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Alley Kat 15th Anniversary Belgian Style Tripel

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Formerly brewed at Alley Kat Brewing Company
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Edmonton, Canada

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Second in our series of 15th anniversary beers, this bottle conditioned Belgian style tripel is brewed using Ardennes yeast. The result is an effervescent, mildly fruity beer with a peppery finish. We hope you’ll enjoy our take on this classic style.


pintbypint's rating

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2582) - Edmonton, Alberta, - MAY 15, 2010
650ml brown bottle. Pours a very clear for a bottle conditioned brew. Golden with a small, fast fading rocky white cap. Nose is sweet, hints of banana. Flavour is sweet, fruity with notes of honey and cloves, notes of alcohol, yeasty bite at the end. Yeast aftertaste with some light bitterness. Medium body with a tight, fine beaded carbonation. The sweetness cuts into the drinkability.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
Realized I hadn’t migrated this rating over from my old school written ratings. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head; some yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Sweet, yeasty aroma. Tastes very malty, moderate earthy bitterness, with some yeast notes

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4141) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
650mL bottle poured cloudy golden color with big white head and some lacing. Aromas of yeast and banana. Taste is lightly sweet with banana and spices. Carbonation is abundant and body is light to medium. Overall, a milder Belgian Tripel style beer which is quite easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
Bottle from 2010 or 2009. Pours golden colored with a foamy head at first. recedes to a bit of a film with some nice lacing. Aromas of clove,spice,orange peel and yeast. Taste is very mellow. Some bitterness and spice at first. Some ripe fruits and yeast follow. Tangy and carbonated palate. Slight aging helped this one out tremendously.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
In short: A sweet tripel with flavor focussing on bananas. Ok beer, a bit below average for the style
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed approximately 8 months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by Vertical Bacon Strip, thanks a lot Jeff
The look: Clear blonde body with some very small particles topped by a persistent small white head
In long: Nose has a lot of bananas over freshly cut straws and some countryside flowers. Taste is dominated by sweet bananas. I remember as a kid I would cut bananas in slices and dipped them in white sugar. That’s exactly what the dominant taste of this beer was. Also some fresh straws, dried pineapples and flowers. Body and carbonation was surprisingly spot on and very lively just like I would expect from a real Belgium tripel. Very easy to drink despite being a bit on the sweet side, I went through my bomber pretty quickly. Nothing special about this beer, just another beer I drank because I had nothing else to do. They say drinking beer just because you’re bored is one of the worst thing you can do but I think stabbing baby Pandas must rank pretty high too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2011
Hazy deep golden color. Light hopped nose that has hints of bready notes and oranges. Full bodied smooth mouth but not overly complex. Very rounded. A bit hoppier than most Triples. Very approachable, but won’t drive Belgian beer geeks to wild.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
[3614-20110225] Light Belgian yeast aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. More Belgian yeast in the flavour with a lingering yeast aftertaste. Medium body. Tasty! Simple. (7/4/7/3/15) 3.6
Overheard: "Which one’s the Doom?" -- little boy looking at board game cards
(w/ Bobsy, jerc, sstackho)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7691) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
2011-02-25. Lightly hazy golden body, with a modest beige head. 3+ Aroma of sweet pale malt, light alcohol. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet pale malt core with a light note of brown sugar/candy sugar, brief hint at honey, light alcohol. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate. Fairly simple but rather enjoyable example of a tripel. Bottle c/o Vertical Bacon Strips

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2311) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
Thanks to paco for this. Pours a cloudy light golden with a big frothy head. Aroma is yeast, wheat and a little banana. Taste is nice body with yeast and wheat predominate with banana and a little spice in the aftertaste. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
What? This is a pretty good beer! Clear golden brew with the classic colossal foam up on every pour, white cap and disaster glass. The aroma is very nice and very fresh - citrus and pepper, banana, warm pineapple, licorice that is not powerful and a bit of yeast. Drinking this is pretty freaking easy. No supper for me makes head spinny. Mild all around yet it’s got what I want. Mainly a buzz. I figure in half an hour I’ll be lying in a ditch somewhere. Gotta get my ’Drunk Creep’ medical bracelet on before I forget. Banana (not strong), yeast, pepper, bit of earth?, bit of alcohol which is fine. Not a hell of a lot more. Not overly complex but that works well on a lot of occasions. Every sip feels and tastes good going in. This review is live, I’ve been sitting on this brew for a bit. Nice mouth feel - quite carbonated, smooth, nice soft spice on the finish. I’d venture to say that Ak did well here and they would brew with as a regular.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
22 oz. bottle (courtesy of a trade with korguy123) into a snifter. Poured a lemon-gold with a two-inch head that settled into a coating. Lacing was light but present throughout. Nose was lemon, pineapple, banana and some alcohol. Yeast was well back but present. Taste was banana, pineapple, yeast, some spice (probably pepper) in the finish. As this can be sweet, especially to start, I was worried I was not going to be a fan, but the nice dryer, spicier finish saves it. Actually, though I am not a huge fan of the style, this was quite nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and not overly carbonated and the finish and nice warming makes this beer one I will absolutely want to try again.


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