Fernie Brewing is not necessarily known for Belgian beers, but that didn’t keep them from trying their hands at brewing a Tripel. This Belgian-style strong ale is high in ABV, and should show off spice and fruit from the yeast and even sometimes fruity notes from adjuncts. B.C. Beer Reviews is here to take a look at what’s in store from Fernie.
B.C. Beer Reviews: Fernie Brewing – Three Kings Tripel
This beer pours a pale golden-yellow colour from the bottle. In the glass, it is a golden-orange colour. When held to the light it is not completely opaque, but it certainly is not clear.
There is a very sweet and fruity aromatic to this beer. This comes, in large part, to the ester profile that is reminiscent of light orange and even a touch of pink bubblegum. There is a light touch of grainy sweetness as well.
The phenolic profile is quite subdued and is very much overpowered by the esters of this beer.
The ester profile comes through nicely again here, but it is not dominant. The pink bubblegum follows through, but the orange character does not. It is a light stone fruit taste.
Where this beer really changes from the nose to the taste is the presence of the phenolic/spicy profile. It is hard to get at first in the nose, but is is very much playing a front role on your palate. There is a strong bit of clove within all of this.
The branding is very much in line with all of the other beers Fernie Brewing releases. Simple colours atop a design of the great outdoors, this time the name of a bike trail.
This beer pours a decent head initially with the head retention being subpar. It also has a fair bit of lacing, a common characteristic of the style.
The carbonation level is above average, but that is well within the notes of this style.
This beer is a fine representation of the style. Esters are the front runner in the nose and the phenolics make a comeback to have a balanced beer on your palate. Orange in the nose and sweet esters and clove on your palate.
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