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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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A strong golden ale fermented with a Belgian strain of yeast. A mild spicy character is complemented by a big maltiness and a crisp finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1503) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Draft at the brewpub - Pours a clear yellow in color with a small white head. Aroma is just a bit yeasty with plenty of fruity sweetness and just a bit of citrus and floral hops. Flavor is fruity (apples/grapes) with a bit of honeyed sweetness, a bit of Belgian yeast and some citrus hops. A bit of alcohol warmth going down. Easy drinking, but not very "Belgian"... I still like it though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5545) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
Verre de dégustation à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est dorée, absence de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices, d’houblons et une légère pointe d’alcool. La durée de l’arrière goût est moyenne. Palette: Le corps est moyen et la texture est crémeuse. L’effervescence en bouche est moyenne. Légère amrtume en arrière goût. (Rating #405)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Clear very pale amber, sticky lacing white cover. Slightly coriandered nose is not as aromatic as it could, but remains pleasant, adequately hopped with noble types. It might be a bit more attenuated though as the maltiness still appears quite doughy and sweet. Well contained alcohol presence. Fruity nature – orange, mango, melon. The same flavour range reappears in mouth, paired with a comfortable body if not quite with the usual bubble expansion. It finishes spicy (grains of paradise) with an honest dose of sandy drying hops. Quite clean and well-brewed.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
Subdued aroma offers fruity citrus and herbal hops along with some grainy malts and occasional wafts of alcohol. Clear, deep, golden-orange coloured body is topped by a low, fine bubbled, white head that recedes to a thin, partial cover. Strong alcohol in the flavour along with clean malts, herbal hops, some dough and plenty of citrus character. Light fruity aftertaste. Medium light body is very dry and well attenuated. Some alcohol warming. Very well made but for me, this seemed less like a tripel and more like a Strong Ale. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours a clear golden color with a ring of white lace. The aroma is sweet with alcohol, fruits and bubble-gum. The flavor has the same elements, well rounded and balanced. The palate is light and oily with soft carbonation. An enjoyable beer but doesn’t feel like an authentic belgian, more like a strong ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
The Lure:
Minutious lacing and thin head decorate the faintly aromatic fruitiness. Honeyed maltiness barely appears along the few citrusy hops. This is also filtered clear?

The Festivities:
The slick mouthfeel is verging on flatness. Honey sweetness is closely related to the papaya and orange-y coriander seeds. Tiny, prickly effervescence is indicative of its non-Belgian origins. Phenolic alcohol heats up the yeasty fruitiness. A very cleanly brewed tripel but lacking in authenticity and oomph value.

Transcendence:
Clean too much and life will appear to have disappeared.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
On draught at the brewpub 11/4/05 with Muzzlehatch. Well I suppose this is sort of trippel-ish in nature, and they call it a strong golden ale, but I don’t know, it didnt seem very estery or candi-sugar influenced, so I thought it a Belgian ale, in the strong sense, but perhaps it should be reclassified. The pour is a polished brass-copper-gold color, light chill haze to it with a small, fairly well-retained white head and moderate amounts of lace. Aroma of spicy hops (herbs, light hay and sweat), strong yeast presence and some cookie dough and a touch of breadiness. Just a hint of peaches, apricots and nectarines. Flavor seems to have more munich malt, it’s slightly sour anyways, with light fruitiness, a hint of very dry caramel/toffee and more spiciness from the hops. Finishes with moderate sugariness (sugar cookies, white dough) and then a tremendously drying alcohol/yeast sensation. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy at times, ending a bit watery with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
A well made tripel that John said he will consider for next year’s Ommegang. Yeasty aroma, lots of lace in glass. Great mouthfeel with clove and other spice that is dry and finshes clean and crisp. Only 20 IBU yet good hoppy bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 7, 2005
12 oz glass at the brewpub in the company of ClarkVV. Translucent gold with a small, snow-colored creamy lasting head...malty, light herbal (oregano), fruity (raspberries) nose touched by honey...smooth, snappy and spicy-sour flavor profile with a big but short-lived candy sugar hit at the front and a continuously drying palate that becomes quite bitter and just a touch to thin at the finish. Nicely done on the whole.


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