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This beer came with heavy hype and maybe that’s why I gave it an A instead of an A+. It’s really damn good. No good story to go along with it though, other than picking it up was the result of my new job being about 4 blocks from Full Throttle Bottles, so it was easy to grab on the way home this week. It poured nicely, with a beautifully rich amber color and a great head. First whiff is reminiscent of spiced bananas, bubblegum, plums, and yeast. The taste is complex. I really can’t wait to pop the other one I bought just to see if I can find something else hidden in this kaleidoscope of flavor. It starts sweet, but is balanced wonderfully with the 10% ABV. The sweet raisins and bananas quickly transition to spicy chai tea with lingering alcohol. It finishes with a nice crisp lemon rind and it vanishes quick from your mouth. I kind of wanted it to linger just a bit more. Maybe that’s a testament to how good it is. This ale is a Trappist (one of only 7 such breweries in the world). La Trappe has been brewing beer since the 1880’s and is shows. Outstanding quad, a little pricey. An 11.2 oz bottle was $6.50. But it’s worth it. A great quad!
Tasting note: malt, spiced chai, raisin, caramelized bananas, 10% ABV flavored Bubblicious, Smells Like Teen Spirit