Following on from Hell last week; I thought I’d try the opposite direction! What better, then, than Petrus beer; the bottle label has the words ‘key to heaven’ above a benign Petrus clutching a key and a glass of beer. The implication must surely be, drink this and I’ll open the gates. According to the bible Jesus says to Peter, ”I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.” OK. I’m ready to try a bit of bonding.
Petrus Golden Tripel comes from a family of seven Petrus beers. Seven is supposed to be a lucky number so if this one doesn’t live up to its label, maybe one of the others will. The beers are brewed by De Brabandere, a family brewery which started life in Bavikhove in 1894 as a farm brewery.
The beer is golden in colour with a good, long lasting, white head. The aroma is spicy yeast and grain with a musty hintertone. An apple sweetness comes through in the taste together with the malt grain. A hint of sweet grapefruit, a light to medium bitterness, phenol and white pepper complete the picture.
Alcohol at 7.5% vol. gives a reasonable backbone to the experience. A slight sweet malt lasts into the finish. All in all, a good beer, in style more of a strong pale than a tripel and certainly not what you’d expect in Heaven. Try it here and look forward to the real thing (hopefully!) should you ever get there.