emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to turdferguson for sharing. Pours a hazy golden orange with a creamy 2-3 finger off white head. The nose is earthy, spicy, mild Belgian yeast character, fruity, mild rummy notes, some esters. The flavor is spicy, fruity, some phenol, yeasty, earthy/Belgian characters, citrus peel bitterness. The palate is crisp and well carbonated.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, received in a trade. Orange / blond pour with white head. Aroma is sweet bubblegum, banana, and spices. Flavor is the same, good amount of sweetness with a tiny bit of citrus and medium amount of spicing / pepper. Good triple, enjoyed it.
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2009 Excellent brew, VERY DRINKABLE. Hoppy warm toasty flavor with a charming wheat and citrus note. Toasty golden color with an aroma of hops, wheat, and yeast. Delicious beer. Only got the Saison and I’m done with the Smokestack series!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle - Sometimes the lights all shining on me; Other times I can barely see!! big thanks to brewczar for the trade; pours mostly clear and light orange; huge, fluffy white head; rich aromas of raw yeast, lemon peels and slight spice; faint pepper too; slight zing at first zip; light carbonation and a little fizzy in the mouth; great name and a very nice brew
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured from a 5th. A very fizzy beer, with a yeasty, malty aroma. Flavor is herbaceous, spicy with clove. There is a sweet honey note. Pretty drinkable beer, but compared to the rest of the smokestack series, this one is lacking.
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark gold body with a very fizzy bright white head, lots of carbonation. Big sweet doughy malt nose with some yeast, honey, and light alcohol. The flavor is spicy and has lots of bready malt. Not a whole lot of yeast influence, light honey, hay, and alcohol. It does dry out a bit on the finish. Mouthfeel is full, but not especially engaging, it just kinda sits there and feels heavy and doughy. Moderate fizzy carbonation. It doesn’t make me want to roll it around in my mouth. I suppose that this was OK, but it’s not great and it doesn’t do it for me cause it’s not a favorite style of mine to begin with anyway.
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice golden yellow with some particulate due to te dregs of the botte, and a billowing near-white head that falls to a fair topping. Aroma is sweet vanlilla and alcohol. Flavor is largely vanilla with a hint of banana. Mouthfeel is creamy but bubbly at the same time. Pretty good for a stateside triple, but not as good as the real thing.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle: Pours a slightly hazed golden body with a fizzy white head thatv evaporates in pops. No lace. Fruity pear & apple aroma supported by floral scents and a dash of black pepper. Too carbonated. The flavor sees the addition of honey, pale malt, quiet spices, and a light bitterness. Honey sweet, fruity finish. Okay.
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Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden-amber with a quickly diminishing, fizzy, off-white head, some settling sediment and a lot of fine rising bubbles. The nose is bright and yeasty with fruity, yeasty esters of apple, pear and a faint phenolic white peppery spiciness that smells a bit like grains of paradise. Nice. Medium-bodied, with fine assertive carbonation that scrubs your tongue into a mildly dry finish; a touch of astringency and some alcohol heat on the exhale. Apple, pear, white pepper and alcohol drive toward a spicy, moderately dry finish. This is an interesting tripel, one that you can tell started a bit sweeter when it was bottled (this past winter). I would guess that now it is about half-way on its journey to a much drier beer. Not too shabby.
bhensonb (13854) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, c&c, from South Bay Drug. Brassy gold color with a foamy, multi-finger beige head. Aromas of pale malt, light fruits, and maybe a hint of floral hop. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is just a slight bit funk, with a touch of kandi, and something suggesting spicey noble hop. Hot bits. Definitely seems clovey. All the flavors are well blended, with nothing taking over. It’s warming. It gets rather floral in the finish. Might have been wrong about the funk. Or not. Nice ale.