Spectacular treat from my favorite abbaye. In many respects similar to the Grand Cru I fell in love with at La Trappe Cafe.
STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
LOOK: Melted plums and Belgian yeasty bits. It could, if you are up to it, use a straining that might improve the mouthfeel. Yes, I did just that with some success. The resulting mocha-latte like head is more consistent than the initial pour, a miasma of foam and sediment. A maze of lacing with strong stickiness corroborates the sugary nose.
NOSE: Cinnamon raisin bread, overripe cherries, plums, figs, and dates. Wonderful. A smörgåsbord of dark fruits laced with just a touch of acidity.
MOUTH: Decadent plum cake, currants, the whole dark fruit family. It’s a reunion in my mouth. The well-masked ABV dares you to gulp. Resist the urge, let it warm a few degrees, and sip some more. Maybe, if you are up to it, let it reduce and smother some ice cream. I think I just might do that.
Beeradvocate Rating: 94
Hayward Abbey Rating: 95