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Arriving in time to greet the new year is our deceptively efficacious Belgian strong ale. Golden-straw color, effervescent condition, and commingling flavors and aromas of curacao orange, coriander, yeasty fruit esters and phenols, a subtle malt base, and a warming, slightly hoppy finish. Served proudly in its own tulip-shaped glass, this perennial was the first Belgian-style beer produced in American craft-brewing history according to the beer Hunter, Michael Jackson. Donít miss it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Yellow in color with little head. Sweet smell and taste. I was still on my triple quest at GABF and this one was a good find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 Tap at Cooperstown Belgian Ale Fest August 2004. Golden ale with a light coriander aroma . Intense sugar and hops covering the alcohol. Excellent rich bodied ale. 7-4-8-4-16
Golden ale with a thin white head. Light coriander aroma with light butterscotch. In mouth, a light coriander with buttery malt and light peppery notes. Tap at BCTC 2006. 7-3-8-3-14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 2004 draught @ Redbones. Good rusty yellowish-orange, light haziness with no head. Aroma of peaches, oranges, sweet malt (almost caramelly) with a dry dusty yeast and alcohol. Donít notice the oak in the nose, but it sure is apparent on the finish. It starts out big and pulpy, like plenty of fresh peaches, apricots and bananas mixed together with some strong belgian yeast. Sharp notes of alcohol and a bit of sourness as well from the yeast. Itís going well and then you get a big shot of oak on the finish, which I am not a big fan of in trippels. Allow me to elaborate. As this beer starts sweet up front you get accustomed to a nice amount of malt. Then it takes it away from you and dries out immensely. Itís not the drying out that bothers me, itís the fact that oak is a strong flavor for a delicate style. It gives it a harsh tone, with very sharp and powerfully dominant notes. I will give them credit for only giving it enough oak to show up on the finish; that alone wouldnt be a problem, I suppose, just not my thing. But then, after the oak, is an intense sour, sharp and hugely alcoholic flavor which makes me cringe and shudder. WAY Too much alcohol apparency coming right after the powerfully dry oak. Having said all that, the Dulle Teve Reserva should be very interesting. . . . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Tap at Cooperstown. Yellow with a white head. Bubblegum aroma and flavor. Spicy. Some malt. OK brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a hazy orange color, carbonation and small white head. Smell is of spice/banana/citrus/clove/yeast. Taste is all of the above, full bodied and finishes sweet. Overall Tripels are becoming a favorite of mine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Art of Beer í04: Golden yellow/orange. Aroma is of spicy fruit with banana and yeast. This beer is very refreshing and just a little sweet. It has a great flavor, but I think itís a bit over carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Deep golden, hazy orange in color with a small white lacing around the edges.Aroma of banana,clove,bvanilla,fruit,alcohol,malty,spice maybe pepper).Great yeast charcater, with a touch of sweetness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2004
On tap at the brewpub: Cloudy orange/yellow color, with a small bubbled stable head. Banana acohol and a bready yeast character make for a great aroma. Full bodied and ends sweet with a long aftertaste. Very fresh tasting.

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