dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil for the Big Woody event. Well after trying this one the fest should be called Big Winey. This one pours a hazy orange with a small white head.Aroma of white wine and oak. Big boozey flavor that seemed to be even stronger then 9.2%, slight oak notes as well. Although this beer was drinkable the wine was the dominant focus here and not the tripel.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah yes, the Allagash brew Iíve been searching for, that will push me into second place. Eat that, JoeMcPhee! Tap at Spuyten, like everyone else. Served too cold. "Lightly sour aroma reveals complexities when one closes the eyes and concentrates." Thatís what I wrote on this sheet of paper, at least. Chardonnay and soft oak is, um, "sensual and delightful." Looks like my alter ego may have made a visit when I wrote this. Dry and flavorful, light kiwi and bread... bourbon? Tough to drink, but tasty. A bit oak dominated as it warms. I will now bask in the glory of seeing myself in second place.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Spuyten Duyvil. Pours cloudy orange with slight white head. Aroma initially all oak, though as it opens up a little, some citrus comes out. Taste starts out with citrus and yeast and ends with heavy oak and some white wine butteriness. Somewhat boozy. Average mouthfeel and finishes oaky. The oak really got in the way of the beer here I think, though Iíve never had the regular tripel from them.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Spuyten. Hazy golden in color with a little white head. Citrusy, grape and vanilla aroma. Yeasty fruity flavor. Coriander oak notes. Finish is dry and yeasty. Medium bodied. Very nice. Drinkable.
egajdzis (6135) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Draft at Sputen Duyvil] Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of earth, citrus fruits, vanilla, and white grapes. Taste of vanilla, grapes, yeast, light citrus, toast and a bit of alcohol as well.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at the brewery at a special tasting. Gold pour with a thin white ring head. Tastes like a much more mature version of their standard triple. Aroma of tartness, cherries, corriander, and a hint of oak. Flavor is a smoother version of the normal triple. Has a nice dry palate. I really like this as a more calmed down version of this beer.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Barcadeís 3rd anniversary party. Deep ruddy gold colour, slightly cloudy with no head at all. Nose has lots of sweet red grape and a soft vanilla oaky character. Soft sweet spice along with lots of lighter fruitiness as well. Some of the triple-ish peach/apricot character pops out but there is also a soft berryish sweetness as well. Warming brings along some more balance with the lovely oaky notes playing off of the slight vineous quality and the normal spiciness of this brew. A touch of yeastiness and light alcoholic cooling on the palate. An excellent brew.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Barcade. Oak and some hard alcohol in the aroma, also some standard belgian spice. Flavor was the same, not my favorite style. I just donít really want my beer to taste like bourbon.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcadeís 3rd Anniversary Party: Golden pour, with a head that becomes a thin ring. Aroma is dominated by oak, with some spicy alcohol hints and citrus fruit esters in the background. The original Tripel is a great beer, but this rendition is not working out. Thereís no harmony between the rich, fruitiness of the base beer and the wine character from the oak. It seems the beer only sucked out a bunch of oak/wood/cork flavors from the barrel. The vinous qualities are lacking depth, if there at all. It just has a citric, mild burn. Thereís also even more oak in the woody finish. Didnít work out all that great, but still an interesting experiment.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
EBF, 2/2007. Pours a dark golden orange with a lacy white head. Aroma is a mix of spices, fruits, and a pronounced oak quality. The oak takes over the flavor of this beer, masking both the new vanilla and spicy characteristics and the phenomenal flavor and mouthfeel of the classic Allagash Tripel. I always applaud Allagash for its willingness to experiment and think outside the box, but this experiment didnít work out as well.