In my house Sunday night means Belgian beer.
It’s just a habit, but it’s a habit I enjoy.
Charcuterie, cheeses, salad and bread, and a bottle or two that usually comes from the local supermarkets, but occasionally I supplement the Delirium, Westmalle and Chimay with something a bit different.
Tonight is one of those occasions.
And what a supplement this is.
14|03 is a Tripel brewed with Ella, and it’s 750ml of joy that pours a bright amber with a frothy little head and smells of salted toffee and stewed orchard fruit.
The malting is round and chewy, thick with toffee glazed doughnuts, brown bread and honey, and there’s that deliciously earthy Belgian yeast spice that rumbles away in the background, adding a fungal farmyard warmth to the beer.
The Ella hops jump out from all this deep rich goodness with fresh and zingy herbal leaves and gloopy orange marmalade, some sticky redwood resin and the pithy slap of stinging nettles.
Put simply, this is a superb take on the Tripel style.
Source: Ales By Mail