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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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. Don’t miss it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2005
On tap at the pub. Clear golden amber color, light head and lacing. Bright aroma of vanilla, cake, malt, hints of strawberries and other fruits, coriander. Medium body, sweet and fruity, slightly dry and bitter finish, soft carbonation. A pleasant and refreshing tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
Fruity, sweet, mead-like honey aroma. Clear golden tawny coloured body with low white head that diminishes to ring. Very sweet and honey-like flavour seems to have plenty of unfermented sugars. Yeast is very apparent along with a strong fruitiness. Flavours didn’t blend well for me. Medium body and somewhat watery in texture though also sticky and syrupy. A bit lifeless in the mouth. On tap at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #62. Sample at the brewpub. Oily amber with little foam...soft, yeasty, bananas and curacao in the aroma...too flat, dull in the mouthfeel, a bit syrupy...sweet baked apples with sweet doughy bread....a fair, but not exciting tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 My Bottom Line :
Alcohol, floral honey leading a plump body into cereals and herbal bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam sticks to the peachy golden mist.
-This is not as ester-y as Allagash’s Tripel Reserve, for example.
-Carbonation is lower than the average Tripel’s.
-Quiet finish.
-Alcohol is a bit too present for my tastes.
-The spiciness is not overdone, which I appreciate.

Bottle, and on tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Dark golden to orange colour. Limited white head unfortunately wastes that appealing body. Very perfumey fruit aroma (orange and banana esters) and strong bready yeastiness. Soft alcohol complements the floral hops adequately, but the overall intensity is rather restrained for a 9.5% beer. Palate is orangey, earthy with understated alcohol presence. It is a bit tripelish, but as many American examples, this really lacks dryness, it is very sweet, becoming unfinishable as it warms, syrupy even. The noble hops in use are mostly aromatics and insufficient. We’re left with a cerealic barley grain sweet mess. Medium bodied, syrupy as it warms, adequately strongly carbonated, which works well for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2537) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2005
On tap at brewery: What an interesting brew. Nice orange color, small layer of a head, medium carbonation. Wow nose, orange zests and very intense lavender nose. Yeast dough taste like sweet horse blanket. Mustard seed aftertaste. In the middle a very intense lavender taste - kind of offensive. Though I wasn’t too fancy about it I have to give this credit and I really want to try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash (532) - 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 (10840) - 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 (4058) - 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. Don’t 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. It’s 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. It’s not the drying out that bothers me, it’s 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.

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