Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, Batch T7276 (I think this was the first bottled batch, but could be mistaken). Poured crisp medium orange with a short, dense cap of white head. The aroma picked up warm toasted pale malts, honey, and mild sourdough bread.. the latter element quite smoothly rolled into a touch of lemon zest and coriander spicage.. dusty yeast and mild-to-moderate warmth surrounded.. very well done! The flavor found honey (darker grade) and sourdough again at the core with white pepper, coriander, and lemon zest around.. as it warmed up, the alcohol presence intensified and played well with the dusty yeast and spices.. memorable spice array on the finish. Medium-plus bodied with tight, rolling carbonation on the palate.. maybe a touch too sweet overall, but it still felt and tasted great!
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Deep color, creamy smooth head. Good strong aroma. Flavor has a nice mild spice. Very enjoyable. First pour has almost no sediment, but I see a ton of sediment still in the bottle. Second pour, swirling to mix the sediment: most all the sediment "dissolved" and flavor still very nice--maybe even a little smoother. Nice!
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy glowing orange with plenty of sediment and a thick pillowy white head. Aroma is very floral and spicy with a big presence of pear and apple, lots of esters and pretty straight forward. Flavor starts with an immediately pepper and floral honey character. Quickly mellows and gets a sweet banana yeast and more light fruitiness. Some alcohol becomes apparent towards the finish but stays smooth in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and prickly carbonation. Well done trippel, very quaffable.
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle my folks got me at a shop in Dallas, and since there doesnít seem to be any more beer here this is what Iím drinking. Pretty good and surprising since I know Iíve seen it in SD. Pours orange big tan head nose is sweet taste is sweet vinous and quite good, gotta say this is a good tripel better than most domestic ones.
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at post Borefts BF 09 tasting. Gold/orange, lasting beige head. Tripel Belgian. Really good. Rather good bit sweet but good tangerine fruit. Lovely tripel. Good balancing hop on finish. Lovely.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark golden orange with golden peach hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy, soapy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring. Visible yeat even though itís the fist 33cl pours of a 750ml bottle and visible carbonation bubbling up.
Earthy, slightly tart(read: not sour/wild) aroma with a bit of estery golden fruit from the Belgian yeast strain as well as some ripe banana, bread and subtle grassy malt character.
Soft carbonation up front that tickles the tongue with a heavy yeast medium body. Lots of earthy funk that again is not sour or acidic. Lots of estery light golden fruit, especially apple, pear and most prominent, banana. Nice peppery spice with a bit of zesty corriander that is slightly countered by a subtle malt backbone. The spice is very prominent up front and lingers throughout over the other flavors into a long dry finish which is slightly bitter. The alcohol is evident in the flavor but their is no warmth whatsoever, making this one dangerously drinkable. A bit to heavy on the spicy side but has a nice full body and complex flavor.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
700th United States Rating: 750ml corked and caged bottle (Batch T9114) served in a Livery trappist glass. Attractive glowing orange pour with a one-finger thick head of creamy beige foam that showed some good retention. Nice clingy lacing. The aroma included honey, orange peel, banana, sweet pale malts, and light candi sugar. The flavor had strong fruity yeast esters, dried orange peel, honey, graham crackers, and some peppery spice. Warming, but not overly alcoholic. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Softly carbonated. A solid example of the style.
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 (7777) - 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 (2458) - 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.