Well, only a few beer left of the Advent Calendar before getting back to the regular blogging routine. It’s always a fun time doing this calendar and I hope that while my reviews are that of an expert, that they’ve at least been helpful or mildly interesting. Today I got to go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and I’m impressed. That’s all I’ll say. Go see it if you are interested.
Today’s beer comes to us from our neighbor, Saskatchewan, and is Paddock Wood’s Marzyana Belgian Tripel.
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. has its origins all the way back in 1992. Founder, Steven Cavan and his wife Kathleen James-Cavan, had recently moved to Saskatchewan to take up positions at the University of Saskatchewan. Steve quickly discovered that there was no craft beer in Saskatchewan, so he decided to make his own. From this endeavor Paddock Wood began, not as a brewery, but as a mail order brewery supply store.
A lot happened in between with various business ventures and some road bumps along the way. There is a really good article on their website that I’d suggest you take a read through, it’s pretty interesting. Today, Paddock Wood is brewing beer through experimentation, trial and error, and a true love for the craft. They pride themselves on trying to be unique and different and, thankfully, you can find some of their beers here. They have a lot of interesting beers as well as a number of special and seasonal brews. I’m going to need to make sure to take a visit there the next time I pass through Saskatchewan.
The style of beer we are drinking today is a Beligan Tripel. The name Tripel comes from the brewing process of this beer. Essentially it means you are adding three times the malt as you would in a Beligan “simple”. This increases the sugar content in the beer and results in a highly alcoholic beer. The best Belgian tripels hide this strong alcoholic flavor making them delicious but dangerous. They have a surprisingly light color, typically bright yellow to golden, which is a result of the addition of Belgian candy sugar (up to 25% sucrose). Tripels are the most brewed of the Belgian styles and are highly adored due to their deep color, soft maltiness and unique yeast flavors. Even with their high ABV (usually 8-12%) they are highly approachable when done right. Let’s get to the beer.
Appearance: Light copper with sediment floating around in it. A good 1” of head that retains very well.
Smell: Smells of alcohol, very sweet fruit notes like apple. Caramel and Candi-sugar as well as some hop notes.
Taste: Caramel, candi-sugar, fruit notes but not overly so. While alcohol is on nose, beer is smooth and balanced for the 9.2% abv.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on, great full mouth feel.
Overall: Pretty tasty. Solid body, good flavours, great balance. Decent beer all around.
Do I like it: Yeah, it was quite nice. I enjoyed this one and would be happy to have it again.