MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden yellow in color and lots of microbubble carbonation. very creamy/rocky tall white head, fairly lasting and good lacing arcs. pretty clear color on first pour, more cloudy at second pour. yeast & malty nose, super-faint honey nose but I couldn’t smell any fruit - maybe faint lemon rind. very faint candi sugar nose too. sweet malty honeyish start. little bit of the bready/doughy mouthfeel, then very balanced alcohol/hop burn. spicy white pepper afertaste. enjoyable summer evening belgian tripel style.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle. Batch #42
Pours a cloudy golden color with a fine white head, silky lace and nice pearling. The head diminished rather quickly ? leaving a fine film. The clouding reduced some, but never completely cleared. Aroma of fruit and very yeasty?not very complex or aromatic, but still pleasant. The taste was tart with some sweetness and a dry biting finish. The mouthfeel was rather flat ? not a lot of body and quite one-dimensional.
IMHO: Not a lot of character or body. Numerous qualities that can work in a well balanced beer were either under or over represented. It looks as if there have been other batches of this beer that have been much better.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chose this beer as I try and find an outstanding tripel. Bottle says "Batch #50", if that makes sense to someone. After removing the cork, there is nothing written on the cork except maybe a sideways, and somewhat deformed, number 6 or 9. The beer pours (in Westmalle glass) a cloudy, light orange-yellow golden colored liquid with a small amount of white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin film. Aroma is of citrus, banana, fruits, sweet. Flavor is citrus sweet, fruity and somewhat hoppy. Good mouthfeel. Not my kind of beer, but a good tripel as rated by others, I guess. Sampled at refrigerator temp and as it warms.
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 (1736) - 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 (1095) - 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. I’m 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.