- My Rating: [C+], I gave it a (3.8 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Witches Brew (Belgian Tripel) – Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 9.3% ABV – 750 ml., (Ertvelde, Belgium)
(from the brewers of the iconic Gulden Draak and Piraat)
on the back label:
“Enjoy this bottle conditioned blond triple living ale. Its pleasant hoppyness is masterly balanced with a soft round and joyous sweetness, enveloped in a radiating glow.
It will put a spell on you!”
- Style: Tripel
- Taste: alcoholic heavy sweet honey chamomile malt apple hints
- Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
- How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 750 ml., December 2011
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Recommended: no
- What made an impression: progressively excessive alcoholic
Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Twisty steel cap with composite cork. Pours translucent dirty copper orange with a large 1 inch frothy head, sticky lacing, a fine layer of micro retention, clusters of micro steady streams. Suspended bits of sediment along with some black bits, likely from the cork.
Nose: honey-chamomile sweet malt, hints of apple (lvl-8)-pungency
Mid-palate: alcoholic heavy, sticky (lvl-7-sweetness), honey barley malt, chamomile, background subtle tangy
Finish: apple-honey exhale, residual weighty alcohol
Summary: A decent, heavy-hitting tripel, but after one glass the alcohol becomes too overbearing and the sugars overpowering the palate. Can’t say I loved it, but I can sense the quality of craftsmanship.