ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
Prufrockstar (1128) - 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 (23) - - 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 (1666) - 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.
KarenShuttle (11) - - DEC 9, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A splendid belgian tripple, with oak, and bourbon notes that linger on the pallet, the color is a touch hazy but nothing to cry about. Worth every penny.
VsXsV (2442) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy light amber kiquid with light to mediu off-white head. Aroma of wood, coconut, bourbon, light banana, light caramel and spice. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of light coconut, wood, light grain and light banana. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Pretty nice.
drdisque (567) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in a snifter at new Binny’s tasting room Willow St. location. Pours cloudy gold, very nice. Flavor is sweet, mildly spicy, bright wheat. Absolutely no alcohol burn. Outstandingly well balanced Tripel, although not a lot of the "bourbon barrel" taste comes through.
fiveacestx (634) - Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber aged a few years - vigorous pour, medium head that dissipates quickly. Has a light grapefruit look to it. I detect a light fruit (peaches) flavor along with a sweet candy flavor. The alcohol is hidden and it kinda snuck up on me. Medium body and dry.
Optimatorjoe (5) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Maybe the best bourbon barrel aged beer I've tasted. My favorite Allagash beer so far. Strong but excellent taste.
DavidWoodruff (395) - Windsor, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange color. Wood, citrus and alcohol in the aroma. Full bodied. Malty, boozy and buttery. Great beer.
anthony850 (281) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great tasting bourban barrel aged ale.
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