I have never seen this at my local Harris Teeter Supermarket before. Well, the other day, I saw this on the refrigerated end cap.. So naturally I bought a bottle. This beer is Westmalle Tripel, and it’s 9.4% ABV. This authentic Trappist Ale, is from Malle, Belgium. This ale is brewed by the Trappist monks at Westmalle. This beer pours a deep gold color with a big four finger thick white head. It’s slowly fades into thick lacing. The aroma is fruity, sweet, and there is a big of clove spices. The taste is fruity , spiced with clove, malt flavor, candy sugar, and slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer comes to a fruity spiced finish. Then comes an aftertaste of clove and bitter fruit. This beer is an fine example of a Trappist Tripel Ale. But I now I find that Chimay is just the slightest bit better. I give this an A-. I would still recommend this. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I’ve had La Fin Du Monde (The End of The World), 9% ABV, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had/reviewed it. So I thought I would rereview it. This beer is a Belgian Golden Tripel from Unibroue in Chambly, Québec, Canada. The brewery named the beer the end of the world because explorers, thought ] they had traveled so far north in what is now known as Canada that they had reached the end of the world, La Fin Du Monde, which is French. This ale pours a dark yellow/golden color with a big four-finger bight, pillowy, fluffy, white head. It’s so slow to fade. The aroma is spiced, fruity, floral, and sweet. This ale has honey, and coriander on the nose. The flavor is mildly hoppy with fruit and grains. There is a sweetness. That is probably from the fruit notes or sugar. There is a bitterness in the middle, toward the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy. Then this beer has a spiced, low bitter finish. The aftertaste is strong and has a tiny bitter note with a hint of sweetness. La Fin Du Monde is so good. I’d give this tripel an A+. If you have not had this Unibroue beer, then your missing out on a magical beer. So yes, I am highly recommending it. It has the best balance of delicious flavors. La Fin Du Monde is the best Belgian golden tripel outside of Belgium. Please be kind, stay safe, and always remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Style Triple Ale, 9% ABV is brewed in Chambly Quebec Canada which is an off-island suburb of Montreal. The Uniborue was purchased by the Sapporo Brewery in 2006 after being bought by Sleeman Breweries LTD in 2004. Now that you’re r up to speed on what I consider to be one of the best breweries, especially for Belgian Style Ale. La Fin Du Monde (End of the World) pours a golden orange color with a two finger thick white slow head. It eventually fades into a little white island in the middle. The aroma is sweet, fruity and spiced. The taste is fruity with orange and some banana. There is a yeast quality to it flavor, as well a spiced noted. The mouthfeel is full, and thick. La Fin Du Monde finishes with an effervescence, because this ale probably has more than normal carbonation. There is a fruity yeast flavor in the finish as well. The aftertaste is just spiced fruit with hints of the yeast. It does linger quite awhile. I’ve had the many times before and might have reviewed it ages ago, but this is still good as always. Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Style Triple Ale is an A. Yes it is strong at 9% ABV but most Belgian Triples are. The flavor does a great job of taking the bigger alcoholic flavor and mitigating them. I highly recommend this one for sure. It never gets old and you can certainly have more that two pints of this without the flavor killing your tastebuds. But the alcohol content may get you first. That worth it for such a taste beer. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Chimay Cinq Cents, 8% ABV, from Baileux, Belgium is a Tripel and is otherwise known as Chimay White, because of its white label. I purchased this from my local Harris Teeter grocery store here. This is a Trappist Ale, brewed by Belgian monks. This Tripel pours a golden color with a four finger thick creamy white snowy head that has slow retention. The aroma is fruity with banana and some yeasted notes The flavor is also banana fruity with nice amounts of effervescence and some cloying yeast flavors. The mouthfeel is medium and has a nice strong but fruity finish. The aftertaste of some light fruity yeast does not stick around for long. Chimay Cinq Cents is a fabulous beer and is well-deserving of an A+. It is a true example of a Belgian Tripel. If you haven’t had this beer then you are missing out. I highly recommended having Chimay Cinq Cents. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Victory Brewing Company (Downington, Pennsylvania) Sour Monkey, 9.5% is a Brett (Brettanomyces) Sour Belgian-Style ale. Victory uses Pilsner malt and Tettnang hops to brew Sour Money which is one variation of Golden Monkey, and there is also Twisted Monkey brewed with Mangos. Sour Monkey pours a golden color with a two and a half finger white head that slowly dissolves into a thin haze giving off sour aromas of some fruit and dryness. The taste is similar to the nose with a nice sizable effervescent with a nice punch of sour with hints of light fruit, spice in the middle probably from the Brett, and a somewhat strong sense of alcohol that comes to a dry spiced finish and a dry but sour aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Victory Brewing Company Sour Monkey is a nice tasty rendition of a Belgian-style Tripel, and I say it’s an A+. Nothing is really overpowering with this beer it nails the style and adds a pleasant Brett sourness to it for on pleasurable drinking experience, one that I think you will surely enjoy. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted on March 8th, 2014.
The Unibroue brewery in Chambly, Québec, Canada is probably one of the best breweries’ to come out of that country. They brew mostly the Belgian style of beer. In my opinion, Unibroue’s beer seems to have a classy aria about them, and have some of the coolest labels on their bottles. Here is one of their fine beers, La Fin Du Monde (The End of The World), 9.0% ABV a Triple. This is a bottle refermented, which means that it goes through another fermentation in the bottle, and yes there is yeast at the bottom of the bottle. La Fin Du Monde pours a hazy light golden color with a thin three finger head that is quick to fade away into light lacing. There are nice amounts of light streaming through the chalice with lots of carbonation bubbles racing to and fro. The aroma is slightly spiced and has a nice scent of a light apple and some pineapple along with a yeast character. The taste is big with lots of light spices, probably coriander, and you do get a nice yeasty fruity flavor that is slightly sweet with a bigger booziness alongside a nice effervescence. The mouthfeel is medium to almost a fuller feel with a nice spicy yet sweet finish that leads into a nice yeasty fruity sweet finish that lingers for a short while, just enough to enjoy. La Fin Du Monde is great from start to finish, so La Fin Du Monde gets an A+. I really love the Triple style of beer very much, and this Unibroue La Fin Du Monde is one of the best in my own opinion. It looks great, smells great, and tastes great. It is a top beer for sure. So go out and try this Unibroue La Fin Du Monde and see what you think of it, I highly recommend you do! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly
Originally posted June 7th, 2014
One traditional method that brewers and breweries have been using for centuries is barrel aging. The Belgians are the best at this, but some of you many to agree but never mind that I am not here to be that argument up on the table. When you age a beer in a certain type of barrel the beer tend to pick up little flavors from the barrel, that barrel could be anything from a whiskey, bourbon, rum, white/red wine, oak, or some other type of wood. But there is no set amount of time in which a beer sits in that barrel. That is up the beer brewery and its brewers. Well that sounds all neat and fancy. Take that wine makers. Here is one example, Allagash Curieux, 11.0% Abv. Curieux is a Tripple ale that has been put into an oak bourbon barrel and aged for eight weeks in Allagash’s cold cellars. Curieux was bottled on March 21st 2014 and there are only one thousand case bottled. This beer sounds a little rare. The aroma on Curieux is nice with touches of a peppery like spice and hints of coconut. Now the taste of Curieux is a bit like a white wine but with a hint of soft peppery like spice. The coconut from the aroma is there but much less present along with vanilla. There is the strong alcohol on the back of your tongue. But the alcohol isn’t huge, nor is it really in your face, its just sort of there and say hello as you take a sip. The mouth feel is close to the bottom end of medium. Curieux has a nice sweet and slightly spiced vanilla finish with a nice hint of the 11% abv. The after taste is an extension of Curieux’s finish with a touch more of smoothness. Over all I thought this beer was good so Allagash Curieux gets a B+. The only thing keeping it from an A is 11% abv. It really has a tiny amount of bitter flavors to it but nothing that would keep me from having Curieux again. I would recommend you try Allagash Curieux and see how you like it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted June 21st, 2015
The Belgian-style Tripel Ale actually stems from part of the brewing process; in which brews use up to three times the amount of malt than a standard Trappist “Simple.” These Tripel Ale tend to have a higher than average ABV percentage, and are generally bottled-conditioned. This means that the beer is bottle with a little bit of yeast; this means that the beer/yeast is still fermenting the sugar. There might be sediment in the bottle. Allagash Brewing Company in Portland Maine brews in the Belgian-style. This is Allagash Tripel Ale, 9.0% ABV, and it comes to this blog from BrewPublik (www.brewpublik.com). Allagash Tripel Ale pours a golden hue with a bright fluffy one and a half finger head that fades quickly into decent lacing. I found some nice amounts of light stream through the glass and there was a nice stream of carbonation bubbles racing from the bottom to the head. There are notes of apples, pears, and faint green grape with honey on the aroma. You can really get a sense of the higher ABV as well as the yeast too. The taste is crisp up front with a fruity apple and pear, and then in the middle you get more of a yeasted note with a slight alcohol flavor that becomes stronger as this beer warms. You get a stronger yeasted alcoholic flavor in the back. But overall it does have a more bubbly taste to it. Allagash Tripel has a medium to almost full mouth feel and a crisp but strong finish with an after taste of a yeasty apple/pear that lingers with a nice alcohol sting. This is a really great beer as much of Allagash beer is. This Tripel Ale is an A+. It is exactly the definition of Belgian-style Tripel Ale. Some Tripel Ales tend to have too much carbonation or not enough yeast characteristics and fall short of being a great beer. But not Allagash Tripel Ale, I highly recommend trying it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Another Beer & Chips Pairing is here with Allagash Brewing Tripel 9.2% ABV & Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar. I have previously reviewed Allagash Tripel and will be posting that review as a Throwback Thursday review this Thursday. These White Cheddar Doritos are light yellow/orange/white hue with spice flecks on them that give you a sharp cheesy, light corn tortilla aroma. Taste of these White Cheddar Doritos is good with a nice sharp Cheddar and mild corn tortilla flavor, but when you add Allagash Tripel it washes out or cleanses your pallet of the Dorito flavors. You just get the yeasted bold flavor of Allagash Tripel. This pairing of Allagash Brewing Tripel & Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar is a C. Separately they are good but together they aren’t that good, average at best. I think a lighter beer would pair better with Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar than Allagash Brewing Tripel. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Tool Beer Ms. Velvet 2018 Edition, 9.0% ABV, from Denmark and brewed in De Proef Lochristi Belgium I picked up from Pop The Top Bottle Shop here in Charlotte. Ms. Velvet is blackcurrant & plum triple ale that pours a red/purple color with a one and a half finger thin white head that fades into a little halo with some lacing, with aromas of bright fruity notes, mostly dark fruits with some slightly alcoholic notes that take you to a dark fruit flavor with slight sour alcoholic notes with some bitterness on the back with a dry dark fruit finish and lingering sour/tart dark fruit dry aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. I like this but I think it’s good as a sour fruit beer and okay just as a Belgian Tripel, I give Tool Beer Ms. Velvet 2018 Edition a B-. The tart dark fruits give this a nice refreshing quality and get through the 9.0% ABV but just a little. I would recommend this but after 3 or four pints you’d be over the fruit and the 9.0% ABV, But it’s a good beer for, just one or two. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly