Slowly but surely, I am making it through the entire Black Husky line-up, and every beer that I have had from Brewmaster Tim Eichinger so far has been excellent. Every beer from Black Husky Brewing is a unique experience, so I was pleased when I found a bottle of the most recent Beware of the Dog series beer, Three Scrutineers Tripel.
Tripels are moderately strong beers (7.5-9.5% ABV) that are yellow to golden on color. They often have black pepper, or clove in the aroma paired with citrus or banana notes, floral or spicy hops and spicy alcohol notes. The flavor, like the aroma, often has hints of black pepper, citrus fruit and spicy or sweet alcohol not. The style often has a high level of carbonation, leading to a persistent effervescence, which accentuates a dry, moderately bitter finish. When done right, a Tripel is an excellent beer. On to the review!
Three Scrutineers does not currently have a score on either Beeradvocate or ratebeer.
When the College of Cardinals elects a new Pope, three are chosen to inspect the ballots and they are called the Three Scrutineers. An effervescent and pungent ale, get a bottle and with three friends, scrutinize this beer like Knight, Papa and Fish. Pope hats are optional.
Three Scrutineers pours a brilliantly clear gold with a moderately thick, creamy white head that holds moderate retention, falling back into the beer after 5 minutes, and leaves light lacing in the glass. The aroma has black pepper phenolics up front, transitioning to mellow banana, mango, pear and lemony fruity esters with sweet alcohol notes in the finish. As it warms, the phenolics fade and the fruity esters become more prominent.
The flavor is very complex with moderately sweet, biscuity malts, tons of fruity esters including melon, orange, pineapple and lemon, with a slight note of peppery phenols and spicy/sweet alcohol. The finish is peppery and semi-dry. Three Scrutineers is medium-bodied and slightly creamy with a moderately high level of effervescent carbonation.
Three Scrutineers is everything that a good Tripel should be, it has wonderfully complex fruity esters, spicy phenols, and a very pleasant effervescence. It is definitely a well-brewed Tripel that deserves to be mentioned alongside many of the more well-known commercial examples, like Westmalle Tripel and Tripel Karmeliet.
Tim Eichinger consistently releases excellent beers, and Three Scrutineers is no exception. There might still be a few bottles in stock at either Three Cellars in Franklin or Ray’s Wine and Spirits in Milwaukee, both are excellent liquor stores with a huge craft beer selections. If you don’t live in the Milwaukee area check out the “Find our Beer” page at Black Husky Brewing to find it near you.
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