Red Truck Three on the Tree
Three on the Tree? You may be too young, but there are lots of us out there who remember. Three on the Tree is a wonderfully complex marriage of spicy notes, fruity esters and warming, yet low intensity alcohol. This Belgian style Tripel is infused with chamomile and lemon and is so much smoother than grandpa shifting into second. Sit back and relax, just like grandpa, this beer is in no hurry.
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.