Sublimation Cherry Tripel
9.4% ABV, 13 IBU
Malts: Belgian Pilsner, Acidulated
Hops: Saaz, Willamette
Yeast: SafBrew Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-33)
Additional: Snow Geisha tea from Teavana.
Brewers: Rich Smerker
Big fruity and spicy yeast characteristics intermingle with sweet cherry tea in this light but boozy Belgian ale.
In the words of the brewer:
“Sublimation was born out of the collective imaginations of Rich Smerker and Donna Fournier of Centennial, Colorado. They enjoy all types of beer and, when they decided to give homebrewing a try, found they really loved creating unusual blends using unique ingredients.
The idea for this beer came from a love of the Belgian tripel style and the desire to make something unique. There had been other small-batch beers brewed in the Denver area using tea and a fruity flavor seemed a natural blend with tripel flavors. The homebrew version, made by steeping Snow Geisha white tea from Teavana in secondary fermentation, yielded a subtle cherry nose and flavor. The beer quickly became a homebrew night favorite. The name “Sublimation” (Sublimation being the transition of matter from a solid directly to a gas, skipping the liquid phase) came from the fact that it was so easy drinking that the beer never lasted in the glass, and all you were left with is the wonderful cherry aroma. It seemed an appropriate name.
Rich and Donna live in Centennial with their French Bulldog, Kent Golding. You can usually find them touring around every weekend in a new Colorado brewery. ”