Hobbit Beer: Bolg Belgian Style Tripel Review

Beer lovers have more to love about upcoming movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a three-bottle set of Hobbit beer. Fish Tale Brewery of Olympia, Washington, USA released an Belgian Style Tripel called Bolg in 22 oz bottles.

I sent the elves out to Seattle to get one of the first bottles of Bolg, and here’s my review…

Bolg Belgian Style Tripel pours sunset gold-colored with a light, lacy white head of foam. A Tripel is so-called from adding 3 times the among of malts used in other beers. Bolg is true to the Belgian Abbey and Trappist style with balanced hops and malts, that distinctly sweet Belgian yeast aroma, and high octane from added candy sugar. It has a smooth mouthfeel with lingering spices – cinnamon, pepper, orange, and peach. Let it warm up a bit if you really want to taste the spice flavors. At 9.5% ABV, Bolg packs a punch but the alcohol stays behind the scenes.

If you’re not familiar with Fish Tale Brewing, they have several labels including Leavenworth Biers, Reel Ales, and Fish Tale Organic Ales. The bottle does not indicate that this beer is organic, so it probably is not. Fish Tale Brewing is one of the larger breweries in Washington State.

Here’s the text from the bottle:

The Orc Bolg: The spawn of Azog the Defiler, Bolg, like his sire, is a giant, pale Orc. Keeper of the dungeons of Dol Guldor, Bolg takes pleasure in torture – his armor is embellished with the bones and blood of his victims. Powerfully built, this Orc is afraid of nothing and no one – that is, until he comes up against a surprising foe.

Check out the bar code from the bottle of Gollum Precious Pils:

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