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RATINGS: 1310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2002
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2002
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)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2002
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????)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - APR 19, 2002
This is great stuff!! After the shock of alcohol, the fruitness wanders over the tongue. Nicely hopped, and very flavorful. A Great Beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2002
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.

   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.

   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.

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

   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.

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