RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice looking cloudy gold with a smaller head than most Belgian beers. Smells strong and wonderful: notes of bourbon and wine are very strong and dominant, but thereís some maple, pear, sugar, and as it warms, oak. Complex aroma. Taste leans a bit heavy on the bourbon and oak flavors, but thatís fine by me. Itís a nice twist on the tripel style. Anyway, plenty of vinuous notes, some subtle dried fruit. Reminds me of a chardonnay. Dries out a little upon the finish due to a light estery yeast, but then comes back to the original flavors, rather than remaining dry. An oak and sour grape taste remain, with an acidic quality reminiscent of coffee. Mouthfeel was surprisingly soft, with fairly low carbonation, and medium body. I was pretty impressed with this, but since I havenít had the original tripel, Iím not sure how they compare.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
August 2006 bottling. Hazy, dull orange with a thin white head. Complex nose...black pepper, citrus, yeast, alcohol, flowers. Silky palate, though lighter in body than expected. Bourbon and oak are the most prominent flavors with some hard candy, some tartness, some earthiness. Long, spicy, tongue coating finish.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 June 2006 bottle. Light yellow color with medium white head. Bourbon dominates the aroma, and the taste as well. Hints of the tripel lie beneath the bourbon aroma. Sharp whisky flavors begin the taste and a dry alcohol note ends it. Perhaps a year or two mellows out the bourbon-ness of it. Little of the typical Allagash belgian characteristics are apparent to me in this bottle.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated batch #378 - WOW!!!!! This is incredibly good. Sure itís a bit one-dimensional, but damn...what a one-dimension it is!!! The aroma is whisky, oak, vanilla, alcohol, orange peel and more whiskey and more oak. INTENSE! The taste is full on alcohol but damned if it doesnít switch gears and go strong on the whiskey/oak/vanilla combo and then back to alcohol. This is obviously a sipper but what an insanely good beer this is. If it werenít so damned hard to find Iíd buy as much of it as I could. There is something to be said for beer perfection. The guys at Allagash did this one to near perfection.
thedm (5161) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This 2/2006 corked and caged bottled brew from Brendan at a rating party poured a large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that was long lasting and left behind a hazy typically carbonated dark yellow-orange colored body and an excellent lacing. The aroma was musty and spicy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish with a biting hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of hops spices orange oak and bourbon. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
dwyerpg (4903) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 A crazy sour apple aroma. Crisp, bubbly, the strength come through near the end. Excellent.
First rating at a festival 4.2 Beer 32. Smells like a tripel but tastes way heavier, almost with some malt liqour like characteristics. These go away though and it is pretty good stuff.
Tejas (931) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting brew. Definite bourbon flavor. Sweet and smoky notes and very smooth especially for 11%. Some spicy fruity(orange?) flavors from the charcteristics of the trippel come out too. Really good BIG beer. Wish I had another bottle.
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This hazy yellow ale poured with a thin white head, eliciting a strong alcohol aroma. There are some fruit and yeast flavors, but what stands out are the heavy oak and bourbon characteristics absorbed from the barrels. This is a very spicy and warm drink, that would likely improve with age.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the Maproom: Pours a wheat colored yellow with a tight small head that fades with thin lacing. Sourness, distinctly sour cherries and oak aromas are surrounded by sweetness. The sweetness slides in with a medium body some sour cherries, yeast and trippel spices that fade into a balanced oakiness before the bourbon comes in and knocks it all apart. The bourbon finishes dry, leaving me intrigued and wanting more, until I grow tired of the overbearing bourbon. Hopefully it will blend and balance well after a couple years.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden, somewhat hazy, with a small white head. Quite a sweet nose, strong notes of apple cider, a bit of bourbon (malt+charcoal), hints of oak. Somewhat overly effervescent, hiding the flavor at first. Once weíre past that--mmm...bourbon. The whiskey character dominates, but itís nicely balanced by the tangy, spicey profile of a Belgian ale. A lovely combination.