Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums – Lighthouse Brewing (Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks)

From Lighthouse Brewing in Victoria BC in Collaboration with Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes the “Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of plums, candi sugar, some spice with a sweet finish.  The flavour is of plums, candi sugar, bubble gum, sweetness but not cloying like many Tripels, some grain, spice from hops and some mild alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 20.  With the addition of plums to this tripel it makes it taste different than the norm which is good as I usually find Tripels far too sweet and I usually avoid them.  I would suggest picking up a bottle or two of this one.

Commercial Description:  Our collaboration brew with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks from Vancouver!  A Belgian Tripel Style beer, Ryujin pours golden with dark plum on the nose and palate along with classic banana and spicy clove flavours.

Belgian Tripel – Old Abbey Ales

From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Belgian Tripel” part of the Brewmaster’s Selection series.  The beer pours an orange colour with a light tan head.  The aroma consists of candied sugar, oranges and spices.  The flavour is of candied sugar, orange, citrus, malts, spices, bitterness, earth, alcohol and an overall sweetness present in this style.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 30.  While I find the style a bit to sweet for my liking this beer does exactly what a Belgian Tripel should do.

Commercial Description:  Delicious and approachable, this Belgian style Tripel features a rich malt character enhanced by notes of citrus and spice. The color is clear to deep gold and displays a creamy white head. The Belgian Ale yeast produces pronounced fruity ester and spice characteristics, including notes of orange and coriander. The alcohol may show itself more readily amid the flavors in this style, while pilsner malt sweetness and balancing hop bitterness round out what is customarily a beer offering complex aromas and flavors.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Triple Créme, Goat and light Feta, Cajun, Game, Pork and Roast, Curries and much more


Blitzen Belgian Tripel – Steamworks Brewing

From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest seasonal release the “Blitzen Belgian Tripel”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of banana, clove, light malt base and a sweetness.  The flavour is of banana, candied sugar, citrus, clove, sweetness, spices and Belgian yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 20.  Belgian Tripels are not my favourite as I find them very sweet and while this one is quite sweet it does taste good and stands up to similar beers in the style.

Commercial Description:  Curl up closer to the steam pipes, and warm up to the festive season. This Winter Ale is an ode to Belgian Tripel. It shows apple, and citrus aromas, along with a toasted malt character.



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!


Boom Boom Boom – Triple Hop Belgian Tripel (Brews Brothers) – Parallel 49 Brewing (The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery)

Brews Brothers

From Parallel 49 Brewing’s Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack comes the “Boom Boom Boom”  Triple Hop Belgian Tripel.  This beer has been produced in Collaboration with The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery out of Victoria.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, maybe tropical fruits, sweetness, sugar and some floral hops.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, banana, pineapple, sugar, sweetness, resin and a mild to medium hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This beer was not a standout in the Brews Brothers box but it was still enjoyable.

Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack

Beers namesake