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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Slightly hazy orange body, thin light tan head, clumping, creamy. Aroma with notes of pineapple, white grape, spice (peppery), and alcohol. Slightly tart body with pineapple, toast, and a spicy bitter finish with hot alcohol notes. Heavy on the spices and less complex than many examples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Translucent copper pour. Strong aroma of sweet, ripe apples with spice and banana notes. The flavor is filled with sweet malts revealing themselves as plum, apple and banana with a touch of clove in the back of the mouth. The beer is light and sticky on the palate with a slight burning finish, probably because of the alcohol. Nice, but not as rounded and balanced as the other two tripels I have rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Amber body with a creamy head that immediately begins to disappear. The nose is yeasty, filled with light apple fruitiness with some residual sweetness. Full, round mouthfeel is loaded with bready, sweet malts and yeastty, dark fruits. Some artifiicial sweetener taste (candi sugar?) is present as well. A slightly bitter finish is surprising and nice. If they could curb some of the sweetness without adding anymore alcohol this could be a real winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Pours a beautiful orangish copper color. Head was a thin layer but broke down to patches of foam. Lovely aroma of authentic Belgian yeast as well as banana, clove, rose, and spices. The flavor is immediately recoginized as spicy and sweet with a moderate amount of malt and yeast playing their role. Other flavors such as banana, sugar, clove and lime leaf are also found. The finish somehow comes up empty with almost no aftertaste to speak of. I dont feel right about comparing this beer to another beer brewed from a different company but i canít help to say that this does remind me of a Stone vertical epic 2004 a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Syrupy sweet aroma, candi sugar and candied citrus rinds. Vapory, estery with notes of banana and pear, rum. Vinuous sweet grape must. Farmhouse, Belgian yesties and a bit of funk. Golden amber clear with some orange tint. Creamy off-white lacing head. Heavy watery body, almost oily, with light medium carbonation. Starts very sweet with too much candi sugar. Almost get mouth cankers from this stuff. Good malt flavor and nice level of fruit esters. Sweetness is not overcome by hops, though, and that really detracts from this brew. Needs to be drier and unfiltered. A bit watery at the end with mild alcohol warming and sweet tongue to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Actually orangey/brown in color with a head that shows properly then dissipates too quickly. It is not the prettiest or most convincing color I have ever seen. Honey, coriander, spicy, bready aroma with noticable green hop and lemon, a touch of caramel sweetness in one of the most intense aromas I have smelled in a long time. Flavor is intense as well. Many of the aroma components are there but the beer becomes sticky, syrupy (like a melted marshmallow) until the higher, warming alcohol and acidity balance the finish but compete endlessly on the palate. The malt hangs onto the front and top of the palate while the alcohol rests on the tongue, and the acidity bites the back of the palate and slowly moves forward to meet the complex alcohol. A triple? I would think not. But this is damn intense, though too sweet, and could be, if I may, call it an Imperial Triple. I do not like that idea either. It is too bad that the sweetness muddies the other flavor components so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Dark Orange to Brown Coloring with White Head. Rich Sweet Bread Dough Aroma. Alcohol Warming...Dry, Yet Sweet Rich Mouthfeel, Dried Fruit. Dry Spice. Overall A Bit on the Dry Side, But Still an Enjoyable Tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Nice golden color. Little to no head. Thin white ring of lace. So this is a tripel? Hmm. Strange dried banana chip aroma. Malty sweet. Fruity, very light hint of Belgian character. Certainly an American Tripel. Flavor is not bad at all, just not all that interesting. It is smooth, I can give it that. The Belgian yeast is so far in the background, and the fruity flavors are pleasant, just not all that distinct or enticing. Easier to drink than many brews at 10%, so itís got to get points for that if not much else. It doesnít really seem to style, but it still tastes decent if not very simple. This beer is like a nice enough, but very unexciting date. And as the evening progresses along, you start to realize how much you donít want a second date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3405) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Medium orange gold, quite clear, fast fade head. Aromas were faint, mostly cotton candy and random fruitiness. Flavors were centered on apricots, a hint of banana, more cotton candy. Not a bad triple, but nothing particularly exciting either. The apricot flavor was enjoyable overall.

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