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By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Triple Knot Tripel beerAdnams Triple Knot Tripel

Just before Christmas we released a new bottle-only beer - Adnams Triple Knot - inspired by the sparkling ales and Tripels of Belgium. Adnams Master Brewer, Fergus Fitzgerald, explains more: "A few years' back we made Sole Bay Celebration Beer - a sparkling 10% abv ale bottled in 75cl sparkling wine bottles sealed with a cork. It was brewed to mark the 350th anniversary of the Sole Bay Brewery. We love this style, and wanted to make it a bit more accessible as a 10% beer in a large bottle is quite a challenge, so we set about creating a similar beer but with a bit of a twist. Adnams Triple Knot Tripel is brewed with lager malt and some sugar to keep the malt character lighter than it normally would be in a 10% abv beer. We only add a small amount of hops, as this beer isn't about hops. We ferment it with our Adnams house yeast, but once it has reached around 8% abv, we add a little white wine yeast to take it to 10%. The wine yeast also adds character of its own - some floral notes that complement the style well. We then add a little lavender, orange blossom and jasmine to the fermenter, and leave the beer and botanicals on the yeast lees for six months inside the fermenter. Leaving a beer on its lees for too long isn't normally encouraged, but in this high-strength beer, the maturing lees add delicious honey, bready notes. In terms of style, it's based on the famous Belgian Tripels, but with some unusual elements (such as the long maturation and the botanicals), so it's a Tripel, but clearly (k)not!" You can find Adnams Triple Knot at our stores* by the bottle (£4.99 for a 330ml swing-top bottle) and online at £49.99. *Our stores in Bury St Edmunds, Harleston and Holkham will have Triple Knot in stock early in the New Year.    

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