3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, batch #31. Cloudy bright yellow appearance underneath a big white head. The aroma is mellow banana, lemon spice, and is quite nice, subtle but complex. Only a light hint of alcohol present, which was suprising ans appreciated. Sharp up front, then going from a tart, spicey banana flavor to a bland, sour cardboard flavor with the mouth feeling anesthetized.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
With a careful pour—and despite its bottle conditioning—this beer decants as an inviting, golden hued ale with a enormous but quickly dissipating, rocky white head. There was a thin sediment layer on the bottom of the corked and caged 750 ML bottle, which read “Batch #39.” I found that the beer left some excellent lacing. The aroma is inviting and robust, with hints of green apple or pear and spice. This ale is clean, dry and refreshing from start to finish, but it is sufficiently complex to hold the interest this reviewer. The initial palate is bright and spicy, but quickly yields to fruit notes of assorted variety. I recognized the brewery’s suggestions of banana and honey. I also discovered a hint of lemony citrus flavor mid-palate. The level of carbonation is less prominent than other bottle conditioned ales, and the alcohol flavor is well-balanced with the other flavors. This is a medium-bodied ale, with a long, dry finish.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 32: Hazy blond body, white head. Very light aroma of banana and spice. Very carbonated, bubblegum flavor with lemon and other fruits. Excellent.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold color with a medium creamy white head. Very aromatic as each sip gives you a different perspective. It is a subtle sazz hop and a strong yeast, weak bubblegum, straw, and lemongrass. Taste is spicy( pepper, cloves), sweet yeast. Carbonated and sweet finish.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Powerful musky and alcoholic aroma. Pale, white head, not too big, cloudy. Spicy and bitter flavor, strong yeast and obvious alcohol presence. Very Duvel-esque.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Batch #28...750ml bottle
Using my Allagash tulip glass to drink this heavenly nectar, it pours a burnished gold that is perfectly clear from a careful pour. A frothy, off-white head starts out thick, then slowly shrinks down to small cap. It's easily brought back up again with a simple swirl. The lace looks a lot like soap suds overlooked on a car window in the middle of a hot, sticky summer. Wonderfully complex aroma with suggestions of spicy fruits, banana, grape, clove, phenolics, bready yeast, alcohol, and a musty earthy note. Despite this wide array of scents, the aroma comes across as sweet. Stunning... The flavor is sweet and spicy, with lots of fruitiness and honey on the forefront. After the initial rush of sweetness, the flavor shifts to a slighty phenolic one, along with a small burst of black pepper spiciness. The clove, yeast, and musty flavors are in there too, but play secondary roles and stay mostly in the background. The tail end has a rush of warming alcohol, which is highlighted by a touch of hops. Again, stunning… This brew is highly carbonated, but settles to a creamy, soft mouthfeel that is just a bit prickly on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Alcohol dries out the finish considerably. An incredibly well-done domestic tripel!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #37. Hazy Golden color, fluffy white head. I smelled apples upon opening. Further inspection revealed pears, yeast, spice, among others. Complex fruity/spicy flavor. Very smooth, finish was not quite as long as described above. I'll definitely drink again.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden colour. A fruity spicy beer, some pear notes, herbal notes. A nice mix of spiciness and sweetness.
jek803 (41) - USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite all-time beers. Light yellow in color...complex,fruity and smooth. So much to taste in this tripel...
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blond beer with a small head. Fruit and yeast aroma. Sweet, yeasty, fruity alcohol taste. Neutral finish and aftertaste.