Beer Advent Day 9: Abbey Tripel


Brewery: Sprecher Brewing Co.

Location: Glendale, WI

Style:  Belgian Tripel  ABV: 8.4%

Contributed By: Megan Heinen (Thanks Megan!)

This is our third contribution from Sprecher Brewing Co. (they are definitely being represented well this Beer Advent.  We’ve tried Sprecher’s best selling beer in the Special Amber and we’ve tried one of their Premium Reserves in the Doppel Bock.  The Abbey Triple tonight is another one of Sprecher’s Premium Reserve beers.  Abbey Triples are so named because of the part of the brewing process where three (3) times the amount of malt is used.  Abbey Tripels have a lighter body  and sweetness which comes from the use of Belgian candy sugar. Tripels are known for having a high alcohol content (usually between 8-11% ABV) yet the ones that are crafted and brewed well usually hide the alcohol character.  Which does make Belgian Tripels a little dangerous to drink because they can be quite deceiving.  Sweet and very drinkable but yet packing an ABV punch.

Sip this Tripel tonight as you reflect!


Advent Reflection:

Micah 5:1-4  “Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod.
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. “
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.”

One of the things that I love about the Christmas story is the passage that you just read.  It seems like such a simple passage with not A LOT of important things in it. I mean, it simply talks about how a small clan of Judah, will be the hometown of a ruler that will come.  Bethlehem itself, is a small, insignificant town in Israel.  Nothing to shout about for sure.  Yet, it is from this insignificant town, one who will be ruler over Israel will come.  It is referencing the birthplace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.  He is the Messiah of Israel.  The one that the prophets talked about and the Israelites longed for.  He didn’t come from the “Hollywood” city that everyone was expecting him to.  No, he came from an insignificant town in a rather overlooked part of the land. His coming was for those who feel insignificant and those who have been told that they are insignificant, that they can experience wholeness, value, and peace. Shalom.

Matthew 2:1-8  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

One thought on “Beer Advent Day 9: Abbey Tripel

  1. Good beer. Good sweetness but not to the point you feel the need to dilute it with a bar snack. Very drinkable and almost no sense of the ABV at all.

    I have an odd reaction to todays reflection reading. The thought of a government seeking to protect its power by denying us God is anathema to me. Having witnessed the complete scrubbing of religion in North Korea I see what the loss of religion does to the soul of a people. Without the thought of the Grace of God we become a mollified bunch just worrying about todays survival. Without God, hope drains away. And without hope, life loses its magic and men their souls.


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