Devil’s Ladder Belgian Tripel aged in sherry casks
IRISH MUNRO Series #6: Devil’s Ladder
Belgian Tripel aged in sherry casks
As the red sun descends on another year, our final Munro beer showcases Ireland’s tallest mountain, Carrauntoohil, the central peak in the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
A truly inspirational and rewarding climb, the most common ascent is via the Devil’s Ladder. En route you pass such evocative landmarks like the Howling Ridge, the Bones, Eagle’s Nest, Hag’s Glen and Heavenly Gates. There’s an alternate route up via Brother O’Shea’s Gully – namesake of our head brewer Dan – and a third route up via Caher, a spectacular ridge walk traversing a dramatic ridge above Coomloughra Lough.
A Cnoc Mór deserves a Beoir Mór, so we have produced a big Belgian Tripel to celebrate the three challenging ascents up Ireland’s tallest peak. The beer is pale gold, with a gentle Belgian yeast profile: think soft bananas esters, cloves and spice. We finish it in sherry oak butts, which add sweet vanilla, dried fruit and Christmas cake notes to this beautiful beast of a beer.
Style: Belgian Tripel aged in sherry casks
Malt: Irish lager malt, oats, wheat.
Hops: Nugget, for bittering.
Yeast: Fermentis BE-256 Belgian Ale Yeast.
Colour/appearance: deep golden with a fluffy head.
Aroma: sweet Belgian yeast on the nose, with clove, banana, bubblegum, cherries and apricot. Gorgeous marzipan, vanilla and oxidised sherry notes.
Flavour: all the Christmas flavours in a glass! Rum-soaked dried fruits, almond and mixed spice with banana and cloves coming through from the Belgian yeast and a hint of salinity / wood from the sherry butts.
Aftertaste: rich and rounded mouthfeel, honey, with a little bit of a high warmth to it. Finishes dry and nutty.
This beauty can straddle both sides of the Christmas meal. Chill and serve in small sherry glasses to start, with a selection of tapas-style nibbles: good olives, smoky roasted almonds, salty anchovies. For a sweet ending, serve it at room temperature in a brandy snifter to offer a delicious counterpoint to Christmas pudding, chocolate Bûche de Noël, or even a creamy stilton.
Availability: 440ml cans.