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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 82 Drink: Brugge Tripel De Ripple

Brugge Brasserie is a gastropub that is the inspiration of brewer Ted Miller. Indianapolis might not feel much like the ancient Belgian city of Brugge, but your taste buds will tell a different story.

Brugge Tripel De Ripple was the first beer brewed by the company. As they were preparing for opening day, Miller and the restaurant’s night manager had started the brewing process and had mashed in betting that the critical sugar for the recipe would arrive. They waited for the delivery, but somehow missed the driver when he attempted to deliver the package. The night manager took off in search of a UPS truck and found one just three blocks from the brewery. The problem was the sugar was not on that truck. A frantic search around Broad Ripple landed a second delivery truck, which did contain the brewer’s sugar. Just in the nick of time.

In addition to Tripel De Ripple, Brugge’s beer line up includes among other brews Keller Bier, Saison D’etre, Imperial Wit and Old Dog Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Tripel De Ripple pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. The ale gives off a slightly floral and citrus nose that leads to a tart flavor base, hints of ripe fruit with some fleeting sweetness around the edges. The ale finishes with lime zest.

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