Durham Brewery Bede’s Chalice Belgian Tripel (9%)

Without sounding too sappyI like this brewery more with every beer I try.
I love Temptation, I really love White Stout, I absolutely love Bombay 106.
So this?
This I simply adore.
Weirdly, with it being a Belgian Tripel style, I don’t get that initial rush of yeast that I have come to expect when opening a bottle of Durham beer.
Bede’s Chalice pours a pretty mandarin orange with a light and foamy head.
There’s a gassy bread dough aroma pricked with red forest fruits and peach halves.
And taking a first mouthful took my breath away.
Great big red liquorice laces, and I mean huge ones.
Laces big enough to tie a giant’s shoes give super sweetie fun over a rich but still quite delicate bran biscuit.
There’s also a handful of chocolate coated raisins, a big hunk of liquorice root, peppery spice and a some fleshy mango.
Running through this beer you get a lovely alcohol warmth, like rum soaked victoria sponge, soft a crumbly, tinged with vanilla and tasting almost homely and familiar.
The Centennial hops bring dryness and orange rinds, all hot sunny afternoons with a lychee pithiness that leaves a finish that’s long and dry and lovely.
Bede’s Chalice is just super.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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