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, thereís 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. Iím amazed how well the booze is hidden given its dryness. While that disappointingly doesnít give it the dangerous drinkability it could have, it really gives it a sense of finesse. Sure, a sliiight heat is evident, but this isnít 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 doesnít 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 donít know if its better than La Fin Du Monde, but itís really damn good regardless. The booze is hidden (almost) so brilliantly I canít help but applaud - especially given its BA roots. Is it worth $18-20? Not really, there isnít quite enough Holy Shit Quotient in the flavors here. Then again, Iím not a massive fan of the style. Having said that, itís an excellent choice for those who love tripels and bourbon barrel aging.
fraternie (880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, sugary citrus hovers above complex but understated bourbon and vanilla notes as this brew lingers on a creamy oak note. Heat doesnít show through at all, but this lingers with some overwhelming sweetness.
connor0415 (37) - - MAR 20, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bourbon barrel is faintly present in this beer but it seems to work well. You get a bit of coconut and vanilla in the smell along with the standard tripel aroma of belgian yeast, bready malts, bananna and a hint of citrus. Tastes of coconut, bananna, yeasty flavors and some dry maltiness. Good carbonation, you get a bit of the barrel in the finish but otherwise itís dry.
Great beer, the barrel has a small presence in the taste but it really makes the rest of the beer shine, most of the time the bourbon cloaks the characteristics of the base beer but in the case of this it really seems to enhance some of the sweeter flavors
jamesewelch (132) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 750ml, bottled May 30, 2014. 11% ABV, poured into 12oz Belgian tulip glass
Aroma: Big oak, a little funk. slight sweetness
Appearance: golden/orange, hazy, white head
Taste: light sour, medium sweet, medium bitter
Palate: light body, lingering bourbon/sweet/bitter finish
Overall: Not bad for a barrel aged beer. The bourbon isnít overpowering, but itís still present. Iím not a fan of bourbon barrel beer that tastes like bourbon, but this is really smooth and nice. A tad sweet. The aroma is very powerful oak. You can really taste their tripel underneath with itís belgiany spices.
Ngbaker05 (8) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into pint glass. Nice color. Aroma was faint of sweet alcohol. Definitely recommend
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mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden pour 1 finger white head. Aroma is bourbon, bread, plum, clove and Belgium yeast. Taste is malts, plum, raisin, spice and some caramel. Complex and thicker mouth feel. Bourbon and sweetness are little strong. Overall pretty solid beer. I?m sure aging would make this even better.
Fritz123 (1228) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. Poured into a tulip. Golden orange in color with haze and a velvety white one finger head. Temp was just right. Aroma was bubble gum, candied sugars, sweet nectars, and desert sweet breads. The taste was similar with the bubblegum, dark candies, cotton candy, sweet biscuits, and doughnuts. Velvety mouth, very smooth and balanced, not overly sweet. Full body, buttery, and slick.
demannu (87) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 Had this on tap at S/S Grille. While I did not hate this beer, I did find it to be a bit overly sweet and boozy for me to truly love it. Decent though.
kespecial (85) - - FEB 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A richer, more complex Allagash tripel. Pours a clear light orange, little head. Nose is yeast, banana, bubble gum, honey, clove. Taste is the same, fairly sweet with a little bourbon and oak. Fairly mellow, almost soothing. Wonderful.
Christpuncher (1638) - 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 (1303) - 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 Steinís Beer Garden. Aroma of bourbon, booze, and spice. Taste in s awesome. Caramel, Belgian spice, pleasant long-lasting finish. Love it.