Whitetooth Brewing Company Trepanation – Tripel at 9% ABV | 40 IBU (C$10.00 at Collective, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 9-Mar-2023, reviewed 19-Mar-2023)
Appearance: clear medium gold with one fat finger of loose pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin cap & ring, moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: orange peel, Belgian esters, candi sugar, cloves & coriander, hint of black pepper. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, slightly sticky warming finish. (3/5)
The label says this is made with Continental Pilsner malt, Saaz and Amarillo hops, and of course candi syrup. It’s been roughly forever since I’ve had a real Belgian Tripel, so I’m a little rusty on the style – but this is no real Belgian Tripel. It’s not bad, but it certainly lacks the polish of the real thing, and in particular finishes a fair bit sweeter than I’d prefer. But, hey, it’s a bomber of high ABV skull splitter, so I’m not exactly complaining. (14/20)
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