Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review - Elysian Bete Blanche Tripel - 7.5%abv

If I owned a brewery, I'd probably want it to be a lot like Elysian Brewing. Based in Seattle, Elysian has been turning out amazing beer since 1996. The Wise ESB and The Immortal IPA are favourites of mine, and their unusual Avatar Jasmine IPA, made with actual jasmine flowers, is definitely worth a try. Not only do I love Elysian's beer, but their marketing is awesome too. Their branding revolves around mythology, the brewery's name itself referring to the Elysian Fields, an ancient Greek afterlife reserved for the heroic. Most of their beer names follow this trend, but not so with their Spring seasonal tripel, Bete Blanche. This beer's name seems to be a twist on the French expresion bete noir, meaning something dangerous or fearful.

Names aside, this beer is a brilliant bright gold, and pours with a fine, white head. It has a fruity aroma that is dominated by banana. This aroma carries straight into the flavour of spicy banana, that seems to permeate so many North American brewed Belgian-style beers. For what it is, this beer is very drinkable, especially considering it's 7.5% abv, and if you enjoy a banana dominated taste then you'll probably really like this beer. Personally, I have too many bad memories of not being able to get rid of the taste of the bubblegum/banana of a  Rickard's White, to enjoy this flavour all that much, so I won't be buying it again.
Rating: Good

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