Triporteur Kinky Berry

Since I’m up early for work now, I can’t sleep in when I’m off. So, more time to update the blog. Today’s selection is a bottle that Val picked out in New York.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A full option fruit beer. This is NOT a candyshop Fruitbeer based on some inferior beer, this is a pure and complex brew with more as 20 ingredients. A kinky Fruitbeer packed with fruits and finished with dry hopping. Brewed without any artificial sweetener or aroma!”

Random: Despite exposing Val to lots of beer styles, she’s still a sucker for a fruit beer, although she called this beer “sugarless Kool Aid.”

The beer poured with a two finger, pink-tinted head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a bright reddish color and clear. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with raspberry syrup and yeast. There was a touch of orange flesh too, but raspberry was the dominant scent. The taste had a fruit juice characteristic with raspberry and blueberry, but it wasn’t sour or sweet. As a result, the flavor just seemed very confused to me. It also had a biscuit note, but it didn’t take away from the missteps in the flavor. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with raspberry. A bottle of this was $8 ($.67 per ounce), which was a bit expensive. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer. If it was either more tart or more sweet, it would have worked.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Triporteur From Hell

I had never heard of Triporteur until I saw one of the beers on tap at a restaurant (From Heaven). After trying that beer, I knew I wanted to try this one. It was on a shelf at Half Time and came home with me.


ABV: 6.66%

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Triporteur From Hell is a dark beer brewed with hellish burned and roasted BOM malt. The beer reminds us of chocolate, caramel, recently brewed coffee and freshly baked bread. The wheat malt in the unfiltered beer can cause a slight cloudiness. The taste of Hell keeps evolving in the bottle.”

Random: I get so much use of out my Flying Dog glass, mostly because I tend to leave it upstairs.

The beer poured with a three finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. It also left a large crown on top of the dark brown body. Because of the color, I couldn’t see much carbonation. The nose had a touch of sourness and Belgian yeast. It also had some nuttiness and light coffee. The taste also had some sourness initially, but it wasn’t bad, by any means. It also had light coffee and brown bread. The yeast was there too. Lightly toasted malts and hazelnuts were a minor flavor too. The body was pretty thick and the carbonation was aggressive. For me, it was a bit too much. The coffee lasted through the finish. This was not a cheap beer at $5.50 a single ($.46 per ounce). This beer was okay, but the carbonation was too much for my liking.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Triporteur From Heaven

After Weyerbacher, we stopped for a bite to eat at a French restaurant. They had a good tap list, but didn’t list the breweries who made the beers, so I had to search for ones that I haven’t reviewed before. This beer is one that I have never heard of, so I figured that I should give it a shot.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A heavily hopped beer brewed using home-baked malt. Triporteur From Heaven is the modern version of traditional hopped ale. It is a heavenly beer brewed with home-baked BOM malt. The wheat malt in the unfiltered beer can produce a light cloudiness. The taste of Heaven remains evolving in the bottle.”

Random: I had a butternut squash soup with bacon for an appetizer. It was pretty good.

This beer poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the tulip glass. The body had a golden-yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was quite hoppy. I picked up grass and lemon hops and then yeast came through. The taste was intensely hoppy, even more than I thought based on the nose. The first thing that I picked up was earthy and grassy hops. After a few sips, lemon zest was present. At the end of the sip, I picked up the most surprising flavor, which was white grapes, which were reminiscent of a dry, white wine. There was spice to the beer as well (light coriander). The body was dry and on the thinner side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with grassy hops. Although this beer wasn’t what I expected it to be, I enjoyed this unique take on a Belgian pale. But, I found the hoppiness to be intense and didn’t showcase the Belgian characteristics I look for. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not going to rush back to have it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0