Friday, March 20, 2015

Band of Gypsies The Belgian Tramp Tripel (8/10)

Band of Gypsies isn't an actual brewery, but a collaboration project between eight craft beer brands from the San Francisco Bay Area.  The Belgian Tramp was produced to honor San Francisco Beer Week in 2013.  It's an organic Belgian Tripel brewed with house-made candy sugar, California-grown Mission Figs, raisins, and dates.

It pours a cloudy pale yellow with a thin white head that doesn't last long.

The aroma is a mix of bubble gum, fruit, and spice.

The flavor is sweet, fruity, malty, and mildly spicy.  If you're familiar with any of the Belgian-made Tripels, this one fits right in with them.  Although it's a high-alcohol beer (11% ABV) there's no burn to it, making it dangerously easy to drink.

Rate Beer gave the 2012 Belgian Tramp Quadrupel an 86 out of 100 overall.  I couldn't find any ratings for this particular beer, but I'm giving it a solid 8 out of 10 myself.

While I did have this particular sample at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, it's long enough ago now that you won't find it there.  In fact, I don't know if we'll ever see this beer again - which is unfortunate.

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