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

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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"

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3.8
beerplace (2040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2017
Taster at the brewery. Pours a golden with a white head. Aroma is flowery, fruity, and somewhat similar to Belgian Saison. Similar taste that is again very close to Belgian Saison with hoppy bitterness, moderate sweetness and some honey notes. It is decent, but fairly hard to drink even the full taster.

2.7
DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle, shared with Parksy and others. Medium golden, average white head with decent retention. Sweet and boozy with strong yeast esters; precisely the profile of this style that I dislike.

3
Ferris (16499) - 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.

2.2
robinvboyer (4754) - 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.

3.7
Listigovers (1312) - 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.

3.5
Psytron (2500) - 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.

3.2
Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
Yeasty concoction. Not super drinkable unless you share with at least 3 people. LCBO months after xmas.

3.5
jercraigs (10886) - 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.

3.8
Metalchopz (3530) - 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.

3.6
MarkoR (959) - 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.


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