Monday, November 26, 2007

The Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel

We couldn't resist the call any longer and cracked in to a bottle of The Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel I acquired last week. The release of this beer in bottles has been widely touted and I've been looking forward to trying it. The Green Peppercorn Tripel is the first of the popular beers from The Brewer's Art to be brewed and bottled in an agreement with Sly Fox in Royersford, PA.

The beer pours a bright golden color with very active carbonation. I poured two servings into Chimay goblets and the head built up very rapidly. In fact, the head kept slowly growing for a minute or so after I stopped pouring. The thick foam stood up 1/2 inch over the top of the glass. There's a very nice, but faint bready aroma. The taste is lightly sweet, with a fruit background. A light peppery note comes up in the aftertaste. Even the packaging is attractive on this one. I'm intrigued by labels and this label is very classy. The corked and caged bottle looks good on the table.

Our dinner plans called for cheesy rice and chicken enchiladas. I wasn't sure if the beer would stand up to the spiciness of the food. But since we were so anxious to try this beer, we went for it. I had consumed most of my first glass before beginning to eat. The spicy food did over power the flavor of the beer just a bit, but not too badly. The palate cleansing carbonation remains till the end so each bite of the food was fresh and the taste buds didn't burn out. A second glass after the meal was a nice finish. I am glad I picked up three bottles of this one. It's very well-done and a pleasure to drink. At 10% ABV it might be too easy to drink!

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