Monk-y Business

Look at that. Lovely isn’t it?

It’s a Brupak’s ‘Belgian Trappist Tripel’ that I knocked up at the end of March.  Those looks, alas, are writing a lot of cheques that the taste doesn’t cash. We’re a long, long way from the sultry,  dark  mellow banana-y-ness of a Westmalle Tripel. Not even in the same postcode. Or country, even. No Tripel i’ve ever supped has tasted of paper  – and slightly sour paper at that.  Something went wrong with this kit. Bacterial infection? Temperature too high when fermenting? Brew sat on the trub too long when in the fermentation vessel? Too much air when racking to the barrel? Who knows? No Trappist brother would be letting this out of his brewery gates, anyway.

I’m still drinking it though – it’s just about alright. And subsection 8.2 of chapter seven of the Yorkshireman’s handbook states clearly that beer should never  go to waste.

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4 Responses to Monk-y Business

  1. Affer says:

    Hmmm….is this beer allowed? Cornish pasties now have to be made in Cornwall, Cumberland sausages in Cumberland, and (probably) Spanish Fly in Spain….and (ideally) pork pies in Yorkshire. I see that Brupak are based in Cleckheaton, so perhaps this is really Yorkshire Monk Trippel. Assuming you are a Monk, that is.

  2. Paul Arnold says:

    i’ve been using the brubox as i also recieved it as an xmas present from the old man, the bitter was a bit of a miss but the north german pilsner was more of a hit. I’m writing that one up soon. Have you plans to try another kit and which one?

  3. Hi Paul,

    I fancy having a go at their ‘Bavarian Pilsner’. The Tripel kit here was meant for the Brubox, but I brewed it in my homebrew tubs. I think something might have gone wrong in ‘translation’ – I was actually pretty happy with my first attempt just after Christmas – even if the beer did look like gravy it tasted fine!

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