OK, OK, I’m biased! Certain styles speak to me, and a great Tripel/Belgian Strong Pale is one of those things.
750 mL capped and foiled, dimple-bottomed brown bottle from Tavour. Label has a strong Bruery vibe about it, which I have absolutely no issue with.
High, very light, fizzy head that recedes to nothing pretty quickly and leaves almost no lace. In that regard not great, but carbonation levels are obviously good. The head is a the only weak point for this beer. Light golden body.
Nose offers some really noticeably dry, alcoholic esters, really excellent.
Tastes are all there for the style wether we are dealing with a Belgian Strong Pale or a Tripel. It’s stylistically OK for the former, but fruity enough for the latter. Drying alcohol, big, big Belgian candy sweetness, white pepper and other spice notes, and a light burn in the finish as the alcohol builds. Everything is spot on for the type of beer this is, even if it’s a bit of a Tripel/BSPA hybrid. More alcohol comes in and punishes a little, which is of curse, absolutely appropriate.
One of the better American versions of a big pale Belgian that I can remember having. Drinks every bit of its 8.5% (good), and leaves you wanting more. This beer makes an impression.