A semi-successful session

We share nice beers with each oth­er all the time, so to make the ses­sion more inter­est­ing, we thought we’d try to share a tripel with some­one else. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, beer blog­ging Fri­day came round quick­ly and we were left try­ing to incor­po­rate the ses­sion into our post-work Fri­day drink.

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This month’s ses­sion is host­ed by Mus­ings Over a Pint, who’ve asked us to share a tripel.

Now, we share nice beers with each oth­er all the time, so to make it more inter­est­ing, we thought we’d try to share a tripel with some­one else. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, beer blog­ging Fri­day came round quick­ly and we were left try­ing to incor­po­rate the ses­sion into our post-work Fri­day drink.

Bai­ley made a valiant effort by get­ting his work­mates to go to the Old Monk, which used to have Bel­gian beer. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it doesn’t any­more.

Tripels aren’t that easy to get hold of in your aver­age pub (even if you accept that they exist as a style) so I thought about it a bit and decid­ed that we could per­haps get the spir­it of The Ses­sion if not the exact beer and took one of my very best friends to the Jugged Hare on Vaux­hall Bridge Road to share a bot­tle of Fuller’s Vin­tage Ale. That makes it the sec­ond time this spe­cial beer has fea­tured in a Ses­sion post.

This was from the 2007 batch; despite being rel­a­tive­ly “young” the flavour was well-devel­oped and round­ed. Malty bis­cuits and mar­malade were beau­ti­ful­ly bal­anced with a slight musty hop flavour. My friend said; “that’s love­ly. Fruity, syrupy, like wine”.

I pre­fer Vin­tage Ale to any tripel I’ve had yet, and more to the point I got some qual­i­ty time with a very good friend. So, mis­sion accom­plished. Bring on the week­end.

If you want old­er vin­tages, the Mad Bish­op and Bear at Padding­ton sta­tion are sell­ing 2005 bot­tles. Bai­ley and I got wast­ed on them just before Christ­mas while he was wait­ing for a train to Som­er­set. Any­one spot­ted any old­er vin­tages in pubs in Lon­don?

Boak

3 thoughts on “A semi-successful session”

  1. I’ve got a few of the vin­tages lined up, there’s some Brewer’s Reserve in the cup­board too. I had the 2007 last New Years Eve and found it good but felt it need more time to mel­low out.

    I think the brew­ery shop are sell­ing vin­tages back to 1999 – a mate went up there just before Christ­mas and picked up the 99.

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