So, I notice on their website that this is a retired beer. I could not find a date on the bottle, but assume it's been at least...9 months maybe? Since it appears to be a Winter ale. But the website also says it's vintage dated (what does this mean?) and recommends aging it.It poured a pretty clear orange-peach-amber with about a finger of head that quickly dissipated. It smelled like bread, yeast, and sweet-sweet-sugar. The taste is also very sweet. Sugar, pears, bread, Belgian yeast, and just a touch of bitter hops.
This definitely had an "avalanche of flavor" and the alcohol was just barely noticeable in the flavor. I really like Tripels and have had some great ones recently. This is why Yule Tide was a bit disappointing. A little too sweet and a little too much alcohol for me. It did not feel subtle, and had strong flavors, which I do like. But there are much better Tripels out there. I do like the pirate label though.