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!


Pluot (Alew Brewed With Pluot Juice) – New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith Series

From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing comes their “Pluot (Alew Brewed With Pluot Juice)” a sour Tripel ale brewed as part of the breweries Lips Of Faith Series.  The Tripel pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of fruit and lots of it including plum, apricot, tart apples, pinapple and some other fruits hiding in behind.  The flavour is of tart apples and white wine, plums, apricot, pinapple and again some other fruits burried in behind.  The alcohol content of this beer comes in at 10% with and IBU of 5.  This fruity concoction is an amazingly smooth and drinkable brew that is not overly sweet at all as it leans to the tart side.  It is also amazing how easy it goes down as it has an alcohol content that is so high!

Commercial Description:  Hook up a plum with an apricot and they’ll make you a pluot. This sweet hybrid fruit is as refreshing as it is strange, and it’s the perfect starting point for our new Lips of Faith beer. Pluot Ale pours a bright, light golden. The aroma is full of fruit tones and distinct esters from blending the funky brettanomyces and our house Belgian ale yeast. The flavor carries the same weight, adding a spicy, vinous subtlety to stand up against the malt backbone. To build a beer around this worldly fruit is purely Belgian in imagination. Pour some Pluot and enjoy!

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken, Thick cut pork chops with a spicy Pluot glaze and goat cheese crumbles

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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

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Moa St. Joseph’s Tripel – Moa Brewing Company

O’hare’s Beer Club June 2013 Box

From Blenheim, New Zealand’s Moa Brewing Company comes their “Moa St. Joseph’s Tripel”.  This Tripel pours a cloudy orange color with a white head and some sediment.  The aroma consisted of fruits, yeast, clove and some spices.  The flavour was of fruit, clove, yeast, spice, brown sugar and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at an imperial level 9.5% although it does not show in the flavour at all.  This is a very nice Belgian style Tripel even if it comes out of New Zealand!

Commercial Description: Moa St Josephs is a classic Belgian Tripel. Strong spice, caramel and banana ester characters create complex flavours and aromas which are heightened by its extended bottle conditioning period. The combination of bittering hops, malt and candy sugars compliment the high alcohol content and integrate into a very approachable and drinkable Tripel.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Spicy Cajun Crab Cakes

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