Tonight’s beer is the Tripple created by Green Flash Brewing Co. of San Diego CA. Those of you that aren’t avid beer freaks are probably wondering what the hell a Tripple is so I figured I would start out this entry with a little background of one of my favorite beer styles.
The exact origin of the Triple and its meaning are a little murky but it seems clear that the earliest use of “triple” to define a style of beer was used by the Trappist monks’ of Westmalle, Belgium. It’s debated exactly what the term triple refers to. Some think it refers to a part of the brewing process where brewers use 3 times the amount of malt typically used in a Trappist “simple” ale. Other claim it a reference to the strength of the beer which would have been marked with “x’s” on the barrels, “x” for the weakest “xx” for medium “xxx” (triple) for the strongest, no it’s not a reference to porn get your damn head outa the gutter man! A third theory is that the term referst to the original gravity of the beer (this is a technical brewing term I won’t bother to explain because I don’t want to hurt your head like mine does when I attempt to do math or even so much as look at science but if you’re curious you can read the Wikipedia explanation) which rougly corresponds the ABV at 3% 6% or 9%. Most triples range from 7-10% putting them firmly in the third (triple) abv category. Honestly I don’t really give a damn where the name comes from all I need to know to enjoy this magnificent malted beverage is that it rocks!
Beer Rating: Beautifully Brewed
Overall ranking: 78% (B) Beautifully Brewed
Poured golden brown in the glass with a small and very light foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving a small amount lacing along the glass. The first thing that caught my nose was the abundantly fruity aroma although the characteristic Belgian yeast could also be clearly detected. The beer started out rich and fruity on my tongue, exactly what I would have expected after giving it a good sniff. Medium bodied full of spices, it sat lightly in my mouth and finished with just the slightest dry alcoholish bitterness which was no surprising given it’s 9.7% abv, I had actually been impressed at how well the fruity, malted sweetness of the beer had hidden it’s intense strength up until that final punch of flavor. All around this is a satisfying and enjoyable beer, great to have on hand for friends who drop by or soothing a shitty day away.
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