coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GLASS: Tripel Karmeliet Goblet
TEMP: Cellared at approx. 50 degrees
After removing the the cage, the cork is removed with a loud, satisfying pop. The mist-like vapors coming from the bottle send the scent of honey and malt up to my nose, briefly.
The pour results in quite an impressive head. Thick creamy white foam that stands on itís own for a good 60 - 75 seconds. When it finally settles, Iím left with a liquid that is an amber color, not unlike a beautiful sunset.
Pulling the glass close to my nose, I smell honey, pepper, citrus, malt, and floral. Quite alot happening in the nose.
Tasting it is worth the wait. Once again the honey notes come to the forefront. They are joined by peaches and oranges mingling with maltiness, a bit of hops buried down a level or two, and a very nice pepperiness.
The nice thing about Tripels, in general, is the way they feel in your mouth. The liquid has what seems like thousands of tiny little bubbles and in each mouthful it seems that hundreds of these bubbles get into every space of your mouth.
This results in a wonderfully creamy sensation when drinking one.
Overall, this is a great example of what an American made Tripel can be.
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Mark, pours hazy deep orange grapefruit with white head. The aroma is pretty full with apricots, apple, some modest spices and mild yeasty notes. The taste is crisp and almost bright with carbonation moving into yeasty spicy apricot, plum and apple notes. It even out midway then picks up a mild level of tannin fruit skin like tartness into the finish.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. Hazy deep gold body. Big, frothy white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of toasted grain, bread, herbs, flowers, clove with notes of pepper, lemon with a hint of plastic. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Medium to full body, velvely texture and lively carbonation. Alcohol comes through in the finish. Spicy, peppery flavors blend nicely with the sweetness that turns bitter in the finish. Wonderful balance with nothing being overly aggressive. The flavor outshines the aroma, but both are good. An outstanding tripel.
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Tampa Tasting Group for the share. Pours hazy yellow with an off-white head. Nose is apple, caramel, yeast, honey, light fruit, and malt. Flavor is very similar with lots of sweet apple, pepper, and fruitiness. Solid medium-bodied tripel.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very big head lasts and lasts. Amber. Big alcohol nose. Light delicate caramel.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the bottle at Dr. Billís Tasting at Falling Rock during GABF on 9/26/09... deep orange pour... sweet and light over the mouth... medium body... deep spice notes with some banana. really nice tripel.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 pours a dark golden colour very cloudy with a thin head which dissipates quickly orange peel aroma and very light smooth taste easy on the palate no alcohol notes.
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
dark golden pour with a ton of creamy white head. nice malty aroma mixed with some sweetness and nuttyness. smooth mouth feel with a slight sweetness on the finish. delicious.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a tall white fizzy head. Nose is malty with fruity notes, spice, and Belgian yeast. Medium bodied, somewhat oily mouth feel and decent carbonation. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel, citrus, peach, spice, yeast, and hops bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet and spicy.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a fizzy orange. Nose is spicy, cloves, sweet malts, candy sugar, sweet fruits. Flavor is a real nice crisp sweet malt, spicy yeast, cinnamon, cloves, mild banana, candy, bubblegum and ripe fruits. Maybe one of the best trippels i have ever had.