Great Lakes Belgian Tripel Dog Dare - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap @ Great Lakes
9.5% ABV, 35 IBU
I wonder if this is the Anniversary triple from a few years back repackaged or rebranded? At any rate, GLBC said it was a new brewpub exclusive and that's good enough for me.
The beer looks great in the glass - it's a cloudy orange color with some brown edges. The nice white head has great retention. A nice looking tripel and a good start for this beer tasting experience.
The smell is primarily comprised of yeasty esters which provide some banana and coriander notes, and a bit of clove and pepper as well. Some orange and Belgian candy sugar are there as well. I guess this could be a touch more expressive, but it is certainly still a nice smelling Belgian Yeast strain.
So, the name of the beer is a reference to Christmas Story, the movie filmed in Cleveland in the 80's. The movie was funny, but this beer is serious business. Some Belgian candi sugar and some Belgian pale malt touches set the stange. The yeast adds fruity depth and spices, most notably corriander, orange, banana and white pepper. A touch of tartness on the end is fleeting, replaced by sweetness. Some banana and orange linger. What a great beer. I know GLBC normally brews to style and sometimes it helps and sometimes it hurts. This was a huge win!
The mouthfeel is slightly sticky and syrupy. Lower carbonation is appropriate for the style but some bubbles sneak in from time to time. The beer is medium bodied overall. Some slight lingering booze rears its head, but is well concealed for thee most part. This was very drinkable for the style and for the 9% ABV. An enjoyable American take on the belgian style. Kudos, GLBC. Don't shoot your eyes out!
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2011 16:28:58 | More by jampics2
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