Thursday, August 19, 2010

Grotten Pierre Celis Signature Series

25.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness date listed. Poured into an Orval goblet.
It pours an auburn, leathery tan color with a fast-fading beige head. Not much lacing to make a big deal about.
A very complex range of aromas from horse barn, leather, tobacco, malt, fig, fresh flowers (at a distance) resinous hop and a whiff of dark rum meld well together.
A velvety slightly sweet malty body carries tastes of caramel, plum, bran flakes, brown sugar, lemon zest, orange peel, herbs and light rum (in that order). There's a slightly off-putting astringent edginess to the mouthfeel, though not entirely a bad thing.
I would LOVE to see this "Signature Selection" come back for another go-round. I would cellar many and drink more.

Konings Hoeven - Tripel

Trappist Ale from Tilburg, Netherlands 8%abv
25.9oz brown bottle. 09:26 stamped on back label.
Poured into a Kapittel goblet.
This Trappist Ale from the Netherlands compares well (though differently) to the more popular Belgian Trappist.
The color is a rich copper-hued amber with a dense, but fast-fading off-white head. Some trailing lace clings desperately.
A yeasty aroma reminiscent of a Belgian Trippel pops out at first pour. Husky malty aromas follow. A blend of hop smells vie for attention. The citrusy one wins! A faint whiff of light rum is revealed as it warms.
A very balanced yet meaty malt body carries a wide range of flavors beginning with a big taste of caramel malt, candied sugar, citrusy and resiny hops. Earthy tastes of dried figs and tobacco linger in the background. A light fumy rummy kick is there throughout. All in all a very nice drinkable big-bodied ale. Nice!