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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (4536) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
22 oz bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a clear deep amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, yeast, fruity character, with some mild peppery spice. Mild citrus notes and I’m surprised that this was 10%. Unfortunately, it was just missing the character that I was hoping to see.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3087) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pour is a clear yellow with a very small white head. Very flat looking for a tripel. Aroma is a decent yeasty ester with lots of the clove and banana thing going on. Flavor is a big juicy fruit with some follow up honey and sugar. I liked the fruit blast you got at first but the heavy sugar kinda made this a bit cloying at the end. They were going in the right direction to make a good Belgian tripel but just went a bit to sweet with it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle (brewed by Ipswich). Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, malt syrup, grain), with notes of pear syrup, alcohol, applesauce. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Ugh, seriously? This is just plain bad, and I don’t know if it’s Ipswich that’s to blame or Cambridge’s recipe. I haven’t had a single good beer made at the Ipswich factory yet (between this and Kissmeyer and Clown Shoes and all the other places that inexplicably employ them), and some of the Cambridge samples I’ve had in the past (at GABF and other festivals) were usually better than this. In any event, this is a syrupy, sugary mess with absolutely nothing enticing about it. Very burning alcohol combined with the goopy, overly sweet flavor experience makes it virtually undrinkable. An absolute drain pour, and by no means a true tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (936) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Good. Much more flavorful than the Belgians make, I feel, with just as solid Belgian yeast flavor. Less carbonated than those from across the pond. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Mile High Denver. Pours a hazy golden orange appearance with a white head. Somewhat spicy yeasty (but definitely held well within check), light banana, citrusy, wheat aroma. Flavor is quite smooth and true to the style with notes of tangerines, lemon, banana, coriander, and black pepper. Nothing too fantastic but a decent offering for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bomber - cloudy dark gold - thick, frothy lace - nose of confectioners sugar, strong banana esters, pear, over ripe apples, juicy fruit gum - there are, however, some pleasant peppery phenols and a rustic, earthy/basement character, so not all bad so far - flavor is quite sweet, with strong banana up front - becomes very spicy through the middle, and a moderate bitterness and tartness develop to try to balance the sweetness - finish of rather messy phenols, strong spiciness, a lot of alcohol heat, a touch of white grape - messy, but not entirely unenjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
22oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Shared with local raters. Mostly clear orange color. Minimal off-white head. No lace sticks. Smooth, lightly soft lighter carbonation. Lightly sticky finish. Nice belgian yeast character, banana, spice. Taste is mostly sweet, has a bit of light alcohol warmth to it. Alright belgian tripel, not my favorite American example. Not the most complex nor well-integrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Complex sweet citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy citrus sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
pours medium dark golden with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. loads of golden candi and honey, spicy coriander - tad too much, sweet lightly toasted malts, fruitiness - oranges and peaches. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky with all that sweetness, herbal-floral-citrusy finish. meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
Botle (22 oz). Shared by czar, thanks! Hazy orange with a small persistent white head and some lacing. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, light peachy notes, cereals and alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet (a tad too much), malt, peach/citrus, light banana and light alcohol. Medium body. Low carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Aroma is interesting, but the taste is too sweet for the style. Decent.

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