Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Mikkeller | Tags: barley, brown sugar, bubblegum, chocolate, cilantro, Cinnamon, cinnamon toast, coffee, deep, dessert, melon, mocha, nice, opaque, oregano, raisin, rich, roast, rum, rye, sharp, strong, sweet, truffles
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Size: 25.4 fl oz
Estimated Calories:450 C
RateBeer Rating: 98
Aural: pop opening, low carbonation, quiet pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Malt Aroma: brown sugar cinnamon toast truffles chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma: oregano cinnamon cilantro
Other Aroma: bubblegum
Notes: An enticing aroma.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:deep brown black
Head Retention: poor
Notes: despite the issues with head retention, the body is very deep and rich.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Malt Flavor: barley rye bread brown caramel chocolate mocha coffee
Hops Flavor: rum raisin orange
Notes: Like dessert. A wonderful flavor much more focused on malt flavors than hop flavors, but a great taste.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Notes: finish has strong warming effect – nice hidden abv.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Very malty, high ABV, but well hidden. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Not as fruity as I’d expect, but still a wonderful ale. Thanks, Mikkeller!