Flying Dog Kerberos

Posted on 05.19.08 8:53PM under Free Beer, Tasting, Tripel

Flying Dog KerberosWell it wasn’t too warm the other day when I got home. So I skipped the Kerberos that day. It turns out that it’s a lot warmer in South Windsor than it is in Mystic most days this time of year. I’ll leave SW at 5PM, and it’s 75, and when I get back to Mystic sometime after 6:00, it’s getting down towards 60. (Those are degrees F for our international friends.) Maybe it’s just cooler at the shore, or maybe it cools down quickly that time of day. But it’s never been that warm summery time that I thought I might be waiting for to crack the Kerberos.

Tonight the waiting game had to end. It was time to dig into the sweet golden treasure that had made its way to my door. Time to sample that pre-market release special super fancy beer that’s been eyeing me from the fridge each night.

This beer pours a bright golden color. It is a bit cloudy, and could best be described as translucent. A not-too-gentle pour into a Duvel glass provides a fleeting head of big bubbles. This quickly retreats to a ring around the edge, which doesn’t last long itself. There’s just a thin layer of sediment leftover on the bottom of the bottle, evidence of the bottle conditioning that is practically essential to a Belgian style beer.

JOLLY RANCHER Hard Candies are bursting with a bold fruit flavor that will wake up your sleeping taste buds.The aroma that hits you as you pour is a great strong dank Belgian yeasty smell with a healthy dose of green apple jolly rancher in the background. (Please hover your mouse over the photo – I took the caption from the Jolly Rancher website) It’s actually a nicely subtle and layered yeasty aroma, with hints of all the expected components from Belgian beers – bananas and cloves and whatnot. And the green apple is not overwhelming, it’s just the right complement to the other stuff.

At first the flavor comes off as sweetness, but not quite to the jolly rancher degree. Then the middle makes a smooth transition to the dry-ish, hoppy-ish finish. The hops have that sort of a European hop feel and taste to them, which sometimes seems a bit grassy to me. That flavor fits in so well with the overall character of a beer like this. There’s a dab of alcohol-feeling warmth accompanying the latter half of the sip, and that sticks with you for a while afterwards.

This beer is nice because it isn’t too chalky and phenolic like a lot of Belgian style beers sometimes end up to be. I wish it had a fuller carbonation to it, and some lacing and head retention would make it visually impressive.

Overall I consider this a worthy component of the Canis Major lineup of big beer from Flying Dog. A very solid and enjoyable beer. Plus, it’s named after a three-headed dog monster thing from mythology.

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