Beer Wednesday – ‘t Hofbrouwerijke – Bosprotter
Happy Beer Wednesday, and Happy Halloween!
In celebration of this most terrifying of holidays, I was taken in by the label on this ‘t Hofbrouwerijke – Bosprotter, which literally means “forest farter,” but is more honestly translated as “hippy” or “woodsy-guy,” (thankfully) and has one of the cooler labels I’ve seen. As such, it was prominently displayed at the liquor store in their “Halloween” section, along side Rogue Dead Guy ale and whiskey, among others.
Admitting that I was completely taken in by the packaging, the fact that this was a Belgian Tripel brewed in Belgium is really what sold me. If you’re paying attention, you know I love Belgian beers, and this Tripel had a lot of the same characteristics that I love. The head was thick and stayed around for a while, and the nose was bready and yeasty, without much in the way of hops.
While I like the bitter citrusy flavor of a hoppy beer, this tripel had more of a honey or molasses taste to it, and that flavor kind of hung around a bit after I drank the glass. The 8.5% ABV certainly wasn’t as noticeable as it could have been, but the sweetness had a way of clinging to my tongue after I drank it. The carbonation that wasn’t too heavy may have played a part in it, but I really liked the light, almost velvety consistency of the beer itself, and the in-bottle re-fermentation process I’m sure had a lot to do with that.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer, although not as much as some other Belgians I’ve had in the past. It’s pretty good, and I would certainly give Hofbrouwerijke’s other beers a try, but I’d call this a 4/5, or a 7.8/10. Take your pick.
Disclaimer: I decided on this post before Hurricane Sandy slapped the East Coast. Had I been properly prepared for that, I would have chosen an appropriately themed beer. We never lost power, and are in good shape. Thanks for the concern.
Ever have one of their other beers? What did you think about it?