wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber with a thick tan head. Very creamy head with good retention. Aromas of courant, port, vanilla, cloves, banana, caramel and toffee. Taste was pleasant and had apple cider in it a long with the other flavors in the aroma. The Port was a bit too much creating too much sweetness. Otherwise I can’t complain. An impressive and unique Dark Triple.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear, medium amber with a small, creamy, white mostly diminishing head. The aroma is really pretty: Moderately malty of fully-roasted grain, lightly hoppy with a note of pine/resin and a moderate yeasty note of cellar and full of compelling miscellaneous aromas of rosehips, clove, corriander and -- maybe I’m crazy -- there seems to be a note of aspen bark/sap lightly present as well. The flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly bitter and goes into an average-length finish that is both lightly bitter and lightly sweet. The palate is pure meow. The body is full-to-medium, the texture is cream and the carbonation is fizzy. The high-alcohol content is nearly imperceptable. Danger. :) The last signal-flare of carbonation and creamy texture matches well with the mellow, balanced finish and just sends me. B-e-a-utiful!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Turbid rusty brown, thick tan creamy head. Deep rich complex nose of dates, port, brown sugar, berry, and raisin, with soft chocolaty undertones. The flavor bursts forward with caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar, and robust vinous notes throughout. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. What else is new.....just another great Belgian beer found in my own backyard. Loved it!
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn, this stuff is good! Yes, stubby, I agree, this is dark for a triple, but I don’t mind, since it’s great. Had it for New Year’s Eve, after polishing off Trader Joe’s 2005 special brew (9% abv, brewed by Unibroue of Canada) and Unibroue’s 10% abv 2005 ale, and Abbaye des Roc T.I. blew those respectable brews away with intensively good quality.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of yeast rolls. Huge, explosive head. Pale, murky brown w/ too much yeast. Sweet with notes of bread and fruit. Odd.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and thick for a triple. Am I misinterpreting the style? RB has it as a Belgian strong. Very good stuff, with a wonderful dried fruit aroma. Raisins and Belgian yeast on the flavors. Great New Year’s Eve bottle.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bursts forth out of the bottle and all over the table. Nice aroma and color, but too much sour taste.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is great. Not quite as good as the Brune, but very nice indeed. Aroma is spicy, sweet, and yeasty. Flavor is fruity, choco. Pours out a nice dark amber color with a huge head.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (330ml). Huge foaming right out of the bottle - after cleaning up a bit, Poured slightly hazy ruby-brown with a huge off-white foaming head, quite a flock of large floaties too. Aroma of spicy roast caramel malt, sour wine, lots of fruits and a huge amount of sourdough yeast - really appealing, quite big. Taste follows the aroma, tons of sour fruit, slightly chocolately candyish malt, sour spice and of course lots of almost mossy yeast. Mouthfeel lively, thick and complex. Really nice treat, despite the mess!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Big robust flavors of chocolate, dark dried fruits, currants, toffee with a big but well hidden ABV. Very drinkable and not at all intimidating.