La Trappe Tripel Trappist Ale – Brouwerij de koningshoeven, 8% ABV, (Netherlands)

On the side label

“Discover this speciality of “La Trappe Ale”, with its pleasant fullbodied taste. Taste the Silence.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: sweet caramel and full-bodied
  • Where I got it: St. Johns Liquor
  • How much: $10 for a 750ml, Oct/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours light copper brown, smallish thick head, tons and tons of CO2 streams, sticky lacing. A bit of malt on the nose. 8/10 quite sweet caramel malts up front, 7/10 bitter mids, fruity fig element, lingering bitter malted finish. Halfway through the bottle, the sweetness level becomes too aggressive and somewhat unenjoyable. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, long length, great carry, minor sweetness imbalance, soft tingly carbonation. The flavour of the alcohol is quite apparent in the mids and distracts from the smoothness of the experience.