At 17 (Tap 13) – Torchlight Brewing

From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “At 17 “(Tap 13).  This beer is a Belgian style Tripel brewed with apples that resided on their Tap 13 an unlabeled tap in the brewery.  The series of beers are named like the periodic table of elements with a big letter then a small letter and then a number.  Very few bottles are packaged of these beers  and I was absolutely lucky to get a bottle in trade from the owners.  The beer poured a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, apples, lots of fruit and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, apples, fruity notes, candi sugar, hint of spices, very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.1%.  This Belgian Tripel is really tasty and does not suffer from the overly sweet notes that many do for me.  I’m sad to say you will likely never be able to try this but I hope you will consider heading out to Nelson to check out the brewery and maybe get lucky enough to try something from Tap 13.


Tripel Abbey Style Ale – Torchlight Brewing

From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Tripel Abbey Style Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mango, melon, peaches, grapefruit candied sugar and sweetness.  The flavour is of toffee, candied sugar, fruit, mango, melon, peaches, grapefruit, coriander, mild earth, vanilla and mild alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 38.  Some Tripels are really overly sweet but this one is not.  The flavour is great and I wish I could get more bottles.

Commercial Description:  This Abbey style ale was made with Belgian Candy Sugar made right here at Torchlight Brewing. The result? A smooth, malty beer that hides its big ABV. Perfect celebration beer!


Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale – Category 12 Brewing

From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale” a Belgian Tripel with their home made Belgian amber Candi sugar.  The beer pours a cloudy deep amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, candied sugar, sweetness, yeast and alcohol.  The flavour is of dark fruits, earth, candied sugar, caramel, toffee, sweetness, yeast, hops bitterness and some resin in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.6% with an unspecified IBU.  This beer is basically a West Coast Belgian Tripel with candied sugar.  If this sounds good to you then it will be right up your ally.  I usually find Belgian Tripels to sweet so this was a nice change for me.

Commercial Description:  At 9.6% ABV, Transmutation has been a labour of love to make one of our personal favourites, for without it we would likely not have a brewery (it is Karen’s love of Belgian beer, and this beer in particular, that acted as a gateway into both beer and the eventual support of a massive career-switch… we’re not sharing how many glasses that took!) Our family day weekend consisted of hours of making our own Belgian amber Candi sugar, which imparts both an amazing colour and amped-up ABV without increasing body.  Combined with triple the amount of malt that goes into a standard Trappist “Single”, you’ll find this beer complex, spicy, and fruity with a sweet finish.  We use a generous amount of Noble and Northwestern hops, which are balanced by the malt to create a full, creamy mouth feel.  Deceptively potent and delicious, it’s a very limited run, so get it while you can!


The Hobbit: Bolg Belgian Style Tripel – Central City Brewers & Distillers

Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers.  These beer are not their own creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC.  Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “Bolg Belgian Style Tripel”.  The beer pours an orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of fruits, melons and some yeast.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, melon, citrus, citrus rind,  mild hops bitterness and an alcohol warmth.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 35.  It may not be the typical Belgian Tripel but it was well worth the purchase.  This beer was again much better than the movie.

Commercial Desciption:  An Orc chieftain who ruled for 150 years, Bolg seems like the kind who would drink his grog of choice and no one would tell him otherwise; however, this flavorful strong BelgianTripel(8% alc./vol) may be too refined for this otherwise gruesome character.


Thor’s Sunstone – Odin Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club October 2013 Box

From Odin Brewing out of Seattle Washington USA comes the “Thor’s Sunstone” a Belgian-Style Tripel brewed with spelt.  Spelt is an ancient style of grain from the fifth century.  The beer pours golden yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of a strong sweet start with citrus, Belgian yeast, rind, pepper, spices and some hops.  The flavour is of citrus, yeast, pepper, spices, malts with a lasting citrus rind bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.9% and an IBU of 20.  This is not my favorite of the beer coming out of Odin Brewing but it is still a pretty good beer.  Well worth picking up a bottle especially if you like Odin Brewings beer.

Commercial Description:  Sunstone is a light summer addition to our premium Thor’s lineup. Pepper and spice flavors from the Belgian yeast abound yet give way to orange aroma from generous hop additions. Sunstone is the perfect beer to enjoy on the long days and short nights of summer.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:Crab cakes, roast turkey, baklava

Click here to check out the October 2013 Box

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