Hibernum (9% ABV, 20 IBUs) Belgian-style tripel ale from Birra Almond 22 in Loreto Aprutino – Pescara, Italy.
I take a lot of pictures of beer. Some turn out well while some are relegated to a digital purgatory, destined to never see the light of day, living out their archival lives in mute, byte-riddled darkness. So was the lot of Hibernum. I wasn’t going to post this image. Why? Basically, I wasn’t all that happy with how it turned out. Oh, and because I lost my tasting notes and I didn’t want to half-ass a description.
I did make a few comments in my Untappd check-in that helped to refresh memory somewhat. I apparently enjoyed it, bestowing a rather rare 4.5 caps upon it, but that’s about all I remember. So why post it now? I think the main reason being that I simply don’t see too many craft beers from Italy on the shelves of my local bottle shops. I think Hibernum is the only Italian beer I’ve ever photographed. Just seemed right, giving them their due and all.
So, without further ado, I present to you, my sad, and woefully inadequate Untapped check-in notes for Hibernum from Birra Almond 22 – “A beautifully brewed tripel ale. Wonderfully complex, spicy nose. Hints of pepper, lemon, apricot. Mildly bitter, a bit sweet. Nice warming.” I told you so.
Brewery Notes (translated from the original Italian) – “The Hibernum is our interpretation of the Triple style. It has a golden yellow color white and persistent foam. The nose emerges beautiful citrus notes, fresh and spicy. Bite and elegant, it closes with a nice dry which makes it very enjoyable. To combine with medium-aged cheeses, cake and pastries.”