Review: HopEra Trizo (HopEra Microbrasserie & Pizza)

I've stated before, and I'll state again - I love the 500mL bottles that breweries in Québec and the Maritimes use instead of going for standard 341mL or 650mL. Today's beer review is HopEra Trizo by HopEra Microbrasserie & Pizza out of Jonquière, Québec. I thought that HopEra Trizo was going to be a Double/Imperial IPA, but actually, it's a well-hopped Belgian-style tripel using Magnum, Columbus and Chinook Hops and tops out at 100.1 IBU! DAAAAAMN!

Appearance: Pours a bright cloudy orange, reminiscent of a witbier. Insane amount of head - 1/3 of the glass was all head so it took a while to pour the beer.. but that's alright - my T5i battery needed to be charged for a few minutes anyways. Very thick, snow white head.

Aroma: Parfumic - it's a medley of hops, booziness and sweet citrusy goodness. Somewhat sugary, you can tell that it's freaking 10% ABV - it's very boozey. Light amount of grain-bin aroma, lemon, some herbal notes and a medium amount of floral hoppiness to compliment everything else.

Taste: Very sweet, quite a good deal of hops in here - it's giving me a bit of acid reflux almost immediately. Very boozey and stronger than your typical Belgian tripel, which is kind of a surprise because Belgian tripels are generally around 10% as it is. Some spiciness of pepper complimenting the hops. A hint of woodiness and a decent amount of various tropical fruits including lime, lemon and grapefruit. Lots of graininess to it and a bitter metallic aftertaste that really hits the tongue. Somewhat acidic for mouthfeel.

Overall Thoughts: This is not bad, a bit too boozey for me - as the booze really hits you.. so I'm glad this isn't a 650mL bottle. Strong on the flavours compared to many Canadian tripels I've had.. but it's a bit more aggressive than I'm used to. All that being said, I like it. The citrus flavours pop out, the hops are sure present and flavours are all over the place.

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