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Belgian Triple Ale Substitute

Any beer experts out there? I have a brisket recipe that calls for Belgian triple ale. Here in Beer Country (Bavaria) I have a fine selection of beers, but they are primarily domestic. I’d have to make a trip to Munich to find the Belgian beers, and I’d rather not do that in the next few days. So, would a double bock be a suitable substitute?

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asked almost 5 years ago

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Patti in Mississippi
added almost 5 years ago

That sounds good!

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Tony S
added almost 5 years ago

Belgian Tripel Ales are wheaty, malty, bitter and spicy. A double bock might be a little dark as a good substitute. My personal preference would be to use witbier, a wheat, or an IPA. They are similar in flavor profile, color, and mouthfeel.

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Maedl
Maedl

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added almost 5 years ago

Tony, if I use a wheat beer, it will be a local wheat beer, Franziskaner or Augustiner. do you think that will be a pretty close substitute? Our foreign beer selection is really not good--I think that is because of the Reinheintsgebot, the beer purity law from the 1500s.

Tony S
added almost 5 years ago

Yes, a local wheat will be more than acceptable.

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Dave on the grill
added almost 5 years ago

If those are what you've got, it's what you've got. I would go with a wheat beer. Hoegaarden would prob be the easiest Belgian style to find in a foreign beer section, but I know the purity law makes it tough to find foreign beer. Another solution would be an American Military Installation if you know someone with an ID card.

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Maedl
Maedl

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added almost 5 years ago

Wheat beer it will be then. I even have that on hand--it's my beer of choice here. Thanks so much for your suggestions.

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