Slow Beer

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Cellar Notes - La Trappe Tripel

Bottled: April 2006
Tasted: Febuary 2008 (15/20)

I've only tried this beer at one other time and then as a 6 month old (17/20). This sample suggests there's not a lot to be gained through medium term cellaring. Looks good; thin creamy head, nicely textured, and the colour is a tasty toffee orange. Classic nose of sugary sweet malts and a funky, 'cooked fruit' character. Very Belgian. Flavour weight is quite light for the style and not even close to what you might expect in a fresher example. Light and almost dry early (Asahi anyone?) with a layer of spice, but the weight picks up progressively. Apricot fruits thicken together with heavier sugary malts and a hint of spice. Good balance throughout.



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