ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 2004 MSBF draught. Listed as a 2001 Belgian. Being a sucker for vintage beers, I happily gave this one a try. Pours a soft yellow gold, not so much hazy as it was transluscent. Small white head. Smells of sweet bananas, alcohol, sugary malt and light citrus. Flavor is lightly syrupy, giving a medium to medium full body. Palate is smooth and fluid, quite drinkable. Low carbonation and a big maltiness make this one quite sweet as mentioned by many others here, but I found this one to still be solid on the basic flavor. Though I much prefer perfumy, crisp, yeasty alcoholic trippels to the sweet, softer fruitier ones, I still enjoyed this one. Belgian yeast is noticeable, candi sugar in abundance with lots of golden fruit (sweet ripe pears, bananas, apricots, peaches). Not a beer that makes you ponder its complexities as you drink it, but a good drinkable rendition, I thought.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
At Michigan Beer Fest. Candy aroma, golden color - then I tasted. Way, way tooooo sweet. This beer misses the mark, body to light for a trippel, weak flavor - just not a very good beer.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
At Michigan Brewers Guild Fest: I didn't takes many notes here, the aroma and taste were sticky sweet with a moderate alcohol presence. No hops, no balance, a bad attempt at a Tripel. I have some good beers from Big Buck, this is NOT one of them. Drain pore. The worst at the fest, but not an exclusive Michigan beer, so I guess it okay.
omhper (18374) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled draught at Big Buck, Grapevine, Texas.
This time I will most certainly go against the grain. I really liked this beer. Pale amber. Lightly acidic toffee aroma. Soft, mature and with mightly maltiness. Sweet and big, but still discrete. Notes of berries. Flavourful and subtle.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I didn't agree that the alcohol was so well hidden here. But more important, this is a sticky, cheap version of a Tripel, with a light golden color and a complete lack of complexity. (on tap, Grapevine, TX location)
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2003
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
The menu actually bragged about the bubble gum flavor that the "belgium candy sugar" produced. It tasted like freaking Bubbleyum! I couldnt believe they did this to this style. The only good thing is that the alcohol was masked unbelievably well.