Pennyslyvanians really know how to brew beer. I have no idea why, but I’m continually impressed with what comes out of their state. I’ve never tried anything from Stoudt’s (and admittedly the name makes me always feel like I’ve typo’d the word stout). But I saw this at Oliver’s in Albany and decided to expand my tastings to american takes on Belgian styles, since I’ve seen and tasted some impressive brewings lately that rise above the typical “belgian style” ale.
This one pours dark amber with little head. The smell is a sweet wheat and distinctively Belgian. The taste is a wonderful warmth and wheat. The smoothness and the almost syrupy consistency of this is a treat. I have to say that this is solid, inviting and delicious. I love the label, too, featuring jolly monks that look like they’re up to trouble. I would definitely get this again (though I’m not sure where to find it around here at all.)
Its been a while since I’ve reviewed anything Belgian-ish and I’m glad I did. This month I also have a few other Trippels in store, a witbier and a Belgian Winter coming up. Sounds like my fall is just beginning