beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Plummy dark brown with big yeasties dropping to the bottom like fish food. Cap is dense, growing with a firm foamyness colored of yellowed taupe with a dusted cinnamon brown center. Intricate lacing coats in tiny dots and other bigger cobweb webbings.
Aroma comes across pretty thick with big fruits and light spices. Lush and booming, yet soft and delicate as bread. Spicy dates and figs coated in oily earthy seeds of black licorice, poppy, pepper, ginger, and corriander. Small inticingly little tid bits of orange and raisin oil along with some touches of tobacco bring more complexities as it sits.
Flavors are big too; thick, lush, full body, favorable breadyness about its weight. Dark fruits decorate most of the tastes with rich and oily dates, figs, and raisins. Some dark orange touches the finishing qualities. Nicely handled and mild toned spices decorate the areas where the fruits leave off. So very well placed and a perfect compliment to the fruits. Cracked pepper, black licorice, ginger root, smokey vanilla, and tobacco are all put lightly in there place as not to distract from the fruit cake thickness.
Big full body, lush, rich, tender, fruity and spicy, oily in some respects closer to the leftover finishing characteristics. Very actively full from start to finish. Boisterously so. A truly enjoyable sipper. Take your time with this one, its worth it. Extravagantly fantastic stuff!
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Bottle: Very malty aroma. Creamy, fruit, yeast, pineapple, light caramel. Pours a deep red with lots of sediment with a nice off-white head. NIce lacing. Very fruity and creamy. Yeast, raisin, grape, and banana. Real light citrus and orange peel in the finish. I like this better than the Abbaye des Rocs (Brune). Excellent beer.
Bottle: Big yeasty aroma along with strong pineapple, bubblegum, raisins, and banana. It pours a transparent orangish-brown with a large off-white head. There’s a lot of large sediment floating around. It would be a 5 in appearance, but the large "chunked" sediment doesn’t look all that appealing (even though I don’t mind drinking it). The flavor starts with a moderate yeast and pineapple combination. It finishes with some light raisin, peach, and a touch of citrus tanginess. It has lively carbonation with a very creamy mouth feel. Rather surprised to say I stand by my rating after all this time, especially after seeing it fall so far out of the top 50.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Red Coloring (Brilliantly So Under Light) Sandy Skin. Barley, Grape Aroma. Grapey Notes..Light Bread Dough, Spices, Warming...Sharp and Crisp. Thick Mouthfeel. Dry and Sweet Aftertaste. Very Nice!
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear black/burgundy with a huge off-white head. Slightly sour nose with malt, salt, pipe tobacco, and a hint of plasticky phenols. Flavor is quite sweet, rich, slightly chocolatey, with plums, grapes, and a slight bitterness to harmonize with the sweetness. Awesome.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
had a free sample of this at the beer store and i had to buy some.beautiful dark chestnut. thick fluffy tan head slowly diminishes and leaves nice sticky lacing in the glass. smell is sweet, fruity and malty. taste is malty. fruity and i’m getting a little spice mixed in as well. truly an awsome belgian.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful, dense foam goodness. Gorgeous ruby fudge color. Currants, raisins, a bit of yeast and pecan aroma. Full oak fullness with the essence of aged Galliano and ripe cherries covered with a light dusting of cocoa. Bitter fig and raspberry finish. More musty than Abbaye des Rocs. Fairly tasty.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber color and a deep tan head that dissipates to a film layer with plenty of lacing. Aroma is quite fruity with strong elements of pear and sweet apple, but these elements do not subdue the malt itself as with some Belgians. Flavor is very hearty, with a meaty element present in the strong maltiness. There also seem to be more hops present than in the typical tripel. Besides the basic fruity esters naturally present and a strong element of caramel, I have trouble detecting complex nuances in the flavor of this beer -- it’s still great though. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and hits in the back of the throat where it should. Found a slight disappointment with the mouthfeel of this beer in that it seems runny and with not quite enough carbonation for a Belgian (not to say that there aren’t plenty of bubbles), also a slightly syrupy finish, but I only will deduct 1 point instead of 2 because these problems seem to be largely "a price to pay" for the alcohol % of a tripel in general. All in all, this is a highly recommended Trappist beer. And remember, if someone finishes the big bottle and wants to rate some more beers tonight, you’ve just drunk almost the equivalent of a bottle of wine so you might in all fairness want to hold off on the next ratings until tomorrow! I plan to do that ... just have one more to do ... !
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: Dark ruby tinted browm with an initial large frothy tan head which fades only a bit, very good lace. The aroma has notes of orange zest, caramel candy apple, cardamom, ginger, wild flower, oriental pipe tobacco and earthy esters. The taste starts quite malty and sweet. Undertones of sublime spice and light fruit veins throughout the tasting. Get a hint of brine and peat moss on the finish. The feel is sticky, smooth, and lush. The alcohol is there but most kept in the background. An Imperial Dubbel more than a Tripel, but I like it either way. Yummy and quite recommended!
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and murky red color with a large tan head. With a name like Triple, I was expecting a gold color! Malt and raw barley aroma. More of the same in the taste with some bread on top of it. Very well balanced with hops and in general. Alcohol is hidden.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - APR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice ruby color, medium frothy, off white head. Fizzy carbonation. Yeast and dough accomplished by a nice cloves and honey nose. Koriander, cookie dough, vanilla - yeast taste with a nice peppery finish. I quite liked it!