Notes added: 08/27/21
750 mL bottle with the newer, but paradoxically old school labels (pictured), from Finest Belgian Beers. 13/04/23 as the date, L2150 17.16 as the lot.
Having been really disappointed with a couple of recent bottles of newer Des Rocs, and after learning from Bob Sylvester that there had been a changing of the guard over there, I was ready for another let down today.
NOT SO! This Triple Impérial is as good as the old days.
Perfect appearance, rich, sumptuous dark fruits everywhere, smooth as silk, satisfying, oh my!
Original Notes: 09/12/05
To call this beer a rich, dark, luxurious experience is potentially the biggest understatement ever associated with beer!
The pour is dark, dark brown with a lovely dense head and some exquisite lacing.
The aroma and the taste are simply one. They are deep, deep dark fruits – figs, raisins, plums and oranges. There is a distinct huge sugar aroma and taste. It’s a very sweet beer. The sheer luxury and sweetness of this beer do subtract a little form its drinkability. I KNOW that it’s not designed to quaffed in huge quantities, but even getting to the bottom of the 750 mL bottle took some doing. Not because it wasn’t stunning, but because of the absolute richness of the brew.
Mouthfeel is slick and alcohol soaked fruit.
Finish has a great and unexpected bitter twang that stands significantly different to the malt sweetness that the rest of the beer imparts.
Massive beer, massive experience.