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Steamworks Blitzen Christmas Ale

Brewed by Steamworks Brewing (Canada)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Vancouver, Canada


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A strong, fruity, belgian-style trippel.
Our aptly named Christmas Ale is based on the strong beers traditionally brewed by Belgium’s trappist monasteries and has a light golden colour. Because of its high strength this beer has an intensely fruity palate. Up front it has a honeyish sweetness but the finish is dry and champagne-like. On tap until early January.

Silver medal at the World Beer Cup 2014, category "Belgian-style Tripel"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (10513) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
Draft - Sweet fruity yeasts and stone fruit. Clear gold with a decent white head. As it smells, fruit Belgian esters, touch of perfume and not much else. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
robinvboyer (3876) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2015
Pours a clear golden, with a quickly dissipating tiny white head. Aroma of sweet lemon candies, subtle tropical fruit, and strong boozy yeast. Incredibly thin mouthfeel, almost no carb. Very sweet finish, slightly vegetal. This was rough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Hazy gold with a small head. Moderately spicy and slightly dry finish. Fairly light bodied with no alcohol burn, I would drink it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (1725) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Sold as "Steamworks Blitzen Belgian Tripel". Smell of yeast, some hops. Lemon yellow colour, small white head. Aroma of honey, overripe mango, yeast. Finishes with white wine / champagne. Sweet to begin with, slightly sour in the end. Flat carbon, semi-oily texture. Heavy body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
Yeasty concoction. Not super drinkable unless you share with at least 3 people. LCBO months after xmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
2015-04-05. Dark yellow body with a nice white head. 3+ Aroma of sweet pale malt and dryish alcohol. Flavour is similar with a sweet pale malt core, dryish lightly bitter finish. Moderate alcohol character. Smooth average plus bodied palate. Decent, relatively mild for the style but enjoyable. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2954) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
Now called "Blitzen Belgian Tripel". Pours a light golden colour with tiny clear particles that float around, but the overall brew is clear. White head with decent retention and some light creamy lacing. Good spiciness in the taste with the Belgian Ale and fruity-grainy malts. Alcohol is well-hidden with just a slight warmth. Grainy aromas with hints of grass and spices. A real easy-drinking Belgian Tripel that I would have again. Wish I could try this just a little less filtered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoR (864) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden colour with medium white head. Aroma is fruity, grainy malts. Taste is same. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3577) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
Bomber from LCBO via my bro, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear golden with a thin white head. Aroma: Quite fruity from the esters, sweet and honey-like, grainy maltiness, a little spicy, apricots and bubble gum, alright. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly full carbonation with some fine, prickly points. Flav.: Quite a lot of Belgian yeast fruitiness, stone fruits and bubble gum, alcohol is evident, grainy malts; sweet with limited bitterness and a long, fruity, boozy finish.

Thankfully not a spiced Christmas beer. Not a bad Belgian Golden Strong/Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7044) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
[Bottle (650ml)] Pours a clear gold with an average size lasting frothy white head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit, sugar, corn and yeast followed by honey and alcohol. Yeasty, corny flavour along with light hops, a touch of honey, floral notes and a decent bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Average to medium bodied. Easy to drink, not bad at all.

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