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This golden hued ale is marked by passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with subtle suggestions of banana and honey surfacing from its deep and complex palate. The Tripel's finish is remarkably long and soothing.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
mhs2ou99 (4) - Danville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 11, 2002 does not count
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2002
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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
hippie99 (14) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2002

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2001
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2499) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 An insanely drinkable beer. Absolutely complex with notes of medicine, hops, salt and herbs. Head is as big as a beer can possibly have, the whole way down. Creamy, slightly spritzy mouthfeel and a lingering, salty finish. I donít know if this is really 9% because the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
emgilg199 (3) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2001 does not count

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marcmo (16) - Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2001
A good choice for someone who wants to break into stronger Belgian-style beers. A bit fruity, not as phenolic as some of true Belgians. A little more hops than some írealí Belgian Tripels. Gets a lot of credit for the pricepoint.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (824) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2003 Light golden cloudy body, thin creamy head. Spicy citrus aroma, yeasty with soft floral notes. Flowery, yeasty malt flavor, notes of spicy coriander/ orange. Soft mouthfeel. Smooth, hoppy, citrusy finish. Crisp, clean peppery finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 2, 2001
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 August 2001: OK, hereís one where the description is actually right on target. I DO smell passion-fruit, actually; the flavor seems to be honey-lemon and wheat, there is little to be disappointed in here except perhaps the aroma could be a bit fuller. Alcohol seems faint for a beer this strong; the smoothness and balance are remarkable. Best Belgian from outside Belgium Iíve ever had. 9/4/10/5/19 4.7

July 2006: 750 ml bottle, batch 72, cellar temperature or a bit below in an Allagash glass. An immense frothy snow-white head tops the luminous whiskey-gold body and leaves very thick, near opaque lacing as it dies....deep, sweet fruitiness bombs you in the nose, honey and light floral (dogwood) notes, faint hints of white pepper, subtle yeasts -- an absolutely transcendant, intoxicating combination......a faint sour breadiness begins our journey across the tongue followed quickly by honey-malt sweetness and moderate alcohol apparency.....nice balance, but not nearly as complex on the tongue as the aroma gives hopes for; this is better I think on draught or with a couple of years (Iím guessing this batch is about 6 months old), the alcohol is just a bit too much and the palate a touch sticky. World class still? Maybe....more samples to come, to confirm...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2001
Cosidering relatively low price, its a great tripel.


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