Top-fermented trappist-style ale also called “Merveille” (or Wonder), it is apparently brown in colour which actually transpires to be a very deep mahogany. It has crystalline clarity despite resting on a bed of yeast. The beige head is fleeting, as though briskly swept aside by the alcohol, but in spite of this the beer has good saturation. A remarkable and caramelised syrupy intensity comes to the fore on the nose and palate. The flavour starts out mellow, builds in intensity and then opens up to a full and spicy mouthfeel which is slightly acrid and peppery. Fruity notes of ripe plum and cocoa put the finishing touches to the perfect tasting experience. The bitterness remains relatively low, allowing the malty and fruity flavours to flourish. The body is powerful but fine, noble and distinguished. One of the great trappist beers.