The Trinity Series – Half Pints Brewing


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Half Pints Brewing from Winnipeg Manitoba has created a new mixed 6 pack called the “Trinity Series”.  The series includes 3 different beers called The Father (Belgian Dubbel), The Son (Belgian Pale) and the Holy Spirit (Belgian Wit).  The religious overtone of this set probably ties in with the fact that Belgium has so many Trappist Monasteries that brew beer.

The Father (Belgian Dubbel)

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The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruit, earth, malts and yeast.  The flavour is of earth, dark fruits, sweet brown sugar, caramel, roasted malts, some mild bitterness and a very dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.2% and an IBU of 20.  This was my favourite of the three beer in the series as it was a pretty good representation of a style that I really enjoy.

Commercial Description:  Brewed in the Belgian Dubbel style, The Father is our first beer in the Half Pints Holy Trinity series. Brewed using divine inspiration and a combination of Vienna, Dark Crystal, and Biscuit malts, this full bodied ale is hopped with Czech Saaz and Styrian Goldings. The special yeast strain we have used creates the aroma of ripe fruit while an addition of Demerara sugar creates a dry finish which Monastic brewers say lends a “digestible” quality to the beer. Try it with Manitoba Trappist Cheese or with a simple family dinner of baked ham, scalloped potatoes, and honey glazed carrots. Serve at 8 degrees celcius in a wide mouthed chalice. Unfiltered. 20 IBUs.

The Son (Belgian Pale)

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The beer poured a cloudy amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, fruit and Belgian yeast.  The flavour is of banana, mild dark fruits, yeast, malts and some mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 22.

Commercial Description:  Brewed with divine inspiration and a combination of pale 2-row, Vienna, and medium crystal malts, this snappy ale is finished with East Kent Goldings and Czech Saaz hops. A special blend of yeast strains creates a malty, fruity aroma with a decidedly spicy finish. Try it with the Belgian classic mussels and pomme frites or falafel, fresh pita, and roasted garlic Tzaziki. Serve at 6 C. in a wide mouthed chalice. Unfiltered. 22 IBUs.

The Holy Spirit (Belgian Wit)

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The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, citrus and a bit bready.  The flavour is of yeast, wheat, bready, citrus and a mild sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 19.  This beer was well crafted and quite refreshing.

Commercial Description:  Brewed with divine inspiration and a combination of pale 2-row, raw wheat, and oats, this ale is steeped with a complex blend of spices including coriander, Curacao orange peels, and Kaffir lime leaves. It is hopped with Centennial and Czech Saaz for a citrus flower finish. Beneath the bright white head, the cloudy golden body holds a surprising depth of flavours with pepper, grapefruit, and a vibrant acidity. Serve at 6 C. in a tumbler. Unfiltered. 19 IBUs.

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This was a very interesting project and I was quite happy to be able to sample one of the 6 packs myself.  Keep up the good work Half Pints! I also love the fact that they had a beautiful glass made up for this series that was available for purchase at the brewery.

Commercial Description for 6 pack:  Brewed with divin inspiration, Half Pints Trinity series is a beer lover’s pilgrimage into the variety and complexity of Belgian beer.  Using a special yeast blend from two distinct Belgian monasteries we created The Father, a strong and fruity Belgian Dubbel.  We then harvested the yeast from The Father which begat The Son, a snappy Belgian Pale.  This same yeast concoction was then taken from The Son and used once again which begat The Holy Spirit, a heavenly spice Belgian Witbier.  On the Seventh day, we tested.

Dubbel – Red Collar Brewing


From Red Collar Brewing out of Kamloops comes their “Dubbel” their take on a Belgian style Dubbel.  The beer pours a deep ruby colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, dark fruits and some chocolate.  The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and some yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 23.  I wouldn’t say that this is a typical Dubbel from my experience but I did quite enjoy it and it will drive me to try more beer from this brewery.

Commercial Description:   Originating as a traditional Belgian Trappist style beer, rich in coffee, chocolate and toffeenotes.  Red Collar Dubbel is brewed with Kamloops soft water, Belgian malt, German hops and a blend of Belgium Trappist yeasts. Unpasturized, unfiltered, naturally carbonated and vegan friendly.

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Game Of Thrones Valar Morghulis – Brewery Ommegang


From Brewery Ommegang out of Cooperstown New York comes the latest in the HBO Game Of Thrones series of beer the “Valar Morghulis” a Belgian Dubbel.  The beer pours a brown colour with red hues and a tan head.  The aroma dark fruits, yeasty, malts and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of dark fruits, candied sugar, malts, yeasty, cherries, bitterness and spices.  The alcohol content comes in at 8%.  Not the best Belgian Dubbel I have had but it is still pretty good and worth a try.

Commercial Description:  Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first four seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.  In the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means “all men must die.” Fans of the hit HBO show chose the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. As part of a Facebook poll, fan voting determined the style and name of the next beer. An Abbey Dubbel was selected and it is perfectly represented by the “two- headed” coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the “Faceless Men of Braavos” – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearances at will.

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Dubbel Trubbel Rum & Raisin Belgian Dubbel – Central City Brewing (Dec 24, 2014)


Beer Advent Calendar 2014

The last beer in the Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Craft Beer Advent Calendar was a collaboration between Parallel 49 Brewing and Central City Brewers & Distillers.  This collaboration was brewed at Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) and was a “Dubbel Trubbel Rum & Raisin Belgian Dubbel”.  The beer pours a brown colour with very minimal head.  The aroma consists of rum, raisins, malts, sweet sugar and an earthy finish.  The flavour is of rum, raisins, dark fruit, chocolate, malts, semi sweet and some earthy finish.  The alcohol content came in at 6.5%.  I was happy to find this collaboration to be a very tasty and interesting beer.  The rum and raisins really added a nice touch to this one.

Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown 2014

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Belgian Dubbel – Lake of the Woods Brewing Co.


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From Kenora Ontario’s Lake of the Woods Brewing Company comes their “Belgian Dubbel”.  This beer pours a deep copper colour with and off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, dark fruits and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of malts, dark fruits, marshmallows, sweetness, candied sugar and an overall hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  This is just another tasty brew coming out of Kenora Ontario.  If you are as stupidly lucky as me to be able to get this beer in the west you should also feel lucky.

Commercial Description:  The style of beer originated at Belgian monasteries in the middle ages. The flavours give the impression of a complex grain bill but it is actually quite simple. Extra special roasted malt and a higher than normal fermentation temperature provide fruity and marshmallow flavors.

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