15th Anniversary Belgian Style Tripel | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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15th Anniversary Belgian Style Tripel15th Anniversary Belgian Style Tripel
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15th Anniversary Belgian Style Tripel15th Anniversary Belgian Style Tripel

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by scott451 on 05-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy aprocot colour, little finger worth of bright white head. so-so retention & lacing.

Yeasty fruit, pear, banana, hint of booze, slight peppery spiciness.

mmmm I like. Fruity malts balanced very, very well by just the right amount of peppery spice. Finish is just dry enough to make another sip an almost urgent thing, Balance baby, that is key for this Kat.

Nice full mouthfeel, carbonation is fine, but doesn't overpower.

Thanks to Trackside in the Hat for getting this very nice take on a Tripel in.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

15 years - keep 'em comin' Alley Kat, especially in the bomber format!

This beer pours a hazy medium golden colour, with two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves some cirrus lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of soft wheat grain, mild yeast, banana bread, and spice - coriander and white pepper. The taste is barley and wheat malt, banana, clove, pepper, and yeast. The carbonation is quite light, the body full, smooth, and creamy, and it finishes off-dry, the fruity malt predominating.

Wow. A laid-back, fruity, tripel, with a very sedate yeastiness, made in my own 'exotic' beer scaredy-cat burg (pun sort of intended). Right up my alley...geez, I better stop while I'm ahead...kudos on a very tasty and drinkable (8.2%, seriously?) Belgian homage...

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this back when it was released but not on a night when reviews were possible, stoked to find a bottle at Sherbrooke Liquor last weekend
A - clear straw golden with a tall soapy white head, nice retention with random sticky lacing all around
S - strong levels of fresh tropical fruits, cloves, peppery, and grainy
T - bready, quickly moving to sweet pineapple and banana, mild clove spiciness, a tinge of alcohol
M - surprisingly creamy smooth given he carbonation, bready fullness that drys with the alcohol kick
D - the first of the 15th anniversary series, this is a serious beer for serious beer drinkers, a nice strong Belgian, even if it does seem a little contrived in the middle of Alberta, well done!

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Photo of JamesSchutz
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A eminently drinkable and enjoyable Belgian Tripel, and certainly the best effort from Alley Kat I've experienced.

Appearance: Hazy golden. Delicate mousse-like head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Classic Belgian Tripel ferment. Sweet and yeasty with plenty of fruit including peach, pineapple and just a hint of lychee. Clove and cinnamon spice on the nose as well.

Taste: There is a very nice balance amidst the complexity here. Sweetness, malt, yeast, fruit and spice are all present, but none dominates.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and refreshing. Medium body.

This is a very enjoyable beer. I had it with a chicken taco salad with a sweet homemade salsa. I wasn't sure how if it was going to pair well, but the sweetness in the beer stood up to the moderate spice in the food. I could see this being a great summer beer, but with the sweetness and spice, also a good choice for a festive holiday beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle, the 2nd of special releases this summer for Alley Kat's 15th anniversary.

Pours out a hazed yet still translucent apricot hue, quick splash of white head.

Mild bready malt, some clean spicy phenols, light esters on the nose.

Warming spicy phenols right from the start in the flavour, apricot/marmalade esters, mild wheat sweetness.

Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth with a slight zip of carbonation on the finish, alcohol warmth throughout.

Worth cellaring for at least half a year to see how it'll age and mature, and for the mean time great to have such an enjoyable locally made Belgian style to imbibe while it lasts, snap it up while you can.

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Photo of UncleCrust
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent drink. Pours with tall, creamy white head that lasts well. A most excellent flavor that lasts throughout the entire bottle. Will certainly buy again. My only issue with this brew (which most people will have no problem with) is that I got pretty light headed by the end of the bottle due to the high alcohol content. I prefer the high alcohol content for what it adds to the taste. Kudos, Alley Kat!

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Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of light bubbly head which dissipates quickly leaving no real lacing.

S - Sweet banana, cloves and a slight pineapple scent. The wheat and yeast also come through quite strong.

T - Very fruity with banana, cloves and slightly bitter pepper finish. A little disappointed given the strong scent, but the ABV came through quite strong on the finish which was a bit of a turn off.

M - Quite light even though the pour seemed a bit syropy.

D - Pretty tasty, but the alcohol came off a little strong. The flavours were quite nice, and made for a tantilizing experience, but don't think I'd indulge again. Worth a try, and if you're a Tripel fan this might be right up your alley!

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650m l bottle poured into chalice may14 2010

A slightly hazy pale golden in color with a good amount of all sizes of bubbles floating up at different speeds, a thumbs width of head has average retention but leaves decent lace

S fairly fruity with some apricot and banana with some other tropical fruits some yeast and spice

T not far from what I smell but with some hops that help balance out the malt, the booze is noticeable but not unreasonable for 8.2%

M a little less carbonation then I would have guessed but enough to fluff it up a bit, a mild bite works well for it

D I could see myself drinking this again but if the booze was well concealed it may have scored higher

drink this if you get the chance I doubt it will be around for long. I'm curious about what else is coming out for the big one five some bombers of Olde Deuteronomy would make me a happier person

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured very Tripel-like. Bubbly, light yellow colour and the head retained.

Smell: Much like La Fin Du Monde but with a touch of sourness.

Taste: Yeasty, Belgian flavours with a punch of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and sweet. Carbonation was spot-on for a Belgian Tripel. Easy drinking, with some nice hoppy bitterness.

Overall: Great Tripel! I would put this close to Unibroue's Tripel, La Fin Du Monde. Sweet and bitter where it matters. Lots of flower aromas and flavours. Great beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is certainly dressed in the Belgian style: a light haze that diminishes none of the beer's deep golden radiance, a military-like procession of bubbles and, most importantly, a creamy, rocky head built like a professional linebacker all fit the bill fashionably.

The Edmonton police should be alarmed; the brewer at Alley Kat is obviously a conman. This thing smells like it just got off the boat from Flanders or Wallonia. It has the must of rank fruits, intense spices, bakery fresh bread and an energetic and effervescent yeast. I can tell it's not authentic but I'll grant it that it's one hell of a forgery!

I'm glad I have this flavour for another 630 milliliters or so. This combination of spicy and savory is delicious, showcasing lemon zest, peppercorns, bready malts, bruised banana and various herbs. A few more bubbles might help animate it a little more but as it is it's a delightful drinking tipple that warrants serious consideration for year-round production.

A beer with too much alcohol - or, more precisely, too much unchecked alcohol - can be like a microphone giving out excess feedback: it's just plain irritable and unpleasant. Fortunately that's not a concern here as the good brewing technicians have engineered a beer that pumps flavour out the loud speaker but not the alcohol.

Letting North American brewers attempt a Belgian Tripel is often like letting children play with fireworks - they're unfitted and the result is usually a hot, fiery mess. Alley Kat, however, have done what not many others this side of the Atlantic have and crafted something flavourful, quaffable and fabulously true to style. Belgium be dammed.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from biboergosum. Thanks! Bottled 19/04/2010.

A - Pours into my Chimay goblet with a nice darkish blonde colour. Cloudy as all hell with good carbonation coming up and some yeasty chunks. Marshellow fluffy white head on top of one finger. Insane retention with the head staying the same throughout and some great chunky rings of lacing.

S - Lot's of sweet spice. Orange and banana. A little mild.

T - Fairly spice forward with some yeast, alcohol, and orange mixed in. As the sipping goes on the yeast and spice meld together to smooth it out some more. At first the spice was a little strong, but it's mellowing and blending more now.

M - Proper carbonation and a very creamy, smooth medium body.

O/D - An alright Tripel. A little too spicaaaay for me but it seems to work. The booze, yeast, spice mix is a little rough, but workable. Still not one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (courtesy of a trade with korguy123) into a snifter.
Poured a lemon-gold with a two-inch head that settled into a coating. Lacing was light but present throughout. Nose was lemon, pineapple, banana and some alcohol. Yeast was well back but present. Taste was banana, pineapple, yeast, some spice (probably pepper) in the finish. As this can be sweet, especially to start, I was worried I was not going to be a fan, but the nice dryer, spicier finish saves it. Actually, though I am not a huge fan of the style, this was quite nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and not overly carbonated and the finish and nice warming makes this beer one I will absolutely want to try again.

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer because I think it is the only Belgian Style Tripel from an Alberta Brewery, I am not positive about this fact.

Beer pours a dull copper color with a small tan head, head recedes quickly to some light lacing.

Smell is of powdery yeast, apples and esters. It does smell like the Belgian tripels I have had in the past, maybe a tad lighter to the nose.

Taste is not bad, it's has all the typical traits of the style, bananas, powdery yeast, the alcohol definitely has a presence. A light mouth feel with medium carbonation.

Not a bad tripel, a little light on the nose and some of the flavors are a tad tame but for the most part this is a good example of the style and it's straight out of Alberta.

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Photo of scott451
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the 650ml bottle into two chalices. Yeast stuck well to the bottom but perhaps I let a little into the glass. Thin bubbly head which soon disappears. A clear, slightly brownish amber colour. Lots of carbonation at first. No lacing.
S - Lots of esters. Nice blend of fruits and malts.
T - Nicely balanced. Mild fruity malt flavours up front with a slightly hoppy peppery finish. Swish it around and the alcohol becomes apparent.
M - Nice and round.
D - Nice. No flaws apparent. Could follow this up with another easily but for the alcohol and size.

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Photo of MAB
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mighty fine, mighty fine.

I had mine in an Affligem chalice, which did it justice.
Nice head, not too much, and not over carbonated.
The color is a light amber/ orangey yellow.

Lots of malt up front. A delicate yeast that adds flavor without extreme yeastiness.
The label says it has "peppery notes", and I agree but only on the aftertaste. There was more bitterness than I was expecting (but welcome) yet the finish was fast and clean. Nothing cloying.

They've had some practice making this style, for the "Hop-In Brew" public house in Calgary, where their proprietary brew there, called Goldspur (made over the years by different brewers including Wild Rose and Alley Kat), is clearly the inspiration for this brew.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle poured into a Westmallle collectors chalice (narrow base + wide top). No indication of bottling date (known to be hot off the presses as this month's special 15th anniversary beer).

A - light cooper in color. Small head that disappears quickly without any lacing. Slight carbonation.

S - great nose with strong elements of malt and banana.

T - absolutely nails the belgian style malt resolving into a warm, toasted caramel aftertaste.

M - smooth and lightly carbonated.

D - killer drinkability considering the 8%+ alcohol level. Smooth and light, yet very concentrated. Massive session possibilities.

An outstanding beer from Alley Kat - tasted blind this would be indistinguishable from a quality Belgian. Impressive.

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15th Anniversary Belgian Style Tripel from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 17 ratings