Frank (3952) - 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--I’ll call it golden rather than yellow because it tastes good. The first pour is crystal clear but there’s 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 (33993) - 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.
hopdog (11176) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a small head. Aromas and tastes of fruits (bananas), spices (cloves?), and yeast. Bitter in a good way. Very good Tripel that I will definitely drink again.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy golden coloured. Aroma of yeast, fruits and spices. Sweet and fruity flavour with a yeasty finish.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good hazy golden hue with a tiny bit of head on it. Aroma is a rather spicy malt and yeast smell, a little spicier than usual for a Belgian strong. Mouthfeel is a thicker than expected for this brew. Crisp flavor with a small carbonation and hop crispness to the end.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 bottle. Pours clear and golden with a creamy white head - if I didn’t know better I might mistake this for a lager - but I know better! Aroma is malty and yeasty with mild spicyness noticble. Flavor is rich and sweet, peppery bite along with bready flavors, cardamom and and hoppy, tingly finish. Full bodied and creamy carbonation make this one a really nice Belgian tripel style and a pleasure to drink!
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Batch 49. Another Allagash beer that doesn’t live up to it’s reputation. Light golden colored with a decent white head. Bubblegum and yeast aroma. Big carbinations. Decent malt flavor with some light fruit - banana and green apple... I don’t see any passion fruit - and some spice. Just not enough complexity. It’s catering to the style without showing anything.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden with thick white head. Apricot, peach and spice nose. Creamy palate with mid sweetness, rich and yeasy with a drying finish.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2005 Thanks goes to civforprez for sharing this one. From batch #51. Pours with a large white head. Has a very cloudy straw color. The aroma is interesting with banana, ginger, black pepper and lemon zest. The taste is bananas, ginger and cinnamon toast. This is fairly spicy. Has active carbonation in the mouthfeel. Very nice for a tripel. Just a bit too spicy. Sampled again courtesy of Secret Santa. Excellent tripel.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy blonde/light amber color with white head & light lacing. The aroma is harmonious with hops & alcohol, very true to stye. The flavor is well balanced between sweet & dry, neutral, spicy yeast with herbs on the side. Very true to style for a triple.