A few weeks ago I was the lucky recipient of a wonderful package; a bottle of brew! Not just any brew, but a Belgian beer! I love the Belgian brews. Flying Dog beer mailed me bottle of their Kerberos Tripel.
The fourth member of their Canis Major series, the Flying Dog Kerberos¹ Tripel is a bottle conditioned Belgian Strong Ale that tips the scale at 8.5%ABV. It's brewed with Pilsner and aromatic malts as well as Saas hops. Since it is part of the Canis Major Series, it will be available year round in 4 packs and 1/6 bbls.
One quick note, on Flying Dog for anyone not familiar, they have a very heavy Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman influence in their bottle artwork that, mixed with the dog theme, leads the company's marketing. It's pretty eye catching stuff and I have always asked myself if this was all marketing, or if there was good brew behind those labels. Since this was my first run at this brewery, please take into consideration that I am not all that familiar with their style. Here goes...
I poured this into a glass, the head built up quickly and hung around for a short time before falling away. There was some minor lacing, but nothing to write home about. This was light copper in color, appropriate for the style. The aroma was mild with very little distinctive smells. There was some sweet malt in the nose, but none of the sweet candy smells I have come to expect with a Belgian. The taste was a bit watered down, it lacked any real distinct flavor and didn't last long on my tongue. After drinking it for a little bit, it grew on me, but it's not a distinct flavor. It ended with a little alcohol burn (to be expected) but it was a very abrupt hit of intense carbonation followed by the alcohol.
Overall, I would say that this is a fine beer for a night out with some folks that are not really into brews. I would call this a "gate-way" brew that wouldn't scare anyone away. With that said, there is a lot they could do with this to spice it up. And I would also say that with labels like that, Flying Dog really needs to grow a couple and not neuter a brew that should be a pretty big experience.
[Ed.: likely pronounced ker-BURR-os...or maybe ker-burr-OOOOOOOoooossssssssss.]