On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, dryer-than-expected tripel-dubbel blend relegates the best aspects of two popular Belgian styles. Musky green grape esters outdo tripel’s candi-sugared fig spicing and dubbel’s lighter dried fruiting and musty fungi-like cellar funk, placing acrid spelt-oats graining in dubious position.
On tap at Ambulance, sparkling raspberry ale with enough lactic Belgian Framboise thrust, sour cherry tartness and sulfuric green grape esters to denounce its teasing tripel tag. Subtle champagne spritz, delicate Chardonnay buttering and dry rosé wining detail its multi-berry midst. An elegant sweetly soured Framboise with ample raspberry-pureed fruit juicing securing savory affluence.
On tap at Plank Pizza, opulently updated Belgian tripel (2018) with earthen white truffle-perfumed flavor back-ending candi-sugared fruit mélange. Rum-spiced banana liqueur, lemon meringue, botanical gin, vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps and citron illusions reinforce loud 10.6% ABV.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, superb Belgian candi-sugared strong ale (well hidden 10% ABV) retains vanilla-creamed fruitfulness and funky herbal bittering. Honeyed peach, fig and raisin luster gains banana daquiri sweetness along with dried cherry, red grape, orange marmalade, honeydew and white-peppered Chardonnay illusions. A fruitily caramelized tripel with chewy viscosity that’s perfect as a rich dessert treat.
Sweet honey creaming drapes Seville orange peel tang, herbal-spiced white peppering and musty Belgian yeast cellar funk of respectable hybridized tripel. In the midst, candied pineapple, peach, tangerine and tangelo fruiting engages honeyed orange theme.
Understatedly tranquil for its style, despite blistering 10% ABV. Demure candi-sugared fruiting, mildly creamed vanilla-banana-clove influence, sedate Chardonnay buttering and sweet caramel malting contrast musty cellared fungi dirge. Just below the fragile surface lies cling peach, sugarplum, lemon meringue, red cherry, fig, apricot and peach tones as well as latent curacao and mandarin orange tanginess.
Heady tripel aged on apricots gains salty fungi-like Belgian yeast herbage to contrast ancillary candi-sugared banana, peach, fig and raisin illusions. At the busy finish, sweet orange-peeled lemon zest and green grape esters fortify lustily dried, soured and sweet apricot overtones.
On tap at Ambulance, hybridized Trappist-styled tripel seeps raw-honeyed Scotch whiskey dryness (from French oak barrels) into lively citrus spicing and astringent maize snip with underwhelming results.
‘Delicate’ soft-tongued tripel (with astoundingly quiet 9.5% ABV)needs richer malt profile and more up-front resonation as tart beet-sugared crystal malting never sweetens enough. Dryer than most stylistic competitors with daintily candied Belgian yeast influence and blanched pilsner malts needing a push forward.Mildly perfumed banana tartness pick up desolately spiced pineapple, mango and orange tropicalia.
On tap at Ambulance, interestingly hybridized tripel utilizes ‘hop-forward’ IPA fruiting to complement honey-spiced candi sugaring. Citric curacao orange, mandarin orange and tangerine tang overrides tempered fig-date spell of Belgian-styled strong pale ale.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, sweet ‘n sour red cherry juicing gains tart candied banana spicing and honeyed malt sugaring to contrast musky herbal peppering and musty green grape esters.
On tap at Coastal Craft Beverage, respectable fruit-spiced tripel lets funky fungi-herbed yeast affect semi-sweet lemon meringue, orange marmalade, mandarin orange, tangerine and apricot illusions above its beet-sugared crystal malt base. Mild cider-soured green grape esters provide contrast.