- Brand: Westward
- ABV: 45%
From the first time I tasted a Westward bottling, I was a fan. When they then release a club bottling called Belgian Ardennes Trappist Ale – after the Ardennes farmhouse yeast used by Culmination Brewing from Portland – I couldn't help but beg Cinoco, the Belgian importer, to bring it to Belgium. And so it happened. You're welcome. So let me give it a quick taste.
Great sweet nose on strawberries and red lace candy. Something of freshly roasted coffee. Then banana and cloves follow each other quickly. Softly seasoned and very pleasant and accessible.
It has a relatively oily body and in addition to the almost tropical and very sweet fruit – banana again in the lead – it is now nice and spicy. Black pepper, cloves, nutmeg. Yes, it gets almost piquant, but thanks to the great sweetness, it retains its balance. Midpalate it evolves into dried fruit. This is very tasty!
The finish is long, sweet, spicy and satisfying.
What a beautiful product this is. Very happy that I got my hands on a bottle.