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88 Rating: Caramel Apple Tripel by Sun King Brewing

December, 2017
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!