12 oz can (pictured). The alcohol is less apparent than it once was for me. Spice notes still present. I like this beer, and getting toward twenty years of drinking it proves that.
Additional notes: 12/16/06
This is a bottle that is at least 18 months old – bottle says drink before Feb 07 2009, so plenty of time left. I like the way this has mellowed out over time. Seems more in line with a typical Tripel with the sweetness straightened out to reveal more alcohol. It’s aging nicely. Scores adjusted accordingly.
Original notes: 08/31/05
Golden pour with very little head but some nice lacing.
Yeasty apples in the aroma.
Very sweet, yeast based taste (that typical Belgian taste) with an awful lot of sweetness and sugar with some fruits. A tiny bit of spice in there too, but this is overtaken by the candied sugared sticky stuff.
Not sure how this really fits into the authentic Tripel style, but it is a drinkable beer. What I don’t like is the distinct apple taste that comes through really strong – in fact to such an extent it begins to taste more like cider.
Tiny hop bite in the finish, but this is quickly overrun by the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.
An interesting beer, but truthfully it is a bit hit and miss. It’s an odd beer that doesn’t really find a true niche as far as the style or the grand scheme of things. Frankly I like the sweetness, but I suspect that others will be less impressed.