Sierra Nevada Belgian Trippel

Delighted and surprised to find this on tap at Taco Mac in Douglasville, GA, USA. 16 oz pour.
Pours with a bright, bright golden body, a decent head and amazingly clarity. Normally I’m a huge fan of such clarity but to be honest I expect my Tripel’s to lack some that and have a least a degree of chill-haze about them. Surprised at the clear nature of the beer.
Nose reveals some typical bubblegum notes.
The tastes are essentially ALL, massive, sweet, sugar! There isn’t really the slightly spiced, Belgian yeast notes that one would normally associate with the style. All Tripel’s need that high level of sweetness, but this seems extraordinarily so; this is coming from me who likes sweetness, and even considering that the style demands a good degree of it. As I drink it I’m thinking that this could give me a TERRIBLE headache and hangover! As the beer settles and warms there is a touch more of the other attributes that one might expect for the style, but ultimately they can’t really compete with the cloying sweetness. I think it just goes slightly beyond where it needs to be.
Not bad, but a tad unbalanced for me. Not 100% sure about the body clarity or the level of sugar that we get here,; it seems at the VERY edges of what is acceptable. I might visit this again but I suspect that it would be in small doses.

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11/07/2009
Style:
Tripel
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 7.9 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.53
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