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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Grimbergen Tripel

Grimbergen Tripel is, well a Tripel, brewed by the Alken Maes Brewery in Alken, Belgium. Tripels are the Belgium version of Old Ales. Historically, Tripel refers to the strongest beer, although now Quadrupels have a higher ABV. However, Quadrupels have not been given formal guidelines by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), so they are put into the Barleywine category.

I bought this at Pangaea Two Brews Cafe from the tap, I believe it was $7.50. The beer has a 9% ABV.

The beer is a dark reddish brown, with a thick, white head. The aroma is subtle, with sweet notes of banana, apricots, plums, honey, and Belgium yeast. The taste is follows the aroma - sweet with subtle notes of fruit, honey and the Belgium yeast. It's crisp, with medium carbonation. The beer finishes on a slight bitter note, but its smooth and doesn't stick around. There is also a warm alcohol feeling at the end. Give the beer time to warm a bit and the flavors will be more prounced and enjoyable.

At Pangaea this is my go-to beer when I can't decide what else I want or I'm not in the mood for big flavors. Its a good session beer, clean, well-made, with subtle complexity.

It's a well-made, but darker example of a Triple, so it's best to Try It. If you or your friends are not too into Belgium styles Grimbergen could be a way to gently ease into the unique and complex flavors.

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