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Dogfish Head Big As Tripel


Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Milton, Delaware USA
Style: Abbey Tripel | Ratings: 1 | Special Seasonal | Alcohol: 10.6%
The big bro of Lil Hoppy, Big As Tripel is a high octane Belgian style Abbey Tripel. This is a style that originated in Belgium sometime around the World Wars, most likely to compete with the growing popularity of the light Pilsner style that was beginning its domination of the world beer market (which still lasts to this day). The Trappist brewery Westmalle has set the standard for the style since they named their strong pale ale Tripel in the 1950s. Like its less formidable sibling, this one was brewed with all certified organic malts, and then hopped more aggressively than the traditional style with American varieties to help balance the fruity esters produced from the yeast. The aroma is full of bubble gum and tropical esters, with hints of booze. The flavors follow suit with lots of tropical fruit up front, some bready malt and herbal hops, and then a lingering spiciness derived from the combination of alcohol and bitter hops. This one is definitely better after warming a bit once served, letting more of the malt and hop flavors break through the fruit overtones and alcohol.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam. Click on a term below to add it to your tasting notes.

Malt
caramel, bread, hay, cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, roasty

Hops
resin, floral, grass, spruce, citrus, herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough, barnyard, cheese, basement aromas, leather, earthy, leaves

Other
alcohol, banana, bubblegum, butterscotch, clove, cooked vegetables, cough drop, ginger, licorice, raisin, rotten eggs, soy sauce, skunky, smoke, vanilla, woody
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