Belgian Blonde Tripel
The Saint-Martin abbey beers are heirs to the former Abbey of Saint-Martin in Doornik (Tournai), one of the oldest cities in Belgium. The abbey was founded many centuries ago and ceased to exist in 1797, during the time of the French Revolution.
The sole survivor is Doornik Town Hall, with its historic subterranean crypt, which is located in the former abbatial palace. In common with many abbeys, the abbey of Saint-Martin had its own brewery.
In 1890 the Brasserie de Brunehaut – then called the Brasserie Saint Joseph – started to brew the abbey beers based on the recipes compiled by the monks.
To this day, this tripel is brewed in an artisanal way, using only natural ingredients, including the organic barley produced by the brewery farm and malted according to the Brunehaut specifications.
Besides the tripel there is the Abbaye de St Martin Blonde, Abbaye de St Martin Brune, Abbaye de St Martin de Noël and a number of limited editions, including the St Martin Quadruple, matured in oak barrels.
The Saint-Martin Triple, introduced in 2012, packs a surprising punch thanks to its aromas of fruit confit and acacia honey, coupled with the full-mouthed taste of a balanced degustation beer with a dry finish.
Saint-Martin triple is a top-fermented beer that re-ferments both in the bottle and in the barrel.
Saint-Martin Triple is brewed with water, home yeast, malt and Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Saaz and Northern Brewer hops.
Colour & Transparency
Saint-Martin Triple is a golden-blonde, clear beer with slight pearlisation below a delicate collar of white froth.
7 °C / 45 °F
This degustation beer is served in an elegant, tulip-shaped glass with a tall stem. The glass is adorned with the image of an original leaded window from Doornik Cathedral that shows a brewer presenting himself in order to pay his tithes (taxes) to the Bishop.
Character, Tastes & Aromas
The first impression yielded by the Saint-Martin Triple is one of fruit confit and acacia honey, followed by zesty impressions of maniguette pepper and coriander.
The re-fermentation lends a dry character to this beer that becomes particularly noticeable in the long finish. It is a rounded, full-in-the mouth and complex degustation beer rather than a session beer.
A degustation beer to enjoy in front of an open fire or in the company of a slice of bread covered with a tangy syrup and smothered with a layer of creamy, spicy Herve cheese.
It is an ideal beer to pair up with hard cheeses, such as a mature comté.
The beer is delicious with gastronomic preparations too, a risotto with white truffle for example.
Keeping and Storage
It is recommended to keep this beer no longer than three years in the bottle and up to one year on tap; this beer style was never meant to be stored for long periods. Hopped blond beers like Saint-Martin Triple can lose their typical character over time.
Always keep your bottles upright in a cool, dark and dry place.
Bottle ✔ On Tap ✔
Saint-Martin Triple is available in 33cl and 75cl bottles and on tap (20 litres kegs). When visiting the area around the brewery you will find plenty of places proudly serving and selling the Saint-Martin range. The further you go from the brewery the harder it will be to find. Luckily enough Saint-Martin is no different to many other Belgian beers and is exported abroad with great success.
In Belgium you will be able to pick some up at specialised beer shops and even some supermarkets.
Sourcing online is of course another option.
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