Its the first Friday of February, and that can mean only one thing....its Session time! A quick recap: The Session is a monthly virtual beer tasting. Each month hosted by a different beer blogger, with a different theme. The host this month is David from Musings over a pint. The theme is Tripels, more specifically a tripel you would choose to share with a good friend or that special someone. My beer is definitely one I would share with that special someone especially since we are coming up on that day of days....Valentine's Day.....So which beer did I choose?
St. Bernardus Tripel: St. Bernardus brewery is located in Watou Beglium, a village in the West Flanders area. They are pretty well known for making some exceptional Belgian Ales. Note that they are not a Trappist Brewery (although they were at one time. In 1992 when the definition of Trappist changed, so too was this beer not longer able to call itself trappist).
The Beer: The beer weighs in at 8.0% and pours a cloudy golden honey color with a thin frothy white head. A million tiny bubbles like a fine champagne spring up from the bottom of the glass to the top. The nose is fruity, yeasty, notes of honeysuckle, floral. The mouthfeel is effervescent, honey, pears, fruity, yeasty. Its really bubbly. To continue the Champagne comparison there is a really nice toasty bready flavor here, very similar to an aged Champagne. An incredible beer that would make a wonderful pairing with strawberries. One of the best of this style I've had. Forget surprising your special someone with a glass of bubbly. This will do the trick and then some. This one gets a solid A from me. Here's what the folks at BA think.
Stay tuned as I'm sure Dave will have the full Session round up posted shortly.