Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not what I expected from a good trapist, wonderful aroma noting of fig and plum and raisn hops, great complexity very carbonated. Not one to buy all the time but a good brew.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 nose is fruity with yeast and banana. quite nicely round in the mouth, very light bitterness in the finish, leaves a taste of banana.
kwik-lime (1373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not overly impressed by this Chimay one. The aroma is absolutely wonderful, strong plums and raisin mixed with equal quantities of hops and malt. From there it goes downhill though, appearance is orangey with a gassy head. I didnít really taste much complexity or interest at all in this one, just an overly carbonated mouthful and pleasantly bitter hops with a sweet aftertaste. A perfectly nice beer but none of the complexities or cacophony of tastes that you come to expect from trappists.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fizzy, cloudy pour. Complex, hoppy aroma and the taste of hops and black licorice. Highly flavored on top of the normal hops and malt, a very nice but intense brew.
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a Hazy copper, thicker head with some lacing. Aroma is both hops and malts, the first Iíve encountered both from this brewery in the bouquet. Flavor is less complex than my other experiences with the style. This one comes across as sweet, has the requisite full body and very strong malty flavor, as well as a nice bitterness, but the alcohol wears out its welcome in the flavor. It covers up so much, that Iím missing much of the spice and fruit that I expect in this style. I catch a little banana and clove right at the end, but thatís all. While it may in fact be a Tripple, itís missing most of the best things about the style.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a giant foamy head and beautiful lacing. Aroma is estery and honey-ish with notes of gingerbread. Mouthfeel is carbonation, then some more carbonation. There is still some complexity although I notice a reduction in that department since the mid 1990ís. Agressive bitterness is still a quaility as is the long and dry aftertaste of bitter orange. Not the champ it once was, but still better than most.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle by the barman at Galbraiths (and a great pour it was too). Amber colour with a big full head. Sweet malty aroma, also wheaty. Taste a winey sourness I often find with these types of beers (maybe tart is a better description). Quite spicy as well. Enjoyable, though I found I enjoyed these beers better from the tap when I was in Belgium.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 21/02/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Batch LAK-565, BB 12/2006.
Pours a bright orange gold. Appears effervescent with a huge ballooning off-white head that shrinks to a pillowy, pocketed, creamy appearance. Appearance becomes murky as the yeast dregs roll in. Lacing is thick and long lasting.
Nose is spicey and spritzy - you can feel the carbonation in your nostrils! Some hints of breadiness.
Flavour is peppery sweet, slightly winey and definitely yeasty; and is delivered in a light but soft mouthfeel that carries millions of tight tiny bubbles.
Palate, which is left warm from high alcohol, has hints of bitter orange, spices and wine. Very different from my last abbey tripel, Tripel Karmeliet, this one is a lot harsher.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally get around to rating this one. In the past I was unimpressed with drafts served at Monks. This rating is for the small bottle (with dinner at Azure). Benchmark tripel: richer and fuller body than Golden Monkey and Fin du Monde; lighter on the spice; and malt, yeast, hop and spice flavors are all much mellower and blended than GM and FdM.
Lubiere (10451) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden ale with discrete floaties and a thcik luscious white head. Nose of coriander and yeas, with a touch of alcohol. Sweet yet in a restrained fashion, with hops domineering quite well over malt, lingering coriander, bitter oranges, creamy in outh and complex. A classic. Santť aux voyageurs des papilles!