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Photo of La Flama Dorada Belgian Style Tripel at Pizza Port San Diego

La Flama Dorada GABF 2014 Bronze Medal Winner

Lately, I’ve been on a sub-quest to taste brews in San Diego County that won medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival.  Pizza Port Brewing Company’s San Diego brew pub site (Ocean Beach) won a Bronze Medal for their La Flama Dorada, a Belgian Style Tripel, so I set out to taste it.

At first taste, my eyes rolled back and closed as it soothingly stimulated my taste receptors, especially the umami.  This Tripel is divine; exemplar of the style.  It has a golden color, medium body, slight sweetness, bold malt flavor, and lots of hop flavor and aroma.  My umami receptors were enchanted by the balanced fruity and peppery characteristics.  It was served properly in a tulip glass (due to its expensive nature to produce and high alcohol content- 9.6 % ABV) which made the volatiles easy to enjoy.  Delicious!  Incidentally, like the beer, the service was also exemplary.  Check out the beach after having a beer and pizza; it’s only a short block away.

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