Drank this one from my Westmalle Chalice – thanks meathookjones!
This is a difficult beer to get my head around. There are many competing, opposite characteristics that make it really quite complex.
On the downside it felt very light bodied, with a thin mouthfeel. However, the initial disappointment of the lack of body seemed to be immediately compensated for in the lovely light drinkability (for a 7% ABV beer) that came with it.
Then there was the lovely, thick headed pour that initially met me, but after a few minutes the beer had disintegrated into a flat, diet coke type appearance.
This was followed by the next positive experience that was a fruitiness to the definite hop character that I find difficult to pin down, but I like very much. Th hop bitterness was almost simultaneously added to by a layered strong, but subtle alcohol sensation – very nice.
The finish reminded me of a whiskey and water, a sort of dilute spirit taste.
Not as good as the Tripel in my opinion, and anyway it’s a different beer, but well worth a try. A complicated beer, that will need an experienced palate to fully appreciate.