One of my favorite styles from a brewer that usually does a great job, this looks promising.
Pour is odd. Lots of large bubbles in the carbonation, but this leads to virtually no head, no retention and obviously no lace. It looks a bit dead in the glass. Disappointing from the carbonation angle. Color is a beautiful, deep orange color but even considering the ABV it seems lifeless.
The mouth feel confirms the lack of carbonation, and while I wouldn’t call the beer “flat” I feel it need some more “uuuummphh”.
Nose has some sweet Belgian notes with yeast. A lot of orangey alcohol too.
Tastes are that of some warming alcohol and some white pepper notes. Some yeast in the back end and a touch of Belgian candy. Some extra bubblegum comes through too. Triple like but seems to drink a little under the ABV. In that respect easy to put away.
The lack of sustained carbonation is a big problem here and it lets the beer down quite badly.
Nowwhere near the best beer that Southampton puts out, this needs an overhaul IMO.