This Belgian Tripel is one of my favorite beers in general, and ranks among the very top of my favorite Belgian styles. So without further adieu, onto the description.
The taste is very subtle Belgian wheat, with a slight fruitiness in the background. The taste is smooth and slightly sweet, again with the Belgian wheat flavor but also with a slight note of malts and hops. There is also a faint note of spices on the palate as well. The finish is dry and slightly sweet, which is probably due to the high ABV of the beer, and with a lingering taste of Belgian wheat. Overall the taste is very wheaty, and you could be forgiven for thinking this was a wheat beer.
I can’t fault this beer. I really love it and it has been one of my favorites for a long time. So you can probably tell this review is completely biased. The flavors are well balanced and the relatively high ABV doesn’t come through at all, which makes it even better. The slight sweetness at the end almost makes this beer addictive, and it really has a flavor that is to be savored. Luckily it is possible to usually get bottles of this in New Zealand, and I always keep a few in the fridge for a special occasion.
Who: Maredsous Bière d’Abbaye, Belgium
What: Belgian tripel
Nose: Belgian wheat
Look: Clear gold
Taste: Smooth Belgian wheat, malt, hops
Finish: Dry, sweet, Belgian wheat
Form tried: 330ml bottle