Sunday, July 31, 2011

La Rullés Triple



La Rullés Triple

Brewed by:
Brasserie Artisanale De Rullés SPRL
Belgium

Tripel

8.40% ABV







Commercial Description:
For this beer, we searched the body and bitterness into a free beer tasting. The ideal marriage will surprise you.
It as 8.4% and is available in 75 cl bottles and on tap.
(Translated from larulles.be)

General Pricing:
750ml bottles: ~$12.00 Each

Background:
I bought this at State Line Liquors the other day to evaluate for my upcoming Belgian Bier Banquet. I have already decided not to have this at this year’s event but since I have it we might as well give it a full review.

Review:
The beer pours a hazy straw color with a fairly rich bright white head.

The nose is striking with strong floral hops with a tough a citrus and of course some light malt aromas. I did not realize it but this smells more like a Belgian IPA not your typical Tripel.

Wow, what a great first sip. This beer is one nice Belgian IPA.

The experience starts out with a light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. Just after that there is a nice effervescence over the tongue during the middle of the sip. There is also a building hop robustness in mid-sip toward the back-end. This is not a hop bitterness just more of a robustness. This robustness builds even through the swallow but still not bitter. The finish is fantastic with rich complex hop flavors and light malts with just a touch of citrus notes all on a yeasty background. I love the hop flavors without the overwhelming bitterness, just a healthy bite. The final aftertaste is just a slight lingering floral hop flavor.

All and all this is a great beer. I am pleasantly surprised. Not that it’s good but that I wasn’t expecting a Belgian IPA.

The head on this beer has not quit. It has reduced to a nice protective layer over the top of the beer and the lacing is very impressive.

As this beer warms and opens up a little it is getting more robust, well, maybe robust isn’t quite right, it’s earthier. Funny it has almost picked up a saison type earthiness now that it has warmed a little.

I’m really impressed with this experience.

Each time I add a little more to the glass it produces a nice head and that head adds a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

When American brewers try to hop up Belgian style ales they usually are not that good. But when Belgian Brewers hop up their ales you get fantastic beers like Houblon Chouffe, Piraat and this LaRulles Tripel. What a great experience.

I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this beer.

We have warmed to 67 degrees now and this beer is just getting better.

This has been such a great experience

This is a Solid A Maybe even an A+. Even though this is classified as a Tripel is so hoppy that it should be classified as a Belgian IPA.

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