Driftwood Brewery – The Heretic Local Malt Tripel Review
Sticking with their Belgian roots the Driftwood Brewery has come out with the Heretic Local Malt Tripel. While the style of beer is authentic Belgium, the barley used in this beer is sourced from none other than Vancouver Island’s Saanich Penninsula. International flavour with a 100km diet frame of mind. This Tripel appears a crisp, golden colour with three fingers of head that is very slow to disperse and leaves a gargantuan amount of lacing on the glass. Despite the unfiltered label there appears to be no sediment at all in the bottle. Smelling this beer it is strong with a sweet malt scent and a touch of banana and clove on the nose. The flavour is big on malt. The malted notes are paired with a smooth sweetness, a dash of clove and a touch of banana. As the palate settles there is alcohol taste and a sap-like flavour that lingers afterwards. This final bit is tough to describe as it isn’t a cascadian hop but almost rather a cascadian malt? The pine sap-like flavour is a touch sour, a touch sweet and a touch bitter – a cornucopia of tree-like flavours within the one tasting note. At 8% this is a strong beer that can sneak up on you if you turn a blind eye. It is traditional yet unique making for a great Canada-Belgium inspired Tripel.