Rastacouere (6153) - 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.