DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, batch #49. Aroma is yeasty with banana and clove. Color is a hazy blonde with a moderate off-white head. Start is kind of metallic. some cirtus lemon notes in the middle. Malty finish. *shrugs*
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If Allagash can make a Belgian this well, and sell it for less than five bucks a bottle, who needs Belgium?
This is an exceptional beer and an even more exceptional value for the buck.
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, "Batch #47" (3.21.04) Pours a very pale but brilliant yellow, completely clouded with yeast; medium to smallish white head with excellent longevity; fair, visible carbonation that presents itself as a light fizz on the palate. Aromas are subtle but complex: honey, ginger, tropical fruit salad and cream. The flavors are much of the same up front, plus a nice depth of spices - coriander, allspice - and fantastic yeast and salt notes at the end. Absolutely amazing beer. I wish there was more of an alcohol presence, but otherwise perfect and so so so quaffable.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 Nice pour, very dry yellow, cloudy, with a huge head. Head leaves nice lacing. Very complex- yeasty, hay, leather, herbal, and estery aroma. I also noticed that this is one of the most highly hopped tripels out there. Lots of earthy and spicy hop aromas. Flavor is of sweet fruits and nicely balanced by malts. Very nice mouthfeel, and finishes quite smooth. Awesome tripel. One of the best out there.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a dry, grassy, yeasty, musty, bready aroma. The aroma is quite complex and perfect for a Tripel. The beer is brilliantly clear, a bright gold color, with a dense meringue like white head that is held up by a prodigious carbonation. The taste is sharp, astringent, lightly sweet, a bit of grain, herbal, and finishes with a bit of alcohol. This is a great interpretation by Allagash, this beer has lots of flavor, unlike the breweries Dubbel. This beer is so effervescent that it has quite a drying effect. This beer has completely restored my faith in Allagash, they can make some tasty brew.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Had this one after a fairly fruity beer and I'm not sure if that contributed to my not noticing the fruit this one is supposed to offer up or not. I got some spiciness and cloves and alcohol though from this almost brown hazy gold beer. Very smooth and easy drinking and then the fruit came out on the palate, although mildly. Quite enjoyable.
dperk (14) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
batch #36 750ml bottle. Very nice golden color, crystal clear with a typical head. Aroma is very pleasant, citrus and spice. Taste is citrus and other fruits, banana, pineapple maybe. Possibly hint of wheat. Moutfeel is smooth with a tiny bit of heat from the 9% abv. Not at all overly citrus. A good brew from the nice people in Maine!
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2004
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
cloudy yellow with a skunky smell. i didn't detect too much flavor in it. from all i'd heard, i was expecting more. i was a little disappointed.
egajdzis (5274) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch # 41... Poured a hazy dark golden color with a large fluffy white head, beautiful lacing and bubbles that never stop! Spicy aroma of yeast, citrus, and banana. Sweet taste of citrus fruit, some funky yeast, hops and a light citrus alcoholic finish. A great Belgian style beer made on the left side of the Atlantic.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #40. Poured a cloudy yellow-orange with a medium-thick white head. Vinous, pineapple juice aroma led to a nicely balanced flavor of white grape, apple peel (a touch), pineapple juice and spice leading to bready yeast characteristics and a medium dry finish of crackers and a touch of alcohol. Tripels seem to very between very sweet, fruity examples and dry, yeasty examples. This version strikes a keen balance between the two extremes. Smooth palate. Very nice.