Paix Dieu Triple is a Belgian Tripel brewed by Brasserie Caulier, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.
Pours a cloudy golden color and topped by nearly an inch-thick cap of white foam that begins to bubble away rapidly. The reduction fizzes away to a frothy collar of fine bubbles. Ample sediment and effervescence are visibly apparent.
The aroma consists of grain, flowery hops, and a touch of honey. A hint of alcohol appears as the beer warms.
Sweet grain transitions to apple and pear before turning spicy with pepper and coriander. And then the taste mellows with sweet Belgian candied sugar, finishing with a mild bite of floral hops and a funky note of Belgian yeast. That funkiness is a little pronounced at first but dissipates as the beer warms. A base of doughy bread and honey tie the palate together. The ABV is a little high for the style but is masked fairly well. Although a bit of warmth does appear as the ale loses its chill.
Its mouthfeel is smooth and dry with a medium-high body and prickly carbonation.
Although the alcohol runs a bit high the balance between fruits, spices, and grains is fairly well executed. The Paix Dieu Triple might not be the best representation of the style, but considering a bottle can be purchased at around six or seven dollars, it’s an excellent value for a Belgian Tripel. Grab a few bottles. You’ll enjoy drinking this one.
Brewed on a Full Moon
The gimmick behind this brew is that this Tripel is always brewed on a full moon. This particular one was brewed in March 2017. And that spring moon is also known as the Sowing Moon.