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Secret Des Moines Triple

Rating: 3.75

This one is the last of three beers I received as a gift, brought back from France for me the other week and is another that seemed to cause confusion when I was looking it up online. It appears that the beer is either brewed across multiple sites in both France and Belgium like Grimbergen Ambrée that I reviewed previously, or that at one point production was moved. Like that offering, I have come to the conclusion that the version I tried was brewed in northern France so I will list it as such here. The beer is a bottle fermented tripel that has also been dry hopped so I’m expecting big things from this one, particularly due to the fact that I really enjoyed this style of beer; let’s see how it rates.

Secret Des Moines Triple

Appearance (5/5): Fairly light looking golden in colour with a slight yellow tinge and plenty of visible carbonation showing thanks to the abundance of fine bubbles rising to the surface of the beer. There is a two centimetre tall, bubbly white head on top of the glass with relatively good retention for the first couple of minutes before it slowly fades, but only a touch.
Aroma (7/10): This one kicks off with some coriander and plenty of yeast on the nose, this is followed by quite a fruity aroma that includes some grapes and apples. The beer is typical of the tripel style and fairly juicy with hints of alcohol and a lot of spice before further fruits round things off.
Taste (6/10): The taste starts quite fruit with a pleasant combination of pear, grapes and apple coming through before some yeast and hints of floral hops make an appearance. There is some of the alcohol from the nose in there too but this isn’t particularly strong and I could also detect some citrus and a nice helping of spice. The taste wasn’t a bad one at all, I just felt it could have used being a bit stronger and more pronounced.
Palate (4/5): This one was a smooth beer with a nice balance and the majority of the alcohol content well hidden, only a touch of it is detectable on the nose and in the taste. The beer is quite spicy with a light medium body and what I would consider subdued carbonation levels.

Overall (13/20): This one wasn’t a bad beer, although in truth it probably wasn’t much better than average either really. The taste was quite nice but could definitely have been stronger but the smell was at least a little more pronounced. As I’ve said, a nice beer but not one to look out for or one I’d pick up again in truth.

Brewed In: Ronchin, Nord, France
Brewery: Grain d’Orge
First Brewed: Brewery since 1898
Type: Abbey Tripel
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: France
Price: Gift

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