Brewed by Durham
Style: Abbey Tripel
Durham, England


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RATINGS: 121   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1920) - 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 (4392) - 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 (707) - 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. Its a bit lighter body than a Dutch or Belgian tripel, so its 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 (4640) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle. Mitchells 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. Doesnt feel the ABV, though. Quite warming. Finishes soft sweet, turning yeasty dry. Very nice. Super easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (1063) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
750ml bottle to accompany Christmas dinner. Stood in the cellar for a week+ previous. Popped the stopper, big foamy rush, poured into Hoegaarden tulip. Butterscotch peach and orange aroma. Hazy orange brown with an assertive off-white head. Citric hop flavour, prominent alcohol. Medium bodied astringent finish. Good with the rich flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5912) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle @ Appellation Comely Bank tasting. From the brewery. Appearance - amber to light brown with a proportionate head, which then falls away a little quickly. Nose - bready, with dried fruit. Light biscuits in the background. Taste - more of the same. It tastes quite light given its 9%. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy yet crunchy texture and a dry balanced finish. Overall - its decent and the alcohol is well hidden. Maybe could go a bit more complexity though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (11662) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours pale amber, nose is vanilla, caramel, taste is fizzy, custard, toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (9810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Pours clear amber, thin white head. Aromas of vanilla, spice. Taste is creamy, some fruit notes. Sweet finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eritarka (9) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
500ml bottle, a cloying caramel sweetness that overpowers quite a bit, would possibly go well with some sharp blue cheese to cut through it. Would recommend to share a bottle of this size though.

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