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Fortunato - Tri-City Brewing Company

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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 42
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tri-City Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Viggo on 08-28-2009

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 42
Photo of grub
2.51/5  rDev -24.4%
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...

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Photo of Viggo
2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
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!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.69/5  rDev -19%
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.09/5  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.

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Photo of tmoore600
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.22/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of matt20102
3.42/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours brilliant chestnut with a 1” white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Fruit, anise and basil aromas with some light roast. T: Rich malt flavors, fruit, some chocolate and faint funk, pepper and cola. F: Medium to medium high carbonation, warming. O: A little roasty and warm but still very drinkable.

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Photo of jt31914
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 .

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Fortunato from Tri-City Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.