Wednesday, October 27, 2010

St. Bernardus Watou Tripel


St. Bernardus week: Part 3 of 5. This mix pack contains two dubbels and two tripels. I started with the stronger dubbel last time, but this time I think I'll start with the slighty less strong tripel (I don't want to say "weaker" since it's 7.5% ABV instead of 8% - it's still pretty strong I'd say). Not sure why this beer doesn't technically have the "St. Bernardus" moniker, but I'll give it that preface anyway. I'm usually a fan of Belgian tripels so I was definitely eager to try this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - OCT 26, 2010


Drank an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Huge yeast chunks make for an ugly, rust appearance. Only a half-finger of off-white, foamy head (hangs around until the end, though).

Aroma: Light fruits and alcohol. Not very potent.

Taste: Very similar to the witbier with light fruits like apricot and peach and a sour white grape. A touch of orangepeel, but otherwise not very robust. Leaves a rich caramel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but doesn’t feel as sharp as the other St. Bernie’s beers do.

Drinkability: Surprisingly refreshing for a 7.5% ABV beer. Drinks easier than I thought it would.

Overall: A tasty beer but nothing particularly special.

Grade: 7/10