Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Jude Belgian Style Tripel

Named for the 16th-century religious upheaval that brought about Protestantism, Woodstock’s Reformation Brewery celebrates it’s fourth anniversary today with the limited edition bottle release of barrel-aged 500, a strong, dark Belgian-style quad.

The party kicks off at 5 p.m. featuring live music, a menu from the Oyster Co., and the full lineup of Reformation beers on tap, including Jude, its highly rated Belgian-style triple.

And in honor of all that, Jude is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick
Jude Belgian Style Tripel
Reformation Brewery, Woodstock
Available year-round on draft and in cans.

Profile

Brewed as part of Reformation’s year-round portfolio of Belgian-style ales, Jude is billed as a “modern” take on the classic derived from the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.

It pours a hazy gold with a soft white head, and at 9.2-percent alcohol it’s dangerously easy to drink. Floral aromas and fruity and herbal notes mix with a sweetish malt flavor and a distinctive Belgian yeast character from esters and phenols that bring out hints of clove and banana.

Pair with

Reformation recommends pairing Jude with fried or grilled chicken, smoked barbecue ribs, or sharp cheese. But this time of year, it would make a good match for a hearty, sausage-laden cassoulet or Alsatian choucroute.

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