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.
rouhlas (2272) - GREECE - MAY 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 750 ml bottle thanks to Alex. Light hazy golden orange color with off white head. Yeasty and malty aroma, light spicy, fruity, wood notes, light alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma, fruity and wood again, sweet and tart citrusy fruity, more bourbon and wood notes than the aroma, vanilla too. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
SteveOrz85 (201) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large corked and caged bottle served into a tulip glass. Bottled March 2015. Beer is a clear golden color with a fairly thick white head which dissipates slowly leaving lots of thick lacing. Aroma is mostly grain like with some dry fruit like pears, maybe some banana. Taste is medium sweet with faint bitterness and notes of light dry fruits such as figs, oak and honey. Light carbonation and medium bodied beer. Some oak like flavor as well as smoothness is noticeable from barrel aging. I like Tripels and I love barrel aged beer. Together this is a great beer, Great flavor and pretty smooth. Very enjoyable. Impressed.
hackobock (3122) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
July 22, 2015. On tap at Great Lost Bear.
Clear pale golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malty,toffee, some bourbon, vanilla, grape, honey, almond, orange and spice notes. Taste is medium sweet with toffee, bourbon, orange and almond, light bitter with a grassy and spicy notes, smooth warming finish with toffee, bourbon, vanilla and spices. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
jflopsu (1050) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright hazy yellow with thick white head. A unique aroma of wheat, yeast, citrus, and hints of bourbon. A strong taste mostly of wheat, yeast, citrus, vanilla, and spices - but just a hint of bourbon on the back. A dry yeast and grain aftertaste.
IndianaRed (3485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by PinkZambia Clear straw color. Nicely muted Belgian yeast flavors and a touch of oak and barely a hint of the bourbon. Seems to mellow everything out. Very drinkable and tasty.
kerenmk (3816) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at our place. Thanks Yael Tamuz for the bottle! Hazy amber with a white film. Some vanilla, black pepper, peach, hints of wood and lots of yeast in the nose, bitter, alcoholic, but delicately so, then sweet. Full-bodied and complex, interesting, hints of sweetness in the finish.
bellco33 (639) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into sample glass at brewery: Pours golden with a decent white head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, sugar, vanilla, and booze. Taste is more of the same, really sweet. Heavy body, too much booze and residual sugar. Not great but not bad for a bourbon aged triple. I was expecting worse.
tomer (2733) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAR 31, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, thanks, small creamy head, very cloudy orange color with yellow taints, bourbon aroma with vanila, slightly charred wood and sour bread, a bit alcoholic, flavor of bourbon, vanila, coconut and wood with a hint of nuts and alcohol, not too heavy for the ABV. Nice but a bit too bourbony.
yourilevesque (1121) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Un bière qui appartient à un style qui ne me plaît habituellement pas. Celle-ci par contre, c’est autre chose! Blonde, dorée, profonde, mousseuse et vivante. Le simple fait de la contempler me met en joie! Très chênue, notes vineuses, beaucoup de pomme verte, un important baril et des notes alcoolisées d’un bourbon chaud assumées. Très facile à boire malgré un sucre résiduel important, il faut se méfier de ce look gai et invitant qui monte rapidement à la tête...
DSG (11144) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Bottled 1/14. 11%. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, cookies, fruitiness, malt, caramel, and an alcohol note. Sweet flavor with bourbon, vanilla, some fruitiness, caramel, a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied, rounded. Nice.