Posts Tagged ‘Abbey Trippel’

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Day #295 – Victory Golden Monkey

October 23, 2011

Rangers tied up the series to make it 2-2. That deserves a treat.

Victory Golden Monkey

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This beer is another one from Victory Brewing Company. It is an Abbey Trippel style with a high 9.5% ABV.

This beer pours a clear yellow-gold color with a fizzy white head. The head fizzes up and out fairly quickly which is a bit odd for this style of beer.

The aroma is a mix of banana, clove, spices and alcohol. It’s a higher alcohol beer and you can certainly pick that up on the nose.

The flavor starts as banana and spice but turns into a alcoholic burn towards the finish. It has nice flavor but certainly has a kick.

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Cheers!

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Day #199 – Maredsous 10 Tripel

July 19, 2011

Well it’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for my weekly trip to the Ginger Man for their glass night. This is a special week however, especially in the beer world. July 21st is the day Belgium celebrates it’s Independence day. They achieved this independence in 1931 from the Netherlands. Because of this, many beer folk celebrate all week long by enjoying lovely Belgian beers. I unfortunately was out of town this weekend so I missed the beginning of the festivities but I am here now!

Maredsous 10 Trippel

Maredsous makes 3 beers of note, the 6, 8 and 10. I have previously reviewed the 8; today is the 10. This beer is classified as an Abbey Trippel and has an ABV of 10%. (Get it?) I have had this beer numerous times before and for the purposes of today’s blog I will have to refer back to my notes from before. You’ll soon see why.

Holy crap! I can’t remember the last time I saw my usual bar so busy! First off I couldn’t find parking which rarely happens, granted I was 6 minutes later than normal. Then I see the general manager sitting outside the door, that also never happens. She is handing out tickets for the glassware. Need I say it? This never happens. Well she makes eye contact with me, smiles and hands me the last ticket! She said, man I’m glad you got this one. I was just asking my bartenders “Can anyone tell me if Cavie (name was changed to protect the not-so-innocent) is in there already?” How cool is that, that the manager knows me by name? Either it’s cool or I’m here WAY too often. We’ll go with the previous. ūüėČ

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Check out this glass! Oh that’s so awesome! I was a little bummed when I heard today was Maredsous night because I already have 2 different chalices from them, but this made it TOTALLY WORTH IT!! It’s made of ceramic, has the name painted on and is completely wicked! I’ve only previously seen these online but now I have one for my own! The only drawback to this is that the glass is opaque and I cannot see the appearance. To my notes I go…

This beer pours a lovely deep reddish-orange hue. It has a decent layer of white foam on top.

Aroma is an assortment of dark fruits. Grapes, plum, maybe sour cherries or bananas. Very lovely. Light Belgian yeast aroma as well.

Flavor is also very fruity. Lots of dark fruit tones with light bread and some sweeter hints of malt and Belgian yeast. This is so good the higher alcohol content could easily catch up with you so I’ll say…be careful.

Cheers!

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Day #170 – Real Ale Devils Backbone

June 20, 2011

Day number 3 of Texas beers today! That inadvertently happened; I wasn’t planning on featuring that many Texas beers but I reached in the fridge and that’s what came out. I also started playing a video game today and got sucked into it. I looked down at the clock and realized it’s past 10 and I haven’t even done a blog post for today! Man I’m getting lazy through these summer months. Oh well, I’ll make up for it with a good beer.

Real Ale Devils Backbone

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Devils Backbone is a pretty big beer coming out of Real Ale. It is classified as an Abbey Trippel and can hold it’s own at 8.1%. This is one of my favorites from their company and I am looking forward to trying it in a bottle; up until now all they’ve served is on draught.

As you can see this beer pours a very clear light golden to orange color. It actually looks strikingly similar to a premium lager….which has me a little worried. I expected a Trippel to be a little cloudy or thicker than this. White foamy head that fizzes and disappears.

The aroma thankfully is nothing like a lager. It has lots of Belgian yeast and fruity characteristics. Sweet smelling with a bit of grain.

Flavor is sharp fruit, grains and a touch of alcohol. The alcohol can be tasted big time on the finish, and the mouthfeel certainly backs that up. 8.1% and you can feel every percentage point of it. Definitely has a bubble gum/fruity ester flavor to it.  Kinda thin on the mouthfeel after the alcohol sting goes away.  Pretty good though!

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Cheers!

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Day #86 – Chimay Triple / Blanche (White)

March 28, 2011

Over the next 3 days I have the pleasure of reviewing authentic Trappist beers.  What is a Trappist beer you ask?  In general terms, it is a beer brewed by monks for monks.  The FUBU of beer you could say.

Here are some specifics:

  • Out of the 171 of the world’s Trappist monasteries only 7 produce beer.
  • 6 are from Belgium (Orval, Chimay, Westvleteren, Rochefort, Westmalle and Achel) and one from the Netherlands (Koningshoeven).
  • These monasteries make up the International Trappist Association that monitors and controls what products may carry the name “Trappist”.

For a beer to qualify, it must meet the following criteria: (quoting wikipedia)

  • The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by or under control of Trappist monks.
  • The brewery, the choices of brewing, and the commercial orientations must obviously depend on the monastic community.
  • The economic purpose of the brewery must be directed toward assistance and not toward financial profit.

Trappist beers are well regarded among the craft beer community.¬† In fact, the much debated “Best beer in the world” is brewed at a Trappist monastery,¬† Westvleteren.¬† Don’t bother looking for it at your local Kroger.¬† They only authorize sales of their beer at the brewery itself (in Belgium) and the monastery-owned bar across the street from it.¬† If you really want to try it you can find bottles of it on ebay, but you’ll pay a bit to get your hands on it!

Chimay Triple / Blanche (White)

The Chimay brewery is located in Baileux, Belgium at the Scourmont Abbey.¬† It is an authentic Trappist brewery and also produces cheese as well as beer.¬† They have 3 widely distributed beers that may be found in North Texas, and I will be reviewing all 3.¬† The street terms for these are Chimay Red, White and Blue.¬† How very American for a Belgian brewery.¬† ūüôā Speaking of cheese, I think I’ll accompany this beer with a delectable cheese platter.

I’ll be starting with the white beer, which in actuality is an Abbey Trippel.¬† It rings in at 8% so this is no weakling.¬† A Trappist beer should always be served out of a Trappist glass, preferably from the brewery its made for.¬† I have my trusty Chimay goblet here, ready for pouring.

I poured this beer very slowly, so as to leave the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.   I am actually cultivating this yeast for a homebrew beer I am planning on doing later this week.  Even pouring it slowly, the beer still develops a nice frothy white head.  The color starts at a light orange yellow near the stem of the glass and gradually grows to a darker amber color as it nears the head.  Lots of suspended sediment can be seen in this as well.  That is to be expected however.

The aroma is fairly yeasty, with lots of banana and clove esters.  Very much a Belgian fruit aroma.  Sweet notes and fruit are the main things that I can smell for sure.

The flavor is fruity, like sugary fruit snacks that tingle the tongue.¬† The alcohol levels can certainly be felt through the tingles and it’s overall mouthfeel.¬† Flavorful and tasty, this starts off well and has a slightly bitter/fruity-dry finish.¬† Lots of other spicy notes in this, like clove and zesty flavors.¬† Very nice and better than I remembered.¬† The best has yet to come however….

Op uw gezondheid!  (cheers in dutch)