It had been a good while since I’d enjoyed a Petrus Tripel. Gone is the jolly monk on the label, replaced by clean, block colours defining the different styles. I prefer the rustic feel of the previous labels, but more important is what is in the bottle.
Satisfyingly, the beer is the same tasty Belgian Tripel I did remember.
Belgian yeast is the first assault on the senses. Lots of banana and vanilla, somewhat fruity and a little spicy. This pretty much follows through in the taste, with the addition of a sweet malt backbone.
For me personally it is a little on the sweeter side for a triple, maybe lacking some of that prickly spicy finish you’d get on say a Westmalle. But the bitterness is there to dry things out.
These flavours find favour with many who try it. This is the workhorse of the Petrus range, and for good reason this is a very drinkable beer.