Andelot Proef Brouwerij
Imported by: Lionstone Int’l for Specialty Beer Services Seattle, WA
Available: WA, OH
Tripel Krullekop is one of the first beers in the Bottlesworks Imagination Series, developed in partnership with Specialty Beer Services of Seattle and Belgian brewer Dirk Naudts, of the Andelot “Proefbrouwerij” (Proof Brewery). Prior to creating the Proefbrouwerij, Naudts was the Brewmaster at Roman Brewery, and also directed the brewing studies program at St. Lieven University in Gent, Belgium.
Alcohol by weight: 7.7
Enticingly smooth and mellow, belying its subtle strength and vigorous IBUs, this beer has a very well-managed palate, which cries out for a little more, and then another little bit and then... Contract brewer Seattle’s BottleWorks recommends Belgian Leonidas Apricot Eve or Desire (or any other white chocolate with an exotic fruit).
The beer pours hazy, pale gold from its cork-finished bottle, raising a lacy but lasting head. Its very pale for a tripel, but the nose has it all—candy, citrus fruits, earthy grassy notes, a whiff of clove. On the palate, the beer shows a light but persistent bitterness, an elegantly restrained dry center, and an austere, spirituous finish. Bitterness lingers pleasantly. An excellent beer crafted with admirable finesse. Try it with quail or partridge, or smelly French cheeses like Livarot.
Very white, dense head (but not “frizzy,” as the name suggests). The beer has a brilliant, full gold color, and a fine, sustained head. Very attractive and appetising. The bouquet is flowery and lemony. The palate is bone-dry and very complex, with notes of lemon zest. The finish is very long, firm, dry, pithy, and peppery. A clean, crisp, fresh tripel of something more on the lines of Sezoens? Either way, a superb beer. Reminds me of my first tastings of some Belgian classics.