Category: Beer Reviews

Review: Tri-City Brewing Co. Fortunato Belgian-style Trappist Ale

Name: Fortunato
Brewery: Tri-City Brewing Company
Location: Bay City, MI
Style: Trappist Ale
IBU: 22.5
ABV: 7.5% 
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Release: Year-Round
Brewery Description: A Belgian-styled Trappist Ale that is bottle conditioned. This high alcohol and very complex ale is brewed in the finest Belgian tradition. Like most Trappist style ales, Fortunato’s complexity comes from using authentic Belgian ingredients as well as an authentic Belgian Trappist ale yeast. Fortunato is definitely a beer that you don’t want to miss!

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.

This is a damn fine brew. I don’t drink many Belgian-style ales. But I can tell you, when I do, it’s going to be this one. Plenty of complexity oozing from my glass from this brew. Something to enjoy while pondering life’s mysteries or simply wanting to kick back and let the flavor explode throughout my palate.