The 12 Beer Reviews of Christmas #5: Spinnakers Belgian Tripel

20161230_005322.jpgOn the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…

From the label:

Brewed with the finest malted barley, imported hops and Spinnakers’ own deep well aquifer pure mineral water, Spinnakers Nut Brown Ale exhibits a refreshing light body with hints of delicate nutty flavours. Serve slightly chilled.

Stats: ABV: 8%; IBU: 25

Tasting notes:

This beer pours out a cloudy gold colour with a half a finger of head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

The nose is unexpectedly nondescript—there’s is biscuit malt and booze, with the faintest hints of Belgian yeast esters. The palate is surprisingly bland for the style—it’s mostly malt with a a touch of esters and no phenols or hops. The mouthfeel is light-bodied and thin, with light carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.


I like my Belgian and Belgian-style beers, but this is not the best example. The typical ester/phenol aroma and taste is almost absent and there is no spiciness. The whole affair was rather thin and watery and god damn it, a little sour again. Why are all of these beers a little sour?

I had to drink a real Belgian beer after to appease my sad palate!

Rating: 2.5/5