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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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. Donít miss it!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pour is clear golden with no head. Aroma is on the sweet side with notes of molasses, caramel, apples. Flavor is similar but with some funk and hop citrus thrown in.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2836) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 9/05/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rejtable (1432) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from brewery, nearly 9 months old. Pours clear golden with a limited head and almost no lacing. Nose is sweet candi and dare I say peanut butter?? Fruity notes lead with candy, light plums, some yeast and a bit of a grassy bit in the end. Taste is light sweet light/medium bitter. Lightish body with a prickly carbonation and a medium dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bomber poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, yeast, pear, light pineapple and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, light pear and light spice with a smooth dry lingering straw finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Bright amber color with ivory head. Nice citrusy, Belgian spicy yeast, pils malt, candi sugar aromas. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Tangy citrus, spicy yeast flavors with earthy pale maltage, and a candi sugar sweetness to balance__tasty triple

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1891) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2014
22oz bomber from Whole Foods: This one pours a cloudy golden color. There was really no head on it, nor any lacing. The nose is nice. Some spices upfront, yeasty, bready and a hint of orange. The taste is good, despite the body being a hair thin. Wheat, yeast, spices, orange, bready. A fairly decent Tripel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods, Sacramento. Pours light amber with a transient white head and a floral fruity aroma. There is a medium-bodied pale malt flavor with lots of Belgian yeast ester and a harsh bitter finish that sticks around. Not a very good example of a tripel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5885) - 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 Iím surprised that this was 10%. Unfortunately, it was just missing the character that I was hoping to see.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3301) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6345) - 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 donít know if itís Ipswich thatís to blame or Cambridgeís recipe. I havenít 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 Iíve 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.


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