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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6158) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2006 Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, cookie), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of bubble gum and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lighty acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Over two years since my last review and still a very lackluster example in my view. Boozy, sweet, very simple.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pellucid Amber bronze with very light head & some lacing. The aroma is full bodied with alcohol, yeast notes, way too clean. The flavor is sweet, acidic, too much alcohol. Finishes dry, alcoholic, blah.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
(RBSG04) Lightly hazed golden body with small white head. Aroma is candi sugar sweet, melon. Taste is strong candi sugar sweet, melon, alcohol evident. Medium-full body, not especially dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Rerate: Quite spicey and with a fairly alcololic palate; abundant corriander; notes of banana and bread; a bit thick for a tripel, a bit sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Headless, clear and bright amber; looked kind of like a glass of scotch. However, it still held some carbonation as it was kind of spikey. Sweet, inviting nose with the slightest hint of bubblegum. Sweet malts with notes of caramelized bananas. Aromatic yeast esters (banana) and spices (clove, pepper). Finish had quite a bit of bitterness, which was kind of drying. Vodka-like burn seared the throat here and there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Orange-amber with a thin off white head with smaller lacing. Aroma of alcohol, malt, banana, citrus and some woodiness. Malty flavors along with some banana and clove or coriander. Orange or grapefruit as well. Spicy palate, thin body and a bitter fruit finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Bottle. I liked this a lot! Amber, a little bit bubbly and effervescent. Crisp, tart aroma, but the flavor is surprisingly well-balanced with malts pitching in their share to the rich taste. Some honey, maple syrup, and chocolate go quite well with the strong tripel hops. Quite well done.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7885) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 On draft @ the Toronado. Dark golden orange with a bleach white head. Thick, syrupy, bready, big ass sweet orange, wheat and candy sugar everywhere, really too much sweetness. Cloying.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Wierd beer. Pours a dark orange color, hazy, no head to speak of. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and slightly burnt. The burnt come through on a swallow. No alcohol in the flavor at all. Light bodied, dry finish. Thanks Beerguy101!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Bottle. A very clear golden brown amber color with almost no head. A rich malty/caramel/brown sugar aroma laced with a yeasty tone. Brown sugar and malt tones. This beer has a rich sweetness that doesn’t quite fit the tripel theme. Sure, it’s got a Belgian flavor to it, it has an alcohol warming, there’s a yeastiness, but it’s too dependent on the malt and adjuncts. There’s a lack of fruitiness and of compexity. It’s not all bad, but it’s not what you’d think from the name.


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