Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Kasteel Tripel

Triples are known to be strong, yeasty and malty. Tripels Pale in comparison to other Belgian styles, but with a more notable hop profile.

Brewery: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Beer: Triple
Style: Belgian Triple
ABV: 11.0%
Price: About $3.89 USD

This beer pours hazy yellow/orange with a dense white head. Aroma is malty sweet and yeasty, with notes of fruits and spices. Flavor is "in your face" cloves, oranges, coriander and yeast. This beer has a certain complexity to it. The spices seem perfectly balanced. Phenomenal across the board. I almost want to believe this beer could end wars. The sensations my brain is receiving are surreal, if my mouth could orgasm, it would have done so at least ten times now. Palate is light, carbonation is lively. Flavor wise, the alcohol isn't detectable until the beer warms. Your stomach will know otherwise : )

Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 5/5
Taste: 9/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall: 17/20
Final Score: 43/50

Hoppin' Frog's Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Style Red Ale

Out of all of the styles of beer, the Scotch Ale is one that never seems to grow tired on my palate. There's just something about it's bold maltiness that excites my taste buds time and time again.

Brewery: Hoppin' Frog
Beer: Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Style Red Ale
Style: Scotch Ale
ABV: 8.2%
IBU: 23
Price: $7.99 per 22oz bottle

This beer pours a clear deep amber/red color with a thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, more caramel, malt, and slightly fruity. Flavor is very sweet, with some caramelization and a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Body is medium with a slightly oily texture and light carbonation. As this beer warms the alcohol becomes more evident.

Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

Final Score: 37/50

This beer may not perfectly fit the Scotch Ale category, I didn't really get any roasty notes on this beer. Ignoring the style constrains for the scoring this is a fantastic beer.