Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #23 – Surly Blonde Big Belgian Triple


Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #23

Surly Blonde Big Belgian Triple – Phillips Brewing, 9.1% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Let sleeping dogs lie… or you’re gonna get bit. This ol’ girl’s not getting any tamer with time. Better grab a muzzle if you take her for a walk.”

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Smooth sweet honey chamomile apple barley malt heavy alcoholic
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: get an import instead

Visual: Pours light orange with a smallish dissipating bubbly head, ringed retention, tight clusters of micro streams, suspended sediment.

Nose: honey, orange citrus, chamomile barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp, incoming honey

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, mild citrus tanginess, (MAIN) honey toffee malts, red apple, chamomile

Finish: residual sugar, alcohol heaviness

Summary: It certainly does have Belgian tripel flavour qualities, though it lacks a bit in length and carry. Still very drinkable. Belgians do it better.