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Fortunato - Tri-City Brewing Company

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tri-City Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 08-28-2009)
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01-14-2013 00:32:23 | More by schmityl
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11-21-2011 03:15:38 | More by jaxray8
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

10-21-2013 00:16:36 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy amber color pour with a small soapy offwhite head , short lasting but leaving some nice jagged lacing ,medium carbonation. Aroma of spice , clove , banana, and bubblegum, with hints of leather and alcohol . Flavor is lightly sweet with some cereal grain , caramel,earthy, clove, and light alcohol . Lightly bitter with a nice belgin yeast profile , short finish , crisp clean mouthfeel , medium to full body , a very nice beer , from a brewery that I am quickly becoming a big fan of . Nice work .

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 00:40:05 | More by WakeandBake
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

11-16-2011 18:36:52 | More by UnknownMale282
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

07-01-2013 01:32:55 | More by Kerrie
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

04-19-2012 17:34:04 | More by njport
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3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep, amber orange that looks great when held to a light. The off-white head is thin, but pretty creamy looking. Not too shabby.

S- Fruity and sour smelling with a fragrant floral aspect. I really can't pick out anything more out of this, but what is there is pretty nice.

T- Fruity, sour, floral. I get a bit of cotton candy to it as well. Kind of reminds me of a sour apple juice with a hint of depth to it. Overall, it is really nice, but not that complex and doesn't have much of a finish to it.

M- Tart and clean with a good amount of carbonation. It has a nice body to it.

D- It drinks really nicely for the ABV and how sour it is. This does not really stand up to Belgian counterparts, but if you take it for what it is, it's rather enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 05:30:31 | More by david131
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3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany/caramel appearance with a nice amount of head. Decent lacing, overall a pretty nice looking beer.

S: Smells very tart with citrus and orange peel. A pretty bitter smell, probably my least favorite part of the beer.

T: Best part of the beer. Nice belgian qualities - candied sugar, orange peel and a slightly sweet finish. I'm worried that some past reviewers got infected bottles, because this tastes nothing like cardboard as one reviewer said. Very nice taste, fairly authentic.

M: Nice feel, not overly carbonated but still crisp and clean.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 20:34:14 | More by jt31914
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3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bubbly gum and yeast aroma. Only a sipper. Fruity and Orange taste. Middle mouthfeel. Somewhat too sweet.Missed Michigan so thanks for sharing Josh. Tad Above average mouthfeel and large head in pour. OK beer, would like more complexity, less sweet bias.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:21:01 | More by Sammy
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3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nuts and caramel. Nice lacing in the snifter. Amber color. Slight nose of toffee. I would call it woody, like it has been aged in something, though apparently not. Yeasty flavors, not so much of the typical Belgian sharpness. Modest carbonation but a pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Rather watery but in a good way. Very drinkable with a little acidity and a pleasant bitter edge.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:11:00 | More by mactrail
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by solidfunk (RB), 12oz into a tulip.

Brown, with a cream coloured heard. Ring of retention. Nose of raw banana, Belgo yeast, spice and some bready malt notes. Taste is bready, caramel, yeast, some coriander and interesting spice notes. Medium light feel. Moderate complexity, not bad but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 16:50:59 | More by liamt07
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3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fruity and yeasty, not strong but still inviting. It pours a dark clear coppery brown with a decent pale tan head. Flavor has a strong fruity overtone, mainly apple with a hint of banana, as well as yeasty and malty components and a fair amount of fruity sweetness. Texture is fairly smooth and has a nice strong fizz, leaving behind a subtle tingle.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 01:26:22 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into goblet at refrigerator temperature. Pours with little head and lacing. Colour is dark golden to brown with a very thin head that dissipates quickly; this is probably better on draught with a thicker head. The aroma is pleasantly biscuty with a malt that doesn't offer much of the annoying malt sweetness that the colour would have suggested. Even at 7.5%, there is no alcohol or ester flavour present. Pleasantly drinkable, this beer offers a lingering aftertaste of lightly roasted malt which appears only after the mouthfeel and initial flavour vanishes. This would be a good beer to pair with food such as sausage. There are probably better examples of the style, but this is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:34:36 | More by matt20102
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 12oz bottle at Woodstock Wine and Cheese.

Appearance: Open up to a beer that pored with very little head, after a couple of minutes, a very small ring around the top. Deep bronze in color.

Smell: A lot of caramel smell. I'm not getting much more then that. Musty

Taste: A little bit of everything in the taste. A little tart, raisen, dates, sour, yeast....

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, not light, ever slightly alcoholic.

Drinkability: Drinkability is good also, but not because of the taste or smell.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:06:45 | More by tmoore600
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3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper color with a little haze. A small head initially forms but quickly fades away. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is pleasant with fruity esters and sweet malt. Some darker elements of prunes. There is a slight acidic hint. The flavor almost gets there in quality but falls short. Has some nice hints of fruit esters but there is a malty heaviness that swamps the lighter notes. Just a hint of lemon sour in the finish. The brewer is almost there but this beer needs some adjustment. The body is surprisingly light considering the malt that dominates the flavor. The carbonation is also well done. This beer just falls a little short in a few departments.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:11:51 | More by morimech
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3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer of this the other day since i don't have much experience with this type of style and i have been impressed with tri-city brewing.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a fingers worth of creamy white head that disappears with no lacing.

S- A little strange, fruit mixed with some funk and yeast. Reminds me of a wine i once had.

T- Fruitiness like the nose but with some sharp sour citrus in the back. Slightly sweeter then i expected but everything is balanced well, i wasn't expecting this beer to taste so close to a cider and sour but i like it.

M- Thin and clean, great amount of carbonation.

D- This beer does a great job at hiding its alcohol but the sourness makes this not too drinkable.

Overall i thought this was a good beer and it wasn't like anything i expected, normally i don't like sour beers but since this wasn't super sour and balanced well i feel this would be a good beer to try for someone wanted a starter sour. I would buy this again.

Original Score A-4 S-3.5 T-3.5 M- 4.0 O-3

I have bought a couple six picks of this after I reviewed it and I have found that there is a big difference between the beer I originally reviewed and the bottles I have now. I suspect the six pack I reviewed was old or an off batch because the fresher batches do not have that slight sourness that I liked about it.
This batch was more focused on the caramel malts used in this brew and it had a sharp musky bitter finish to it. I didn't find much about this beer that had belgian like qualitys. Not horrible but I don't think I will be revisiting it any time soon.

I like the label art on here, I really didn't put two and two together till I shared a bottle with my buddy Keith and he pointed out that the name Fortunato was a character from the Edgar Allan Poe short story The Cask of Amontillado. The art is also a reference to the short story, in the story Montresor tells a tale he tricks Fortunato into following him deep into a wine cellar to get a rare sherry to drink. Fortanato is wasted and Montresor chains him to the wall then takes some bricks and seals up the passage only to leave Fortanato to die an agonizing death. The label art does a good job at depicting the end of the short story. We both read that story in highschool and thought it was a cool reference to the story.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 03:27:33 | More by StoutHunter
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3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 3-19-10

Pours a very slightly cloudy amber/brown color, with a filmy white head and nice rings of lacing.

Smell is very fruity with a surprising maltiness, very sweet with aromas of banana and Belgian yeast, and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is like the smell at first, but then quickly changes to slightly sweet, slightly vegetabley, and very thin on flavor. I can see what they were going for, but it's not there.

Mouthfeel is way too thin, nothing for the lighter flavors to grab onto.

Drinkability is not very good, see above.

Overall, a good try, but that's it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 22:29:31 | More by BMoney575
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

01-28-2012 04:02:43 | More by mikediesel124
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

01-28-2013 21:34:10 | More by EL48823
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Fortunato from Tri-City Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.