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 I’ve had but certainly worth a try just for the uniqueness and innovativeness.
kirk36 (123) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh my good god amazing! They know beer! A triple aged in bourbon! Whole shit good! It sneaks up on you and fucks you up! Smooth and slightly bourbon more triple! But that's all right.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
SlackerMads (1547) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow with a medium sized white head. Low on flavour, sticky sugars, alcohol, vanilla, light wood. Medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation, medium sweet and bitter. At bit watery and uninteresting despite the barrel ageing. The finish is hot and raw.
SupperHopped (8) - - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belgian fruity aroma. Surprised to get the vanilla taste in such a light beer. It's really good.
JHeath99 (912) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by supperhopped. Pours a slightly hazy golden. Aroma of spices and yeast. Taste of oak, booze, and yeast.
Sledutah (4659) - Utah, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBESG grand tasting
Clear golden with a medium sized white head, good lacing. Aroma is woody, oak and malts. Flavors are woody and bourbon
AndySnow (3110) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: RBESG 14 Grand Tasting.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Sweet, some alcohol, malt, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, plum, alcohol, port.
Theydon_Bois (8276) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBESG ’14 Grand Tasting, Moncada Brewery, 09/08/14 acquired from Binny’s South Loop Chicago.
Hazed golden orange with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is citric peel, spice, vanilla pod, straw, earthy tones, light yeast esters.
Taste comprises mellow fruits, Belgian yeast esters, banana, clove, custard.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok Belgo affair.
Benzai (8127) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBESG 2014 Grand Tasting. Hazy pale yellow color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste sweetness, some alcohol, slightly hops, some bourbon for sure, slightly vanilla. Interesting, but to me it once more proves barrel aging doesn’t really work with tripels.
WillRunForBeer (639) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster at the source, pours copper with a scant white head. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Nice. Flavor is biscuit, bourbon, vanilla. Slightly floral. Really good.
Chalumeaux (49) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth somewhat sweet mouth feel followed by a small amount of alcohol heat from the bourbon aging. A very nice beer.