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.
rdixon77 (1581) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty nice offering....good blend of Beligan yeast, oak, vanilla, candy sugar, some dark fruit. Medium bodied with a slight booze burn. Good stuff.
rubbishystuff (2028) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Rockwells. Quite complex. Sweeter than some other tripel due to strength. Barrel aging adds boozeyness. Serving: Tap
SlovakSniper (3892) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottling January 29. 2015. Belle robe dorée et impeccable tête avec une dentelle. Le nez révèle des parfums de pain mielleux, de fruits jaunes, de noix de coco, de vanille et d’épices. L’alcool et sa présence enveloppante rappelle les plus grandes du style. En bouche, le bourbon complimente les saveurs de base. Un bel équilibre puis-je dire. Au palais, le plaisir est réel. Le pétillement confortable et le corps douillet rendent l’expérience des plus agréables. En finale, j’aperçois des notes douces balancées par un alcool chaleureux et fruité.
ordybill (661) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
Aroma-Hops and yeast
Appearance- A nice gold color with a small white head
Taste- Hops and a bourbon back end, very nice
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- An outstanding beer, very well made
JDBaker11058 (1538) - Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: slightly opaque golden, with a short, creamy white head and slightly syrupy legs. Aroma: belgian yeast character is strong, followed by booze, vanilla, some citrus, and pie crust. Taste: bourbon, vanilla, lemon, light banana, tamarind, maybe even some coconut, with prominent yeast. Finish: most flavors fade except for vanilla, bourbon, and yeast, then a mild astringency comes out. Notes: Beers this hyped seldom seem up to it. This was a very good, very creative beer. Glad to have tried it. Alcohol was well-hidden. Bottled 21 March 2014, had in early June 2015. Bottle from Westover Market in Arlington, Virginia.
SinH4 (1066) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange color with small white head. Flowery grains, some spicy Belgian yeasts, some sugary Bourbon wood. Taste is sweet, grainy, flowery, boozy, a bit of a burn, surprisingly low carbonation. Certainly a good beer, nice Barrel character which is not too strong, but does not live up to its reputation.
King_Alex_II (624) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color quite some foam. The smell has a boozy touch and a lot of whisky nose but with a fresh touch. The taste is very actively carbonated and has its yeasty and sweet malty character, but still got an underlying whisky note that becomes stronger in the aftertaste and carries a boozy note through the whole beer taste. A little heavy, but definitely a good beer.
mfrato (110) - - JUN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy gold. Aroma is slightly lacking, not a huge amount on it. Flavor is bourbon soaked caramelized bananas. Pretty tasty.
Meilby (9625) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, wheat, yeast, vanilla, oak, floral and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, wheat, yeasty, vanilla and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft
Aniela (3613) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From my backlogg:
Bottle in London 2014. Hazy golden beer with an white head. Malty bready fruity aroma. MAlty bready yeasty hoppy flavour.