Saturday 25 December 2021

Boatrocker - Tripel - Blonde Strong Ale - Beer Review

Review Date: 24/12/2021
Brewery Name: Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers (Braeside, Victoria, Australia)
Beer Name: Tripel - Blonde Strong Ale

Beer number 24 of our Beer Cartel Advent Calendar for 2021

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"We've crafted an ode to the big Belgian blonde ales that have so much character and finesse, while being dangerously drinkable. This beer is all about the yeast, and one where the yeast strain (Westmalle Abbey) allows the malt and ester profile to work in harmony. Ideally serve chilled to about 5˚C in a large goblet, allowing the aromas from the yeast to shine. "

Boatrocker - Tripel - Blonde Strong Ale


Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 9.2% (Very High)

Label/Design: 7/10

Serving Style: Can

Region of Origin: Pacific (Australia, New Zealand)

Style Family: Strong Ale

Malts/Adjuncts: Unknown

Hops: Unknown

IBU's: Unknown

Boatrocker - Tripel - Blonde Strong Ale Can Notes


Colour: Pale Gold


Brilliant Clear Slight Haze Hazy

Collar of Foam & Head Retention


(Up to 15 secs)

(15 - 60 secs) 

(more than 60 secs)

Foam Texture

N/A Thin Fluffy Mousse-Like

Carbonation (Visible)

None Slow Medium Fast-Rising Bubbles

Alcohol Aroma

Not Detectable Mild Noticeable Strong Harsh

Aroma & Flavour

Esters Aroma: None
Phenols: None

Alcohol Taste:

Not Detectable Mild Noticeable Strong Harsh

Hop Pungency:

Mild Moderate Strong Extreme

Hop Bitterness:

Restrained Moderate Aggressive Harsh

Malt Sweetness:

Low Medium High Cloying


Low Medium High


Light Bodied
Medium Bodied
(Light + Full)
Full Bodied
(Round, Rich & Creamy)

Palate Carbonation: 

Low Medium High


(Up to 15 seconds)
(15 to 60 seconds)
(More than 60 seconds)

Oxidative/Aged Qualities: None

Boatrocker - Tripel - Blonde Strong Ale in the Craftd Alpha glass


Drinkability: 7/10

Overall Impression: 8/10


Another new beer experience for us, being our first Tripel. Plenty going on here, with a full on flavour punch that seems to be yeast dominated. Belgian style yeast is unmistakable with its unique flavour profile - throwing plenty of esters and phenols. This does, however, make it a little difficult to determine what flavours are from yeast, hops and the malt. No shortage of alcohol either at 9.2%. Lots of spicy, peppery notes mixed with some subtle fruit flavours. High carbonation and a medium to full body. At 9.2% there's plenty of kick to it, and the alcohol taste is very much present, but well balanced with all the other flavours.

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