Another beer that I enjoy, but also one that many purists frown upon.
Is it a classic Tripel? Some would say no, and perhaps prefer to categorize this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but for me it has enough Tripel character to carry the beer through, and to keep it relatively stylistically true.
Hazed, golden color pour. Nice, lively head. Sweet, candy esters meet the nose, and intensify in the early sips. Paradoxically light, but still with a gentle element of cloying. I know that sounds contradictory, but it’s what I experience. Some bitterness, not much white pepper if the truth be known, but some degree of spice. Alcohol comes through in waves, and those esters are everywhere – banana, pineapple, some orange – a full palate of mixed fruit without a truly distinguishable single element. It’s quite dry considering the ABV to be honest. Finishes clean. As it warms, it opens up to increased sweetness, as does a strong yeasty/wheaty element. Nice!
Mouthfeel is relatively light considering the ABV, but is still satisfying. Full enough, and smooth and decently large.
What can I tell you? I like this beer, like a enjoy several Leffe beers.