Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 24: Loose head that disappears quickly. A clarified gold color in which the bubbles keep on rising, like champagne. Sugary aroma with spicy undertones. A rich, sweetly spicy flavor that acts like champagne (tickles your nose!). This is to beer what basmati rice is to rice -- sweeter, richer, more sophisticated, and slighly exotic (in a tame, manageable way) -- for boorish Americans, at least.
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 (11/19/05, Batch 67) Soft off-white head, leaves nice lacing, atop lightly hazed golden body. Aroma is rich and inviting -- moderately sweet, flowery, honey, passion fruit, cantalope, banana, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, fruity (cantalope, orange, passion fruit, banana). Less dryness than expected in the finish for a tripel. Medium body, alcohol very well hidden. An excellent beer that should improve with aging. (10/4/8/4/17)
(5/7/02, Batch 24) Wow!! Very sweet and fruity aroma. Light body dances on the tongue. Sweet flavor, but there’s much more -- complex, fruity (banana, among other flavors), spicy, and some yeastiness. Ever-so-slight astringency in the aftertaste is one of the only drawbacks. Good white head with nice lacing, atop a beautiful golden liquid. (10/5/9/4/18)
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 re-rate5/7: very complex but alcohol starts the ride,and then flavors burst about in your mouth. Later in the glass I was tasting peach, or maybe that's the passion fruit it claims in the commercial description. This is really delicious. Mine was batch number 22. (both batch 22)(one more for summer, maybe it'll get better????)
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is great stuff!! After the shock of alcohol, the fruitness wanders over the tongue. Nicely hopped, and very flavorful. A Great Beer!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding. A true special occasion beer. Batch 20: Set apart by wonderful, balanced handling of the taste and alcohol, perfect rocky head. Snappy, tangy, incredibly crisp. Fruit hangs in, hops are strong. This and the Grand Cru would make a great surprise for someone who has never had hand crafted beer, I think. Jayme done good sending me ths one.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2003 2/20/03: Batch #33: More of a earthy tone in the aroma, and deeper fuller finish. +0.3 from last time. 3/20/02:750ML bottle, hand numbered batch 16: Hazy golden color, yeasty nose, fruity/dry taste. After reading the description and getting into it, I do smell the passion fruit and taste the banana, but I'm not getting any honey. In general I don't prefer Tripel's so I can't rate it any higher, but this is a quality brew.
mhs2ou99 (4) - Danville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 11, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
This stuff is quite possibly the best Belgian Ale I have seen on the market. The herbal notes come through, followed by a slight fruity finish, albeit smooth.
garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Every bit as good as the top authentic Belgians. I did a side by side taste test with Duinen Tripel, and while subtly different; no worse, no better.
hippie99 (14) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 (re-rate, 750ml batch 49) Cloudy, chilled yellow/golden with a thin but steady, fairly creamy looking head. Aromas of mango, candied sugar,yeast, heady pale malts, corriander and more. Very lush, fluffy mouthfeel, somewhat alcoholic and yeasty at first. Malts begin to shine as it warms, fruitness although subtle makes it presence known, corriander, herbal notes and white pepper gives it a dash of zest along with the alcohol presence. Medium bodied at best, drinkability is off the charts for a triple, has a bit of a salt edge that may be off putting for some but the ecletic mix of flavors are very rewarding if you have the patience for them. Damn fine brew.