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.
hotstuff (4230) - Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #34.The appearance was a large sized white head that consisted of fine-small sized bubbles.There was was carbonation observed with this beer along with a cloudy body.The hue was yellow and the nose consisted of malt, hops, fruit, and cloves.The flavor was sour, tart, and fruity.It had bubbly and smooth mouthfeel along with a medium body.There was virtually no lacing with this beer.
thedm (4968) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch #34: This brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind very little lacing and a hazy straw yellow colored body behind. THe aroma is a mild yeasty one and the mouthfeel is smooth with a slight tingly bite to it. The flavor is a mixture of fruity textures with csome clove banana and a high alcohool content noted.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #36: As soon as I worked the cork out, I immediately smelled apples. Very smooth and tasty with a clean finish. Highly recommended.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Impressive lasting crown of luxurious foam. Rich, pure vanilla sugared floral aroma...By floral I mean strong, crisp and almost masculine--no roses or pansies here. Noticed notes of subtle lime vanilla as well as cork. Creamy, well-blended and perfect sweet-tart blend are other descriptors that came to mind.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 Honey cloudiness with subtle nose hints tripel to-die-for, but a surprising peppery undertones is so distracting, I must say the least fav of my triple experiences despite its head ;).