arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at Rackhouse, very hazy golden-orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of nice white fruits, some peach, white grape, hints of pear, slight banana, slight zesty spices and biscuit notes, touch of bready spice and peppery phenols as well. Taste is a mix of sweet white fruits, grape, peach most up front, slight lemon zest, a sweet honey/vanilla quality in the middle along with some pils-type malt, hints of nice spice and bread in there, touch of white pepper, finishing fairly dry. Pretty nicely done!
HonkeyBra (3797) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a bright, hazy orange with a big thick white head. Aroma of pale malts, lots of fresh bread, nice orange and apricot twinge. Flavor is mildly fruit, dry, crisp and yeasty. This doesn’t have you typical sugar and cloying fruit notes. Mild bitterness, which comes out as it warms. I get some slight herbal notes as well. I’m enjoying this. Light carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry. Pretty interesting. I have to admit, I was too excited about a tripel. But, this version is dry, nice. I’m impressed.
Ratman197 (11372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Avery poured a hazy yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, yeast, light pear and light pineapple. Palate was meium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, light pear, light pineapplke, light earthiness and light lemon with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a murky, honey color with a fairly small, white, fizzy head which is nearly all diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is full of pear and apricot, very floral, almost lilac-like, some sage, twigs, and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is similar with more apricot, delicate floral petals, a bit of vanilla and chamomile, and a light to moderate herbal bitterness. The palate is drying, creamy, lively, and more than moderate. The finish is drying, apricot and chamomile, and a herbal bitterness. A pretty nice trippel with all the right complexities and classic intricacies. The herbal notes were pleasant and the apricot esters added just enough sweetness and acidity. Nice American attempt and certainly the best Avery anniversary beer in years.
drjay44 (2999) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. Bottled April 2012. Pours a medium, short lived white head, over a cloudy dark yellow (SRM 4) body....nose is light lemon, hint of orange, clove, light banana/bubblegum, very light floral honey....taste is light pear, apple, leading to clove, finishing with a lingering bitter hop, spice bite, dry throughout....mouth feel light, alcohol heat lightly present, carbonation high. This is obviously a Tripel, but this bottle misses the mark in a variety of ways. Minimal head, no lacing, poor clarity all are appearance misses. Aroma and flavor are both well within the style, but are somewhat muddled. It may be the youth of the beer or the heavy layer of autolized yeast sediment that is throwing the beer off of target. BJCP 7/2/14/4/7
bigbish (596) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of my favorite triples. Lots of great yeasty flavors, fantastic aroma, and a long finish.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing.
Body is cloudy light yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (cement, cobwebs), with light notes of lemon rind/pith, soap, pepper, old dishwater, aspirin, alcohol (slightly fusel - insecticide).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean/husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Wow. I’m a little shocked, actually...this is not up to basic Avery standards. Starts with a little fizzy head that vanishes completely (not very Belgian), but at least it’s unfiltered. Aroma is meek, lifeless, and stark...some pleasant aspects hide within, but it’s got several flaws and is not at all attractive. Very bitter aftertaste that leaves a dirty coating like having chewed on aspirin and grain husks. A surprisingly unpleasant, sloppy, and clunky beer from start to finish. The only good aspect is that it’s not a super-sweet banana-bomb, which is more what I expected. An absolute drain pour.
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 Tap @ Rackhouse. Pours a hazy, golden orange appearance with a white head. I can’t say too much about the head because my bartender poured me a snifter nearly to the lip of the glass but it looked decent enough. A bit spicy yeasty, orange fruity, tangy, sweet malty aroma. Really a nice tangy fruity, fairly spicy, a bit musty, light barnyard, sweet malty flavor. Probably the best new Tripel I’ve had in the last year and based on my last experience with Allagash Tripel, this one rivals the Allagash offering. It’s really refreshing to have a nice Tripel offering from an American brewery. Excellent! Update: my second go through was a lot less memorable though it still was tasty.