Belgian Tripel

Sint Canarus Tripel

Beer No. 45 – Sint Canarus Tripel

Massive fan of this style. When done right, there are few better. This one, however, simply fails to wow.

STYLE: Belgian Tripel

ABV: 7.5%

LOOK: Poured into my Orval goblet. Years after my first experience, I’m still fascinated by these cloudy Belgians. The color, a dirty orange.

NOSE: Atypical. And I’m not sure I mean that in a good way. It reminds me more of a Euro Pale Lager than a sweet, complex treat. I might have wasted the wide glass on this one. Bready, canned, and light earth. Really really surprised by the lack of fruit, sweet malts, and general balance.

MOUTH: Unsweetened banana bread, lagerish, soggy. If people are harder on those they expect more from, maybe I’m not quite the cynical contrarian I fancy myself to be. Again, I love this style. But I honestly feel like I can say this tastes too much like the brownish water in canned green beans. The rest is maybe irrelevant, though the curious might want to know anyway: medium weight, decent mouthfeel, dry finish. There, am I done now?

Beeradvocate Rating: 81*

ratebeer Rating: 78

Hayward Abbey Rating: 68

* Based on a relatively insignificant 29 reviews.

Five-Ounce Pours

*** AB InBev misses earnings expectations, “goes flat.” Marketing costs for Lime-A-Rita, which apparently is a real thing, are killing them. [Reuters]

*** Bristol Brewing to release 750ml Belgian-style Dubbel and Tripel. Feel free to send some to me. [equities.com]

*** Bulge bracket beer makers consolidating even more. Don’t worry boomers, your Euro Pale Lagers will stay as watery as ever. [Businessweek]

*** Bloomberg Putin says New York Russian beer taxes could rise again. You know, for the children. [Reuters]

*** Homebrewers can share their beer with friends and family at home, but don’t you fucking dare do it in public. Beer, the new public urination. [CBS Chicago]

St. Bernardus Tripel

Beer No. 33 – St. Bernardus Tripel

Historical context, like many things, can be good in moderation. I’m most definitely interested in partaking of this bottle-conditioned beaut right here, today. But I also believe it’s worth pointing out that, at least according to scholars at the brouwerij, the St. Bernardus family of beers owes its stellar foundation to ancient rainfall, buried 150 meters below ground, and the canonized tears of Jeanne d’Arc.

STYLE: Belgian Tripel

ABV: 8%

LOOK: Pours a hazy, amber-orange base that won’t win any beauty contests. Not that it really matters because the head is to die for. Literally, when the world finally tires of this beer vivant’s act, I want to be buried in this shit. It’s a two-finger foam pillow, so flat, so inviting.

NOSE: It’s Belgian, yeah, but should I be getting more? Marshmallows, yes, and some citrus rind too … maybe lemon, probably orange.

MOUTH: Fuck yeah. Powdered sugar, clove, apricot, Fruit Stripes, pineapple upside down cake. Restrained Belgian yeast. If it weren’t for the excellent head it might be a little light. But all together the weight, it’s perfect. Not to sip, not to chug, just to enjoy.

Beeradvocate Rating: 94

Hayward Abbey Rating: 94