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Papago Brewing Oude Zuipers by Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
11.00 % ABV

Review by seaoflament on 08/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
56 2 8 10 3 5 2009
*This is a strong Belgian Tripel brewed for Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ by Van Steenberge.*

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one at La Bella last night, seems like I was the only one that didn't quite enjoy it.

Poured a honey color with about a quarter inch of foam, decent retention and mostly large bubbles made up the head.

The aroma was of yeast esters, apple, hints of strawberry, Belgian candy sugar, pilsner malt sweetness, and hints of banana.

Oh, no! With the first sip comes this horrible metallic flavor that lasted till the last sip. After the initial metallic flavor I tried to concentrate and find other flavors and was able to pick up some banana, spices, yeast, apple, and flowers in the finish. However, every sip had a distracting rusty nail flavor, like sucking on a penny. At first the malt sweetness tried to assert itself on the palate but the metallic finish killed it. Not that complex either.

The mouthfeel was also distracting, very fizzy and effervescent and not in a creamy/soft texture, it was quite aggressive at first and hard to drink. I kept stirring my glass to get out some of the carbonation and it got a little better. I had trouble finishing my last 2 ounces or so. The alcohol was very well hidden though.

Served In: Pint Glass

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