Today, East Brother Beer Co. is releasing its seasonal Belgian Tripel, along with some history on the style of beer and tips on how it is best served.
The Belgian Tripel pulls “from a tradition that began centuries ago in the Belgian abbeys,” according to the popular brewery located at 1001 Canal Blvd.
“Honoring tradition, we brew an authentic Belgian Tripel at 8.6 ABV, using nearby Admiral Maltings’ Admiral Pilsner malt, Clipper Oats, and Belgian Candi Sugar; a hops profile of English Kent Goldings and Styrian Aurora, plus Abbey Ale yeast,” said brewery co-founder Rob Lightner.
Lightner succinctly describes a tripel as “a non-precise measurement of the alcohol content in this style of beer.”
“Originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle, the name tripel was typically used for the strongest beer in the cellar,” he said. “Barrels were marked with Xs to signify strength, so three Xs designated the abbey’s tripel, or stronger alcohol content ale.”
East Brother Beer describes its version as a “pale straw beauty with a bright white foam crown, resulting in characteristic Belgian lace on the glass as it fades.” Expect subtle notes of banana, honeysuckle, and “just the right amount of clove and spice,” Lightner said.
You can pair East Brother’s Belgian Tripel with a wide variety of dishes from Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings to Brussels sprouts and apple pie.
For those pulling the beer from their refrigerator, East Brother recommends letting it sit out for a few minutes, as it is “best served around 50ºF for optimal enjoyment of aroma and flavor.”
“Even better, pour this ale into a goblet,” Lightner said.
The Belgian Tripel is available at local retailers, curbside pickup & CA shipping, and served fresh at the East Brother taproom.
Also for beer aficionados, East Brother is holding another Virtual Taproom experience on Oct. 14. The session will feature a chat with Hop Syndicate, a group of craft beer lovers and drinkers that spans the nation. East Brother Beer’s Head Brewer Paul Liszewski will guide participants through a tasting that will cover a few of the brewery’s core beers, along with its Belgian Tripel.
Zoom Link: http://bit.ly/ebbbelgiantripel
Meeting ID: 893 9656 4336 Passcode: 526136
Date: October 14, 2020
Time: 7 pm PST / 9 pm CT / 10 pm EST