Caramel Apple Tripel

Indiana
United States
Caramel Apple Tripel by Sun King Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Caramel Apple Tripel combines the fruity caramel character of Belgian-style Tripels with dried apple and brown sugar sweetness.

Profile

ABV: 
13.2%
IBUs: 
30
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sun King Brewery's unique Caramel Apple Tripel (judged under BJCP category 29C, Specialty Fruit Beer) is a curious fusion of styles, methods, and ingredients that work surprisingly well together!

The beer pours medium-gold, with low, dense, off-white head.  The apple hits your nose immediately, followed by a light spicy character that is equal parts fermentation character and alcohol, and a blend of fruity notes.  The caramel is subdued in the nose, but that's OK, because there's quite enough going on already!

The flavor is a real riot as well, and adds substantially more caramel and a good deal of sweetness.  Here, too, we have a spiced apple impression augmented by significant alcohols.  There's a moderate amount of body, along with a prickling sensation on the palate.  The finish is sweet - as is the middle, beginning, and aftertaste, but oddly it doesn't seem cloying to me!

This isn't a beer for everybody, but there's no doubt that it does what it sets out to do.  This tastes for all the world like a solid Belgian Tripel, aged in a bourbon barrel, with caramel and apples added.  If that sounds good to you, you'll love this beer!

Brewery Introduction

Sun King Brewing Company is the brain child of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. Dave and Clay first met when Dave was the bar manager and assistant brewer at the now-defunct Circle V Brewing Co. on the north side of Indianapolis and Clay was a student at Wabash College.

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