I know almost nothing about today's beer. It comes in a 750mL green bottle (shaped like a wine bottle, including the "bubble" on the bottom), and has 10% alcohol/vol. The back label states that the beer has 70 IBUs. Given that the latin name for hops is humulus lupulus, that makes sense.
When opened, I could barely smell any hops. The detectable hops were grassy in smell. There was a slight fruitiness, and an even fainter aroma of spices. I was surprised to see the beer was filled almost to the cap, and glad it didn't make the bottle explode. It poured a light hazy golden colour with a thick frothy white head. The subtle aroma had all but dissipated, and now smelled like a domestic.
The first sip was very interesting. There was a strong banana flavour. The beer was very malty. The beer had a medium feel in the mouth with very little carbonation. There was almost no bitter aftertaste. The beer left a sticky sweetness on my lips (similar to Demeter's Harvest). I'm really not sure what to make of this beer. The beer didn't seem to be anywhere close to 70 IBUs. I could see it being a favourite of a lot of people, but it's just not quite what I go for in beers, albeit I found it much better than all of the Belgian tripels I've had. I think I would buy it again if only to keep a bottle or two in my collection.