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 (6122) - 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 (4490) - 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 (2486) - New Jersey, USA - 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!
pivo (2578) - GERMANY - APR 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big corriander nose with some yeast, hazy deep amber color, spongy head. Creamy orange and apricot malt body, a little toffee. Spicy end, again with corriander. Unfiltered body really brings out an earthy character to this brew. Not like a triple - guess that’s what the "Imperiale" signifies. Really enjoyed this beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/7/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 3/2/05. Deep brown-red with orange shading. Dense, fluffy head. Great, slow and sticky lacing on a medium-tan head. Aroma has fruits galore and spices all over with that beautiful house yeast. Reminds me greatly of the other des Rocs beers (with I love), but also has a strange vegetal scent, somewhat like Traquair Jacobite. Taste is slowly blossoming; oily texture with teasing sweeetness and fluffy carbonation, a shade of alcohol burn in the back. Finishes with a soft plant-like sweetness, a medley of fruits, and a dark, fluffy residue, somewhat drying. Great balance between sweet and dry. Very fruity and dry finish. Really well made, but some of the flavors (promised exactly in the nose) don’t quite agree with me. Finish is long and delicate-- almost no alcohol presence-- but again does not quite go where I want it to. No terribly surprising deviations from the rest of the beer. Very tidy and good, and I can’t even seem to find much aesthetic fault-- the only "problem" is that it doesn’t surprise or excite me in any great way. Very, very good beer. Probably the best ho-hum beer I’ve ever had, or my least favorite perfect beer-- whichever way you want to put it.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
With caramel and flowers, and dark fermented fruit w/ a slight cherry sweetness on the nose.. and the same on the mouth, this beer poured a cloudy yellow/brown color w/ thin head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from World of Beer. Pours a cloudy dark orange ale with a lot of yeast flying around in the midst of it all, along with a large, creamy off white head that hangs around for a while. The aroma is very malty with tons of carame notesl and dark fruit. The flavor is sweet and caramelly with raisins, prunes, toffee, and molasses. Very full-bodied and creamy with medium-carbonation. The finish is long and has some caramel sweetness to it. I liked this better than the Grand Cru. Hard to find where the alcohol is hidden....nice touch.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Wonderful pour. Cherry wood color with strong tan head. Head is lasting with strong lacing. Particulate content is thick and floating. Aroma is pleasant with barley, grainy smell.
Palate is nice and thick with some sizzly carbonation. Taste and aftertaste are both similar. Nice caramelly and toasty flavor. Very smooth.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. bottle, appearance: an opaque, dark crimson color, but more of a red-brown, earthy, with a beautiful, creamy-toned, long-lasting head.
Aroma: ahhh, angelic! yeast, ginger, soft fruits, uplifting and otherworldly...gorgeous, really. Plummy, but sweet ...a rich, tasty ginger cookie, melted down and mixed with deliciousness. Drink, already!
Taste: ZAM! BAM! Whoa!...hits you on first sip, then on the second you have to bask in it...those sensations felt in the nose, return here on the palate. The fruit, the spice, the amazing flavor, very full in the mouth, every taste is a tingle, every sip sends you back for more.
This is no tripel, or maybe it was once, and they jacked it up beyond recognizability..."Belgian Special Dark Ale", it says on the label, and Special it is...absolutely gorgeous.
Uncap this and prepare for instant nirvana.