Sometimes we tend to overlook the heritage brands, always on the hunt for the newest beers. But it is nice to go back a beer from a brewery that has been quietly doing its thing since 1865.
Now under the guidance of the 7thgeneration of the family Van Honsebrouck, ‘The Castle’ brewery continues to make their specialty beers in the West Flanders village of Ingelmuster.
The Kasteelbier Tripel will lay claim to being one of Belgium’s strongest tripels. (To be honest, almost all of the Kasteel beers are big on the ABV. It makes it a tricky brewery visit to drive home after!)
It pours a lovely golden colour with a fluffy white foam. Lots of that classic Belgian yeast aroma is complimented by a fruity sweetness. In the mouth the beer is at first quite sweet with a big malt backbone, peach and citrus fruit and the Belgian candi sugar used in most tripels.
The yeast is spicy and a little savoury giving off coriander, clove, banana and a grassy hop note. There is enough hop bitterness to offset some of that sweet malt body, to leave a full and rich aftertaste, backed by a lingering bitter bite and alcohol warmth.