Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Belgian Brewery's Trippel Belgian Ale

Hi pals. New Belgian Brewery is in Colorado, Fort Collins in fact. Their flagship is the Fat Tire but they have tons of beers, like over 10 on a semi-regular basis and a handful of experiments that they conjure up. The started it around 1989 and began mass producing two years later. So the rest is history.

This beer is their Trippel, the Belgian one. It's pretty tame at 25 IBUs and will knock you on your lilly with an ABV of 7.8%. Most Belgians beers are pretty tough, which is why I usually end up wandering around the streets of Sharpsville after a few. The use Saaz, Target and Liberty hops and Victory, Munich and Pale malts. And they toss in some coriander in there. I don't like the taste of coriander but I like the name. It's like the spice's accordion. The taste is a sour, Belgian style. Hints of coriander and a dry finish. It's fragrance is a bitter mistress. Belgians always remind me barleywines, or if you put a beer and white wine in the same glass, it probably has the same strength! It's crystal clear with minimal, white head.

I got this guy as part of a sampler. They had 12 beers for $15 which isn't as bad as a kick to the balls, or slap to the breasts if you're a babe. But I'd shovel these to other people at a get-together and leave more room for other stuff. It's not bad for a Belgian but I don't like Belgians. Not many other big name breweries have Belgians on their regular roster, so it is a bit of a treat, I guess.

Other New Belgium Reviews:

Ranger IPA
Fat Tire
Winter Ale
Pale Lager

Drinkability: 4/10
Taste: 5/10
Value: 4/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 4.75/10

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