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RATINGS: 797   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - APR 14, 2005
Bottled. Golden coloured. Banana and yeast aroma. Extremely sweet, yeasty and wheaty flavour. Slightly cloying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2005
Reddish copper with small and fleeting white head. Aroma was a mix of sweet candy sugar and pepper and fruit. Watery and medium bodied. Flavor was alcoholic fruit, spice, sweetness. Not as good as the Double.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 16, 2005
Yeasty nose and hefeweizen like fermentation characteristics (clove, bananna). Bitter finish on this rather one dimentional beer. Not bad, but definately not an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2005
I quite liked this. Yeasty grainy nose with a hint of honey. Orangy malt taste - very sweet - with a hint of vanilla and spice. Think heavy body with lots of unfiltered yeast. Alcohol whafts up through the nose after the swallow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Cloyingly sweet uncomplex and alcohol forward. Probably not fermented warm enough to develop the fruit esters so characteristic of the yeast. Somewhat acidic and underattenuated. Grassy herbal notes and odd finish that lingers far to long.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
Sweet ethanol smell, I’m not a big fan of fuelic alcohol/hops and this beer proposes it all along with dull stale yeast. Shy honey enhances the extravagant sweetness while even shier fruits don’t display the necessary dynamism. A boring appearance won’t help the score as it is basically clear with no head and no apparent carbonation. Is this even bottle-conditioned? Strong overwhelming honey palate has only slight herbs (chives like hops) to attempt to balance the strong alcohol flavors. Ultimately too sweet, alcoholic and yeasty like many american examples, harsh yet not so flavorful. Syrupy liquorous mouthfeel has little to no carbonation to offer. Barely a tripel..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Interesting! Vinegar sour nose, nice amber golden color. Small head, leaving nice laces on the glass. Malty and yeast and also alcoholic but nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1268) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Pours an un-tripel like amber with no head. Aroma was initially awful when first poured; it smelled like pait thinner. But that went away and a sweet banana/clove character took its place. Flavor is sweet almost to the point of cloying, with a mild yeastiness and a bit too much alcohol. It finishes a bit tarty and dry. Drinkable but not very memorable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2005
The wax on the bottle is a nice touch... Translucent, and dark like wildflower honey, but with only a shred of lace. 10% ABV and it shows through the nose big time. Woody and very solvent like. Light carbonation, sweet maltyness with an obvious high octane punch. Blindfolded, I probably would not have guessed this was a tripel, too sweet, lacks a little effervescence and a little too much booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2005
The Lure:
Broad-shouldered honey thrones over the low carbonation, emboldened by the ingested alcohol and the newly-acquired peach perfume.

The Festivities:
Apart from its fruity (peaches, apricots) allegiance to the Belgian-style it is advertising, it seems to have been lured into the mead sect, where sweetness reigns unjudged and alcohol flows unbridled. Lacks the effervescence and liveliness of flavors that I look for in a Tripel.

A drying puddle of warm honey rests on the oven top, a forlorn, sad dollop.

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