‘t Hofbrouwerijke bosprotter Tripel

‘t Hofbrouwerijke bosprotter Tripel, bottle-conditioned Belgian ale.

By Bill Lau | A Potable Pastime

Posted February 29, 2016

Belgian tripel, non filtered, non pasteurised with secondary fermentation in the bottle.

‘t Hofbrouwerijke brewery, Beerzel, Belgium, 8.5% ABV, best before 2/2017

(Can select English EN in the upper right of the page once you click on the brewery name or other main page link.)

Happy Leap Day! I was going to post this yesterday, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to wait a day and go for the quadrennial alternative. Not to mention how rarely I get to use that word!

Anyway, my wife Sue of Palatable Pastime found this somewhat rare bird (at least ’round these parts) at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY a month or maybe two ago, in their extensive selection of single bottles while perusing the Belgian beers. (We’d sampled several very good Belgians on tap at Eight Ball Brewing, towards the back of the store; I think they made a positive impression!) (I’m just chock-full of links today, aren’t I?) I’d never heard of the brewery before, but am always keen to try new things.

Anyway, if you’re a regular here, you know I love the tripel style. And I do enjoy whimsical, fun label art. So we’re definitely off to a solid start here; all that remains is to find out if this previously unknown brewery has done justice to the style and label. So scroll on down to find out!

Poured into a coupe, just because. (Well, mainly because all my cool-looking Belgian glassware has logos, and I’m a bit OCD about not serving a beer in a glass with another brewery’s name on it, at least not for my blog posts. K?)

Appearance (5/5): Brilliant golden hue kissed by a touch of amber and topped with a luxurious head of dense, moussey foam that starts out well over an inch thick and gently subsides to a solid layer while sheeting the sides of the glass.

Aroma (8/10): Complex aroma with lightly toasted and caramelized malt, sweet fruitiness, and earthy-floral hops with hints of spice in the background.

Palate (5/5):  Medium-bodied with a creamy-smooth texture and very finely beaded carbonation. Luscious!

Taste (8.5/10): Served chilled, has a distinctly Germanic malt/hop profile, not unlike a good helles lager, with  crackery, biscuity malt, a growing bitterness (not harsh but balancing and refreshing), and earthy-spicy hops. Once it warms some (and after pouring the remaining beer with the lees into the glass), the lurking Belgian character starts to shine, with those wonderful spice notes generated by the yeast popping.

Overall (17.7/20): A fine Belgian tripel. Flavor profile is very sensitive to the serving temperature; I recommend only lightly chilled to get the full character.

Disclosure: The author has received no reimbursement or compensation for this article. All opinions and remarks are those of the author alone.

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