Franconia Tripel Dunkel Taste Test

Franconia Tripel Dunkel Taste Test

Franconia Tripel Dunkel

Franconia Tripel Dunkel

I saw this in Total Wine and More while I was trying to pick out some dark beers for taste testing.  Not too surprising since I am in DFW, there are an awful lot of choices, and I had to leave out some beers.  Don’t worry tasty dark beers.  I’ll be back for you later.

Anyways, I’ve had the Dunkel from Franconia before.  I think that it was at the Lake Highlands Oktoberfest after they completely ran out of the Franconia Octoberfest.  Thankfully the Dunkel was not a let down at all.

Franconia Tripel Dunkel Label

Franconia Tripel Dunkel Label

So there is no description of the Tripel Dunkel on the Franconia website.  I had to venture to the label for a description.

It says “Our Tripel Dunkel isn’t for the faint of heart.”  Super true.  “Inspired by the Belgian tradition, it is three times as potent as your typical brew.” At 10% abv that is certainly true, as well.  “With roasty aromas and notes of dark chocolate, this beer is filling, strong and satisfying.”

Pretty dang good description by them.  The aroma is very roasty, as they say.  I had a hard time coming up with my own description of this beer because it’s so unique.

You definitely will not confuse this with any other dark beer.  The closest thing that I’ve ever had to it is the Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head, but the Tripel Dunkel is much better.

Franconia Tripel Dunkel Pour

Franconia Tripel Dunkel Pour

This beer almost explodes in the glass when you pour it, and it develops the amazing head that you see in the picture.  The smell is pretty great.  It’s roasty and dark chocolately and all that other stuff that you want from a heavy dark beer.

And that’s exactly what this beer is.  Heavy.  Thick.  Dark.  Roasty.  Tasty. And heavy.  Did I say heavy?

If you are looking to drink more than one beer per hour, or if you are looking to have more than 2 beers in a night, you might want to grab something else.  You will need to take your time with the Tripel Dunkel.  There will be no rushing through it.

And when you’re done with it, you will be full.  It’s not a bad full like too much Taco Bell, but there will be no doubt that you just drank one of the heaviest beers of your life.

Thankfully with the 10% abv, you will feel like you’ve had many more than one beer.  I guess that’s a perk of all the heaviness.

To sum up, I’m really glad that I snagged one of these because it was a great beer adventure.  Is there any way that this beer becomes a staple of my drinking rotation … probably not.  The Tripel Dunkel is a really good beer, but to me at least, it’s probably more of a special occasion kind of deal.

Thanks for the read.  Hit me up at dfwbrews@gmail.com for any comments or beer recommendations or whatever.

 

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