Village Friend Banded Belgian Tripel

Reviewed by on February 24, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Village Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 24, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 10.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Tripel

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Village Friend Banded Belgian Tripel is a collaboration between Village and the new Cowtown startup Banded Peak Brewing.  Based on the label, this one should be called ‘Bearded Belgian Tripel’, amirite?

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some streaky melting glacier lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, candi sugar, estery Low Countries yeast, faint nail polish astringencies, some indistinct pome and citrus fruitiness, and very subtle leafy, earthy, and perfumed floral noble hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, warmed apple cider, understated generic citrus rind, white sugar syrup, ephemeral earthy spices, and some further leafy, herbal, and soused-up floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite adequate for the job at hand, via its taciturn frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising despite the looming alcohol ingress.  It finishes off-dry, and not nearly as sweet as one might have been expecting here.

Overall, this is a very well-made version of the style, with the typically overwrought sweetness dialed back to sensible levels, and the big 10 points of wowee sauce kept to a mere background trill.  A splendid coming together of brewing prowess, in that it makes this non-believer (in Tripels, I mean) see the veritable light of day.

Brady White

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