Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jean Nicot Tripel

At the end of the last month I met with a few friends in Lommel during a business trip which led me to the Netherland and the northern part of Germany.

I heard about this beer before and Frank was kind enough to help me to get a crate of it. It's hard to get also in Belgium, but it's always good to know who to ask.

This beer has been developed with the help of the cigar club "Aroma de Cuba" and the brewery De Graal, with their brew master Dr. W. Saeyens, a small high-quality brewery in Brakel, a village in the Flamish Ardennes. The recipe of this beer contains a mixture of premium tobacco leafes from Java, Brasilia and Havanna.

The name of the beer was inspired by Jean Nicot, who lived from 1530 to 1604, the guy who introduced tobacco in France.

The beer itself is a so called Tripel with an ABV of 8.5 % and as for many Belgian beers there'll be a second fermentation in the bottle... another beer that can be stored for a while, hopefully I can leave my hands of it to do so.

I tried it and here are my impressions...

It's fruity in the nose with some hints of decent bitterness of hops and tobacco. The foam is very fine and stable. The first sip proof the nose. Fruit and tobacco, hops and yeast... a very nice combination, a good balance. According to the bottle it's 8.5 % of alcohol, but I heard through the grapevine that it could be a little bit more... A really good beer.. well done, guys...

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