heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 2005 bottling. I really like the style and Allagash, but this is a disappointment. Poured a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma from the barrels is definitely noticed with vanilla. There is also some cherries and popcorn. The taste is warming with pancakes and a slightly cheesy finish. There is also some popcorn. The alcohol provides a warming burn. This bad boy is hot. Maybe it would smooth out with a little age. Thanks Chuck.
1FastSTi (3217) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Bottle (Feb 05 edition):Thanks Chuck. This beer pours to a hazy straw colored body with a thin white head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is strong and Belgian. Nice Belgian yeast, oak, grains. The flavor is spicy and Belgian. 7, 4, 7, 3, 15 = 3.6
Keg:Very fruity flavor that is cinnamon covered pears that have been soaked in sweet pear wine like Iíve had at sushi places. It pours to a light colored yellowish body with a nice white head and awesome lacing. Cinnamon pears is all I can think. The palate is sugary and warming. Lingering but nice. 7, 4, 8, 4, 16 = 3.9
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transparent and clear bright yellow in color with a web cast white head. Aroma comprised of spearmint, lemons, sourdough crust and butter crŤme with a slight bourbon accent in the background. Nice bourbon and oak resonance at first sip, and I know Iím in love already. Lingering bourbon charm, with a delectable triple malt make-up sweetened with accents of banana peels and spiced with coriander and cloves. Nice yeasty baguette bread quality. Bourbon provides a good foundation yet still lets the elemental triple traits shine through as well. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing, MIBRomeo!
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled on Feb 05
Light golden color w/ a large white head and some great lacing. Smells of wheat and sweet malts a belian yeast and hints of bourbon and mint. Palate is hot but smooth well coated and carbonated. Very sweet lightly butter and bourbon flavor w/ the typical belgian and alcohol. Overall some good stuff.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a taller near white head. Quite surprised by the real triple look. Mild fruit and yeast aromas of a triple are carried through the mild oak and smoke. I notice if you breath deep the aromas all you catch are the bourbon and alcohol aromas, but let the aromas carry toward the nose the scents of the triple and bourbon meld quite nicely; and as I love a good triple and I do enjoy a good bourbon from time to time there not need to further defend my aroma score. The flavors of bourbon and alcohol have taken over, perhaps expectedly as the delicate triple flavor are no real match for the light fruit and spice of a triple. Finish is quite bitter and Iím torn whether it is from the hops of the bourbon and spice of a triple. This one has lost a little to much of its original goodness, rather than adding complexity. I do like this, but itís more because I like bourbon than I like beer.This would pair well with swordfish and a fruity salsa. I will pick up a bottle or two more for a tasting here and there with folks that like beer and bourbon. I likely am low on my rating as I realize that I like beer more than bourbon and am being slightly bias. I love beer and like bourbon and I really like the combination, but in a true beer world this isnít as good as the triple. Now if there was a barrel aged brew category this would be close to a five in my book.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy gold, quick disappating head. woody vanilla aroma with notes of lemon very mild yeast and pepper and biscuits. some honey and short bready flavour, but itís all over whelmed by the booze and wood. everything thatr make a tripel what it is is very muted in the beer. not bad overall, though. an interesting experiment.
CapFlu (4236) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Pours a golden body with a decent head. Nose of iodine and an intense dubbel flavour. Too iodine for me to mark this higher.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml corkerd bottle. Just recently had this one, very impressed. Through the ample bourbon bite, that brings in vanilla, toast, and caramel the triple meeks out. Never would have thought to put a lighter style with the bourbon barrel but hey, whatever works. This batch was at 9.5 %, Iíve noticed some poor ratings and Iím certainly curious to know why this is seems to be such a love hate beer (maybe ageing time is a factor?). The bourbon imparts a sweet-corn mashy sourness (if you can follow that) and maybe you just have to be into bourbon to like it (not that Beam is the best, but I really donít think it would make a huge diff.). Not really something that I would seek out and buy in quantity. However I think itís one of the coolest beers Iíve had in a while and I love a brewery that experiments. Iím a huge nerd on traditional styles but new and oddball and can be interesting.
beeralbany (1) - albany, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved the Vanilla overtones from the oak barrels. An excellent effort with a complex taste, almost whiskey like.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF as I first walked in and the alcohol lept out and ripped across my tongue. Bought two bottles of the 9.5% in Maine and it was much more subdued and pleasant, though all in all I believe their "standard" tripel is far better.