Brewery: Destihl Brewery, Bloomington, Illinois
Serving: 500 ml bottle
Information: 11% ABV, 30 IBUs
Availability: Limited Release
Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
With a deep golden hue and towering white head that shrouds the glass in lacing, this beautiful and clear tripel most definitely looks the part!
Right outta the gate, Destihl’s tripel nails the iconic Belgian yeast aroma that’s inviting and classic. Belgian pale malt is laced with sweet honey-drizzled biscuit and unfermented candi sugar with nuances of clove, wet clay, white pepper, and banana yeast characteristics with subtle tropical fruits trailing in the background.
The flavor is a drastic departure from the aroma, leading with earthy and slightly spicy hop balance that’s most certainly devoid in aromatics. The bold sweetness is almost entirely balanced out leaving more of a dry toast flavor with tropical fruits and light spices finishing out; far less Belgian yeast in flavor than the aroma offers.
While the aroma is big and sweet, the flavor and feel are far more balanced with a dry alcohol finish as this 11% tripel is a bit bigger than most Belgian counterparts. A good level of carbonation is neither flat nor effervescent but right in the middle, carrying the myriad of flavors across the palate to the smooth finish.
It’s been quite some time since I’ve experienced this type of olfactory orgasm from any beer, let alone a state-side Belgian-style tripel. Destihl his the mark across the board on this beer as they bring together all the characteristics that make a tripel unique into one well-made brew. This is one of the finer tripels you’ll have the chance to try.
Score: 91 / 100 – Exceptional