Brunehaut Bio Tripel

Reviewed by on September 4, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie de Brunehaut

  • Origin: Belgium

  • Rated On: September 3, 2014

  • Best Before: October 2016

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Tripel

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Another offering from this brewery situated in Wallonia, near the French border, which is indeed gluten-free, to add to the organic, Belgian, and yes, Tripel angles.  They also state that they have come up with their own ‘unique’ and ‘natural’ method to remove the gluten during production, to the point of <5 ppm.

This 330ml, squat as ever bottle pours a, well it doesn’t pour, per se, rather it aggressively trickles down the side of the bottle as soon as I pop the cap (bottle conditioning, FTW!), eventually pooling enough liquid to deem it a glassy, medium golden yellow hue, with as much frothy, ebullient off-white head as you wanna give it. After a relatively lengthy spell, it gives up some chunky dried soapscum lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, musty apple and pear, edgy candy sugar, laid-back Belgian yeast, mildly acetone-leaning metallic alcohol notes, and a leafy, earthy dryness. The taste is warm caramel pudding, biscuity toffee, clammy yeast, muddled orchard fruit, a bit of brown sugar, and earthy, floral, and slightly perfumed hops, ’cause that’s how the 16-proof booze rolls, I guess.  The bubbles are still alive and properly relevant after that opening charade, manifesting mostly in a playfully frothy manner, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, that is until the swirling metallic alcohol comes ‘a knockin’. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, separate sugar, and alcohol snickering away under the guise of their little cabal.

Well, she’s a Tripel, all right, from the sugary nose, to the near gag-inducing alcohol-laced first glug, through the trials and tribulations of fruit, yeast, and spice (heretofore unmentioned, I know) – the only thing missing here is any obvious nod to gluten-free beer inferiority. Nope, just a plain, somewhat underwhelming version of the style, folks – G-F considerations don’t even come up, which is pretty much the best damned thing I could say here.

Brady White

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