Beer of the Week: St. Bernardus Brewery — Watou Tripel

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 26, 2012 7:20 AM

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This week's beer of the week comes to us from one of the best beer-making counties in all the world, Belgium.

The brew is the Watou Tripel from the St. Bernardus Brewery.

A tripel is a word to describe a strong pale ale. And while this brew is strong at 7.5 abv, it is more drinkable than most tripel, which come in around 9 percent abv. The lower alcohol percentage makes this beer quite sessionable (hands down my favorite adjective to describe beer), meaning it is easy to drink many in one sitting or session.

The brew features a mild, dry body. The drinker is met with a mild sweetness from the front that is followed by a slightly spicier notes.

The nose offers citrus notes and hints of wheat and ginger.

"This beer should be paired with lighter meats like chicken, salmon, or tuna steaks," said Joe Hotek of John's Grocery, 401 E. Market St.

So this weekend pack a cooler full of St. Bernardus Watou Tripels, grab your rod and reel, and plant yourself on the banks of the great Iowa River. It should only take you a few casts until your pulling salmon, tuna, heck, maybe even chickens, right out of the murky waters.

But if it takes longer than expected, just keep putting down those tripels; don't worry, they're sessionable.


— by Jordan Montgomery

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