St. Bernardus Tripel (330ml Bottle)
A traditional abbey ale brewed in the classic "Triple" style of Belgium's Trappist Monks. It has a pale amber colour with a wonderful head, slightly sweet aroma of rosewater, and the orangey-grassy flavours of Styrian hops in the finish.
A hazy orangey-yellow beer with a large dense foamy white head and nice lacing. Aromas of golden malts, yeasts and soft citrussy hops. The taste is fruity bittersweet malts with a gentle spiciness (a hint of coriander in there) and an alcoholic presence. Medium-full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. I find it quite bitter for the style unlike other comments I have read. Another top quality Belgian Tripel.
Like other abbey ales, Tripels are strong, yeasty-malty beers. But they are also pale, and have a notable hop profile. Hop bitterness may be higher than a typical abbey ale, up to 35IBUs. But the finish is where the hops really shine, as tripels should finish fairly dry. Otherwise, maltiness is still essential to the style, and the assertive yeast note typical of all abbey ales will be more apparent in tripels, since they do not have the rich dark malts to distract the palate. Alcohol flavours feature more prominently in Tripels that in just about any other style.