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.
Mark_Eck (1914) - - AUG 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours a hazy goldenish color. Aroma and taste are fruits, yeasty, sweetness, and bourbon.
growler6 (123) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled February 2016. The vanilla, banana, coconut and clove aromas are consistent from pour to swallow and the 11% alcohol is warming and well hidden; kudos. A bit sweet but it finishes abruptly and cleanly. True to the style there is a bubbly light mouthfeel however there is slightly soapy texture (if you were a kid back in the day and you said something you weren’t supposed to, you know what I mean). Excellent but a bit expensive. Next time I think I will pair it with food.
OsuStu (212) - - AUG 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
8 oz draft. Slightly hazy orange color with a very small bubbly white head. Aromas of funk, spice, yeast, a hint of alcohol, various fruits. Banana and apricot, spices, peppery, a bit of bourbon on the finish. Medium body, effervescent and slick mouthfeel.
ciocanelu (1134) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy pale color with white head. Aroma is floral and perfumey with a touch of bourbon. Taste starts like a typical Belgian tripel, yeasty and sweet but on the aftertaste you get the bourbon barrel. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad at all but I think the flavors don’t combine as well as expected.
Sparf (226) - Östersund, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mycket trevlig arom fylld med jästiga estrar, pepprig krydda, lite alkohol, vanilj och kokos men helt utan sötma.
Grumligt gyllene brygd och ett litet men stadigt och tätt skum med lång halveringstid. Smaken är överraskande söt och därtill med inslag av säd och en rejäl alkoholdos. Vaniljen återkommer och lyfter nu fram fattonerna av ek och en aning ljus frukt. Kroppen är halvfyllig, och vätskan har en oljig viskositet. Fint avvägd kolsyra. I eftersmaken växer en mild beska fram, parad med en något otrevlig syra. En oväntat ljus och därtill mycket bra komposition.
koleminer20 (2400) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for the fucking book. The pour is a darker golden yellow color with a thick white head that falls down to a cap leaving a good soapy lace. The aroma is not too bad. There is a nice banana and spice blend up front with a decent yeastiness on the back end. It’s pretty plain and light, and there isn’t any barrel here. The flavor is, well, not good. There is a permanent marker, spice, yeasty bit happening with a metallic malt and a light bourbon. It’s also quite woody. This is better than the first time I had it, but not good. The mouth feel is a little heavy with a soft carbonation and a spicy bourbon barrel and yeast on the finish. I’m not a fan of this at all. Tripels can blow me.
ebone1988 (1312) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20. For the book. Aroma is funk, wet grass, barnyard, slight banana, maybe a little woody. Appearance is darker golden, off white head, hazy. Taste is woody, spice, funk, banana, bourbon, barnyard, permanent marker. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, dry, woody metallic aftertaste. Overall, better than I remember but still not good.
rentonj7 (207) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very big beer. Takes the balance right out of the Tripel with punches of coconut and vanilla. Still extremely smooth, but the flavor profile is much more in your face. Strong boozy notes, but lends a warming smoothness.
rosskyle (513) - - JUL 8, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Slight haze yellow golden color with a white head. Wheat lemon grass aroma. Oak vanilla spice clove yeast bourbon finish. Medium body. Triple up front with a vanilla bourbon finish.
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Alpha10 (595) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2016/06/18 - Pours a hazy deep gold colour with a thick, foamy white head that lingers and leaves ample lacing. Aroma is yeast, wheat, banana, bubblegum, tart pear, lightly spicy hops, oaky-vanilla, honey and a hint of bourbon. Taste follows nose; pear, honey, citrus and light spicy hops up front, followed by wheat, oaky-vanilla and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium to full and silky with soft carbonation and a moderately sweet, boozy, slightly warming finish. Smooth, balanced, mellow, delicious.
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