talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled August 2006. Pours an opaque, golden-orange color with a white, fairly small, fizzy but persistant head and nice but scattered lacing. Nose is bizarre but interesting; the JB note is apparent first but not overpowering, as if from a cocktail with bourbon. Other notes of light vanilla, tart lambic-esque notes, honey, light peach, and herbal notes. Flavor is nice as well but the bourbon flavors are more dominant with a good amount of sweet vanilla. Underlying notes of honey, light herbal bitterness, light tart peach notes, pepper, and even a coconut tinge as well. The oaken vanilla really complements the candi sugar notes of the tripel well with other flavors complementing nicely. Palate is great with a moderately full body, a soft carbonation, and a creamy, velvety texture with just the right amount of dryness from the herbal hops and the oak. Finishes fairly long and a bit dry with notes of vanilla, yeast, and light herbal (oregano, maybe?) with a lingering bourbon tinge. An interesting experiment to say the least; the vanilla notes really were accentuated with the other sweet notes and the oak went well with the other complementary flavors. The bourbon notes were a bit too dominant in the flavor which kept it from being great. Intriguing and certainly uniquely complex with an excellent palate and no noticable signs of alcohol at 11%. Not the best tripel Iíve had but certainly worth a try just for the uniqueness and innovativeness.
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Mildly hazy straw colored body, thin white head with poor retention.
Aroma: Very light, hints of tart citrus with light bourbon and coconut.
Taste: Odd but enjoyable, very balanced mix of grapefruit, lemon and orange with coconut and bourbon on the finish.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Good beer, I enjoy the balance, but the flavors clash.
Jow (2551) - New York, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at some queens bar. Nose is sweet bourbon and yeast. Tastes of Jim beam, yeast, red fruit, bready, slight booze. Smooth palate. Quite delicious.
RickReallyBrew (56) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As close to perfect as you can get. I figured this brew to be a quad or Belgian Strong Ale. Very rich and complex flavor and high end of the spectrum malt / gravity experience and mouth feel. This is a tremendous blonde strong ale with a sophisticated complexity created by layering in oak whiskey barrels. One of my favorites all time!
BiiruBierBeer (500) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell is mild bourbon, Belgian yeast, and some mineral. Taste is the same with a good amount of malt and some dryness at the end. Medium body and carbonation with mild foam.
BeerIsMyGod (17) - Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonder bourbon and smoked wood in the nose. Slightly yeasty with strong bourbon and wood flavors. Wonderful stuff. Must. Buy. More.
Bebum (450) - - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium amber, cloudy, dense lace.
Full body, delicate but assertive flavors, rich mouthfeel, long palate.
Moderately sweet and bitter, enough acidity.
Fruity, orange juice, yeasty.
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fraternie (893) - 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 (47) - - 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 (171) - 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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