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Old 03-28-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default Initial results of my 1st Belgian Tripel

1 month primary, today is 15th day after bottling.
Put one on the fridge yesterday morning, first tasting.
It is very good. Taste pretty much like a Belgian triple should. No off flavors whatsoever, head build and retention is a bit weak, but it is 8.8% ABV so not surprised by that.
Question...do Belgian Tripels improve with age, or is it better to drink fresh?

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12 lbs. Pilsner 2 row
1 lb. Munich Malt
1lb. Candi Sugar, Clear
1 oz. Northern Brewer (60)
1 oz. Tradition (30)
1/2 oz. Goldings (1 min)
Wyeast High Gravity 3787 yeast starter

OG/SG - 1078/1085
30 IBUs
8.8% ABV

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Old 03-29-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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All Belgian brews age well. The darker ones like a lot more age than a tripel. The darker styles I do not even taste until 4 months in the bottle. That seems to be to point where they get really good. Tripels need less aging but will age just fine. They can be consumed when they are young but definitely save some to age.

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Thanks!
Will do

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I saved a case of them, put one in the fridge last night.
Drinking it now. Oh yeah, the age has done it well. It is really good now.
I will make this again and cellar it for 4-5 months.

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I have a Tripel with 10 ABV that has been aged 5 months now and its freaking awesome. Let it age.

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