De Dochter van de Korenaar ‘finesse’ Tripel


imagePicked this up from a tiny little independent bottle shop in Berry, South Coast NSW. Quite a strange name ‘De Dochter van de Korenaar’ translated to English means ‘the daughter of the ear of corn’. “From old records it appears that Emperor Charles V around 1550 preferred the “juice of the daughter of the Ear of Corn ‘better than the” blood of grapes. “In other words, Charles preferred beer over wine”.

Served in a tulip glass the heavily clouded amber/orange pour produced a tight 1 finger head that maintains for a minute or so but gradually collapses to a halo around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing. The aroma is choc full of sticky malts, caramel and honey. Underneath this though is where all the Belgian magic is happening. Subtle yet rich notes of spicy Belgian yeast, banana, brown sugar, candied pear, apricot, grain and nougat are the reasons we keep coming back to strong Belgian ales. Simply delightful. In the mouth it feels slightly frothy and well-rounded with mild-medium carbonation. Medium-full bodied texture. Upfront a maturing and flavoursome splash of sweet fruit esters, toffee and white pepper fills up the mouth. A slight alcohol warmth (8.5% ABV) develops and moves forward onto a chewy finish of lingering caramel, brown sugar and grains. For such a rare and unheard of brewery this tripel has definitely won our appreciation. Boozy, rich, sweet and spicy. So Belgian. So good.