pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gotta thank Atomic Danny for this one. Thick, sweet, rich and complex ale. Some yeast, not too much oak coming through, bourbon essence works. Novel brew, but a bit pricey.
jmuhops (666) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unlabeled bottle straight from the brewery. Pours gold with a medium-sized head that leaves a nice lacing. Yeasty, spicy nose with a big whiff of bourbon and oak. Starts off very nice, a little sweet, spicy, but the bourbon and oak are a little overpowering. Not as good as the regular Tripel. Iíd like to see how much the flavor calms down with age.
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Green wood and whisky dominates the aroma. Hazy, light tan coloured with decent off-white head that recedes to nice cover. Fairly clean, lightly sweet and malty flavour gets overtaken by strong bourbon flavour. Mild warming. Smooth in the mouth. Bottle enjoyed with DYCSoccer17, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Omhper and Rastacouere. *
omhper (17478) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Golden colour. Oaky wood aroma. Sweet and lightly yeasty. The mouthfeel is clean, some tripel character remains under the bourbon character that lingers onto the finish, where also some light op bitterness is detected. Nice, but the bourbon takes the edge of the complexity.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
omhper in Montreal #6 (with MartinT,tiggmtl,Rastacouere,DYCSoccer). 750 ml bottle. Typical pale Tripel gold, fairly opaque and a bit oily-looking, nice head formation. Barrel-liquor character is not as overpowering to my nostrils as most reviewers have indicated..barnyardy, yeasty elements present in reasonable quantity. Mellow oakiness compliments the strong honeyish tripel sweetness; smoothness is perhaps a bit simplifying...light vanilla and lemon creme evident late. Quite lovely, though not approaching the original masterpiece.
Rastacouere (6045) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden hue, superb rocky and foamy head. Top-notch apperance, 2 thumbs up on that. Very woody nose, not quite asinine, but there are many elements from the incredibly great base tripel that I canít find here. Nice yeast presence, fairly warming, fluffy, but so very sweet. At first, the palate seems pretty smooth with that mild tartness, but it heats up through those lovely hayfield and straw flavors. The bourbon IS the dominant flavor and absolute focus here and itís not in the same league than the tripel. It has qualities though! I was curious (got it?) to get into that smokiness. Hops presence is just perfectly understated too and the foamy medium mouthfeel fits well, never biting. Cheers Barry!
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Astute bourbon sweetness affirms its presence in the appeasingly smooth hay-ish malt and warming but never serious alcohol...Classy bready, peppery yeast powders the malty bourbon cheekiness in a very amorous way...One of the rare bourbon-aged beers in which I feel the bourbon actually adds distinct flavors which increase the complexity of those already present...This is much more than a curiosity...
On tap at The Great Lost Bear, the same flavors were present, but appeared a little muddled compared to the bottle I had had. Still a fine sipper though.
argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling, lightly hazed apple juice body topped by medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, oak, vanilla, some alcohol, citrus. Taste is medium sweet, oak, light herbal, finishes with medium alcohol burn, leaving a vanilla and coconut aftertaste. Full body. I enjoy this more than I have some of the overdone barrel-aged beers, but frankly, the relative absence of beer characteristics that results leaves me unsatisfied. The unsullied Tripel is a great beer, and this one is definitely a step down.
Kinz (2971) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been looking forward to sampling this, glad to see Allagash branching out and experimenting a bit more. Hazy golden yellow, creamy smooth and lasting head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, alcohol laden with a hint of yeast and spice belying the triple underneath. Flavor starts like the honey and spice draped triple this came from, quickly turning into a lovely vanilla flavor, with accents of wood and liquor. Very enjoyable. Think this one should age nicely. Hope they do the same experiment with the grand cru.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light tan. Aroma of berries, and hops. Flavor is typical belgian with some mild wood. (need to rerate)