It starts off looking innocent enough. But after I poured it into my glass I took a closer look at the bottle and was stunned: this beer boats a whopping 9.5% alcohol by volume! No wonder: it’s a Belgian Tripel. Good grief, I really should pay more attention to what I’m opening beforehand.
Despite the surprise, I was pleased with this beer. The high alcohol content is surprisingly unnoticeable, and it’s an enjoyable experience.
Appearance: Pale and straw-colored. Slightly murky. A foamy white head dissipated rather quickly.
Smell: Reminds me of a saison (not surprising, since it’s Belgian). Grassy herbal character. Sounds weird, but it smells "golden" somehow.
Taste: Strong; light character full of Belgian candi sugar; saison-remniscent spicing. The hops are very light, not prominent. It’s strong, but not so you’d suspect it was sitting at 9.5 percent…
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for such a strong ale (or rather, so strong it should be this thin); but it’s a bit thin for what I’d like in a Belgian ale in general.
Overall, a good beer—but watch out for its strength. Based on that it’s best to consider this a sipping beer.