MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 A Mes rate: Bottle at weekend of tarts afterparty.
Hazy blonde with a good white head. Standard tripel with too much spice and little over done on the sugar. Thankfully not too yeasty as many Belgians of this style are. So so but no better. Score 6/3/7/3/14
Re rate. Bottle at Borefts 10am day after hotel tasting.
MUCH better this time, maybe I got the bottom of the bottle at the Horsetel. Excellent Belgian style beer. Very convincing and true to style. Dry and bitter with some superb yeasty notes. Lovely stuff.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Floral hops, honeyed malts and bubblegum phenols discreetly chat until a herbal hop bitterness quietly moves in to seal this sleek and softspoken Tripel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A frothy head of foam tops the hazy blond.
-The body is healthy and the carbonation ample; this is quite authentic a mouthfeel, and the same can be said of their other Belgian-style ales Iíve had.
-Alcohol is very well hidden, slightly warming.
-Even though this is very well brewed, I didnít feel compelled to go back to this one at all, whereas their Saison was just brimming with life and so engaging.
jbrus (4993) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@SpontaneousWeekend08. Nice and flavorful sweet tripel with loads of coriander. But the coriander is not annoying. Yet itís still an average tripel and not really outstanding. Well balanced.
joergen (18930) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden coloured with a medium sized white ehad.
Fruity aroma of spices and yeast with notes of citrus.
Sweet and fruity flavour of yeast, citrus, spices and hops.
Hoppy and spicy finish.
WisconsinBeer (695) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow color, very bubbly. Big foamy head. Flavor is yeasty estery bready and soft. Mildly flavored tripel, but very palatable. Soft around the edges. A bit of ripe fruit coming out toward the end. In a blind tasting, this could possibly pass for a true Belgian.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caged corked 750 ml. bottle, mini-blurb and batch number (T8039), along with glassware and storage suggestions, on the back label, sampled in a tulip glass. Sediment is visible bottle.
L: Given a careful pour, but some of the yeast sediment does escape the bottle, orangey copper in color with a pale beige head of fluffed cream, excellent head retention, light amounts of splotchy lace dots and chunks ring the glass. Overall, not a bad looking tripel.
S: Woody, herbal aroma from the Styrian Golding hops, followed by the fruity smells of pears, mangoes and oranges. Further whiffs brings out the peppery medicinal alcohol and the bready malted wheat. Touches of white sugar and nutty pale malts as well. The more I take in the aroma, more the complexity of this tripel emerges, I have to say Iím impressed.
F&T: Airy and moderate bodied, this has a nicely dry, creamily crisp feel to it, quite the easy sipper. A delectable blend of malts, sweetly nutty from the pale malts, coffee-ish from the Munich malts, and bread doughy from the malted wheat, this certainly fills the tripel malt bill. The malts are complement by the low grade warmth from the spicy clove and peppery alcohol and the dextrose sugars. Just past the middle a light fruitiness adds to the taste, apricots, pears and melons. Finishes aridly dry, sweet malty with a deliciously tingling herbal spiciness on the tongue, finishing one sip makes me want to greedily take another.
I thought Long Strange Tripel was a well thought, finely crafted brew. Highly enjoyable sipper, this is an ale that I will be spending the rest of night with. If you see it, I, for one, would recommend picking up if you are a fan of scrumptious tasting Belgian style ales.
thegreenrooster (2980) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a bright orange with a soft white head. Aroma is everything a triple should be. Lots of banana and clove with some cream and yeast. Flavor is spice and banana with some pepper and yeast. Again this is everything a triple should be and the alcohol is not a problem. Very tasty,spot on and satisfying.
Tripplebrew (764) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light hazy yellow yellow with thick white head. Aroma is banana, cloves a bit of spice (pepper). Definite banana flavors. great. Body is fairly thick on the medium side with fair carbonation. Delicious tripel, just love it.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange with a large white head. The aroma has banana esters, spices, pepper, graininess, clean malt and Belgium tripel yeastiness. This is fairly dry, but there is a bit of sweetness. Medium body thatís slick and offset by quite a bit of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with a rich taste, but it quickly dries out with lots of peppery spiciness, slight abv heat and earthy yeast. The finish is smooth and spicy. This is a nice American tripel, but considering it is priced like high quality Belgium versions I donít see me revisiting this one too often.
3fourths (7533) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2008/2009 bottles are ridiculously stellar. THE best American-made triple. Bottle conditioned, ideal yeast, so incredibly peppery and alive. You people are either missing something huge here or you just simply lack good taste. THE perfect clone of THE perfect Belgian triple. Unbelievable.