Looks more like a wit than a tripel. It's a milky golden straw color. Appears kind of hazy. The head is white, modest and fleeting.
Smells like a Belgian with clovey spices and a funky fruity yeasty smell.
It's clearly an American attempt at a Belgian beer. It's got a Belgian-esque taste, but it's a little rough around the edges. While it's got some spice and fruity flavors, wheat is also prevalent. Almost a cracker-like taste with a bit of lemony alcohol in the finish.
Very spicy, with an overload of pepper. The wheat character is sharp. The bitterness is sharp. A dryish finish.
It's not a bad beer, but it's not up to Belgian standards. Maybe with some aging the ingredients would meld together a bit more.
Pours a solid black, almost nothing else shines through. The head is off tan and kind of whispy, with only slight retention.
Scents of roasted malts, smoke, and coffee waft up from the glass.
The coffee and smoke carry over to the taste. The roasted malts are obviousy. In the finish, there is kind of an earthy, woody, dirt-like taste.
The mouthfeel isn't at all what I expected. It starts off creamy, but the sweetness (it's a milk stout after all) never really comes through. Instead, it's got more of a coffee bitterness that takes hold.
It's not a bad beer, it's actually pretty good, but it just didn't quite impress me as a milk stout. There is no sweetness whatsoever, it's nothing more than a regular stout.
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