notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy golden with loose carbonation that settles to a thin, white ring of lace - bourbon is prominent in the aroma, but it melds well with the light fruit smells of apple and pear, and a hint of banana - spice rounds things out, almost giving the beer an overall smell of bananas foster, with a touch of tart mustiness - surprisingly creamy for something with such lively carbonation - fruits from the aroma come into play, with smooth notes of vanilla, and well-balanced bourbon flavor - in fact, this is probably the most well-intergrated bourbon flavor Iíve encountered in a barrel-aged beer, which is surprising, because I never would have even thought to age a tripel style ale in a bourbon barrel - Iím shocked that there are such mixed reviews of this, especially since other barrel-aged ales are getting such high marks, even when they arenít nearly as well-balanced (ie. Weyerbacher Heresy).
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangish gold, thin head. The nose reflects this with a cidery/woody thing going on Some grapes and alcohol. Like strongbad says, this is "a very nice." Alcohol, lemon, yeast, sweetness, burbon, grape skins. The burbon is really well balanced. This stuff rocks. Really smooth body. I wish this was regularly available
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice clear golden color with a moderate head. Yeast, spice, oak accompanied by vanilla notes on the nose. The wood, which plays rather nicely with the dry, spicy character of the beer, does detract form the overall complexity of the beer. Yeast and malt character are moved to the background to make way for the wood. This beer is mellow, well integrated, and still complex enough to tantilize. An interesting departure from a fantastic tripel that works very well. Quite enjoyable.
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 Really an interesting brew from Allagash. A fairly mild flavored tripel that is combined nicely with the bourbon barrels to create a nice, somewhat vinous concoction. Full flavored, with a nice color. This goes down fairly easy, which makes it a bit dangerous. A nice beer.
pivo (2612) - GERMANY - DEC 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfumy nose, golden brown color. A whiskey-like component that is interesting and enjoyable. Some peat and smoke too. Bonus points for novelty and character, but not un-flawed. Too perfumy for me.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 2004 bottling, 10% abv. Pours a cloudy golden orange color, thinner but long lasting white head. Aroma had your typical triple elements with some yeast, spice and pale malts but also had an interesting angle from the barrel like vanilla and oak. Some citrus comes through in the flavor along with some booze, to go with what was already mentioned. Body was pretty creamy and had a bit of a kick from the alcohol. A very nice beer to try, a sipper if you take on the whole 750 by yourself.
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy golden orange coloured body with a thinnish slightly off-white head. Aroma of SUPER-STRONG oak, cedar,vanilla and some light coriander seed and yeast. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong oaky flavour with a good vanilla taste, solid malt and a good yeastiness. Some mild curacao flavours and coriander seed freshness remains from the tripel, but most of the taste is from the new bourbon barrels. Overall, a nice beer-great to try and a good example of what these barrels will do to an already established beer. MANY thanks to jon[r888710] for purchasing and sharing this 75 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy gold body with some tinges of orange. Medium-thick, white cotton head that stays around for awhile. Smell of coconut/pineapple, vanilla, oaky, orange peel and coriander seed. Can definately tell by aroma that this has been aged in wood barrels. Taste is sweet and complex with apples, tart citrus (lemon and orange peel) , and a ton of aged barrel flavors: oak, vanilla, cedar. Reminds me so much of an oak aged chardonnay. Would go well with a buttery pasta dish. Certainly enjoyable
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gold cloudy color, with a thin whitish head. The aroma is, of course bourbon and oak, but it is also lemony with hints of vanilla, resin and fruits (mostly apricot). The aroma starts fruity and sweet (honey) then flows to bourbon, and everything else is kind of screened. The mouthfeel is pleasant, a bit more chewy than I expected, and the alcohol is somewhat pretty well hidden (apart from that warming sensation in the finish). Worth trying.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled September 2004, Sampled December 2004
Pours a hazy straw gold color, and is topped by a light cream colored head that is driven by an ample carbonation that dances up from the bottom of my Duvel glass. As I pour this notes of vanilla and bourbon waft to my nose. As I go in deeper I note that the oak/ vanilla notes are what dominate, but underneath I get notes of the Tripel that this beer once was. There are aromatic hints of lemon peel, herbs, and hay.
The taste is initially soft and creamy up front, but then moves to a spicy Tripel dominated mid section, which then moves to a hint of oak in the finish. The bourbon character is here, but it is not as strong as the nose suggests, and I consider this a good thing. In the flavor the bourbon barrel is more an accompaniment, than the only noticeable thing. This beer is pretty tasty, The notes of the Tripel are strongly here, but there is an undercurrent of bourbon, oak and vanilla. I will admit that I enjoy the regular Tripel a wee bit more than this concoction, though I am certainly enjoying this beer.