“Tre Fontane Tripel (ABV 8.5%) is brewed with eucalyptus grown and harvested by the monks of Tre Fontane Abbey, who, since 1873, have been known for their eucalyptus oils, extracts, and liqueur.”
Glassware: Trappist tulip.
Appearance: Much darker and cloudier than its counterparts brewed further North in Belgium. Kinda dark apricot with pastel orange hues when held to the light. Short and frothy off white head which weaves a fine lace as we go.
Aroma: As we read up on this brewery we were quite surprised to find out that they’re situated in Rome, Italy. Making them the only Trappist brewery in the country. Another fascinating part is the history behind why they grow eucalyptus trees (obviously too in detail to go into here) but they actually use the eucalyptus leaves in the beer and the herbal aromatics it offers are highly enjoyable.
Flavour: Again the eucalyptus is very pronounced but also very well integrated. It actually lifts the profile of the more classic herbal notes found in the style i.e coriander, lemongrass, fennel seed etc. Strong yeasty spice, semi sweet malts, honey, wheat grains, fermented orange juice and slightly funky caramel are finished off with more accentuated spice and doughy malts.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and creamy. Medium body with a tight Co2. The 8.5% ABV is extremely well hidden.
Overall: Wow, we hadn’t even heard of this mob before we bagged a bottle of this Tripel. Not is it the only Italian brewery to carry the Trappist label (or brew with eucalyptus for that matter) it’s also faultless! Magnificent drop.