JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Very handsome pour, deep golden with a bit of flaking detectable and a lustrous head to it. Soft floral hops in the nose but mostly ripe stripes of yeast and a bundle of dry herbal additions. Nice nose but fairly perfunctory as per most American renditions I suppose. Playful mouthfeel, taste is mostly a bit sweet although some grass and spice in the finish. Comes across as fresh and clean but the taste was just average overall.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Hazy golden yellow with a small, fizzy, white head that quickly vanishes to nothing. Aroma is zesty Belgian yeast, citrus and sugary/honey malt. Flavor is spicy up front with sweet sugary malt, light musty yeast and some alcohol. Medium body with prickly carbonation. Solid beer for the style, not overly sweet.
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden pour, slight white head. Nose of banana esters, fruit, and grains. Flavor is very fruity and a bit alcoholic. Decent.
pilgrimoutlaw (767) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours hazy straw color with two finger white head. Good lacing. Aromas of bread, pepper, cloves, banana. Moderately bitter and sweet. A little bit of salt. A bit of acidity on the tail end. Body is light/medium and smooth. A nice tripel.
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is clove, yeasty spice, and a little grain. Flavor is sweet, candied, fruity,yeasty, Belgian spice, clove and a little banana.
Leighton (10894) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Not really blown away by this beer, but perhaps that’s because I don’t like tripels over 8.22%. Anyway, it’s quite sweet and certainly yeast-forward. Plenty of ripe, juicy and sugary fruits at play. There are much worse tripels out there - in the States AND in Belgium, mind you - but this one was still just OK. (3.4)
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - thanks to Ken! Pours lightly hazy yellow-gold with a slight, frothy white head. Nose holds lots of yeast, mushy bananas, sugary wheat. Medium to big sweet flavor, mild lemony tang, yeasty and lightly doughy wheat. Medium to full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sugary, vaguely syrupy finish, plenty of doughy wheat, yeast, mellow lemon and banana. Drinkable in small doses. (3.4)
theisti (3223) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle purchased at Rimann in Prairie Village, Kansas. Bottled April 2012. The pour is light haze yellow gold with a one inch white head the falls rockily with nice lacing. The aroma is straw, hay, earth and a soft clove spice yeastiness. Nice integration and softness. The taste is initially the straw and hay then turns quickly to herbal and honey sweetness. The sweet builds, finally showing some alcohol heat before it finishes dry with more lingering sweet. The yeast clove is present, though is somewhat buried behind the honey herbal. The palate is medium bodied, a bit of slick oily mouth feel and the dry sweet somewhat hot finish. The nose on this was promising, though the taste delivered a pretty typical sweet American Tripel. Certainly not bad by any means, just not totally my thing.
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Middletown. Poured a rather ugly slightly cloudy yellow under a very ugly piss bubble white foam. Aroma is dried out sugary tropical fruits, yeast, dry grains and a hint of bubble gum. Medium bodied with tight bubbly stronger carbonation and a dry finish with a touch of lingering heat. Flavor of dry tropical fruits, sugary sweet even though dry like sun dried fruit, toast, yeast, old bubble gum. Not bad but a bit hot, especially for only an 8.3% beer.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale yellow with a light white head. A really dry finish. A nice brew but not their finest.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Flying Saucer. Pours hazy gold, not much of a head. Subtle fruits and yeast on the nose, some bread. Flavor is classic belgian. Yeasty, sweet, smooth.