As the evenings close in my mind turns to some rich comforting beers to sit with by a fire and what better way than to fill a goblet with a big Belgian style beer. Not sure if a Dubbel, Tripel or Quadruple is for you? Then read on.
Trappist monks traditionally brewed a low alcohol beer to serve as a table beer. In 1926 Westmalle monastery began selling a heavier beer called Dubbel, the success of this beer lead to many imitations, and so, a style was born. Reddish brown in colour, medium to full body with a foamy head. Expect caramel maltiness, dark fruit and some spice. Pick up some Radikale Rubenesque if you’d like to try an Irish version.
The Tripel is again a style popularized by Westmalle brewery. Brewed with pale malts, these are yellow gold in colour with a thick creamy head. Expect complex fruit flavours and aromas along with spicy notes and a sweet but drying finish. The Belgian candy sugar used in the brew gives the Triple its lighter body while being deceptively high in alcohol. Westmalle Tripel
If you fancy something fuller then try a Quadrupleor Strong Dark Ale. These are higher in alcohol with bigger bolder flavours compared to the Dubbel and Tripel. In general they are complex, fruity and spicy. However, these are alsostyles with the most variation in aroma and flavour profiles. To taste for yourself try Chimay Blue, St. Bernardus Abt 12 or Rochefort 8. And what better why to enjoy them than at 6 for the price of 5 instore and online here.