ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/6/2013. Portion of a 750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy light gold color betraying strong carbonation behind the hazy body. The head is a one finger white shade that retains itself nicely for 11%. Also, it never fully fades away.
S: The bourbon influence is moderate here. It really comes across as oaky more than anything, though you do get subtle vanilla and coconut qualities in the aroma. The tripel qualities that pop up are very neutral - not really sweet, but not bitter smelling, either.
T: Sweeter than the aroma. The base tripel comes through more strongly here, as well. Initially, there’s a neutral oaky tannin quality (which pops up in the finish as well), while most of the tripel flavors appear in the midtaste. Tons of candied sugar occupy the aforementioned middle of the palate. Finish is a combination of bread-like malt, spicy yeast, and oak tannins, while the bourbon contributes a subtle presence throughout. I’m amazed how well the booze is hidden given its dryness. While that disappointingly doesn’t give it the dangerous drinkability it could have, it really gives it a sense of finesse. Sure, a sliiight heat is evident, but this isn’t hot at all - if you told me this was 7%, I would have believed you completely.
M: A bit heavy and sweet - but when the booze is hidden this well, it doesn’t really matter. Dry at first, but the syrupy nature builds up after a while. Healthy carbonation tries to aid drinkability some, but the thick, sweet flavor renders this a slow sipper.
O: I don’t know if its better than La Fin Du Monde, but it’s really damn good regardless. The booze is hidden (almost) so brilliantly I can’t help but applaud - especially given its BA roots. Is it worth $18-20? Not really, there isn’t quite enough Holy Shit Quotient in the flavors here. Then again, I’m not a massive fan of the style. Having said that, it’s an excellent choice for those who love tripels and bourbon barrel aging.
Christpuncher (1478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent slightly belgium style beer. Little fruity but nicely balanced with hopps and male. Had this at hub 51 in Chicago.
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kevinsenn (1181) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Stein’s Beer Garden. Aroma of bourbon, booze, and spice. Taste in s awesome. Caramel, Belgian spice, pleasant long-lasting finish. Love it.
woodychevy (464) - - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Burial. As expected. Great tripel with tons going on but my 8oz pour was plenty. Nice hazy mostly golden but slightly orange pour with thick white head that stays put. Taste is yeasty, spice, clove, fig, raisin, with subtle bourbon. Nicely done with the barrel againg and blending -allows other flavors to come through. Smooth and somewhat slick/ buttery mouthfeel-flirting with syrupy. Sweetness lingers a bit too long. Boozy, but doesn’t burn.
LeRoytheAlien (55) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little more orange than yellow, aroma of vanilla and banana, taste is light bourbon, woth oaky tannins contributing excellence to the dry, creamy, finish.
williamstome (1043) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straw pour, white head. Light aroma of bananas, flavor of banana, cloves, figs, yeast, and alcohol.
jfan (2) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy, Clove, vanilla aroma. Woody bourbon barrel taste, crisp champagne like head, with a light mid mouth Bourbon hit. Likely a top 10.
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly clear, light orange color. Sweet, caramel malt, oaky, light bourbon, and a hint of a sweet tart note. Sweet, malty, Belgian yeast character, spicy phenols, vanilla, oak, and bourbon and some alcohol heat in the finish.
Prufrockstar (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Mikkeller. Pours clear gold with foamy white head. Aroma of fruit, honey, bubblegum; somewhat floral, but mostly sweet and fruity. In the mouth this is thick, syrupy sweet, really overbearingly sweet/syrupy. I’m surprised -- this is hard to drink. My companion for the night is able to finish both a triple ipa and an imperial porter while I’m still staring down the last ounce of my $8.5 250ml pour, unwilling to let it go but really not looking forward to finishing it. Overall: Boozy sweet sticky beer that’s hard to drink, and not even remotely enjoyable at any point.
Franckg (130) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Arômes sucrés venant du bourbon. Très doux en bouche, équilibre parfait des saveurs d’orange, bois, sucre et alcool qui réchauffe la gorge.
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly veiled golden with a resilient, thick and creamy white head. Aroma is lemon, wild yeast, vanilla, wood, orange. Flavor is lemon, vanilla, wood, oldish, dusty, liquor. Finish is very oldish, dusty, woody, boozy. Medium body, average carbonation.