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Title: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: majorvices on March 13, 2017, 04:38:10 PM
I take this one a little more seriously than the BA article . :)

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/03/36-of-the-best-belgian-tripels-blind-tasted-and-ra.html
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 13, 2017, 05:22:46 PM
Whoa, that's amazing, Keith! Awesome work. I really need to get down there.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: majorvices on March 13, 2017, 05:25:43 PM
Awesome to see 2 Huntsville area breweries in the top 15! Rocket republic makes some solid beers. But very excited to see us beating out breweries like New Belgium, Victory, Ommengang, St. Bernardus ....
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 13, 2017, 05:32:24 PM
Good showing. I got to get there for a visit before you get more good press, and nobody goes there because it is too crowded.  ;)
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: dmtaylor on March 13, 2017, 06:18:25 PM
Way to go, Keith.

I'm making a La Fin du Monde clone attempt in a couple months, stepping up the dregs of La Fin bottles to try to get the most authentic results, but also splitting the batch to try out Lallemand Abbaye.  I'd be interested to hear if you have any thoughts on these two yeasts, and if you're willing, what yeast you use.

Cheers.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: denny on March 13, 2017, 06:19:40 PM
Well deserved!
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: Alewyfe on March 13, 2017, 06:27:41 PM
Congrats!   Well Done!   Fantastic!   Let's drink to that!
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: narvin on March 13, 2017, 06:28:50 PM
Nice job.

But Straffe Hendrick?  Really?
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: majorvices on March 13, 2017, 07:15:53 PM
Way to go, Keith.

I'm making a La Fin du Monde clone attempt in a couple months, stepping up the dregs of La Fin bottles to try to get the most authentic results, but also splitting the batch to try out Lallemand Abbaye.  I'd be interested to hear if you have any thoughts on these two yeasts, and if you're willing, what yeast you use.

Cheers.

I honestly haven't used either of those and the yeast I use now is WY1214 and that is because I always have so  much of it available. I used to use WY3787 when I homebrewed my tripels.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: blatz on March 13, 2017, 07:40:54 PM
awesome - congrats!  sort of has me wanting to brew a Tripel now, but I wouldn't even know where to start with that - so out of my realm.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: mabrungard on March 13, 2017, 07:51:19 PM
Glad to see that Yella Hammer beer in among other beers that I've tasted and appreciated. It adds credence to the rankings. You are in good company, Kieth!
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: chumley on March 13, 2017, 10:03:32 PM
Yes, congratulations.  Nice company

Nice job.

But Straffe Hendrick?  Really?

And what is wrong with a Straffe Hendrick tripel?  I like it a lot.  The author's "boozy but dry" description is spot on.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: narvin on March 13, 2017, 11:54:33 PM
Yes, congratulations.  Nice company

Nice job.

But Straffe Hendrick?  Really?

And what is wrong with a Straffe Hendrick tripel?  I like it a lot.  The author's "boozy but dry" description is spot on.

Oh, sorry, I thought we were continuing the "make fun of the list" game from the other thread  :)
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: erockrph on March 14, 2017, 02:09:55 AM
Way to go, Keith.

I'm making a La Fin du Monde clone attempt in a couple months, stepping up the dregs of La Fin bottles to try to get the most authentic results, but also splitting the batch to try out Lallemand Abbaye.  I'd be interested to hear if you have any thoughts on these two yeasts, and if you're willing, what yeast you use.

Cheers.
Dave, I'm interested to hear your results. I love the Unibroue strain, but I've only ever used the Wyeast version. I've never stepped it up from dregs. Have you considered using Blanche de Chambly for the dregs instead of La Fin? It's only 5%, so I'm thinking that the yeast is probably in better shape.

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Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: dmtaylor on March 14, 2017, 03:00:11 AM
Way to go, Keith.

I'm making a La Fin du Monde clone attempt in a couple months, stepping up the dregs of La Fin bottles to try to get the most authentic results, but also splitting the batch to try out Lallemand Abbaye.  I'd be interested to hear if you have any thoughts on these two yeasts, and if you're willing, what yeast you use.
Dave, I'm interested to hear your results. I love the Unibroue strain, but I've only ever used the Wyeast version. I've never stepped it up from dregs. Have you considered using Blanche de Chambly for the dregs instead of La Fin? It's only 5%, so I'm thinking that the yeast is probably in better shape.

I hadn't considered that.  Not a bad idea.  Except I think I'll only buy La Fin, because I friggin love it.  Plus I'll save a bottle so after I make my own I can do a side-by-side comparison to see what's similar & different.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: Hand of Dom on March 17, 2017, 08:50:27 AM
Yes, congratulations.  Nice company

Nice job.

But Straffe Hendrick?  Really?

And what is wrong with a Straffe Hendrick tripel?  I like it a lot.  The author's "boozy but dry" description is spot on.

Personally I think it's OK, but would never have it behind the Westmalle, or even the Watou. 
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: majorvices on March 17, 2017, 09:46:16 PM
Yes, congratulations.  Nice company

Nice job.

But Straffe Hendrick?  Really?

And what is wrong with a Straffe Hendrick tripel?  I like it a lot.  The author's "boozy but dry" description is spot on.

Personally I think it's OK, but would never have it behind the Westmalle, or even the Watou.

Hard to argue with blind taste tests though. They seemed to have some good judges.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: narvin on March 17, 2017, 11:54:22 PM
Yes, congratulations.  Nice company

Nice job.

But Straffe Hendrick?  Really?

And what is wrong with a Straffe Hendrick tripel?  I like it a lot.  The author's "boozy but dry" description is spot on.

Personally I think it's OK, but would never have it behind the Westmalle, or even the Watou.

Hard to argue with blind taste tests though. They seemed to have some good judges.

Unless the dreaded "palate fatigue" set in :-)

Not staying that all long flights like this are invalid but... well, I can't finish this sentence any other way.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: majorvices on March 18, 2017, 03:26:01 PM
My point is had the author just have rated his "favorite" tripels there would be absolutely no credence to the article (unless the author is someone like Michael Jackson). And I have very little faith for social media beer ratings which are either based on total hype or, in the case of untappd, idiotic people who post crap like "This kolsch is not what I was in the mood for, which is a IIPA... 1 star".

Straffe Hendricks make some good beers. yeah, maybe a little surprised to see them as #1 but not really surprised to see it in top 15. I think the point is that the 15 beers mentioned on the list are all pretty solid versions of the style.

I personally prefer Coppertail tripel, out of FLA, over my own (it is extremely yeast-spice forward) but I don't think that  beer was even judged, other wise I may be at #9 instead of 8.  ;) And freshness probably had a lot to do with some of the Belgian beers on the list not making the top 15. But, hey, that's all part of it. If you can't deliver a fresh product that's on you.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: Frankenbrew on March 18, 2017, 03:59:07 PM
Congrats, Man! Way to go.
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: narvin on March 20, 2017, 04:09:53 AM
It's an honor just to show up on on a list like that, let alone place so high. 

Freshness is a major part of import quality, no doubt. Regarding SH, I also think bigger and boozier examples do better in competition flights. 
Title: Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
Post by: ethinson on March 21, 2017, 11:58:26 AM

Unless the dreaded "palate fatigue" set in :-)

Not staying that all long flights like this are invalid but... well, I can't finish this sentence any other way.

I can't imagine what it was like for the 144 Barrel Aged stouts (although it does say in the article they conducted those tastings over the course of a week).  Not all in one day for damn sure!

By the end of the first day of Best of Craft Beer judging, when they brought out the "leftovers", I was so dead a sour and a stout tasted the same.  I've never had my palate blasted that bad before.