Moa Tripel Sauvignon 2016 Vintage (375ml Bottle)
Belgian style Tripel with unfermented Sauvignon Blanc grape juice. Banana and spice derived characters, complemented by the vinous yet fruity tropical notes An experimental Belgian style Tripel where the candi sugar adjunct was replaced with unfermented Sauvignon Blanc grape juice from the 2016 Marlborough harvest. This year sees a greater addition of Sauvignon Blanc juice for a more in your face fusion. A quintessential Tripel invoking banana and spice derived characters, complemented by the vinous yet fruity and tropical notes.
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.