phildorsey (150) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml Btl. Pours clear, golden crisp and frothy. The taste is great...citrus, strong lemon flavor and high in alcohol content. Taste is bitter, dry and clean. Great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
barn0216 (359) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden color, fluffy layer of foam on top. Fruity nose, fruity flavor, honey, yeast. Trying to be a duvel or something. It’s not.
bhensonb (10340) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from LetsPour.com. Pours translucent gold with a creamy/foamy off-white head. Aroma is fruity ester with a little spice. Med body. Flavor is bready with Belgian yeast spice. Arguably some banana ester. This is a rather "plain" tripel - which works really well. Finishes fruity/bready/dry with a little spice.
Ratman197 (9014) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of apple, pear, yeast, cookie, pineapple and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, light pineapple and light spice with a crisp dry lingering fruity finish.
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of bottle at the CO rare beer tasting 2012, hazy orange-yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bread, spices with some coriander, touch of fruit with pear, peach and grape notes, slightly funky smell as well. Taste is a mix of pear, cardboard, grape, some biscuit, bread and spice notes, finishing fairly sweet.
drjay44 (2479) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a huge, well retained white head, with extensive lacing, over a dark gold (SRM 6) body......nose is light citrus (orange, lemon), honey, hints of clove....taste is bitter and dry throughout, light citrus tones, hints of pepper, finishing with lingering spice bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, slightly astringent, alcohol warmth present, with fusel tones, carbonation high. This is not a good example of the style. It is overly bitter from either the yeast or the hops. It does not have the soft esters often found in the best and perhaps was brewed at too low a temperature, or over pitched. At any rate, something is off, and the aroma is the best of this beer. BJCP 6/3/11/3/6 Retasting 1/18/2013. This particular bottle was much more aromatic, flavorful and typical of the style. Total score in the 3.5-3.6 range, with BJCP 35-36.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Rackhouse Colorado Rare Beer Tasting. Pours a hazy golden yellow appearance with a white head. Somewhat bubbly, spicy yeasty, light banana, a bit citrusy flavor. Kind of toasty malty, spicy yeasty, lemon, a bit earthy flavor.
gnoff (7415) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from bottle at Rackhouse Pub, Denver CO, on October 10, 2012, during the event Colorado Rare Beer Tasting
Cloudy yellow color, white head. Phenolic scent. Spicy taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cereal), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of plastic and banana taffy.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Wow. I usually rate 2 or 3 beers of similar styles in a session so more meaningful comparisons can be made (compared to just my memory of something in the same vein). I happened to sample SN’s Ovila Golden (which is something in the same ballpark as a tripel) in this session, and even though it certainly falls short of world class, it’s a solid dry strong Belgian golden ale that completely outshines this poor beer in every way. Bristol has not been performing well in the past couple years, and this is one of the worst I have sampled. The aroma has a lot of plastic (the bad kind, we’re not talking about Orval-style sweet plastic odor, this is like vinyl or maybe kitchen garbage bags) and artificial candy. It’s overly sweet and syrupy in the mouth, but even worse the aftertaste is as equally unpleasant as the nose...the plastic comes back again, as you might expect, coating the tongue with a disturbing film. A complete drain pour.