Brewed in collaboration with Brouwerij Alvinne, this is a Belgian Rye Tripel aged in White Wine barrels.
And it is absolutely lovely.
The beer sits in your glass a rich peachy gold with a little fizz of bubbles for a head, and the smell is heavy with the odour of damp oak and sweet honey.
There’s a chewy toffee and shortcake biscuit malt that adds some brown sugar syrup and popcorn, and you also get a hit of lemon zest, aniseed and bracken from the hops, while the Abbey yeast brings a round earthiness and the barrel ageing adds some fabulous extra layers.
You’ll find gooseberry skins and green grapes, damp hedgerow undergrowth, a little mushroom and the most amazing woody flavours underpinned by endless green apples that have had me smiling from ear to ear.
This beer needs to be tried to be believed.
Source: Ales By Mail