Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Belgium Trippel

New Belgium Trippel

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado USA


7.80% ABV

Commercial Description:
Our Trippel Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain. The Three Graces hand-painted on the label are Zeus’s daughters Aglaia (splendor), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer). In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, our bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander. ( )

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$3.50 each

New Belgium finally arrived in our area on Monday. I stopped in at State Line Liquors after work on Friday for the Hurricane Happy Hour and New Belgium beer tasting. I bought a variety of New Belgium beers that night to help ride out Hurricane Irene and then some. Well, we survived Irene and I’m about half way through my New Belgium beer reviews.

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a fairly rich bright white head.

The nose is classic Belgian Tripel with light malt aromas and earthy notes of citrus and spice on a bed of yeast.

Oh My! What a nice Tripel.

The experience starts out with a light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a very pleasant effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is also a biscuit like earthiness that is experienced in mid-sip. The back-end is fairly easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. The finish is exceptional with pale malt flavors and a very interesting earthiness. This earthiness is more like a Saison than a Triple. There is also flavors of spice and citrus and yeast on the finish. The final aftertaste is a slight spicy note along with that earthy yeasty note.

I’m not sure if it is unique or not but this earthy taste really works for me. I’m just not use to having this flavor in a Tripel. It is usually found in a Saison.

This tripel also warmed will. It was delicious to the last warm drop.

I fill compelled to give this a B+ in style because of that earthiness that is not usually found in a tripel. But for an overall experience this is an A for sure. Sorry the bier sob in me is a little conflicted. This delicious ale will certainly please any Tripel or Saison lover. Just like it has with me.

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