Victoria’s Triple Belgain AleNovember 1, 2002 Arcata, CA
Humboldt Brewing Company
Available: CA, OR, CO
Victoria’s Triple Belgian Ale style is a tribute to the ales brewed by Trappist monks in Belgium. The Humboldt brewery was founded in Arcata, CA, by former Oakland Raiders Superbowl star Mario Celotto.
Alcohol by weight: 7.3
Seductive; with a nice sounding head—steady almost buzzing with activity.It may be “American,” but there is a good Belgique character here. The disposition is warm and inviting, complete with pleasing alcohol warming and a smooth dry finish. Take care Belgium; we’re catching on to your delightful secrets. There is also just a tiny bit of hop personality that comes through to enhance the beer’s enjoyment. The Celotto brothers have done themselves proud.
- Fred Eckhardt
This beer has a hazy pale orange color and a cloved orange aroma. The palate opens sweet, with orangey candy-like flavors, but dries towards the center as the hops set in. The alcohol becomes obvious in the middle and pushes the flavors into a long, dry finish. This is an excellent tripel, judiciously balanced and showing real finesse. This beer is better than many from Belgium. An excellent choice with stuffed pork loin or fettuccine carbonara.
- Garrett Oliver
The banana-like aroma and the curiously golden-orange, iridescent color hint at Westmalle. Pity about the collapsing head, though. As the flavors develop, this Californian entrant is much sweeter: the “fresh lemonade” aroma; a rich maltiness reminiscent of marshmallow; a rosewater perfuminess; a honeyed finish. A lovely dessert brew. With Flemish Beer Cake?
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Styleand Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.