Friday, June 22, 2012

Perennial Violet Plout Tripel

PloutSo, twice in one series of reviews – I had to look something up, as I had no idea what a Plout was.

Plouts are a later-generation hybrid of apricot and plum that show more plum characteristics; the fruit's exterior has smooth skin closely resembling that of a plum.

Using a pound of plout fruit per gallon of beer, Perennial has done something different with this completely new beer.

  • Appearance – Plout Tripela cloudy yellow, reminiscent of an unfiltered wheat.
  • Nose- No big surprise with a fruity nose
  • Taste – Actually a pleasant wheat taste – derived solely from the fruit.  A slight anise taste lingers on the palette, and Phil said this may be due to yeast strain.
  • Food Pairing – Warm Ginger Pear Cake with Butterscotch Semifreddo.

Does it work?  Very much so.  The Pear cake was rich and delightful, and was exceptionally paired with the sweetness of the beer.  Again, this should become a menu staple – although I can see people reluctant to try, as Pear Cake sounds so unusual.

The Plout Triple was a fine beer for this course, although not something I would drink a lot of.  I was actually feeling stuffed at the end, and it was a little heavy – but a quality dessert beer.

I feel a 3 out of 5 is pretty fair.  MugMugMug

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