Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday Taste 8/25/09

Today we are tasting 3 styles of Belgian Ales: Golden, Dubbel and Tripel.

Golden ales are, as the name suggests, golden to straw colored. They are clear, crisp, and dry, with low-to-medium bitterness. Fruitiness from esters are also present in the beer.

Dubbels, created and commercially available in 1861 by the Westmalle Trappists, are a strong version of a Belgian brown ale.

Tripels, again created by the Westmalle Trappists, are a Belgian strong pale ale- typically the strongest beer in a brewery's line.

North Coast Pranqster Golden: Belgian Ales represent the height of the brewers' art. Sophisticated brewing techniques, yeast blends and unique flavoring elements have elevated the beers of Belgium to the status enjoyed by wine in other countries. PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that results in a floral nose, a full fruity flavor and a clean finish.

Grimbergen Dubbel:
The Grimbergen Dubbel has undergone two fermentations, which gives this ale a chocolatey, toffee taste with a warming brandy-like finish.

Pikes Monks Uncle Tripel: Big, full bodied and complex with a yeasty nose, fruity esters and malty dryness. Brewed with Belgian yeast and candied sugars.