To my knowledge, none of the cats involved in Flathead Lake Brewing Company of Missoula's Humane Society fundraiser got to wrap their paws around a glass of Belgian Triple during the brewery's launch party last Thursday. Their loss is your gain, though the world is running a bit short on entertaining youtube cat videos.
excellent version from Hamilton's Bitter Root Brewery. FLBC's pours a cloudy, deep golden color with a nice white head. The aroma consists of slightly sweet caramel malt with a touch of the traditional Belgian yeast spicyness. The beer is very smooth and delicious right from the first sip. Traditional Belgian yeast flavors - a hint of spice and fruit - mix with caramel malt to form a flavor profile that has a touch of candy sweetness, no noticeable hop presence, and a slight underlying alcohol presence.
True to the style, the color and medium-light body belie the powerful punch from the alcohol which sits at about 9.4% for FLBC's Tripel. Brewers accomplish the lighter body/higher alcohol feat by adding extra sugars to the mix - dextrose in FLBC's case, and honey in Bitter Root's recent Trippel. This devilish combination makes for a beer that is as tantalizingly good as it is risky.
We're fortunate to have brewers throughout Montana experimenting with a wide variety of beer styles and FLBC's Belgian Tripel is a welcome and excellent new addition.