Inviting candi-sugared Belgian dark ale elegantly blends brown ale-like pecan-walnut-hazelnut conflux with chocolate-roasted dried fruiting. Spiced plum, raisin and date illusions gain slight alcohol warmth and ashen hop char at silken mocha-fruited finish.
On tap at Blue Grasshopper, warbled honey-fruited 2016-brewed tripel lacks sufficient herbal yeast peppering to mustily contrast temporal sugar-spiced banana daiquiri, lemon meringue, orange marmalade, mint liqueur, candied orange, apricot and fig illusions. Less expressive than most Belgian-brewed Abbey ales, but not drastically so.
A simple pleasure. Approachable soft-toned Abbey Ale emulating from New Mexico contrasts mild crystal malt creaming, vanilla-spiced honeyed fruiting and dewy sweetness against white-peppered herbal hops. Ancillary caramelized banana, sugarplum, burgundy, apricot and fig notions provide fruity center.