I was extremely surprised by this beer, not by the quality or the general excellence- that reputation had gone before it – but by the drinkability and the creaminess. I wasn’t expecting such a drinkable beer considering the style and the ABV.
Some spice in the aroma and initial tastes that fades quickly to give way to a class ale. Lots of creaminess and retention in the head with significant lacing in the Westmalle chalice (thanks to meathookjones for the glass AND the beer).
There’s a complexity to the flavors here that is not overwhelming, unlike for example, I find Orval to have. I found that I had time to distinguish each different part of the beer before the next became apparent.
Unusually excellent mouthfeel and a crisp, dry finish completes the picture against the back drop of cream.