As with all trappist ales, this one burst out of the bottle and I found it quite difficult to keep the head under control whilst pouring. The frothy beige head does settle to a more manageable tight thick layer after a while. This dark brown ale has a beautiful ruby glow and you can buy this for around £2.69 at Beer Hawk, so it's quite a reasonable price for a trappist ale.
The caramel malt smells amazing; it oozes treacly sweetness with a slightly sour nose. First sip is one to savour as the sweetness of the malts give way to a slightly metallic bitter aftertaste. The overall impression is one of a succulent malt loaf sprinkled with brown sugar as I could taste dark fruits baked in a mouthwatering loaf. Despite the evident carbonation resulting in the huge initial head, it feels very smooth and would be quite easy to drink quickly but for the high alcohol content.
It's one of those beers that results in you licking your lips long after you've finished it to make sure that you savour every last drop. Those monks sure knew a thing or two about brewing and Ale definitely Be Seeing this one Again.
Brewed by De Koningshoeven Brewery, Holland
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