Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
A brett barrel aged tripel with fruit addition (plums). Barrels include second and third use french oak barrels (wine) from Norm Hardie and Tawse with multiple strains of brett and other bugs. Barrel flavour and aroma contribution is predominantly from brett and other bugs + oak. 2012 Version was aged 5 months prior to bottle conditioning. 2014 version was aged 16 months in barrel and with plums for additional 4 months prior to bottle conditioning. 2014 version released on draft Nov 2014. Bottles will be released Dec 2014. Yeast: Trappist
Hop: Hallertau
Malt: Pilsner, Abbey, Wheat, Oats

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Draught at the brewpub
Cloudy amber color, with medium sized creamy head. The aroma of malt is a bit woody, fruity, with delicate vanilla and flowers touch. Smooth mouthfeel; some malt flavor, light fruity and vinous touch, maybe very light vanilla; correct bitterness.
I believe that beers with a different malt profile should be wine barrel aged; this kind of tartness clashes with the spicy malt. A bit over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, beautiful fruity malt with smooth Brett, cork character, ground cherries, lactic acid, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with orange pulp, coriander, smooth Brett, cork, grassy hops, citrus pulp, excellent. On tap at brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9677) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 Enjoyed on tap at Volo Funk Night II. A good sour beer. The plums, thank goodness, are subtle, yet the fruit sourness is right there. The wine is subordinate, so the taste is not dominated by the barreling. Good fruit sugar makes it very drinkable. Very fresh. A good colour. Another bang on target for the style. Had on tap at the brewpub and it was very good balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (9626) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2015
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Nose brings out massive plums upfront, with medium brett and some candied fruit underneath. Flavour is quite complex, with lots of vinous oak notes upfront, followed by peaches, and medium brett funk. Pretty fruity, vinous and oaky. Fairly alcoholic, but not too boozy. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
2012-09-20. Lightly hazy golden dark amber body, small off-white head. 3+ Fairly woody aroma with a bit of alcohol, musty notes, mild fruit and vinous notes. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest woody quality hits at vanilla/tannins, but pleasantly so - less rough than some barrel aged beers. Mild fruity vinous like character, sweet white wine? 7+ Smooth average plus palate. 3+ Pretty nice, very nuanced. Volo Funk Night, Toronto

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Plums, white grapes and citrus fruit wrap themselves around eloquent cereals, while wood and brettanomyces greenness add complexity to an already compelling Wild Tripel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam coats the blond mist.
-The mouthfeel is dry and soft. Drinkability is sky high for such a potent brew.
-As for most Bellwoods creations, the rendering and flavor display are classy and balanced.
-Brettanomyces adds character but doesn’t take over, which I appreciate.
-Can’t wait to try this bottled!

On tap at Siboire, Sherbrooke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8041) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
On tap @ the brewpub, listed as 10%. Cloudy orange-gold. Very funky nose, lightly sour, fruity undertones. Tart plum skins, deep barnyard funk, lightly estery. Would never peg this as a tripel, this is all farmhouse! And so drinkable at 10%, waaaaat! Loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7879) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2015
Bouteille 50cl de et partagée avec Pierre T. Bottle count 1704, no BB date. Dorée présentant un léger trouble, col blanc voire blanc-cassé crémeux et épais. Arôme met d’office le point sur les bretts qui sont bien là. Le tout est accompagné par un léger rétro-nasal rappelant presque un Chardonnay. La prune arrive en toute fin et sans être marquée sur l’étiquette aurait facilement été oubliée. De ce point de vue, je trouve très peu en terme de caractère de triple. Palais est agréable quoique un peu relevé au niveau des 11%. Le point négatif de cette bière réside dans le brett qui est quasi la même souche constamment revue et qui commence à devenir trop redondante. De mon côté je ne trouve rien de nouveau. Bière solide certes, mais ça s’arrête là. Note aussi un léger fini qui peut se rapprocher d’un boisé de Chardonnay et dont le caractère initial de la bière - les prunes - se retrouvent noyées dans la masse et surtout trop en retrait par rapport aux brett. Petite épaisseur de bouche venant de l’avoine, peu en terme de développement des houblons, ici un houblon pourtant très noble et neutre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (7874) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle. Vanilla and cream, fruity, caramel, sweetened condensed milk in the nose. Apple, oak, wine. More plums in the mouth, oak, vanilla, light sourness, more tart than sour. Great fruit, great lactic flavor, yogurt, white wine with oak. Very nice and elegant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
[4794-20120920] Tap. Yeasty sourdough bread aroma. Slightly hazy, orange brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Sour yeasty cookie dough flavour has a lingering yeasty aftertaste. Medium body. Interesting, might be a little young, certainly easy-drinking. (6/3/6/3/14) 3.2
(TBW Funk Night @ Volo, Toronto, ON)

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