Original notes 12/01/07
Purchased on recent trip to Greensboro, NC, USA. A mistake because it arrived in GA while I was out of state!
Corked & Caged 750 mL bottle.
Poured into the Duvel tulip, this is basically a slightly darker Belgian Pale. Honey colored. Creamy, small head with some lace. Aroma has some yeast, but is dominated by an alcohol solvent smell. Quite strong, not exactly sinus clearing but nevertheless very noticeable.
Belgian yeast character, but two things come on strong. The Bourbon taste (that frankly I am not wild about) and the alcohol solvent. The alcohol is not quite as bad as the aroma would have you think, but it is still prevelant. It gets better toward the bottom of the 750, but I wonder
if that is alcohol taking its toll! Obviously, plenty of candy sweetness (Tripel). Some light pear and pineapple, but these fruits are Bourbon soaked!
Mouthfeel is just about average for this kind of brew, but the drinkability is not that high for me. I would even consider this as an alternative to liquor – maybe as a quick nightcap at the end of a big night.
Bourbon beers are a bit hit and miss with me, and frankly I need to be in the mood as much as anything else.