Grimbergen Triple (330ml Bottle)
Pours gold with a large white head. Smells of ginger, perfumy, floral, dry hops, some residual sugar. Tastes semi sweet and perfumy with some nice grassy hints and a touch of pepper on the finish.
Like other abbey ales, Tripels are strong, yeasty-malty beers. But they are also pale, and have a notable hop profile. Hop bitterness may be higher than a typical abbey ale, up to 35IBUs. But the finish is where the hops really shine, as tripels should finish fairly dry. Otherwise, maltiness is still essential to the style, and the assertive yeast note typical of all abbey ales will be more apparent in tripels, since they do not have the rich dark malts to distract the palate. Alcohol flavours feature more prominently in Tripels that in just about any other style.