hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from azwine 5/29/10.
hazy yellow gold with a soft white head.
it smells rather bland yet sweet... earthy yeasty stink, pale malt, dust, sweet grain and stale spice.
it tastes the same... too sweet. add in calcium and a lack of depth to get the flavor profile from the aroma.
sharp mouth feel yet sticky. 5/4/5/3/12/2.9
Frank (3224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had been looking forward for a chance to try this new (to me) Tripel for a couple weeks before I got a chance to get to it in my cellar so I was somewhat alarmed when it exploded unceremoniously over my countertop when I popped the cap. The beer remaining was cloudy orange golden in color and capped by a long lasting head of largish bubbles. The nose is quite spicy and bready. I am not really pulling cloves or anything specifically, just a general spicy warmth and a bit of banana-like juiciness. It is kind of nice but there is a bit of a metallic undertone that comes out more once tasted. The palate is kind of sticky and sluggish, oily and lacking the creamy carbonation that makes the best big Belgians great. Gushing aside, this is a pretty disappointing Belgian in general.
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle, hazy honey gold hue, with a white head, yeasty, fruity, old wet hay, cheesy nose, with some lemon,grapefruit peel esters, with a honeyed toasted, pale malt accent, and a hint of spiciness in the aroma follows thorugh on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth yeasty, honeyish pale, toasty malt character, with a light flowery hop leafy, citrusy lemon peel note with a faint coriander spicy accent, leading towards a warming, lingering hop citrusy bitterness finish.
superspak (3140) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 ounce bottle into chalice, bottle date of 5/2011 notched. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, and plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining a nice head. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, citrus, pepper, biscuit, banana, tart grains, and yeast spices. Decent aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of lemon, biscuit, clove, citrus, grass, apricot, tart grain, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of pepper, biscuit, citrus, tart grain, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. A little to grainy for my liking, but still well balanced. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel as expected for the style. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Smooth to drink for 9%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall a very solid and balanced tripel. A bit too much tart grainy breadiness, but I still enjoyed it.
Palidor19 (3036) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
lots of character, strong flavor with a flowering syrupy taste of malts and grainy after taste. while the palate is thin the beer is strong overall. great stuff.
alobar (2991) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy straw yellow pour with a soapy white head. Aroma of citrus fruit, bread and yeast. Tropical fruit flavor with bread, yeast, and spice. Nice beer.
Douberd (2971) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stubby bottle, 330 ml, at home. Poured into a new tulip glass since my girlfriend broke my old one and she is now forbidden of even touching my beer glasses. ABV 9%. 2.32€
Golden yellow colour on the body, only a tiny bit hazy. Two fingers of soapy, snow white head. Good retention and a couple of rings of lacing created on the glass as the foam went down.
Aroma is yeasty, with a mix smell of floral and fruity hops following. The high alcohol makes it smell at first like a cheap, high alcohol pilsner, but it becomes better as it warms up, with the fruity side shining a bit more.
Strong taste, with the alcohol very notable and in-your-face. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter though.
A bit more than average carbonation, medium body.
Good beer, it would be even better if the alcohol was somewhat hidden and the florar or fruity taste more up front. Personal opinion.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 Re-Rate 02/05/2011. 750 ML bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with white fizzy, soapy head. Aroma of some farm house funk, pepper and earthy hop profile. Flavor of malt, faint bubble gum, pepper, grain and small earthy & peppery hop finish. Mouth feel is medium body with high, fizzy carbonation. Overall, not bad at all...
keepersj12 (2843) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy white head. The aroma has a lot of fruit and a bit of funk. The flavor is fruity with a bit of pepper at the back. The finish is dry. OK but nothing special.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Cavie. Very light pour with a small white head. Aroma is spicy, banana, and a little alcohol. Taste is almost minty, banana, spice, grain, and honey.