2015 F.U.N Series No. 012 Trigavé by Karbach brewing

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Rating: 6/6

2015 F.U.N Series No. 012 Trigavé by Karbach brewing is a 10% ABV Belgian Tripel aged in pre-red wine aged Tequila Barrels.

Label:
What exactly is Trigavé? This elixir is unlike anything else you might have tried before. So unique that that real words simply cannot describe. Trigavé is what happens when the trinity of wine, ale and spirits collide.

This Belgian-style Tripel was aged for 6 months in Extra Añejo barrels which, prior to the spirit, held red wine from Napa Valley. Spicy phenolics from Belgian yeast meld together with a distinct Americna oak profile. Golden in color with aromatics of fruit, tequila and a touch of honey, this ale is a luxurious as it is complex. Enjoy in a tulip or snifter style glass at 45-50°F.”

==Introduction==

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A special tequila barrel aged brew straight out of Texas. Thanks to my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com for sending me this one. The reason I get to bring you guys great beers from Texas breweries such as Karbach is because of him. I don’t think I have seen any of their stuff outside of Texas and every time I try their stuff, thanks to Aaron, it is always awesome. They really know how to make great beers. Especially their barrel aged ones. This one today is one that is aged using wine and tequila in different phases using a Belgian Tripel as its base. Using a combination of wine, spirits and ale usually brings out a very special summon of an alcohol beverage like none other. Let’s see how this one is. Cheers!

Aromas:
Citrus blossom honey, agave nectar, tequila, oak, chardonay, cherries, wine grapes, bananas, clove spice, tropical fruit guava, pineapple, papaya, lychee fruit, dragon fruit, passion fruit, cane sugar, stone fruit peach, apricot, mango, floral notes of lavender, hibiscus, chamomile, bubblegum, sweetened condensed milk, flan, biscuit bread, rich wafflecone, Belgian waffles, vanilla and caramel.

Flavors:
Rich honey, waffle cone, agave nectar, Sangria, wine grapes, stone fruit peach, apricot, mango, floral notes of lavender, hibiscus, bananas, clove spice, grilled plantains, phenolic notes, tropical fruit guava, pineapple, papaya, lychee fruit , dragon fruit, passion fruit, cane sugar, oak, tequila, mezcal, mazapan, oranges, tangerines, vanilla, bubblegum, sweetened condensed milk, flan, biscuit bread, raw as the sun orange juice, pears, sour apples, chamomile, dulce de leche caramel, rock candy, Belgian clear candi sugar, salty notes, limes, limeade, lemon peel, cherries, champagne, and concorde grapes,

Aftertaste:
Finishes with rich notes of agave, honey, waffle cone, tequila, wine, chardonay, stone fruit, honeysuckle, peppercorn, flowers, vanilla, caramel, oranges and tropical fruit. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV strength, Golden light body, smooth, silky, creamy, velvety and refreshing mouthfeel with a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
I’m a sucker for Tequila barrel aged beers and this one went into another level with the barrels being previously aged in wine. You really want be careful not to drink the whole bottle on one chug. This one is so damn worthy though. So much honey, agave, sangria like notes, stone fruits, tequila, grapes and much much more. I feel despite its strength in terms of ABV and not its taste, I could drink this all day. Although I would be one very hammered person. Regardless to say, this one is a very huge recommendation from me if you can get it.
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Anime Corner:
Celes Chere from Final Fantasy 6 (FF3 in the U.S.) was used in this pairing to get close to the colors of the label but also the colors of the Agave plant and the origin of Tequila. I have not used Celes in a beer for a while so the timing was damn right and I felt that this would be the right choice. Celes was a very important character that helped saved the world after Kefka dropped an entire continent back down onto earth almost killing the population. Celes was there to rise up to the challenge, searched for her friends and together they all defeated evil. It was a great story and this beer just being that awesome complements her in so many ways.

Sources:
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Apocalypse by Save The World brewing

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Apocalypse by Save The World brewing is a 9% ABV A Wild Belgian Quadruple with Brettanomyces.

Label:
Our quad is a tasteful spin on the monastic quadrupel ale. the aroma and flavors are a complex balance between dark fruits and sweet malts with traces of chocolate and caramelized sugar. It is full bodied with hints of brett and warmth. Savor this deep and flavorful ale now and later! Try pairing with hearty roasted or grilled meat dishes, aged cheeses, and a variety of desserts.

==Introduction==

Thanks to my friend Aaron at BeerMetalDude.com for sharing this brew with me. This is the first beer I try from Save The World brewing of Marble Falls, Texas. I love Belgian Quadruples and they are one of my favorite styles. My first brew plunge into the homebrewing complexity to making a more complex beer other than simple extract was a Belgian Quadruple which many people enjoyed and it was one of the ones that I really worried over, spent time taking care to make sure it wasn’t a disaster. So yeah, Quads are an essential part of me when it comes to beers. A Quad with Brettanomyces though, that is something I have never heard of before. I have tried a sour quad before but not one with brett. In the back of my mind, I think this definitely major potential to be something unique, so let’s see how it goes with this, Cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruits peaches, peppercorns, floral notes of hibiscus, lavender, Belgian Candy sugar, bananas, clove spice, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, dark fruit plums, figs, dates, raisins, currants, sweetened condensed milk, nutmeg, coriander spice, brown sugar, citrus and farmhouse hay.

Flavors:
Rich meld of Dark fruit plums, figs, dates, raisins, currants, Stone fruits peaches, Belgian Candy sugar, bananas, clove spice, toffee, dulce de leche caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oak, Funky notes, farmhouse hay, brettanomyces funk, wine grapes, old oranges, peppercorns, floral notes of hibiscus, lavender, mango, guava, pineapple, sour apples, pecan pie, sweetened condensed milk, nutmeg, coriander spice, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, sugar cane, honey dew melon and dragon fruit.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with funky forward notes, dark fruit, stone fruits, caramel, chocolate, funky brett, wine grapes, old oranges, citrus and floral notes. No alcohol in the taste, Hazy golden brown full body, smooth, creamy, effervescent and slightly chewy mouthfeel with a moderate to sipping drinkability.

Overall:
Who knew a quad could taste so complex and different when introducing some wild strain of brettanomyces into the mix. You get the aspects of Dark fruit complexity meeting the funky bretty, citrus and stone fruit flavors from like a saison and well, you have a perfectly unique beer. I really enjoyed this one big time and would gladly have it again. If you live in Texas, this should be a major on your list especially if you love both Belgian Quads and Saisons.

Anime Corner:
Terra/Tina Branford and the entire cast of Final Fantasy 6 were used in this pairing to go with the aspect of saving the world but mainly apocalypse. The FF6 series was a very awesome series showing something that happened in their world that was apocalyptic and it was up to the few to stand up in arms against evil. They literally saved the world. Terra is essentially the main protagonist and a total bad ass with her wielding Atma Weapon which essentially is a lightsaber. This picture doesn’t have the weapon but I have yet to find such a bad ass picture of Terra though. So I went with this one.

Sources:
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Collaboration Series: Confession collaboration by The Bruery Terreux and Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

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Collaboration Series: Confession collaboration by The Bruery Terreux and Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard is a 9.7% ABV American Wild Ale with Riesling Grapes

Label:
Floral – Citrusy – Mineralic

==Introduction==

Obtained from the Bruery Reserve membership, this beer was sold to the Hoarders society but was passed down over to the Reserve society. An ale that crosses into the wine territory. The last time I had a beer with Fess Parker as a collaboration, it was the Mardi Rouge/Red Tuesday/Winefication I. This was sometime last year and as I remember, the cross into the wine territory is pretty good when done right. Wineification was awesome for sure. This one, being a sour, I am sure will be delicious. Especially if you love wines or sours.

Aromas:
earthy notes, earthy funk, wine grapes, grape skins, oak, vanilla, rye bread, raspberry vinaigratte, leather, berry cheese cake hints, salt, lemon candy, tejuino, oranges, roses, lavender, hibiscus and chardonnay.

Flavors:
Riesling grapes, concorde grapes, Wine grapes, grape skins, earthy notes, earthy funk, salt, lemon candy, tejuino, oranges, tangerine, chardonnay, lemon yogurt, vinous, white wine, dessert wine hints, Stone fruit peach, apricots, pears, apples, oak, vanilla, rye bread, raspberry vinaigratte, leather, berry cheese cake hints, floral notes of roses, lavender, hibiscus and chamomile, berry seeds and dark fruit figs.

Aftertaste:
Dry leaving hints of wine grapes, earthy notes, lemon, and funky bitterness. No alcohol in the taste, Golden light body, crisp, clean, refreshing and moderate mouthfeel and a easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Very good sour show casing a variety of tart fruits and funkiness. Typically, those fruity yet vinous and tart that you would find in some wines and sours. If you like sours or wine, this is a very delicious beer for sure. Sometimes, I can draw the line on some sours or some wines and well, there are many things I take from them. While some are awesome, especially the sweet sours, I can respect this one since it seems to have some kind of following. So if you get a chance and love sours, this one is worth a try atleast once.

Anime Corner:
Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI was used in this pairing to pair with the name of the beer and the colors. Confession almost seemed like something very serious, like confessing to a crime or confessing to your conscience. In this pairing we see Terra looking with blood on her clothing as if to try to say something, like she committed a murder. In the other picture with the flash, it looks as if she is confessing to her conscience. That is what the little spark is role playing as.

Sources:
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Santo Ron Diego by The Lost Abbey

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Santo Ron Diego by The Lost Abbey is a 12.5% ABV American Strong Ale brewed with ginger, orange peel cacao nibs and aged in Rum Barrels.

Label:
In name, he was Diego and no one knows exactly where he was from. Everything about Diego was speculation at best. A legend of Caribbean sailing lore, many whispered he was an agent of heaven sent to protect the “ron” produced on the hill. The monks trusted only Diego for the safe passage of their remarkable liquid.

For is ship was not the fastest on the sea, but the locals whispered that he only set sail on full moon nights, when the wind of a thousand angel’s wings helped him take flight. His vessel was never boarded by pirates, nor was a single drop of the precious cargo ever lost to the seas.

To most, he always looked more of a sinner than a saint, and in truth, Diego was a wildly unpredictable, almost crusty captain. Made a saint by the Vatican after he vanished at sea, the many mysteries of Santo Ron Diego live on with us today in this beer bearing his name.

==Introduction==

I got this beer at qualityliquorstore.com. Being a fan of the Lost Abbey I was intrigued when I heard about this beer as this is their first time they do a Ron (Rum in Spanish) Barrel aged offering. Unfortunately, unless you truly like the Lost Abbey, the beers can be pricey at times except for their year round servings. It is interesting as going to the brewery is less pricey (at about 1$ per taster). Regardless, let us see how worth the price this Rum Barrel aged beer is. Cheers!

Aromas:
Toasted coconut, rum soaked raisins, sangria, agave syrup, dark fruit raisins, dark cherries, plums, figs, anise, molasses, plantains, bananas, pecan pie, stone fruit peaches, apricot, port wine notes, dark chocolate, brown sugar, oak, coriander, ginger bread, pineapple and coconut.

Flavors:
Rum, oak, vanilla, plantains, bananas, agave syrup, almond joy chocolate, dulce de leche caramel, port wine hints, ginger bread, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, pecan pie, stone fruit peaches, apricots, rye, pineapple, passion fruit hints, coriander spice, hints of pumpkin spice, toffee, toasted coconut, dark fruit raisins, figs, plums, currants, sangria, hazelnut nectar, molasses, anise, licorice, Danish cream cookies, marshmallows, chocolate smores and dark cherries.

Aftertaste:
Rum lingers, plantains, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, oak, grape, port wine notes and earthy notes. Slight boozyness in the taste, murky brown full body, sipping drinkability, creamy and moderate mouthfeel.

Overall:
An exceptional beer for sure but the reason it wasn’t supreme exceptional has to do with some of the sharp hints at time from the spices and rum. I really think it is probably too early to drink this but I am sure it will become mellower over time. Regardless, I really enjoyed this one and think it was exceptional. I really don’t know if it is worth the price as you are only getting 375ml bottle of this. Then again, it is meant to be taken in a sip at a time. I highly recommend it though if you are willing to buy it.

Anime Corner:
Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI was used in this pairing to go with the colors of the label and the somewhat pirate aspect of using Rum barrels. In a way, Terra’s clothing has this look kinda like a pirate. That and the sword she has in the artwork kind of looks like that. In the first artwork, it displays what the beer is going through as it is infusing and evolving into something bigger through the rum. The angel wings are representative of Santo or the Saint in the name of the beer.

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5th Anniversary Celebration Populist XL by Eagle Rock Brewery

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5th Anniversary Celebration Populist XL by Eagle Rock Brewery is an 11% ABV Triple India Pale Ale.

Label:
Populist XL commemorates our 5-year anniversary and is brewed in homage to our incredible supporters. These supporters first asked us many years ago to make a delicious local IPA, helped us come up with the name “Populist”, and then helped turn it into our best-selling beer! Beyond sharing the name of our regular IPA, Populist XL takes it to the next level with huge hop aromas of citrus peel, pine needles, and subtle undertones of sweet, biscuit-y malt. Cheers to 5 years and many more to come!

==Introduction==

I obtained this one while visiting my friend Carlos in Whittier at the Liquor Mart in Whittier California. I have tried the original Populist long ago and have not had it since. Knowing that they made a triple IPA from the original, I had to bring this one to the site and see how it compares to the other Double and Triple IPAs I have tried before. While I enjoy more citrus and tropical IPA ones, I enjoy the herbal and grassy hop forward ones from time to time. This one is pricey but it may be worth it. Let’s see how this one is, cheers!

Aromas:
Herbs, spices, flowers, piney, grassy citrusy and grapefruit hops, Italian herbs, onion and garlic dankness, caramel, vanilla, biscuit bread, yerbabuena, green tea, black tea, toffee, lemon grass, lemon zest, grapefruit peel, old mangoes, tangerine, marzipan, sweetened condensed milk hints, hibiscus and lavender hints and mint icecream.

Flavors:
Herbal, floral, piney, citrusy, grassy, earthy and grapefruit hops, blue basil, Italian herbs, oniony, garlicky and oily hop dankness, orange notes, caramel, biscuit, rye, yerbabuena, black tea, green tea, mint icecream hints, caramel, vanilla, toffee, lemon grass, lemon zest, grapefruit peel, sugar cane, hibiscus flower hints, rose petal hints, old mango, sweetened condensed milk hints, lychee and tangerine marzipan.

Aftertaste:
Dank oniony and oily hop resin lingers for a bit is balances out by this sugary and minty tea icecream like notes that eventually finishes dry. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV, crimson and Gold clear body, syrup, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and a sipping Drinkability.

Overall:
Of the few Triple IPAs that I have tried, this one is one damn herbal dank perfection. I lean more towards the more tropical or citrus malty IPAs but this one awesome and pleasantly surprising providing an alcoholic sugary sweetness. The flavor leans toward the Pliny Elder/Younger area in dankness and is very enjoyable for sure. If you do find this one, it is worth getting it for sure.

Anime Corner:
Terra/Tina Branford from Final Fantasy VI was used in this pairing since I paired her with the original Populist. In her return, I wanted to emphasize her colors as being that of hop strength, herbal and like a magician, damn mysterious and botanical. Terra is my favorite character from that game and to me works well with this pairing.

Sources:
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Double IPA by Hangar 24

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Double IPA by Hangar 24 is a 9% ABV Double/Imperial India Pale Ale.

Label:
Assertive and drinkable. Double IPA is California’s gift to beer lovers. Ours is brewed with four distinctly American hops: Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe, all beautifully balanced by five malts and generous additions of local orange blossom honey. An intense sensory experience — the fresh aroma of citrus, pine and grapefruit with the bold taste of hops and sweet honey.
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This is the second time I review this beer but possibly the 10th or more times I have had this beer since 2011. A favorite IPA among some of San Diego’s best beers by one of their best breweries. This Double IPA introduced me to a difference in herbal, caramel and tropical DIPAs. Back then, telling the difference between hoppy flavors was pretty much for the beginners tongue. After trying so many different IPAs, each IPA has a certain dominance. For this one I will try to do a better job of breaking it down than what I did with my first review post on Facebook long long ago (In terms of brewerianime logs, essentially it was one I uploaded in 2012 but was a Facebook post in 2011.)

Aromas:
Floral, piney, grapefruit, citrus, grassy and herbal hops, honey, biscuit bread, toffee hints, tropical fruits like mango, honey dew melon, pineapple hints, lemon peel, oranges, tangerines, orange peel, coriander spice, white grapes and rye bread.

Flavors:
Orange, citrus, grapefruit, piney, grassy and floral hops, mango, strawberry notes, grapes, biscuit bread, toffee, honey, white grapes, caramel hints, honey dew melon, dragon fruit, prickly pears, apricots, pineapple, lemon peel, coriander spice hints, fresh orange peel, orange preserves on rye bread, lychee fruit and papaya notes.

Aftertaste:
Grapefruits, rye bread, grape, tropical notes, floral, pine. No alcohol in the taste, smooth drinkability despite the ABV, medium body, light to medium mouth feel, crisp and refreshing.

Overall:
Another perfect example of the westcoast style integrating the 3 aspects of malty, tropical and grassy/herbal IPAs into a balance that most may find appealing. Just the fact that it is also very drinkable, to the point where some may consider this a session DIPA, was probably the reason I got to try this on tap at even Buffalo Wild Wings. I would definitely recommend this one as this was one of my favorites DIPAs while starting my journey into craft beer connoisseuring.

Anime Corner:
Terra/Tina Brandford as well as her Esper Form (Pink) from Final Fantasy III(US)/VI(JP) was used in this pairing since the first time I reviewed the beer long ago. I wanted to drive home the aspect of Double in Double IPA. Some of the colors pair with her but also the fact that in her esper form, Terra is very powerful but can also fly in the sky to where ever she wants. Kind of depicting the epicness of the plane on the label.

Sources:
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Grand Gru by Abbaye-Abbey du Val-Dieu

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Grand Gru by Abbaye-Abbey du Val-Dieu is a 10.5% Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Quadruple

Label: 
This authentic Abbey ale is based on the recipe perfected centuries ago by the monks of Abbey du Val-Dieu.

Anno 1216
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While browsing for grand crews at the store near my house, I was looking for a grand cru beer to try as this type of beer has become a favorite of mine (like Belgian quad or strong dark weren’t already lol) The person at the tells me to try this one as it is lower in prices than even Alesmith Grand Cru. So I go with it as it is authentic Belgian stuff. Hell yeah!! Now the interesting thing is, many site cannot compare this as a quad or a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, I’ll say it is both. Grand cru is already kind of borderline anyway in terms of beer styles.

Aromas were rich in dark fruits like plums, raisins, figs, dulce de leche caramel, chocolate notes, grapes, pears, oak, earthy spices and blackberry preserves

The flavors are much better than the aroma. Very rich raisins covered in dulce de leche caramel, raisin bread pudding, plums, pears, dates, figs, sweet bread, butterscotch, flan, cinnamon, grapes, cherries, blackberry preserves, peppery notes, loads of candi sugar, pilloncillo sugar cone, brown sugar and rye bread. As the beer warms up, you get more complex flavors of pecan pie, hazelnut and banana which is definitely awesome.

The aftertaste continues with raisin and caramel sweetness and leaves an nice dark fruit and pecan taste in the palate. Full to medium body yet, the flavors cover up the alcohol a lot to the point where it is quite drinkable. I almost want to finish the whole bottle as it is is damn good. 

Over all, to me knowing it is an Abbey Ale (I love authentic Abbey and Trappist ales) and the fact that it hits it home with the caramel and the raisins, it is a phenomenal beer. May not be to the Alesmith in terms of complexity or even as buttery raspberry preserve on toast as the Avery beast, but it still hits those Belgian lover spots in my heart reminding me of the St. Bernardus. In fact, I may actually get this over other grand crus. Especially since it is cheaper in price and easier to find. The best part is that it is a complex Belgian so this actually starts to transform in flavors as it warms up, this is why I gave it a higher rating.