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Tuesday, January 18th 2011

Triangle Belgian Golden Ale
(Triangle Brewing Company)

Our first canned brew from North Carolina. Triangle Brewing starting canning last year and have put two  beers in cans thus far. Interestingly enough they chose two Belgian-style beers to can. We like it! This relatively strong, 8% is a serious beer, Belgian-style Golden Ale really piqued my interest when I saw they were going to send it down the canning line. I'm guessing we'll be seeing more and more stronger beers in cans as people get used to the idea. Cheers!

From the Triangle Brewing site:

"This strong golden ale measures in at 8% & showcases a variety of the ingredients and brewing methods that help differentiate Triangle beers. The Strong Golden is fermented at a higher temperature than our other beers adding an undercurrent of fruitiness (although there is no fruit in the beer). Very lightly filtered, the Golden exhibits complex mouthfeel, strong malt flavors, a spicy hop presence and soothing alcohol warmth, followed by a clean, dry finish. It is excellent with food as well as served by itself. Bronze Medal Winner at 2009 Carolina Championship of Beer."

Here we go...


Pour - definitely golden in color with a softness to it that makes it look almost cloudy. The head is relatively thin and stark white. 


Aroma - spicy, sweet, fruity, apricots, peaches and some hint of apple. The fruity aromas are definitely to be attributed to the yeast strain being used and really make this beer smell great.


Taste - spicy, sweet and dry. Lots of soft fruit flavors with some hints of cardamom. The sweetness is like that of apple or sparkling apple cider or pears. Very subtle flavors for a beer as strong as this. The finish is dry and light on the tongue with only a bit of sweetness left on the palate. 


Overall - very nicely done and quite a surprise to find it in a can. This should hopefully encourage more brewers to put some stronger or more unique brews in cans. 


Would I buy more of it? - definitely, I wish I could buy more of it up here in New England!


Note - Triangle Brewing also cans their Belgian-Style White Ale. 


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Triangle Belgian Golden Ale
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Brewery: Triangle Brewing Company
Durham, North Carolina  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: January 18th, 2011

Posted by Russ

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