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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
07.16.05 Tap at BCTC. Honey gold, lasting head. Aroma musty, leather, mineral; it’s primising. Orange and spice like sweet and sour sauce. Fabulous aroma, okay flavor, plain palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Spiced yeasty flavour with a terribly sweet base. Strange yet good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
On tap at Ommegang. Deep orange in color with a little head. Fruity yeasty aroma. Banana notes. Flavor is banana and has notes of coriander. Fruity tasting. Finish is hoppy and fruity. Decent beer. Drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 17, 2005
Draft at brewery: Served in a tulip. Poured a sparkling clear orange with a small white head. Light banana yeast aroma. Mild fruit in the taste-banana with some coriander. Sweet finish. Too sweet for me.

   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 (8492) - 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 (6159) - 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 (2544) - 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.

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