Throwback Thursday: Boulevard Brewing Somkestack Series Long Strange Tripel

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In American, almost everything originates from some other country, and that is even truer when it comes to beer/craft beer. The first beer to be brewed here in this nation was from England and later from German and Czechoslovakia. Just look at some of the beer styles on your local beer store shelves and you can find, an IPA, and English style, Weizen, a German-style, Trappist, a Belgian style, and so forth. American breweries brew all the styles. Today’s beer is no different, Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri) Smokestack Series Long Strange Triple, 9.0% ABV. A Tripel (a Belgian style ale) is referring to the brewing process in which brewers use up to three times the amount of malt than Trappist. Long Strange Tripel pours a darker semi-hazy gold color with a big three and a quarter white rocky/fluffy head that really stay a while and leaves big thick lacing behind. I found little light coming through due to the hazy nature of this beer and found little, but some carbonation bubbles are there as well. The aromas on this Tripel are big with apple fruits and a bit of lemon, with a nice spice note. I also found a bit of coriander, but that was a faint aroma at best. I could smell the aromas of this from were away, and not just when I put my nose to the goblet, and it is an awesome smelling beer. The taste of Long Strange Tripel is big with lemon and apple fruit with a slight spicy peppery like note. You do taste the high ABV (9.0% ABV) on this, more so as it warms up. But it’s not enough to make you stop from drinking it. There isn’t much of the faint coriander in the taste, there is, however, is little zesty zing from the lemon/apple on the back of your tongue. The mouthfeel is medium but does finish well with a slight spice not and bit boozy. The aftertaste is sweetly fruity with a hint of carbonated spice. So this, Long Strange Tripel that I took is getting an A+ from me. This is a really awesomely crafted Belgian style Tripel. It was refreshingly great, and I highly recommend you try this beer!! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

Catawba Brewing Co. LD’s Belgian Tripel Ale

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In Belgium, strong golden ales are traditionally named after forces of evil, so this Catawba Brewing Company LD’s Belgian Triple Ale, 10.0% ABV shares its initials with the brewery says is the meanest little guy in the Catawba family, LD a.k.a. Long Dog, a.k.a. Little Devil, this is a dog of course. LD’s Belgian Triple Ale pours a sunset orange with a little yellow on the edge with a one and a half finger of white fizzy head that quickly to disappear giving aromas of a slight fruity banana with a bit of a sour yeasted note that flows to a similar taste of banana, slight sourness with some yeasted notes and a strong boozy note towards the rear of the mouth with a nice strong bubbly finish and an aftertaste of slight semi-sweet banana with clove bits and a medium mouthfeel. Catawba Brewing Co. LD’s Belgian Triple Ale isn’t the best Belgian Triple but it’s a B+. I enjoyed this ale and found it to not feel like a 10.0% beer, but close. It was a bit refreshing here and there and yes I would recommend trying it and would have it again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Berry Monks Belgian Tripel

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This beer, Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Beery Monks, 9.3% ABV Belgian Tripel brewed with cranberries, orange peel, and ginger is a fruited version of their Merry Monks Belgian Tripel. Berry Monks pours a bright orange color with a two finger that is gone before you even see it’s there giving you a weird aroma of gingery cranberries with faint orange notes. The aroma on this is a bit medicinal smelling and the flavor is sour/tart with orange, cranberry, and big ginger notes that do not seem to meld well with one another. The flavor is a bit like berry medicine with a tart and slightly sour ginger finish with a sour bitter aftertaste that lingers too long with a light mouthfeel. You really don’t taste the 9.3% ABV because it’s masked by all the flavors that aren’t so good, I give this a D-. Cranberries and ginger shouldn’t go together and it made an off-putting flavor that makes for a bad beer and I don’t recommend Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Beery Monks, I won’t be having this again. Blah! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!      

Sugar Creek Brewing Company Atmosphera Tripel

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I have recently gained a new appreciation for the Sugar Creek Brewing Company here in Charlotte North Carolina, over their beer dinner at Reid’s Fine Foods a couple weeks back, and which I put a post up about that. This is Atmosphera Tripel, 9.7% ABV. This beer is found in a big champagne type bottle. Atmosphera Tripel pours a deep orange murky color with a one and a half finger of clear/white head that quickly fades away, leaving behind an aroma of boozy sweet fruits and a slight yeast note. Atmosphera has a strong alcoholic note as well. Taste is fruity at first then you get a slight yeast like note, then you get a bit of the alcohol come in but it slightly smooth on the back of the mouth that gives you a slightly boozy fruit finish and a sweet after taste of the fruits. This doesn’t drink like a beer that is 9.7% ABV, but it still drinks bit strong. I give Atmosphera Tripel an A+. Atmosphera is as good as the Belgian Tripels if not better. I like to see breweries in the US brew great Belgian style beer, especially here in Charlotte. I recommend you pick up a bottle and try it! Atmosphera is a beer that I would bring as gift to a dinner party, classy looking, tasting, and local. Trifecta! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!