Respect the Ninety Pound Ninja
A Review of Taurus Tripel by Bull City Burger and Brewery
Posted on 12/18/2013 by Chops
                   
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Ah, the Belgian Tripel, the beer equivalent of a ninety pound ninja. These beers are notorious for their high accessibility and equally high alcohol content. When beer novices have their first unexpected shellacking, it is often at the hands of a Tripel. These beers are typically big on flavor, light on body, and pack a well hidden punch. This is of course why they are highly prized by craft beer fans. They are one of the few monster beers that never taste boozy. I recently stopped by Bull City Burger and Brewery, one of my favorite local craft beer haunts. A quick scan of the beer menu uncovered the Taurus Tripel. Hell yes, just what I needed to warm the belly on a chilly day.

In the glass, this beer has a semi-hazy golden orange coloration. It comes with a creamy white head that has really nice retention. On the nose, I was greeted by a lovely mix of sweet Belgian bread, savory orange citrus, tangy peppers, some floral notes, and a dusting of prickly spices. It's a solid introduction for what I can only assume is an equally solid brew. BCBB never seems to steer this beer fan wrong, so I toasted my happy reflection and dove right in.

Taurus is a delightful mishmash of sweet and spicy flavors. All of the aromatic notes make their presences known along with some candied malt and bubblegum. Savory breads, fruity citrus, and spicy notes tend to dominate the profile, which is typical of a good Belgian Tripel. The beer has a solid medium body and does very well to balance the smooth and zesty characters. There is a slight alcohol nip that is noticeable, but not distracting. The same can be said about the mild hop profile. The beer finishes tangy and exits with a pleasant fruity spicy aftertaste.

Overall, Bull City Burger and Brewery's Taurus Tripel is a flavorful brew with a zesty personality. It's a great example of the style and I highly recommend it to any and all beer fans. As I had mentioned before, the Belgian Tripel is one of the very few strong beer styles that can be enjoyed by all levels of beer drinkers. They are complex enough to satisfy beer geek palates and accessible enough to delight beer novices. On top of that, it's not every day that you can find a high quality example stateside, and Taurus Tripel certainly fits that bill. Be sure to stop by BCBB and score a pint while supplies last. Taurus isn't available for growler fills because it's illegal to carry around that much awesome.

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