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Beer Review #112 Pater Lieven Tripel

I am a sucker for a good Tripel. I simply love the beer style. I just over a week I will be traveling to Belgium to enjoy some wonderful beer, and I guess the sights. I will also be visiting Germany, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. I hope to enjoy some good beers, and if this beer is any indication of what to expect, I am going to have a great time.

Pater Lieven Tripel is brewed by Brouwerij Van Den Bossche out of Herzek, Belgium (say that sentence five time fast). This tripel comes in at a nice 8% ABV and the bottle indicates that it has been brewed since 1897. Impressive. This beer pours an orange color and  has a fluffy white head. There are some small particles suspended in the beer which is common in Belgian ales.

The nose is a bit tart and has no heat. The typical Belgian spices are there and that’s really all there is the the aroma. The taste is full of flavor. It has a good honey-like sweetness. It is followed by a slightly sour twang on the end. The Belgian spices are mixed into the flavors but they are very light. Some Belgian beers really showcase the yeast strains, this beer shows a more reserved hand. I really enjoyed this one and I recommend it to you.

I can’t wait for Europe.

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09-06-04-05

River Horse Brewing Company Tripel Horse Beer Review

09-06-04-06I have recently been getting into Belgians and River Horse Brewing Company’s Tripel Horse called to me at the six pack store. First off, I love the packaging. River Horse has funky packaging that mixes some old images with new graphic design, and I just love it. All of there beer labels have something in common but are also very distinct. That aside, lets get onto the beer.

09-06-04-05This is what the brewery has to say about their beer:

Notice a unique aromatic nose with a hint of vanilla esters, which comes from the Belgian ale yeast. Tripel Horse has a big body and rich mouth feel and finishes mostly dry with only a touch of sweetness. If you shy from some of the sweeter Belgian ales, we think you will enjoy this one. The palate improves with age, so keep some on hand and you can ride Tripel Horse down a new path with each opened bottle.

This beer rocking in at 10% which is not surprising for a Tripel. Right on the nose of the beer you get the yeast spicyness and alcohol. It pours an orangy color with a little brown. My camera does not acurarlty replicate the color. The beer is hazy when help up to the light, as expected, and you can see little particles floating throughout the beer, also as expected. It pours with a minimal amount of head that lingers around the side of the glass for the whole drink.

09-06-04-04On first taste there is an explosion of flavor. The yeast spice is obvious, but there is a ton of malt and a hint of sweetness. The back end of the drink is alcohol, but it isn’t super noticeable if you aren’t looking for it. It finishes dry in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. This beer is exactly what I wanted from a Tripel, it was high in alcohol, big in flavor, and had that Belgian wonderfulness that I have been craving. A few years ago I would of hated this beer, but my pallet has grown and gotten much better.

They say to age this beer as it will change a lot over time. I bought a six pack and drank the six pack within a week or so. It was just that good.

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