stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours orange\golden with a decent sized white head. Aroma of belgian style spices, citrus, fruit, and musty yeast. Flavor is sweet, smooth, carbonated, citrus, fruity. Not bad, but i have had better tripels.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 29, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I cannot for the life of me understand why American micros brew Belgian Ales and leave out the most important step. Again, another without bottle refermentation. This beer was headless, and like any headless date it was not as interesting as it shoud have been. No head retention, thick, clunky body. This tasted like almost no candi sugar at all, is this an all malt tripel??? Completely devoid of the estery snappiness that comes from natural yeasty carbonation. Huge malt fruit flavors, but without the hops to balance. It also lacked the CO2 needed to balance out the sugary thick body that seems to have it’s roots in un-intergrated alcohol levels that would probably be better served at least two percent below the wopping 10 %, Anderson Valley is one of the rare breeds that brews a portfolio that I love and recommend to everyone. They are usually an underated brewery. I love the Dubbel they produce and maybe my expectations were a little high, but then again maybe the price for the bottle was a little high.
Brew102 (13) - USA - APR 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I swear this beer is getting a lighter rating because it lacks a yeast layer at the bottom. Despite that, it drinks like a classic Belgium Trippel with a sweet, yeasty Belgius taste that masks an American beer. If that’s your style (as is mine) this beer is above-serviceable alternative to the Belgiums, and a top-notch beer on its own.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Deep yellow-orange with a medium sized white head. Banana, bubblegum, clove, pineapple yeast ester in the aroma, with caramel and some alcohol. Heavy fruit ester flavor component, muted maltiness. Oily, fusel alcohols dominate later. Some spiciness in the finish, with tinges of alcohol heat and bubblegum. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, somewhat hot.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a honey orange with a light firm head that faded quickly. Aroma is of candy and rubbing alcohol, definately a lot of higher alcohols. Flavor is very sweet and honeyish with a firm sting of alcohol. The finish is confused as the alcohol gives a drying sensation my lips are sticky with residual sugars. Reminds me of a sweet mead.
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange\copper with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, and fruit. Flavor is sweet up-front, belgian spices, yeast. Good body, great brew.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Tap. Terrible pour from bartender at Rogue in SF. Very little head some how, which I question what the heck he did. Sweet, fruity aroma. Brandy like sensation on the palete. A bit to much of an alcohol finish for my preferences.
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Medium dark orange/reddish color. Strong yeasty aroma, some graininess. A little bubblegum. Sweet yeasty flavor. Some wheat flavor. Slightly creamy feel. Some spiciness. Alcohol is well hidden.
JorisPPattyn (8895) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange - foxy; no head to speak of. Wyeast Belgian N° XYZ. God, did they use ALL the same one? Perfumed, orangezest, etc. I has to be Belgian, no? Liqueurish, gingerbread, even when not very sweet taste; orangezeste, very yeasty. Very cliché . Syrupy, burning MF, aftertaste becomes cake-like. Stereotypic, and not even very good. Too high fermentation temperatures?
IrishBoy (4021) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent light amber with a small white head. Malty-banana aroma and a spicy-malt and banana flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. A very tangy complex taste; one of the best Anderson Valley brewsthat I’ve had.