Brasserie Du Bocq ‘Tete De Mort’ Amber Tripel

Rating:

“A strong beer with complex flavors, the Tête de Mort makes a nice breeze wind throughout the body.”

Glassware: Trappist Goblet.

Appearance: Deep amber with shades of bronze. It forms a thumb of cappuccino head which slowly recedes. Nice wavy lace being left in its wake.

Aroma: Interesting. It’s like a hybrid between an Amber Ale and a Tripel. Now we feel like twats coz we just remembered it’s called an Amber Tripel ?. The fusion is really nice though…sweet honey malts and caramel – which certainly are not foreign in a traditional Tripel – are magnified and enjoy solid support from the classic Belgian yeast esters, candi sugars, peppery spice, toffee apple, butterscotch and herbals.

Flavour: Wow it’s incredibly sweet but not at all cloying. Sugary caramel, toffee and butterscotch enjoy a very mild nutty and toasty accent to balance it out. Almost a hint of maple coming through too. It shifts into fruity yeast esters, bubblegum and spice midway then leads to a really long and drawn out finish of candi sugars, caramelised apple/pear, honeysuckle and orange blossom.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and creamy, chewy and kinda sticky. Very fine carbonation, medium body. The 8.1% ABV is really well buried.

Overall: We dig it. Liking the crossover between the two styles. The rich malty sweetness of Amber Ale probably outweighs the Tripel though…would have liked to see more of the classic Belgian yeast pushing through more. Essentially a tasty beverage.