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Abbey Monks’ Tripel Ale Reserve



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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden yellow color with a frothy two-finger head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing are left behind. Slightly spicy aroma with hints of pepper and clove followed by bready yeast, biscuit malt, earthy hops and estery light fruit notes. Grassy and resinous with a noticeable alcohol presence along with some apple, pear and bubblegum. The bread and spice notes are a bit strong for the style in my opinion and the nose is otherwise pretty tame/bland. Medium bodied and thankfully a bit more complex and flavorful than the aroma suggests. There’s still a prominent zesty spice presence up front with some clove and coriander and its unusually hop forward for the style with a dry and crisp bitterness that lingers throughout. Floral and perfume like with lots of bubblegum and alcohol flavor along with some green apple, pear and apricot. Some bread like yeast flavor adds fullness and there’s some pale malt for balance but again, this beer has too strong of a sweet alcohol and earthy hop,presence for my liking. That being said, there is little to no heat making it a bit easier to drink than it sounds. Not terrible but not a very good example of the style in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of yeast, fruit and malts. Taste is alcohol, malts and yeast.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2015
I bought this beer for two reasons - for one, my local go-to store is unloading these 750s for 2.99 a piece - secondly, it comes in a swing-top 750, so I figured even if I hate the beer, at least I get a swing-top bottle out of it that I can use for water and stuff - not even IKEA sells bottles like this at a 2.99 price point - anyway, this beer blows - smells kind of like malt liquor and green apple, sticky sugars, strong booze - thin, watery texture - tastes kind of like malt liquor, as well - strong, sweet, harsh malt character, boozy alcohol, corn syrup, green raisin - some Belgian yeast phenolics late, but mostly flabby damp graininess, creamed corn booze shitiness - if this is the "reserve," I’d hate to see what their regular tripel tastes like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlimHabib (342) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle pour. Cloudy golden with a medium white head. Aroma is yeast, apples, and sugar. Full body. Dough, sour apples, and alcohol. Drinkable, but far from great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1461) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
A very interesting unique tripel. Pours an ugly clear orange. Smells of green apples and mint. Taste is thick but crisp. Lots of Apple and a bit of sourness in the taste, with a very minty finish. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
750ml swing top bottle - Aroma - white cane sugar aroma, slightly fruity with a showing of yeast present Appearance - golden body, clear, bright with a 2-finger head, medium retention Mouthfeel - light-medium bodied, light-medium carbonation Flavor - pear-like flavors, bread dough, wet crackers, a little too sweet for a tripel but drinkable Overall - overpriced for what it delivers. Good for a 1-shot if you want to get NM rated, but I wouldn’t revisit unless it drops in price and gets significantly better.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Clear golden color, moderate to small head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is grain alcohol, sugar, light bread. This smells like a bad European Strong Lager. Medium bodied, grainy alcohol flavor, some pale malt, not much else. Terrible, the worst Tripel I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (10014) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Sample at House Beer. Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a medium foamy white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of yeast, fruit and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of figs, plums, yeast and malt. The finish is semi-sweet with a strong dark fruit aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma has sweet grains with a bit of bread and light Belgian yeast. Flavor has sweet grains and a hint of honey backed by some bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adammuldowney (1) - - APR 1, 2014 does not count
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