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Fortunato - Tri-City Brewing Company

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78
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
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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3/5  rDev -9.6%

EL48823, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Zaphog, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Giggy
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark copper to brown, small white head that disappears quickly.

S: Not much initially. Slightly musty and earthy.

T: A lemon tartness is prominent. As the beer warms up more of the dark fruits and cloves come through.

M: Stronger carbonation than I expected.

O: This is a hard one to review. Tri-City calls this a Belgian Trappist Ale and to that I say, leave it to the monks. Not even fair to compare this to a Chimay, Rocherfort, or even a Duvel. But for a $2 beer from a Michigan small brewery I would rather drink this over any of the big domestics.

Giggy, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of klipper
3/5  rDev -9.6%

klipper, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

JVoyager, Dec 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

HarmonMW, Jul 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: brown with a reddish hue to it. virtually no head but a tan lacing. almost opaque.

Smell: plums and belgian yeast

Taste: plums, belgian yeast, some tartness comes through. kind of an odd taste. not balanced too well

Mouthfeel: has a weird hotness that comes through. way to hot for 7.5. other than that pretty light in body.

Overall: its not an awful beer but its just no comparison to other belgian standards

SportsandJorts, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of superspak
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours hazy brick red color with a small off white head with ok retention, that reduces to a thin ting of lace. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass; minimal streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, grape, pear, molasses, caramel, and light yeast spiciness. Aromas are ok, but are really sweet with almost no spiciness. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, pepper, apple, toast, biscuit, molasses, earth, and slight yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, biscuit, toast, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Flavors seem a bit stale and off balance. Slight cloying sweetness as well. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 7.5% with hardly any warming after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a pretty mediocre Belgian trappist ale. Definitely needs more peppery yeast spices to balance it out at the very least.

superspak, Jun 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Morakaton, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. No bottle date or info.

A - I was actually a little startled when the beer poured a deep bronze color. I was expecting it to be golden. It does have great clarity though. The stout but long-lasting head has fantastic retention but little lace left over.

S - Amber malts succumb to earthy notes of clay and dirt as well as dark candi sugar. Yeast qualities shine through but don't contain much in the way of Belgian characteristics. Damp cardboard lingers in the background.

T - Once again it's fairly heavy on the yeast but I wouldn't call this Belgian at all. Dirt and clay notes with a mild spice hint come through. The damp cardboard is noticeable again. A little lemon zest pulls through the faint finish.

M - Medium-bodied and sort of thin as well as flat. It needs a stronger Belgian carbonation for the style. The crisp lemon to the finish is fairly nice though.

D - A little too much like homebrew, it's doesn't carry any Belgian traits at all. More work needs to be done with the yeast in this. The backbone is there, the nuances aren't.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 16, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to grub for sharing this 12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear dark amber/orange, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing sticks. Smell is weird, apples and apple cider, caramel, light fruitiness, a touch vegetal, strawberries, light raisin, orange, some sourness in the nose, a bit tart. Taste is similar, quite tart and vinegary, apple cider, sweet and sour middle, wheat, a bit woody, grapes, a little weird. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, not very good. Tasted a bit off, but the sourness was kind of pleasant. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Aug 28, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

hmmm... can't quite remember where i got this one. thanks to whoever sent it my way!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 27/09.

pours hazy pale red with a small white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is wacky. lemon. cider and malt vinegar. bit of white bread and cracker. bit of dark fruit. light alcohol.

taste is ok. watery. bit of lemon. cider and malt vinegar again. bit of white bread and cracker. some dark fruit. tastes like someone took a soured dubbel and diluted it with water.

mouthfeel is not good. thin and watery. low carbonation level.

drinkability is not good. nearly no redeeming qualities. the brewer calls this a "trappist ale", but none of the trappists do sour beers. i'd guess that perhaps the bottle had gone sour, but that would generally be accompanied by high carbonation, and there's almost none to speak of. i might give this another try if i see it, but i'm not really gonna go looking...

grub, Sep 17, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

beergorrilla, Dec 31, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

YCantWeNotBeSober, Aug 02, 2012
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Fortunato from Tri-City Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.