ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.
A: Pours a golden amber shade with fantastic color quality. The body is a little lighter near the bottom of the glass, with prevalent trails of carbonation throughout. The head is a four finger white color with a thin texture and lowish retention. As the head recedes, spotty clumps of lace are left on the glass. Becomes quite hazy once more of the yeast is poured in, while little floaties sink to the bottom.
S: There are quite a bit of varying tropical fruits, but not in a hop-driven manner. Notes of banana, apricot, papaya, and mango exist on the nose, with a heaping helping of candied sugar and some malt. Just a nice smelling beer in general.
T: I kind of feared it would be overly sweet (always a precaution I have with tripels), but it’s quite neutral, in a good way. Tropical fruits open up the flavor profile nicely, before becoming fairly malty, with augmenting yeast giving it a flavor reminiscent of banana bread. Gradually, the initial light sweetness transforms into a pleasant bitterness, with a kiss of finishing phenols; while some herbs and spices (coriander, thyme, rosemary) appear between the mid-taste and finish. Once the beer opens up, a nicely subtle hop profile appears, helping to augment the light bitterness without harming the overall (solid) balance. It’s not ultra complex, but at the same time, it’s hardly simple.
M: Not as carbonated as the fizzy-looking body may suggest, which I like. Carbonation is still moderately high, but at least it isn’t making me insanely gassy. It could stand to be a little lighter in body, though, especially near the finish, where it becomes thicker in texture. The yeast imparts a pleasant lingering aftertaste (not too bitter or sweet) without being too astringent and dry, while the alcohol becomes very hard to detect when its colder. Let it reach room temperature, however, and it will become faintly boozy - nothing that detracts, however.
O: Any high-gravity monster of a beer that I can polish off an entire 750mL bottle (with the proper amount of time and patience) of has to be damn good. By no means is it a chugger, but goddamnit it’s Friday, so by God I’m drinking this whole bottle by myself! Boulevard did a great job with this one, and I’d gladly pick up again in the mood.
strattonspeaks (78) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden, yellow pour. Nice, fluffy white topper. Fruity, yeasty aroma. Banana hits. Taste is sweet. Yeast and fruit at the forefront with some buried pepper notes. Flavorful, but lacks that classic Belgian bite. Medium bodied and smooth, even a bit on the sticky side. Maybe not my favorite Smokestack offering, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.
ads135 (2340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not a great tripel and one of my least favorite Smokestack series beers. Overly sweet with a strangely sticky aftertaste.
Beer4000 (4101) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Nærbø Ølfestival 2013. Slightly unclear pale golden body with a medium sized white head. Aroma is a bit light, but quite delicate. Light malt, some fruit, spices, wheat and alcohol. Flavor is surprisingly refreshing, light fruity, spicy, grass, herbs and sugar. Well balanced in body and moderate in aftertaste. Nice, quiet refreshing and the alcohol is rather well hidden for an ale at this ABV.
bth122 (1031) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy with golden honey color. Very generous frothy head. Aroma is coriander and spicy belgium yeast, and orange peel. Good mouthfeel. Good finish. Would get again.
icehawk (606) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden straw color with big, lacy white head. Fruity aroma. Medium body, with a fairly sweet taste and finish. Alcohol is well hidden, although there is definitely a warming mouthfeel. This is a solid tripel; not exceptionally complex, but quite good.
natalierawson (9) - - NOV 11, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
So good.......................,,,,,,,,,,,had it w my hot dog was aooooooooooo good...................
AndyW68 (706) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light yellow pour with white head. Aroma is mild citrus. Taste is mild citrus. Good carbonation. I like it.
jcweaver (740) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a white head. Lightly sweet fruity and yeasty aroma. Light caramel sweetness as a backbone with notes of fruits, citrus, flowers/grass, yeast and light pepper. Nice balancing hop notes in the finish.
floydslip (102) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy gold-orange beer with a fizzy off-white head that subsides with an audible crackle. Sour yeasty nose with hints of tangerine, lemongrass, and coriander. Flavor is bright with a light sourness upfront followed immediately by a medium bitterness. It doesn’t have the complex yeasty flavors of a good Belgian blonde ale, so falls short a bit. Bracing, perky effervescence enhances the somewhat underwhelming flavor, but overall I’m disappointed with this one.
tcane7 (1345) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with diminishing, bubbly, white head. Nose of honey, apple juice, coriander, hay, booze. Medium body, well carbonated. Hot and spicy. Not for me