This review requires a soundtrack. I have been waiting for the perfect moment to drink this beer, because it OBVIOUSLY pairs with Salt-n-Pepa ya’ll. Press play and keep reading.
Today it’s a beautiful sunshine-filled day with unseasonably warm highs in the 60’s, so what am I doing? Sitting inside and drinking some beers! Okay, we’re going to fire up the grill in a little bit and I do intend to enjoy the day, but just not right this second. Right now, it’s me time with Princess Simcoe Kitty, this brew, and a living room dance party.
A salt and pepper tripel, an ale brewed with pink Himalayan sea salt and black peppercorns; very interesting. This beer is part of Flying Dog‘s Brewhouse Rarities series, which are honestly some of my favorite of their brews (see Mint Julep Ale and the long-ago Pineapple Saison). “The only precedent for our Brewhouse Rarities series of small-batch releases lies in the immortal words of the Good Doctor Hunter S. Thompson: ‘Too weird to live, too rare to die'” says Flying Dog and I agree – this series births some weird beers.
So what did I think of this beer? It’s tasty. It smells like a standard tripel. When you first taste it, you get hints of the salt, but not aggressively like a gose. Then, the Belgian tripel hits you and you forget about the salt altogether. Finally, the finish is quite peppery, but the flavor doesn’t linger. It’s very well balanced in a way that if you’re apprehensive about the salt and pepper part and are just interested in a tripel, you won’t be overwhelmed by the added flavors. At 8.2% it’s not too aggressive as far as tripels go, but it doesn’t taste like an 8% beer so watch out.