Bede’s Chalice 9.0% abv
Colour: Rich Golden
Type: Belgian Tripel
The origin of the term “Tripel” is unknown but would appear to denote alcoholic strength. First used in the 1930s in association with the Trappist brewery Westmalle, it now refers to a strong pale ale.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied Maris Otter malt with a small addition of wheat and Vienna malt are aromatised by a typical Belgian charge of coriander. The result is a smooth, sweetish, luscious and fruity experience. The peach and orange notes of the malt base are enhanced by the judicious use of a single American hop, centennial. A very satisfying beer with a Belgian character. Some say it is the best beer ever made!
Recommendations: This beer is too strong and complex for normal English style supping. Do as the Belgians do. Share it with a friend and savour it like a light wine. Alternatively treat like a dessert wine. Enhance the aroma by drinking from a large brandy glass.