argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(GABF05) Crystal clear straw body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, banana, some clove. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, some banana, clove. Some alcohol astringency, especially in the finish. Light-medium body.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 Lasting white ring covers a clear golden body. Yeast heavy aroma shows strong estery character, bringing obvious banana and pear notes. Fresh honeyed cereals proliferate on the palate while hay-like flavours never manage to dry the beer out. Instead, a weighty herbal character grows with every sip, in a intoxicating way combined with the high ethanol component. A very heady triple, perhaps a bit too hot for its own good. /////////// Now from the 750 mL bottle. Very very yeasty, but well-hopped, flowery and lemony tripel with strong banana esters and a gentle sourdough tartness. Authentic Belgian texture. Score would drop to 3.0
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I usually try to ignore what other people are writing but, since there was only one at the time, I had to look. I enjoy tripels but, this was just missed for me. I would really like to taste the beer that jahughey is talking about because I didn’t get it.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 This tripel is a thing of wonder. It is a brewpub ale, so obviously did not benefit from bottle re-fermentation as the classics do. But damned if you could tell it. Peachy/apple/ phenolic nose, superb balance of malt, phenols, hop, and alcohol on the palate. Ted says it is 11%, subtle alcohol resembles more like 7%. The single best brewpub beer I have ever had. Cancel all plans to find this place if you like Belgian- it’s that damned good.