Freaky Deaky Belgian Tripel by Oak Highlands Brewery

Freaky Deaky Belgian Tripel by Oak Highlands Brewery

Freaky Deaky Belgian Tripel by Oak Highlands Brewery

Freaky Deaky Belgian Tripel by Oak Highlands Brewery

I got a chance to go by the Oak Highlands brewery right after I posted my taste test of DFDub.  Brad and Derrin out there are great to talk to about beer and their plans for the brewery, so everyone should head out to their taproom and try a few beers.

The guys at Oak Highlands set up their shop with growth in mind, so at this very instant they have room to grow.  They had just gotten their canning line set up when I was there, so I wonder how long their extra space will last.

The can that you see to the right isn’t available quite yet (at the time of this writing).  Brad sent it to me because they had just started running them through the canning line.  Cool stuff.

First off, I asked Derrin if the name Freaky Deaky is an Austin Powers reference, and he said that it is.  I believe that Dr. Evil says “I don’t speak Freaky Deaky Dutch” to Goldmember at some point in that movie.  He said that they realize that the Dutch versus Belgian thing isn’t an exact fit, but they thought it was close enough.

I love the name.  That’s good stuff.  I can definitely appreciate a good movie reference.

Brad gave me some background on the hows and whys of brewing Freaky Deaky.  First off, it is 100% pilsner malt, so that is pretty true to style.  Triples are typically single malt beers.

Where Oak Highlands diverges from the norm is with their hops.  They use Pacific Northwest hops in this beer because they feel that those hops take more of the burn out of the high ABV compared to traditional Noble hops.

At 10% ABV Freaky Deaky definitely has some alcohol to deal with.

Freaky Deaky Growler Cap

Freaky Deaky Growler Cap

Between the single malt and the unique hops, Brad said that they feel like the Belgian yeast has the perfect base to shine through.  Tripels are usually very yeast driven, so this makes sense.

Thanks to everyone at Oak Highlands for dealing with me and all of my questions.

Here is what CraftBeer.com says a Belgian-Style Tripel should resemble:

“BELGIAN-STYLE TRIPEL
Complex, sometimes mild spicy flavor characterizes this style. Yeast-driven complexity is common. Tripels are often on the higher end of the ABV spectrum, yet are approachable to many different palates. These beers are commonly bottle-conditioned and finish dry. Tripels are similar to Belgian-style golden strong ales, but are generally darker and have a more noticeable malt sweetness.”

Now on to the taste test:

I got this beer from a local growler fill, so that’s how I had the pleasure of drinking it.

Freaky Deaky pours out straw yellow with a head of white foam.  There are nice looking bubble trails throughout the beer, and it’s isn’t remotely cloudy.

Freaky Deaky Belgian Tripel by Oak Highlands Brewery

Freaky Deaky Belgian Tripel by Oak Highlands Brewery

I got lots of fruity ester aroma from the Belgian yeast with an element that was almost like a chardonnay.  There is a sort of sour fruit type of smell to the beer, as well.

My first impression of this beer is that it’s a lot like a Saison or a Farmhouse Ale.  Maybe I’ve just had more of those, so that’s what I default to.

I got lots of fruity flavors from the yeast mixed with a slight bitter hop flavor that usually isn’t quite as prevalent in Belgian beers.

There is also a slight bit of spice to the beer that you would expect to find in a Tripel.

The pilsner malt gives this beer a nice and slightly bready backbone.  The overall balance of the beer is pretty good, also.

You can tell that this isn’t a light beer while you are drinking it.  The alcohol is noticeable but not at all overpowering, so that’s impressive work.

I really enjoyed this beer, and I’m not the biggest Belgian beer fan.  I’m getting more into them, and this beer definitely helped.

I don’t buy a lot of beers multiple times because of this blog, but I really want more of this one.

 

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