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RATINGS: 805   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The brewers of Anderson Valley had to conjure the High Priestess of Fermentation to help them formulate and create this rare hand-crafted elixer. It is luxuriant, smooth, more that a little wild, and at 10% alcohol, it's bound to raise your spirits. Open the Bottle and greet the High Priestess. You are worthy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
This is missing something. Clear amber pour. No matter how hard I tried, I could not coax a head out of this beer. Aroma is spicy and malty, but weak. Taste was musty yeast, spice, and lots of alcohol. Thick mouthfeel with a sticky finish. Good, but there are much better tripels out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Bottle. Poured a golden color with a medium fizzy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate spicy citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a heavy bitter sweet alcohol finish of moderate duration. Interesting but not a standout brew.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (892) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Pours a cloudy orange with a thin head, I agree with others when they say there is little aroma from this beer, slightly spicy aftertaste, hides the alcohol well but overall a very average brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
A weak example of the tripel style. Sorry, folks, don’t bother investing money on this one if you want anything that resembles a tripel. Pour was dark in color (brownish, thought I had poured the dubel) and completely lacking any head or lacing. Boooo! The aroma was like a weak belgian strong ale, some oak, not much else to say. The flavor was similar with some pears?, although the alcohol hid fairly well. Mouthfeel was very very thin for the style. Not a bad beer, not a great example of the style.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
This had vertually no head.No action in beer.Color was an orange amber.Not much aroma.Taste was medium heavy bodied.I would really like a bit of bubble action.This beer seems to have completely fermented,hence the 10 % alcohol.tatse was a bit bitter and sour.Somewhat strong unique taste .Can’t quite put a finger on it.Almost seems like a wine.It a good beer,but I will try their other ones.The commercial description says a priestess,but I see a dude on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Draught at 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh, NC. Clear copper color. The fact that there was no head was a bit disappointing. Really, none. Pleasing alcohol and ester aroma and flavor with a spicy finish. Definite clove note that lingers. Slick and vinous. Tasty beer, but not all that pleasing to the eye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2006
UnderRated bomber. Golden, orange belgian... while brushed off as average trip. w/ the spices and all.... how about Amerian drinkability, goddamnit! Whatever, good beer. Enjoyable, get more. Half-drunk thou?....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
twindadplus2 (677) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Again with the fake wax ?! It’s clever until someone loses an eye trying to carve their way to the cap! Anyway...Poured a clear copper orange with a depressingly small but firm, white head. Aroma is fruity with bananas and citrus plus spicy belgian yeast. Flavors of sweet fruity malt and a bit of belgian spiciness but not as much as I expected. Dry, sticky finish. Palate feels a bit heavy probably due to the low carbonation. Still very smooth and an excellent drink, just doesn’t have the complexity of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 29, 2006
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.

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