Beer 5 of this year was Little Brewery‘s Mad Abbot Dubbel (as reported here). I’d been saving the Tripel for a night I didn’t have to get up early the next day, as at 9.5% it gives quite a buzz and, knowing me, once I’d had one I’d want another.
I’m very happy to report that this is an excellent example of the Belgian Tripel style. A slightly hazy gold in colour, the beer had a good head which stuck around until the end of the glass. Great fruit flavours (banana, obviously, but some citrus too), a bit of spice too, and a strong but not cloying alcohol taste. It certainly benefited from being drunk at cellar temperature. And two bottles made me feel happily drunk, which is also very important.
In summary: the best high-end beer I’ve drunk this year. So far.