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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
docskalski (13) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2015
This beer seems to be one that is very palate specific. I love this, but my wife is not quite as keen. Pour: This beer pours a hazy golden with a really thin white head. The carbonation both here and on the palate is perhaps a bit less than I would like, but itís not a big sticking point for me. Nose: At the first introduction to the nose this reminded me of a yellow or orange colored fruit, such as peach with pineapple and a hint of cherimoya (which may be the banana esters coming through). It is a warm aroma, with a moderate amount of booziness as would be expected with a Tripel. The smell is predominately sweet; I would have preferred a bit more aroma hop, perhaps something like Kent Golding would do the trick. Tongue: The aroma of fruit carries through to the palate, but introduces quite a bit more complexity with flavors of traditionally risen bread on a background of delicately flavored noble hops which trail indistinguishably into long notes desserty alcohol and the light burn expected with a tripel. There is an undertone of acidity however which I find a bit odd. Mouth feel: This ale fills the mouth with a luxurious gelato quilt of silky and savory textures that enhance the favor profile which is only mildly complex, enriching the experience to a delightful play between taste and texture. Overall: Iím biased because this brew is reminiscent of another discontinued ale that I find exquisitely tailored to my palate, however I would contend that this is still a finely crafted tripel that will satisfy the palate of beer lovers, belgian beer lovers, and beer avoiders alike. I may use this as an introduction to beer for my friends who "donít like beer," as there is a beer for everyone IMO. There is definitely room for improvement, but I will certainly buy it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2616) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle. Golden orange hazy with long lasting head. Spicy fruity aroma with hints of honey and vanilla. Sweet honey and vanilla with some light peachy orange fruit and spicy finish that is very balanced sweet and dry. Medium full body soft and silky. heavier and more alcohol than I usually like in my tripels, but, damn, the aroma and flavor and texture and everything else are spot on. Guess Iím getting drunk tonight. Fuckin Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2012
22 oz bottle. Hazy orange/yellow pour. Creamy white head leaves a strong crown and film on top. Nose pof lemon, orange and light spice. Full bodied and a touch chewy. Carbonation is appropriately sharp, but not overpowering as other examples of the style can be. Mostly a sweet malt base, but touches of dry toast here and there. Lemon, orange, melon. Pepper and sharp spicy esters. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Alcohol is actually a bit subdued for the style, but does show up in appropriate amounts as it warms. Complex and deep, but quaffable. Just a really solidly made example of the style. Does everything a tripel should, and does it well. Nothing not to like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - 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 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Pours cloudy amber into a snifter with the scent of sweet malty bananas upfront. The taste is very floral. Very Belguim. Slight hoppy resin in there but the malty sweetness makes this a delicious delight. Balanced to perfection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13438) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4759) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Harpoon tulip glass The color is a bright yellow/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and has a great floral aroma that pops with a nice fruity nose. There is hints of apple peel, orange, and pear in the aroma with a touch of a Belgian character. The taste is a bit yeasty with a grainy flavor that pops with some sweet malty flavor. The juicy fruit flavor here is delicious as some apricot, and apple flavor mixes with a tease of white grape. A nice tangy bitterness comes in and melds with the sweetness and is like a double edged sword as the flavor splashes into a poke of bitterness at the end. The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a great drinkable feel that is a little dry but quite pleasing. It goes down easy and has some nice fruity esters that lingers only slightly after each sip.

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