Tuatara Tripel Barrel (330ml Bottle)
A religious experience
Originally brewed by monks fleeing the French Revolution, this classic Belgian beer sparked its own revolution when Carl Vasta first introduced it in 2001 to an unsuspecting public who weren’t ready for its sensory onslaught. Thank God he didn’t ditch the recipe, as this strong golden ale with notes of clove and orange now has a beloved place in the Tuatara line-up.
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.