And the final part…
The first three beers are here:
This is the final beer. The Unholy Ale.
A nice medium-light amber color. It has a citrus / grapefruit finish to it. Both in the nose and on the palate. Flavor is nice and with a mix of both deep notes and crisp top.
I didn’t believe H.R. when he said the alcohol % was not on the bottle, but a very detailed examination of the bottle yielded nothing. That’s a surprise.
It is very nice tasty brew. The sipping qualities are very nice. It does pack a bit of a punch ;-)
Their web site: https://coppertailbrewing.com/unholy says:
Blasphemy in a glass
Unholy. Our take on a traditional Belgian Style Trippel, but with American hops. Big, bold and dangerously drinkable.
I must agree with that!
Loads of hop, fruit esters
Yeah, that’s about right. The hops are there, but the citrus / fruit esters dominate. That 9.2% alcohol is a load, but it doesn’t taste at all like it. This would be another nice beer to slide to someone as you had the 3.2% beer and sent them under the table…
I’ve got one more of these left, and matched with the 2 x Belgians, that’s going to be the equivalent of 2 six packs of 3.2 “Near Beer” ;-) which mostly lets you know how much nothing is in 3.2 beer… At one time it was legal for quasi-underage kids to buy 3.2 in parts of the South. At 18 you could get 3.2 and at 21, real beer. Don’t know what 9.2% is or would be. I’ve had white wine with less…
The brewer call it a “Trippel” but a web search shows it as
Tripel is a term used by brewers or people mainly in the Low Countries, some other European countries, and the U.S. to describe a strong pale ale, loosely in the style of Westmalle Tripel. The origin of the term is unknown, though the main theory is that it indicates strength in some way. It was used in 1956 by the Trappist brewery, Westmalle, to rename the strongest beer in their range, though both the term Tripel and the style of beer associated with the name (strong pale ale), were in existence before 1956. The style of Westmalle’s Tripel and the name was widely copied by the breweries of Belgium, and in 1987 another Trappist brewery, the Koningshoeven in the Netherlands, expanded their range with a beer called La Trappe Tripel, though they also produced a stronger beer they termed La Trappe Quadrupel. The term spread to the U.S. and other countries, and is applied by a range of secular brewers to a strong pale ale in the style of Westmalle Tripel.
My guess would be that the 9.3% is a triple of a 3.1% minimal beer.
In any case, it’s a new word for me and a kind of beer I’d seek out in the future.
So this is good stuff. I’m now going for the “next one” and will be back tomorrow ;-)