wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Dec ’04 bottling, 750mL, #1407, Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Wow, this one’s a real cork popper! Enticing orange-peach-amber hue with a large, frothy white head that fades quickly. Light bread and cookie malt aromas followed by significant hop tones of flowers and tangerines and a light doughy trace of yeast that brings the aroma full circle. Notes of pears, pineapples, buttered pecans, pepper and soft, oaky bourbon. The aroma is soft in presence for a massive 11% beer. Begins with a moderate sweetness (caramel, bread, honey) and a light tingling acidity. Finishes less sweet with more fruitiness (pears, canteloupe), acidity, oakiness and a bit of alcohol. Sour mash is transparent in the aftertaste. Big banana flavor as this beers warms. Medium-full bodied with a creamy texuture and fizzy carbonation. Tasty, but never really manages to be exceptionally exciting. Y’know, I think the idea of barrel aging a tripel is pretty solid. It just should have been Chardonay casks. Een gekregen van Probiere, dank je wel!
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice golden orange color with a thick three fingers of head that quickly receeded to a thin cap. The nose was very malty and vinuous. Not much there resembling bourbon, but there was some oak and yeast. The flavor however, was quite bourbon-esque. It seemed to be more scotch-like than bourbon but the whiskey presence is definatly there. Somewhat malty with no real hop bitterness. The oak and wiskey are most prevalent with a decent amount of alcohol burn in the finish. Good mouthfeel. The drinkablity is so-so. I dont think i could polish off too many of these in a sitting. However it’s a very well done and interesting beer. Well worth going out of you way to try.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden yellow color with a thick and lasting white head. Very intriguing aroma with all the tropical fruit smell that you expect from a tripel with just a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Astoundingly good flavor.Noticeable bourbon with lots of tropical fruity flavor and plenty of spice. The 11% ABV is hardly noticeable until you’re finished with the bottle. The subtle smoked wood flavors really set this one apart.
asheft (2921) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[July 2005 edition]
Hazy yellowy orange with a foamy head that dissipates to a fine, white lace. The aroma, surprisingly, was lemony wheat malty with a buttery Belgianish character and corriander(?) note. Spicy and alcoholic flavour that is nicely rounded out by a maltiness that is not too sweet, as this type of beer often is. The bourbon comes in late in the taste and is not dominating at all. Some anonymous hops in there as well Everything is in very good balance, with no particular flavour dominating and a smooth finish. Medium body and a little warming with moderate carbonation. Excellent.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Bourbon imparted by the casks does not overwhelm. Oh, it’s in the aroma and taste but I found this to be overall an easily drinkable, refreshing beer. Pours golden with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some nice flavors at play like yeast, vanilla, zest, and oak. A lot more subtle in flavor than I was expecting but with a well-disguised alcoholic-kick.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got lucky enough to have two of these.The bourbon was a little overpowering in the nose and the taste but I reaaly enjoyed the mellow flavor.The spices and fruit that you might expect from a Belgian Strong Ale did not show up much but this still was a taste treat.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
really intresting beer. After reading the barrel aged part i was expecting a much different beer. This was lighter and cleaner without a lot of the overpowering barrel flavors. Ended up knocking me on my ass that night though. Hides the 11% well.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
POurs a pale heavy golden color, small white head. Aroma of buttered popcorn, sweet and bourbony. Flavor is woody, lots of spice and sweet malt. Dry finish.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to JCW....and says 10%. Hazy,golden with long,lasting,foam. Aroma is not as strange as I was expecting. The triple and bourbon go together quite,well. The malts and yeast stand out in the aroma,as well as the bourbon. Although well,carbonated the mouthfeel,is quite smooth. The flavor is strong on the belgian malt and yeast,with bourbon and wood being noticeable.As it warms the bourbon flavors take over,which is the only negative,for me.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting brew. The aroma was vanilla, bananas, and bourbon. Strong bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla, oak, and belgian yeast. This really needs to breathe for a while before becoming really enjoyable.