America goes Belgian……

Of course with mixed results. When most people think of Belgium what comes to mind? Chocolate, fries, or waffles maybe? Until Belgian based international beer giant Imbev purchased Anheuser Busch, most people in this country were unaware that the Belgians loved their beer. While the folks at Imbev have been not so slowly dumbing down beer palates around the world, the rest of the country has been keeping their long held beer traditions alive. With any great beer styles, there are bound to be imitators. Several breweries in this country have tried their hand at those classics. Some have succeeded: Brewery Ommegang, Allagash, and New Belgian just to name a few. Its been my sad experience that most breweries in this country just don’t get it. Here is a recent classic example:

Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer: Trippel
Style: Trippel
ABV: 8.5%
Rating out of 5: 3.35
Reviewed on: 09-23-2008

Appearance: Cloudy gold with an off white head. The head is short lived and falls to a ring.Leaves some lacing.

Smell: Has some some spice to it, clove mostly. There is a touch bubblegum yeast. Also some citrus in the background.

Taste: Fruity , apple and pear. Plenty of yeastiness. Dry powdery finish.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, with a light, by style comparison, carbonation.

This beer falls short. It lacks the true Belgian character. The yeast seems to be light on the classic aromas and flavors. The alcohol starts to hinder its drinkability. There are plenty of other trippels worth drinking above this one.

Serving type: bottle

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~ by thebrewgeek on Friday, October 3, 2008.

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