but you have to forgive it. Lovely gentle graininess, this is why Marris Otter is so in demand. Super balance, and a great see-saw between the belgian and the english. This really is a superb way of getting drunk. I love every sniff and every sip, but I know this way drunkenness lies. 9% in 500ml is danger. Lovely rich body and a super soft wave after wave of mellow malts. Anna thinks I’m done with the review ow, and I don’t want to face it. She’s write.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2013
(Bottle, 0.5 l - BBE May 2015, at Oluttupa Viisi Penniä, 20130324) A gusher. The beer poured amber and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had caramell, malts, Belgian style yeast and fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramell, honey, mildly Belgian style yeast, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and bitter. A very malty English strong ale with a hint of Belgian style yeast. Not a bad beer but not a tripel either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (3573) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark golden, hazy, average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty - some wheat and sugary sweetish aroma, some fruitiness with some citrus, some Belgian yeast. Body is medium to full, malty - some wheat and sweet flavor, some caramel and some fruitiness, light citrus and light alcohol. Finish is average, malty - some wheat and sweetish, some caramel and light citrus, light herbal - grassy hoppyness, light alcohol. Sugary sweet English tripel - why?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ration (2048) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2013
080313. Bottle at home. Pours hazy golden with a nice head. Aroma Belgian yeast, spices, coriander. Full Bodied. Not Bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle. Exploded out of the bottle which didn’t please me. Bronze appearance and full of fruitiness and a body that grabs your attention. Impressive apart from the explosive start.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2013
If you look at a Tripel, you could be forgiven for mistaking it as being a golden pale ale, a West Coast IPA, an English bitter etc. There isn’t a great deal to differentiate the style of beer that awaits within a glass that is golden amber with a whitish head. The first sign of intrigue is the aroma: mandarin lobe, caramel corn, candisugar and other big hints as to the Belgian style. The mouthfeel is of big frothy carbonation and then more subtle undertones of nearly ripe orange citrus like tangelo and tangerine. It suddenly dries on the tongue leaving a shadow of bitterness that seems like it has been vacated by an occupier in a hurry. More reveals more desserty citrus and caramel which leads to a very pleasant tart tatin flavour that endures with burnt toffee. Does it taste like a Tripel? More than most. Would I go for another? Not tonight (and I may have reached my limit), but worthy of further experimentation later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Gushed out, Big puffy head inches deep. Spicy, phenolic aroma, oranges and Belgian yeast. Tastes of more spice, orange and that classic Belgian flavour. Good body, and drinks easier than ABV suggests. Another good Durham beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5217) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, pours a clear golden yellow, spicy aroma, complex flavours, herb, spice, grassy hop, slightly yeasty. Durham makes some quality beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2012
50cl, BB 12/2015, batch#Gyle2252. Dorée/orangée, col blanc disparaissant vite. Arôme fruité avec une présence pêche, feluri houblonné sur des notes légères tropicales et Centennial, qcq ester et ce bouquet fruité fermenté. Palais est fruité, pêche/abricot/tropical orange, le tout est réchauffant avec une pointe d’épice; coriandre et herbacé sur un léger côté sucré collant aux lèvres. Pas mauvaise et une bonne alternative à de nombreuses belges.

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