NEARLY AUBURN COLOR, darker than expected for a tripel. But the aroma reminds one quickly that this is an American version, after all, and can’t be expected to exhibit all authentic traits. The nose and flavor both are heavy with bubblegum kind of sweetness, absent of the esters and yeast qualities usually found in the Belgian counterparts. Also fuller in the body, less spicy, and with a lower rate of attenuation leading to a larger mouthfeel. Might argue it more as a strong Belgian golden ale than a tripel but for the clear role of sugar in the mix. Decent, yet hardly exemplary in the style.
Served: On tap (Emmett’s Tavern, Palatine)