Woohoo, yet another Belgian ale. It seems can't get enough of these (well, except for the tripels). Today's beer comes in a 330mL slender amber bottle with 6.8% alcohol/vol. It says it's from an abbey, but doesn't have the "authentic trappist" logo. So I'm thinking it's from a different type of abbey. I'm not terribly picky, as long as it tastes good. It has a best-before date of May 18, 2013; way in the future, so I should be in the clear. The label made me chuckle a bit: "Contains barley malt." Duh.
When opened, I smelled mostly malt and yeast. There was also a bit of fruitiness in there somewhere too. The beer poured a clear golden colour. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of sediment in the beer. There was tons of it. I did not mispour the beer. All the yeast was still in the bottle. There was no head, and almost no bubbles. The aroma after the pour was much milder. Maybe I got a bad bottle?
The first sip: Didn't like it. I was instantly reminded to Troubadour and Leffe, and remembered how much I disliked those beers. I'll lump this type of beer with the tripels as something to avoid in the future. It's not that this beer was particularly bad, insomuch as I just didn't find anything good with it. The sediment of the beer was a visual turn-off. There was almost no carbonation. And it tasted like a strong domestic. The only thing going for it was the subtle noble hop aftertaste.