hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Paid along the lines of $8 for a 750 ml bottle. Bottling: Sept., 2004; cases bottled: 286. Yellow-brown in color, very cloudy, with a rather large fluffy head. Aroma is along the lines of glue and vodka (I suppose it’d be bourbon, since they were in bourbon barrels). Not overly crazy about the aroma. Flavor is definitely bourbony, which may work for some people, but doesn’t for me. If I wanted bourbon, I’d go out and do shots... which I wouldn’t do, because beer is so much better.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
What happens when you stick the best tripel in the world inside of a whiskey barrel? It winds up tasting like a tripel with a shot of cheap bourbon dropped into it. Nose isn’t vaguely yeasty or spicy, smells of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Similar flavor profile, the beatific joys of the tripel are completely buried underneath Jim Beam. Jim freaking Beam? I mean, even if I wanted to crap on a great tripel, why would I choose to do it with Beam. Not that I’m annoyed by the ridiculously overdone bourbon barrelling of beer, or anything.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dull golden, slightly hazy, medium sized white foamy head, attractive lacing, with fine carbonation. Strong woody aroma, Oak, along with even stronger notes of Bourbon. Slight sourness as well, reminding me of lambics. Forwardly soft Bourbon, slightly buttery and sweet. Underlying floral and light fruit. Good body, slightly viscous mouthfeel. By the finish the Bourbon still seems to be very apparent, masking out the subtle Triple flavors. Alcohol is well masked, albeit it is slightly warming. Good, but nothing exceptional. Perhaps a bit too over aged in Bourbon Barrels?   Thanks goes out to pineypower for the trade!
YogiBeera (2499) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice oak wooden nose. Frothy head on this nice nearly orange colored brew. Bourbon and veggie taste.
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
duvel tulip / hmm! wow? i’m not sure about this, but i like it. it smells like tropical fruit of a vinous nature, wood, ... hmm. hazy golden yellow body with big white slightly airy head, with fair lacing. yeah, i can taste that bourbon! it’s definitely in the aftertaste, also. with a banana note, and some wood. slighty gooey, biscuity, ... yup--belgian. hmm... you know, it kinda ugh reminds me of rogue’s yellow snow ale. hey, this is good, though.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and smooth, this beer poured a deep gold color w/ yellow highlights. The head was thin and no lacing. The aroma had a sweetness to it and hints of citrus and wood. The flavor had a smooth wood texture and banana sweetness.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Let me start out by saying that I think that the Allagash Tripel is one of if not the best tripel in the world. Hazy apple cider body topped by a gorgeous pillowy white head with excellent glass lacing. Appearance is still world-class. The aroma is heavy on bourbon, oak and vanilla. The light fruity complexity of the original is gone, though this is not a bad aroma. The flavor is more of the same as the aroma. The bourbon barrel aging is dominating the actual beer. There are glimmers of the great beer that lies at the heart of this beer but ther are overwhelmed. The palate is full and alcoholic, though not in a bad way. While I like this beer, it is a shadow of its untampered self.
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange gold color. Small to medium head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touches of orange and pineapple and wood. A medium bodied triple. Malts are fruity and sweet, oranges, apricots and pineapples. Nice bright yeast. Oak flavor only evident in the finish, were it smoothes out the aftertaste and complements the yeasts well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to Herbjones for sharing this one.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Bob for sharing. This brew pours with a slightly cloudy golden body topped by a thick lasting head with great lacing. The aroma and flavor are both slightly sweet and slightly bitter with notes of citrus a little oak, some alcohol and a little vanilla. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pale gold sitting under a frothy white head. Kind of surprised by that as I would have expected the brew to have darkened up a little in the barrel. Big bourbon nose. Very good example of what barrel aging should accomplish. The beer hits the tongue very tripel-ish. Still maintains the fruit and spice of the original brew with the woody whiskey flavors hitting near the middle and riding it out to the finish. Excellent brew.