TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a hazed gold with a small, and quickly diminishing white head. Nose is honey, wood, vanilla, sweetened malts, light yeast, light alcohol notes and light flowers. Maybe some coconut as well. Taste is yeasty and flowery with sweet malts and honey blended with the wooden cask flavor and more vanilla. The alcohol is there and has a slight warming effect. The body is lighter than expected with slight alcohol warming and medium carbonation. Finishes smooth with a stronger note of alcohol and more pronounced honey, vanilla and wood.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird aroma for a triple(duh). Appearance is a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is very confusing to me, the yeast, candi of a triple comes through as well as the Bourbon Barrel Aging, and I’m not sure which one dominates. What I will say is I think for now I prefer their regular triple. Sweet finish.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - OCT 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. big ’ole brown, Belgian shaped bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Corked and caged. Cheap ass cage broke when I tried to untie it. You’d think for $12.50 USD per bottle, they’d invest in a better cage. Cheap bastards. I paid $12.50 each for this stuff at Astor Liquors in Laurel, Md.
Only bought one bottle at that frickin’ price. Poured out a hazy, yellow color, with a minimal white head. It quickly subsided to a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Aromas are of fresh malts, some honey notes, slightly funky Belgian yeast aromas, and a strong vanilla component. I can’t detect any whiskey notes whatsoever. Maybe a slight oakiness, but nothing to write home about. Tastes are of a typical Belgian light strong ale, similar to Duvel. Again, nothing to write home about. Clean, crisp, but slightly heavy on the palate. Not a substantial typical Belgian triple by any means. Maybe I’m missing the point here, but why would you age a decent triple in oak casks?
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Sept 2004 bottling. Bourbon, coconut rum, vanilla, clove, penuche fudge, honey.Little woody. Litely hazy, I mean litely, pale golden yellow color. Good head that faded. Bitter, sweet flavors.The bourbon dominates with hints of a triple behind it. Almond. Kinda harsh. Thicker body, creamy syrupy mouthfeel. Dry sweet finish. Not my cup of tea , though I can see its well made. If you don't like the "Barrel" thing stay away.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled Sep. 2004, cases 286: Pours a clear, straw/golden yellow color with a nice orange tint in the light. There’s a large white head that quickly diminishes to nothing. This is tough to really distinguish how I feel about the scents and flavors here. There’s a nice woody, acidic, rye scent to compliment the expected banana, yeast, clove, vanilla, orange, caramel, light malt notes, and honey. Taste is pretty much what I would expect. There’s an initial combination of light malts, caramel, and yeast combined with a clear bourbon taste, rye, and acidic oak notes. There are some nice notes of vanilla, oak, yeast, and citrus that is quite dry and crisp. This was an enjoyable beer, though not very good right now....I will try to age some of this for a few years and see if Allagash has either produced a strange brew or a new classic.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2004: Pours a clear pale golden with a frothy white lacing head. Sweet curacao orange peel citrus and honey bourbon aroma. Body starts with a full Belgian malty thick sweetness and interesting citrus spice balance. Finishes bittersweet, crisp and dry with a nice yeasty oak complexity. A very unique and enjoyable beer. Allagash sure knows how to do Belgian ales.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 First off, thanks Bert (Slob) for sharing this at Kennett. A real nice strong ale with such a lively mouthfeel, it’s hard to make out the faint hints of vanilla and bourbon. If you are a brewery and aren’t making a barrel aged something, you’re just not trying. The barrel makers must love the beer industry in ’04. Enough already though, huh? After drinking this again, this stuff has really matured. It appears each time I try it, it’s different. All good though. Now I get some coconut.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellow in color with a big white head. Fruity aroma. Malty and fruity. Nice aroma. Full Bodied. Smooth. Dionkable..
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 750 ml bottle, 9.5% version. Pale cloudy yellow, with a big white head. Musty, fruity, triple-like aroma, that has more than the average triple. Malty and fruity, with a slight barrel aging character. This has the complexity of a st bernardus or karimeliet triple. Worthy of a sample, for sure, and perhaps a good ager.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large white head, good rtention and fair lacing. Hazy, straw, gold hued brew. Spicey, fruity nose of the original triple is still intact but now it is laced with the bourbon notes, interesting combo. Medium body with a prickly feel to it. Whisky up front, vanilla notes, hints of melon and malt in the background. The whisky flavors tend to mellow as it warms and releasing some caramel notes also. Finish is almost dry.I Prefer the triple without the bourbon but a little aging might also make a difference IMHO. Oh yeah, this stuff is a little pricey also, maybe overly.