Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle Feb 2006 .. small wispy white head decent lace .light orange pour. malty nose with the bourbon evident . warming alcohol ,sweet ,and overwhelmed by bourbon /alcohol flavor. light mouthfeel but smooth and balanced.
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer looks like a light, sweet beer. But suprirses you with big thick warm flavors and tastes. Vanilla and oak aromas. Warms you as you drink it, very much in the same way bourbon dose. Tastes of alcohol in the finish. Not close to a tripel. In fact reminds me of a less pungent grand cru. Either way, tasty beer.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Draught at Red Bones 6/10/06. Pours a flat lifeless clear light orange color. Nose is faint but carries a bit of oak and bourbon and no characteristics of the original triple. Palate is smooth and light. Flavor is lacking anything, hints of bourbon here and there very mild and unexciting.
ReRate 12/3/09 Pours a dark yellow color with a small white head. Nose is vanilla, lots of lemony grassy and yeast notes. Palate is full with a light tingle. Flavors of vanilla bourbon, lemon and doughy yeast and grass notes with a light warming in the finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Feb 2006 vintage. Clear golden color with bubbly white head that laced the glass. Fruity, malty nose with a hint of those oak bourbon barrels...kind of like apple and bourbon. Flavor is similar with plenty of alcohol and lingering oakiness at the end. I think the balance between malt, alcohol, and oak-bourbon is fairly even. You either like the added flavors or not.
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, golden color. good head w/ very fine bubbles. well carbonated. some hints of fruit aroma but overshadowed by the burbon. Alcohol is a little to present. Overall too much alcohol flavor/aroma. I think a little less time in the bourbon barrels and this becomes a home run.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dirty gold with a non-existent head. Aroma is thick with caramel malt, spices, and (shockingly) bourbon. The taste was just not that good. Too much bourbon spoiled the beer flavors. Maybe if they used a better bourbon (Makers Mark?) or less time in the Jim Beam barrel, this could be a great beer.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2011 On tap at Julian’s - Providence, RI. Finally got around to re-rating this one and feel like I can see it for what it really is. Aroma brings up Bourbon and lightly Belgian-inflected pale malts. On the palate, it seems a bit light, surprisingly hiding the alcohol well. However, I think the overall light flavor of the underlying beer is overrun by the raw bourbon flavor and it comes across as out of balance and muddled with the Allagash house yeast, which for me, always has a slippery, soapy feel.
Originally rated 5/22/2006 - Julios Spring Beer Festival. Pour of almost yellow-green. Aroma of sweetly wicked sour Meyer lemons, with hints of coriander and light fruit alcohols. Flavor is intensely medicine to me, which does not sit well for my palate. This is hard to drink, but I can see that the use of the barrell is decent here, but I just can get into anything other than the strong belgian yeast profile. The palate is drying. Maybe a rerate?
GregClow (3217) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (July/05 vintage) shared with a bunch of folks - courtesy of jerc. Hazy golden colour. Aroma is an interesting mixture of sweet and tart/sour notes - fruit, yeast and woody bourbon notes. Body is a bit on the light side. Flavour is deceptive - it seems simple (maybe because of the light body?), but there’s a lot going on in there if you look for it. By the end of my sample, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it - the bourbon notes started to get a bit harsh - but it’s an interesting experiment and I’m glad I tried it.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 I don’t yet have bourbon-barrel ennui so I have really enjoyed the two bottles (both from July 2005) I’ve had. I think Allagash’s Tripel is a strong, above average example of the style - and the b-b aging doesn’t compromise it for me. It actually moves it gently in the direction of a Flemish primitive, with the wood combining with the heat of the bourbon and a touch of citrus to give it a really interesting flavor that seems to bloom in the mouth. Better as it warms, this is a really strong entry from Allagash.
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev, jerc, R. and the rest of the gang -- courtesy of jerc. Vintage 2005. Pours a very hazy orange with a small diminishing white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, wood, fruit, spices and bourbon. Flavour of wood, bourbon, spices, yeast and an alcohol finish with some hops thrown in. Light to medium bodied. This is really good but there’s no damn way I could drink a whole bottle of this to myself.