Beer 390 - Triple Rock’s Stable Boy
Triple Rock is really doing some interesting things lately. Lately we have gotten two session beers, one of which was a GABF Pro-Am entree, and now we get a Dunkelweizen. Dunkels are one of my favorite types of lagers (just behind Weizenbocks), and it is not a style that you see often from American Breweries, so it is great to see Triple Rock taking a shot at the style. Without any more rambling on, here is Triple Rock’s Stable Boy.
The beer pours a dark murky brown color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. The aroma is a mix of wheat, caramel, and bready malts with some brown sugar, banana, clove, other spices, and a touch of dark fruit. So far a pretty good take on the style.
The beer starts off with a mix of sweet wheat and caramel malts with some clove and a bit of dark fruit. Through the middle, some banana and more spices come through with some bready malts and a bit of brown sugar. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some banana, clove, and a hint of dark fruit. It feels medium bodied with fairly mild carbonation (mine came from a growler, so maybe a bit more carb from the tap). It feels smooth with a sweet and estery finish.
Kudos to Triple Rock here for making a solid, traditional Dunkelweizen. Far too often we see American breweries take on various Lager style beers, and completely drain them of some of the major characteristics (for example, American Wheat compared to a traditional Hefeweizen). The yeast flavors and esters that are a part of the Dunkel style are in this one, and make for a good, balanced example of a style we need to see more of around these parts.