Next up, a beer that was a massive hit with my wife during our recent Bruges trip. Tripels are undoubtedly Linda's favourite style - with the house beer Tripel De Garre claiming the number 1 spot (see my last post) she is however not a fan of the hoppy variety like Westmalle.....more the sweeter/spicier variety like Karmeliet, De Graal and Dulle Teve and now added to that list is Tripel Kanunnik.
A beer from Brouwerij Wileren (named after its location in Wilderen, Sint-Truiden) Tripel Kanunnik is brewed using 4 grains - barley, wheat, oats and rye.
The beer itself pours a bright gold (as reflected on the label) and is topped with a huge, towering, mousse like, creamy white head that really lasts the duration.
Perfumed aroma of crisp orchard fruits (apples and pears) coupled with sweet peaches and apricots, then intense spicing of pepper and coriander seed before finishing with a yeasty / hoppy bite - fantastic!
Those great characteristics carry over into the taste - initially malty and honey sweet before a zesty / citrus note cuts through.
Then in come the spices (clove and coriander) powerful yet perfectly proportioned along with a strong malty backbone before finishing with a floral / hoppy bite.
A great beer, no wonder Linda was such a huge fan.