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Brouwerij Van den Bossche

Pater Lieven (Kerst Pater Special) Christmas

750 mL corked and caged, $6.99 Greens, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA, USA. Frankly, very disappointing for the style. My Belgian darks need to have much more body than this, and unfortunately this has an acidity and tartness that is completely out of place in my opinion. Pretty decent looker with a nice tan head and burgandy body. Not much lace, and the head dies quickly - rather too carbonated for the style. Nose reveals a yeasty fruit, but it lacks the real depth that one would expect. Not much...

Pater Lieven Tripel

Quite impressed. 750 mL bottle, corked and capped. Good value Tripel with all the classic attributes in place and solid. Lovely pour into my Chimay chalice with a generous head, excellent lacing and some super orange/gold color. Lots of spice and pepper in the taste, with a good alcoholic content and definite dry finish too. Alcohol is well disguised and not overpowering. Mouthfeel is satisfying, with some tart, citrus notes amongst the spices. Very rounded and more complex that I was...