Three Little Pigs

Tripel Rockingham Brewing Company

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Three Little Pigs, a Belgian-style Tripel by Rockingham Brewing Company

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Three Little Pigs is a Belgian-style Tripel brewed by Rockingham Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance

Pours a somewhat cloudy marigold with a thick head of dense white foam that reduces slowly. A soapy ring of residue clings to the glass.

Aroma

Aroma is faint but pleasant with notes of citrus and clove.

Flavor

Taste of cracker malt leads to sour fruits of pear and apple. Yeast and spice round out a dry, phenolic finish. Sweet honey from the underlying malt ties the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel has a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Three Little Pigs a nice representation of the style, but not one that measures up to the better Tripels found in Belgium. Regardless, it’s pretty good for an American-brewed Tripel and should you find yourself in Rockingham County, a visit to the brewery is certainly warranted.

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About the Tripel

The Belgian Tripel originated at the Trappist monastery Westmalle. Its color ranges from deep gold to copper with good clarity and effervescence. Its feel should be around medium with high carbonation and high attenuation for a seemingly dry finish. Though high in alcohol, the booze should be masked well. Its palate and aroma are spicy, fruity, with a well-rounded malt character and moderate bitterness. Comparatively, the Tripel is darker and fuller than the Belgian Strong Pale Ale with more pronounced phenols than esters. And it’s not as strong or full as the Belgian Strong Dark Ale or Quadrupel.