Belgian tripel brewed with pumpkins and aged in white wine barrels
Kraftwerk represents yet another outside-the-box brew from your friends at CBC. The term not only means “power station” in German (a nod to this light-on-the-palate brew’s exceptional strength), but also refers to the seminal electronic musical group of the same name founded in Düsseldorf in 1970. Yeah, I guess we should have made an altbier instead. Finally, despite the misspelling, Kraftwerk refers to the handmade, artisanal nature of the beers produced at CBC.
Kraftwerk is brewed in the style of a Belgian strong ale known as Tripel, but to it we have added hundreds of pounds of pumpkin, along with a very subtle addition of assorted autumnal spices. After a very warm fermentation with our house Belgian ale yeast, Kraftwerk was sent to the CBC Barrel Cellar to age for several months in sauvignon blanc barrels where the beer transmogrified into a striking beverage like no other.
The result is a classic version of a traditional tripel, with subtle pumpkin flavors, and notes of oak and a white wine-like finish. The combination of esters from fermentation, barrel aging, and lingering wine character has created a beer with crazy fruitiness, a super dry and sparkling body, and a grape/stone fruit/tropical finish. Simply unlike any pumpkin beer you’ve ever had.
OG: 1.080 FG: 1.006 ABV: 9.75%