Frank (3900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad tripel but not a great one. Actually, it’s hard to call it a tripel at all given that it lacks a certain Belgian yeast character (like it’s brother the Reverend). Slightly hazy golden orange color with a quickly diminishing head. Nose is sweet, lightly spicy. Mouthfeel is nice and thick but just a bit lacking in carbonation. Very lightly tart with a stronger-than-expected woody bitterness in the finish.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured clear golden with thin but lasting white head...smells very citrusy, definate apricot and pear...also spicy, cloves etc. along with alcohol...very thin bodied...not impressive...difficult to define the palate...I agree with Lumpy...definately something perfumey about it...finish bitter and alcohol...
notalush (5671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tripel-like appearace and aroma, with notes of apricot, apple, peach and spice - the flavor doesn’t quite offer up what the aroma promises - this walks a fine line between "delicate" and "weak/thin" and it doesn’t always lean toward the good side of that line - light fruits predominate at first, pear, grape skins - saison spice shows up late, with a gradual swell of hops that don’t seem to meld nearly as well with the spice as they could (or should) - a good, albeit out-of-balance effort.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange citrus hop nose with some alcohol apparent in the aroma.Clear, golden copper with thin, white head that diminishes to ring. Sweet and hoppy flavour with gentle bitterness and many fruity notes. A bit hot. Body somewhat thin. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, Dorwart!
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dull totally clear golden. Honest white film. Another typical Avery yeasty/hoppy belgian aroma. Hops are grapefruity, orangey and floral and somehow hides some of the malt development into a fruitiness approaching pears. Again the avery alcohol heating limits the apparent complexity. Palate is flowery, orangey.. not much else. Alright hoppy belgian ale I guess with a gentle bitter and heating (contained though) finish. Rather light bodied and sadly very low carbonation for a belgian ale. Laughable commercial description.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not a fan of the whole Belgian yeast taste and thus not a huge fan of this beer. Yet it was enjoyable, even though I don’t like the style. Also, the label is way cool.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is all Belgian yeast. Clear golden body with dissipating white head. Flavor is spicy and yeasty; with contrasting malt sweetness. It’s a bit thin on the tongue, not at all sticky or heavy, with just enough carbonation. The 9% is lost somewhere in all of this; its only appearance is in its effect. Delightful.
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A misty golden color with a laced white head. A candy spiced apple aroma. Dry and spiced palate that was slightly harsh at the start. Bubblegum, honey, and a light fruit flavors.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Gold/orange body. Nose is floral. Taste is bitter, spcy, sweet, and floral. Notes of anise, clove, apple, and bitter hops come out. There is a bit of a perfume quality to this that I don’t care for. The finish is warm and has notes of black pepper, alcohol, and citrus. As this beer warms, it loses the aforementioned perfume taste and the flavors begin to come together nicely. When you drink this one, drink a little bit of it cold and then drink the rest at slightly above room temperature. They are two diffrent beers.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lighter orange color with a nice white head. Sweet aroma with some good spice to it, slightly yeasty with a very noticable hop presence lingering around. Taste was citrusy, clove, and some other spices, and smooth with a sweet start and a balanced bitter end.