Dogfish Head Big As Tripel

Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Milton, Delaware USA
10.6% Abbey Tripel | 1 Rating | 73 IBU | Special Release |
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.

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
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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