Brouwerij Palm - Steenbrugge Tripel
- ABV: 8.7%
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Snifter, Chalice
On the pour expect a deep golden color with the voluminous head we expect of traditional Belgian ales refermented in the bottle. A light haze is expected and is apparent, and the foam drops to a collar that persists, especially if using an etched, nucleated glass like a Duvel tulip. Look for sweet malty aromas with a touch of caramel and a hint of bread crust, overlaid with spicy, earthy yeast and European hops. Phenolic notes (herbal, somewhat clove-like and medicinal) are balanced by fruity esters that reminded us of apple and pear, and a perfumy, floral note. As you sip, expect a quintessential tripel that’s bright and fruity on the palate with malt sweetness balanced by drying hop bitterness, floral, mildly earthy notes, clove-like phenols, and some citric notes similar to lemon zest. The alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing, adding to the dryness and spiciness, and helping to thin the body of this hefty brew. We love tripels for their incredible complexity and presence, qualities which make them a great match for pungent cheese, steak tartare or game such as quail or rabbit. Cheers!
The brewing of Arnoldus’ beer continued after his death, with the tradition being passed on for generations. In 1875 the Abbey of Oudenburg transferred to the new St. Peter’s Abbey in Steenbrugge (meaning “stone bridge”), south of Bruges, Belgium. World War II interrupted brewing operations, but by 1946 the monks obliged the thirsty locals and began brewing St. Arnoldus’ beer once again at their abbey in Steenbrugge.
In the 1980s St. Peter’s Abbey granted the right to brew the Steenbrugge beers to Brouwerij De Gouden Boom (The Golden Tree Brewery – named after a common symbol of the city of Bruges). An ancient brewery itself, in operation since at least 1455, De Gouden Boom came into the fold of Brouwerij Palm in 2001 when Palm invested in a majority interest in the company. In 2003, the prior of St. Peter’s Abbey in Steenbrugge, which still controls the rights to its name and recipes, granted Brouwerij Palm the rights to brew the Steenbrugge abbey beers. Since 2004, the beers have been produced at Palm’s brewery in Steenhuffel, and since then, thanks to their efforts and an export market in the U.S. and throughout Europe that has become increasingly fascinated with traditional Belgian ales, sales of Steenbrugge beers have grown robustly.
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