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La Rulles: Triple (Belgium: Abbey Tripel: 8.4% ABV)

Visual: Clear banana to gold, thin layer of smooth off white head.

Nose: Wheat, carrot and coriander. Barley husks. Light bitterness. Pepper. Some red berries, maybe raspberry ripple mixed with strawberries.

Body: Very smooth. Gingerbread and bitterness. Watermelon. Digestive biscuits with bits of red fruit.  A slight custard cream centres for the sweetness. Raspberry touches and some smooth milk.  Gooseberry and passion fruit after a while drinking.

Finish:  Dry wheat and bitterness. Dry wine feel. Lots of bitterness stays. Touch of cream.  While not complex the finish sure hangs around.

Conclusion:  We all have a rough idea what to expert from a tripel style beer right? Maybe sweet for the newer styles, wheat will probably come into it, the usual.  So, did any of you put raspberry in the expected flavours list, cos I sure as hell didn’t, yet here it comes in a main body that shocked the hell out of me.

So yes a fruity tripel, full bodied and far less sweet than a lot of the recent takes on the style all leading into a distinctly dry finish.  In fact most of the beer is that touch drier than expected.

A very exciting range of flavours, yet crisp and dry. This is supremely drinkable and never dull. If not for the abv it would session magnificently, with that long bitter finish really making a nice pause between sips,

Frankly it is quite astonishingly good, with oddities like the dry wine feel of the finish and the flavour all part of a fantastically made package.

Background: Rulles have a good rep, and I’ve enjoyed my previous encounters with them. This bottle was picked up from Bacchus Cornelius in Brugge, where it had just turned up that day.  Due its size and potent abv this bottle was shared with my friend and co taster Will who offered some suggestions for this write up – many thanks.

AChouffe: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Triple (Belgium: Abbey Tripel: 9%)

Visual: Hazy gold with a large ice cream Sunday frothy white head that was knife cut by the waitress to a smooth edge. Leaves firm lace clumps as it descends and an odd and slightly rude shaped bump of froth remained in the middle to the very end.

Nose: Crisp wheat hops, crushed gingerbread. Quite yeasty. Ice cream and a prickly feel.

Body: Crushed chives, rousing hop bitterness. Slight hop oil in texture. Slight milk behind hops. Lemon and vanilla.

Finish: Wet and bitter, lots of greenery. Chives and cut leaves. Brown bread. Low fat soft cheese traces. Passion fruit.

Conclusion:  Ordered mainly to the “La Chouffe” royal oak incident (don‘t ask), but I ended up not regretting it for a moment. This Belgium style IPA turned out to be on tap rather than bottled as expected, much to my delight.

Very fresh and light – well light apart from the massive hop kick in it.  There is a universe where that sentence makes sense I assure you.  Like the Belgium takes on stouts their Belgium IPA’s somehow manage to mix the lovely graceful Belgium notes into a heavy duty foreign style without missing a beat. In this case it’s a Belgium Triple and a craft IPA that come head too head.

It reminds me of a highly hopped version of Brewdogs Trashy Blond Monk, appropriately enough, though this is by far the superior beer.  Feels very chewy despite its smooth texture.  It won’t convert a non hop head, but it does add a significant amount to the style, a balance between hop assault and drinkability.

A good evenings slow drink, and the peanuts side snacks complemented it well, with the salt vs. hop kick a delectable contrast.

Background: Drunk on tap. The abv is approximate as I have seen several different abv’s for the tap versions listed, and the bottle version different again. Since I forgot to check at the time of drinking, I have gone for the “official” abv of 9% for the listing.

Listed as an Abbey Tripel, but as its name suggests it is a Belgium take on the IPA, a comparatively recent oddity, but one that should be encouraged.  AChouffe brewery is notable for the “La Chouffe” incident of the Royal Oak pub, from which determination to drink their ales in Belgium came from. The incident is no where near as interesting as it sounds, but we shall continue to refer to it in obscure terms to make it sound like a momentous event.

Note: The vast majority of the book in the image above is taken up with their beer list. A fine restaurant/pub of Bruges it was.

Bavik: Petrus: Gouden Triple (Belgium: Abbey Tripel: 7.5% ABV)

Visual:  A pale barley influenced colour with a thick terrain of bubbled froth head.

Nose: Wheat, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fresh and ready. A touch of processed ice cream and barley. Quite bread like.

Body: Barley and wholemeal bread. Very frothy and with a touch of unripe grapes. Cinnamon bun. Honey, treacle and slight spices.

Finish: Liquorice comes through very distinctly. Bitterness and wheat.

Conclusion: What the hell is that liquorice finish doing in there? It just doesn’t fit. As the first sip trickled down the throat the unexpected liquorice tingle made itself apparent to such a degree that the relatively plain mid body was forgotten.

Mostly it is however a passable beer, and I am far from a liquorice hater, but here it seems mismatched and lingers.  The finish reminds me of the end of an overrun party where the host waits patiently for the last few people to kindly depart already!

Anyway

Reasonable main body that reflects a nice nose with a touch of spice, but builds to an unsatisfying end.

Bockor: Omer Traditional Blond (Belgium: Abbey Style Tripel: 8% ABV)

Visual: Clear honeyed gold, a slight caramelised haze over the white bubbled head that leaves slight lace like suds.

Nose: Distinct lemon and light banana. Wheat is present but with a slight fudge sweetness. Milky malt chocolate drink and a touch of spice.

Body: Wheat, lemon and barley. Malt and spice. Quite sweet with banana syrup like character and light honey.

Finish: Sharp yet sweet lemon, honey and ginger snaps. Vanilla and a bready feel.

Conclusion: A beer I had not heard of before heading to Bruges, and it seems comparatively new to the scene – so heck I thought I might as well give it a try.  Flavour stays within its claimed Blond style, despite its ABV making it more suited to being considered a Tripel style.  The mix is nice, but despite this oddity the flavours don’t excessively deviate from the Blond expectation.

Does the tricks well though with a nice mix of banana sweetness and wheat that refreshes.  A well done beer, and good take on it’s called for style, and shows the characteristic quality you find in nigh any Belgium pub.

It’s good, but doesn’t stand out that much in the country. Then again, Belgium is without a doubt, the best beer country in the world, so you can’t blame it too much for that.

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