Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Tripe à 3 Chêne by À La Fût.
This Belgian Tripel is brewed using organic Quebec malts, European hops, aged in oak with brettanomyces and it’s a little crazy.
Pouring a beautiful sunset gold with a quick dissolving white head that laces down the glass, Tripe à 3 Chêne has a faint aroma reminiscent of spicy pinot noir with notes of honey, sour cherry and sweet malt.
To start there are sweet, rich flavours of malt with the brettanomyces yeast adding some wine-like characteristics – tropical fruit, earthiness, pepper and some citrus. It finishes a little boozy (9.7% ABV) with oak appearing at the very end, lingering on the palate.
This beer is tasty and a great example of how brett can influence a beer’s aroma and flavour. If I had thought ahead I would have saved a bottle for my beer cellar to see how this wild beer developes over time.
The Tripe à 3 Chêne – À La Fût pours an amber color with an orange tinge. The head disappears almost as soon as you finish the pour.
The aroma is a mix of fruits and honey, mainly plum, with the taste mirroring this. It’s very fruity and sweet, almost like a fruit wine, though I didn’t really pick up on the taste from aging in a barrel. The Brett yeast gives the beer just a hint of sour on the palate.
This beer definitely packs a punch.With a 9.7% ABV the alcohol is very present in this beer both in the prickly sensation it leaves on your tongue and the taste itself.
Overall a bit too sweet for me – would be a great beer for wine lovers!