Regal billowy-headed blonde (brewed in Belgian Abbey) features Old World herbal gruut influence and rampant clumps of Brussels lace. Sharp grain-malted presence, aromatic creme de cocoa keepsake, and thickened yeast-candied butterscotch resonation bring intial attention. Recoiling barleywine sweetness hides chocolate subtleties until strong whiskey-licked medicinal finish takes over. Creamy texture loses out to overriding fuzzy carbolic fizz, sucking out its essence. Perhaps a spicy kick in the ‘grain’ would increase resiliency.