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


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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"

DeanF's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeanF (1746) - Nunavut, - JAN 4, 2014
Has a very faint and sweet Belgian ale aroma. Appearance is a boring yellow with no head. Flavour is icky adjuncys and sweetness with very slight hop notes. Okay mouthfeel. It’s a very awkward style Belgian ale, best avoided.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1216) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottom from LCBO. Spicy light malty aroma. Flavour is good, but pretty light. Spicy, with honey notes. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2591) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours clear straw gold with a thin white wisp. Aroma is somewhat fruity and yeasty. Taste is nice straw grain with a light fruit and yeasty esters. Really well balanced and put together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bendrixian (1212) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Pours fairly clear honey like colour. Fairly muted aroma with esters, light vanilla quality and some yeasty lemon pie note. Quiet palate, some bite has a yeasty quality but man this one is disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jksipa (442) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Slightly cloudy light gold with just a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Nose of yeast, banana, bubblegum, honey cloves and light cinnamon. Lightly sweet honey start with a bit of fruit tartness displaying apple, pear and some green grape. Spice is understated and unobtrusive. Medium slick mouth with soft carbonation. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2634) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden colour with small white head. Aroma is tree fruit, white grape, spice and bready malt. Flavour is under ripe apple and pear, vinous white wine character, doughy bread and a little clove. Some alcohol also apparent. Drying finish. Not the craziest, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2001) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
650 mL bottle. Nice golden colour, but just a film of head. Sharp aroma of unripe pears, honey and booze. Boozy in the mouth as well, and again, lots of orchard fruit. Not too sweet. A tad thin, despite the booze. Boozy bitterness in the finish. Dry. Well carbonated. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alpha10 (381) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
2015/01/17 - Pours a clear golden straw colour, with a thin, white head that disappears immeadiately. Appears to have low carbonation. Aroma is Belgian yeast, apple, clove, mild bubblegum and sweet, doughy malt. Taste is yeast, apple, clove, bubblegum, vinous tones, and doughy malt. Slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is light to medium with dull carbonation and a drying, white wine like finish. Balance seemed off. Ok, but I would not revisit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (517) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
An offbeat style for a typical Winter seasonal so cheers to that. Handsome glass filling clear blonde with a frothy snow white topper. A nose buried into this reveals notes of white wine, grass, herbal and spicy hops, peaches, light basement and fruity, bready yeast. A dip into a sip conjures up sweet honey blended with the aforementioned scents, melded into a dry finishing, lightly spiced warmer with very little booze taste. The more I sip this the more I enjoy it, it’s not your standard Tripel. Mid-low carbonation makes it a bit tougher to get through the slight syrupy texture. Overall a pretty tasty brew and interesting choice for the season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (566) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden yellow colour with no head. Very fruity aroma, mandarin orange with a little Belgian yeast and subtle spices. Flavour is the same, but fairly simple and not very well balanced. Very little bitterness, a little one-note. Somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sam_rates_beer (23) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
Fruity scents, full thick flavour like skiing through snow. It's great to be on the mountain but it would be nice if there was powder.

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