jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Gold color with a large white head. Spicy aroma and flavor, with orange peel and cloves in the latter. Full-bodied and incredibly smooth for the abv. An excellent beer.
UPDATE: My god, this is an incredible beer. If you leave it in your mouth long enough, the spices mix with the alcohol and burn your tongue a bit, like biting into a pepper. I like it a lot.
Had a four year old sample tonight. Still kicking, but there’s a light oxidized note that some people may find off-putting. I thought it added a great sherry-ish nuttiness. Spice has calmed down, and the finish is all yeast and light sherry.
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden, with a nice white head. Aromas of yeast, hops, spice, and some malt. Flavor is spicey, with hints of orange, yeast, and malt. Body is just right.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy gold w/a lasting white head. Bubble gum and light clove aroma with some grainy sweetness; hints of perfumey floral and herbal hop; hints of alcohol and light plum fruitiness as it warms, also some green apple. Well balanced but to lightly bitter, which becomes more bitter toward the finish and into the aftertaste. The more I drink, the more bitter it becomes...Very distracting! There seems to be a little bit of cardboardy, bland malt flavor, also a little grainy. A light hop flavor, some sugary flavor, low fruity banana esters. Finish is dry and peppery yeast, clove into the aftertaste. Highly carbonated, dry m/f, light warming alcohol w/ a lighter body. Iím not very impressed. Too bitter for my taste for a tripel and does not have very good depth of flavor IMHO. Most typical flavors are there, but they are all very light. Aroma promises a lot, but flavor delivers very little.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy light golden hue with great head and silky lacing. Great complex nose: Bread, yeast orange and honey. Nice spiciness with a hop bite and a good malty background. Nice creamy texture and a spicy hop finish. Very nice beer.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 This is the ultimate summer beer. Golden and wet. Frothy and cloudlike. Nose of honey, honeysuckle, hops, saaz hops and lots of them almost like a good czech pils. Flavors match these with even more hoppy goodness. Excellent brew.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, orange. Fruity and alcoholic. A bit more sweet and strong than most other Abbey triples. I would store this one for several years, than I could imagine it would get sublime.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Caged and corked bottle. Nose is bready and yeasty. The flavor has notes of citrus, banana, anise, bread dough, berry, alcohol, and malt. Finish is super clean. Mouthfeel is nice and light. This is good stuff.
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. nice earthy aroma with a sweet hint. pours a hazy yellow with a thick fluffy head. . fruity sweet taste, i guess is from the passion fruit. i donít know what passion fruit tastes like, so that could be the taste that i canít identify. peppery malt flavor. very nice this makes me smile when i drink it, and i donít smile much.
Frank (3297) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 I rated this once about two weeks ago but I lost the sheet of paper I wrote it on. This turned out to be something of a blessing as it gave me an excuse to buy this wonder of a beer again. This is a very pale triple--Iíll call it golden rather than yellow because it tastes good. The first pour is crystal clear but thereís a touch of sediment in later glasses. The head is nice and fluffy, creamy with tiny, tiny bubbles and it lasts long enough to leave thousands of of drippy little spots of lace on the side of my chalice. The nose is somewhat surprising--a bit more hops than I expected, almost-hints of citrus along with actual hints of bread and honey but not much if any of that banana they talk about in the description. The palate is nice and thick, some slight stickiness is made more pronounced by the bitterness in the finish. This is really an excellent beer. I enjoy the extra bit of hops Allagash has added. It gives the beer an American spin without becoming some ham-fisted monster and still staying relatively true to the style.
Whata ya know? I found my old rating of this. It was much higher (4.5). I thought the beer tasted a lot thinner the second go round..... Cloudy golden, gorgeous creamy white head that lasts forever and leaves huge sheets of lace. Nose is mild, slightly bready with a hint of sweet spice and some floral notes. Creamy, thick mouthfeel with a velveteen cusion of carbonation. This a truly complex and delicious, easily on par with the best of the Trappists.
Ungstrup (30239) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An unclear orange beer with a fine white head. The aroma is of yeast and coriander. The flavor is sweet with notes of oranges, yeast, and coriander. A nice American produced Belgian beer, though a little on the sweet side.