This write-up is in honor of our first “Brewery of the Month”. Tri-City has a wonderful array of brews that will appeal to all palates. And Fortunato fails to disappoint. It is a Belgian-style Trappist ale. Stylistically similar to those amazing brews from Belgium, Fortunato is truly a highlight from an already delicious staple of brews.
As poured into my tulip glass, Fortunato pours a relatively clear dark brownish-red hue with a massive white head and outstanding head retention. Aromatically, it’s an eye-opener. Complex and humble, it’s a smooth-smelling blend of malt, hops & spice. Delicious. The flavor is smooth with a subtle spiciness and a pleasant hop presence; very clean and drinkable. It’s sweet, yet not overly so, with yeast & dark fruit rounding about the tongue. It has a very nice mouthfeel; “light-ish” yet full of flavor! Nice malt characteristics; present, yet blended beautifully between crisp hops and a spicy, yeasty backbone. The aftertaste provides a slight burn in the end with a hint of spice and warmth, yet it’s quite pleasant going down. Ends with a small shot of dark fruit and a tidbit of sweet malt on the back of the tongue.