La Trappe Glass (330ml Glass)
Pours clear golden color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of sweet vanilla, clove, slightly rubbery banana, and a lemony citrus. The taste is unbelievably smooth. The clove sweetness comes through huge with a nice bitterness to balance. A subdued fruitiness to it. Not really clear what fruit, but kind of artificially. A great balance to it. Lacking in carbonation, but very quality body. A spicy semi-dry finish.
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.