Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beautiful golden orange color. Huge head. Nice yeastiness. Some citrus hoppiness. A dry, moderate finish.
bierkoning (9033) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy, lasting head. Only slight maltaroma. Sweetish, malty taste with some lemon and grapefruit. A bit hoppy and herbal. Slight alcohol burn. Hopbitter finish. A bit thin.
Ernest (5646) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (mold, basement), lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with light notes of banana, clove, plastic, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic, slightly husky. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Tripels need one or both of the following things to even be enjoyable for me: a good yeast character or bright noble hop bouquet. This has neither. A soiled mattress kind of yeast stink along with dull hops and grainy, cracker-like malt, even a slight plasticky note...I dare say this is closer to malt liquor than tripel. Over the years I donít think Iíve ever scored this above low 3ís, and I just like it less each time I have it.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 750 ml. Bright orange/amber, cloudy, giant rocky slow-dying head. Very yeasty/malty aroma, not as sweet or potent as I expected. Great flavor; sweet/tart orange and peppery spiciness vie for your attention through the fine, generally dry finish. Another winner from this fine brewery.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Again Desmedt seems to amaze me. Never tried it because I was afraid it would be waste of money. But the opposite is true. Nice hop perfume aroma. Golden, large white frothy head, good lace. Light sweet, citrus, herbs, very sparkling. Short, ligth bitter en peppery finish.
Bov (8268) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apparently no more brewed by De Smedt (the label says: Affligem Brouwerij) - golden-orange colour, big creamy head, nice lace, very yeasty and spicy with notes of orange, smooth with a robust bitterness, very long bitter orange finish - simply beautiful !
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark straw color with a voluminous head. Very fruity with spicy flavors of anise, sweet orange peel and caraway. A midlevel triple.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost as cloudy an orange color as Scaldis/Bush, brewed at the oldest abbey in Flanders, its higher alcohol content can be tasted, extremely complex taste with some sharpness.
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bright yellow-gold color with a frothy white head that insists on lasting though the duration, a somewhat light, mild malted texture, not as rich or full as other Belgians, like Westmalle, according to a local beer distributor here in Chicago it is recommended with “sharp cheeses, sausage, roast turkey, baked squash, and amazing with peach pie,” so, having no pie, I pulled out some Swiss cheese, which adds a sweetness to the beer, giving it a much greater complexity to each sip.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20