mjg74 (2435) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Valley Farm Market. Nice deep golden/amber pour with a sizable head. Sweet yeasty aroma, with a hint of spiciness. Flavor is yeasty with a little graininess. A little sweetness along with some spice. Fairly dry as well. Pretty tasty tripel.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 Suttree’s 2008 Pre-Brewer’s Jam Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Beer Hawk. Clear dark yellow with a finger of white head. Nice slow falling lacing, mellow spice and heavy bready malty aroma. Tastes of mild cloves and spices, more breadiness, then smoothing yeast. Nice smooth finish, an enjoyable tripel and the subdued spice makes me start to think of a saison. Re-rate: Sampled at the 8th Annual Music City Brewer’s Festival. Clear orange with a whitish head. Aroma is spicy, dry, sweet fruity yeast esters and sweet malt. Taste is fruity, pears, apples, spices, light clove hint, nice. Original rating: 7:4:7:4:16
Suttree (4745) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy copper, loose hed. Ginger bread aroma, flavor is clove, rosemary and dry white wine, Clean and crisp, very enjoyable.
Ratman197 (8532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a lingering ring of off white foam. Aromas of fruittiness, straw, light carmel and light spice.. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, fruittiness,light spice and light carmel with a smooth dry lightly bitter finish.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Fairly mild smells in the aroma, yeast, straw grass, minor alcohol, and a almost cotton candy like sweetness. Huge wispy bubbly starch white head, good retention and lacing, cloudy, good amount of particulate, golden yellow color. Smooth start with a sweet honey Belgian type malt presence along with very grassy hop that sticks the whole way through, in the middle to the end there is some grain alcohol mixed with an interesting olive and spice flavor that continues into the aftertaste. Really pretty good, but there’s just something about it that keeps me from really getting into it.
BOLTZ7555 (2603) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle acquired via trade with beastiefan2k...thanks again Eugene!!! Honey pour with a meringue-like head that climbs out of the top of the glass. Spicy, yeasty, citrusy aroma. Flavor is definitely Belgian-inspired...not as complex as others but definitely enjoyable with no hint of alcohol. Another good one!!!
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Holiday. This one should get points just for the name. Deep yellow with a fluffy white head. Stone fruit and belgian yeast aroma and taste with a nice sparkling quality. Pretty good.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. Bottle batch t8067 poured into a Duvel pint glass produced a big white fluffy head (a good 4 fingers) on top of a clear apricot body.
This was quite surprising for an American brew. Aromas of big Belgian yeast and sweet fruit were well present in the nose. There is also a good spice presence as well a real good take on the style
The flavors are true to the style as well with all those wonderful Belgian flavors. With the fruity, spices that you would expect from a true Belgian tripel. The mouthfeel is spot on with great carbonation, and dangerously no hit of alcohol at all.
With this in the Duvel glass and me kicked back enjoying a crappy day indoors; it can’t get any more drinkable. A good brew and I must say one of the best American takes on the style that I have tried so far.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gouden Carolus, Carolus D’or glass: hazy, light copper body, nearly opaque yellow highlight, very bubbly, big and airy white head that nearly diminishes into rockiness; banana bread, yeastiness, nutmeg, peppery; medium sweet, bitter, and salt--no sour or umami; medium alcohol profile; creamy, almost slimy, bittersweet palate, sweet and fruity (banana) aftertaste; good.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at J Gumbos Aug 2008 Indy tasting - Aroma is melon, crisp yeast, lemon and straw. Flavor matches aroma with some freshly baked bread. Palate is smooth. Very nice tiple