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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Also known as the "2000 Trippel".
We designed this beer to be Belgian in character including the addition of imported malt. It is beautifully golden in color with a complex fruit-like aroma and bubbly effervescence. The body is big and malty, while the hop profile is subdued. Since this beer is bottle conditioned, the flavors will develop over time. Be patient and let it age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - MAR 26, 2006
Had out a a 5 liter keg. Color was bright orange and had qute a bit of huge bubbled head. Aroma was excessively sweet with a bit of yeast showing through. Flavor was similar...too sweet...but there is a bit of nice play between fruit, bready yeas, and malt flavors as it warmed. The mouthfeel was a bit syrupy for my tastes. Still it is pretty cool to drink this out of a mini keg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 Sampled from a 5 liter keg can this beer poured a cloudy bright golden color with a medium sized soapy tan head. The aroma is sweet and yeasty with a noticeable table sugar element. The flavor is moderately sweet and sugary with golden fruits, banana and clove and a hint of a spicy undertone. The finish is a bit medicinal. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
On Tap @ Church Brew Works

2000 vintage. Hazy yellow, very small, fast dissipating white head. Aroma of wheat, fruits and hints of malt. Flavor of orange rinds, vanilla, berries, and corriander. Champagne like mouthfeel, light bodied, with a dry finish. As it warmed it brought out more of the sweet fruity flavors and I could pick up more of the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
5 L mini keg, courtesy of John Strelecki... Appears a slightly hazy gold with a 1 finger creamy white head that retains nicely. Scattered lacing left around the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Smell is of Belgian yeast, slight sourdough break, peaches, and fruit cocktail, with a touch of orange peel. Taste is of the same aromas. Mouthfeel is yeasty, bready, sweet, filling out the palate with low levels of carbonation. My suggestion...let it warm, it gets better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 RLB YEHA 05 courtesy of Dorwart. Pours a tr4aditional medium gold with a lot of haze. Aroma is of light banana and sour apple esters, and not too much spicy phenolics. Flavor is a bit yeasty , more fruity esters, bready malts and finishes a bit sour. Not the greatest American Trippel but not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2004 Bottle at Ricklikebeer’s YEHA ’05 thanks to Dorwart. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Spicy aroma of coriander, yeast and tart apples. Mildly sweet flavor of tart apples, coriander and some citrus. Not a bad beer, just kind of boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
22oz bottle. Poured a light to medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of yeast, fruits and light spices. Tasted fruity sweet (sweet apples), lightly spiced, and lemons. This was not a bad beer, just struck me as another US attempt at a Tripel that didn’t quite make it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle at the Yeha. Poured golden with an off-white head. Aroma of some cinnamon, cloves and lemon, though very passive. Taste follows delivering some ctirus fruit and alcohol, with a dry bland finish. Way too soft-spoken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2004
2004 Bottling, Sampled December 2004.
(A quick note, for those who are reading reviews below, the bottle says 2000 on it but this beer is in fact bottled in 2004, not in 2000 as people seem to think)

The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of banana being apparent as I pour this into my glass. The beer is a hazy copper-orange color and is topped by a full cream colored head. The aroma has herbal notes as well, but the banana seems to dominate, though it is in no way overpowering. As I stick my schnozz in a bit more I also get notes of lemon (almost in a sprite kind of way).

The taste is smooth and creamy up front, but finishes with a bit of sharpness. The banana is in the taste as well, it is in fact the dominant character of this beer, almost like this is an über Hefeweisen. There are also notes of lemon, a bit of grass/ hay, and ginger among other things. This beer has an astringent, sharp finish which I find typical of more complex Trippels. This beer perhaps has a bit more body than is typical (seems they have the typical American phobia to adding extra fermentables to a beer), but it is tasty, and I find the focus on the banana esters quite interesting.

This beer is an interesting interpretation of the style, and given the body of this I would think that this would age quite interestingly. Thank you Santa for delivering this early, tasty present to my stocking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Bottled in 2000, purchased on 11/11/2004. It’s a good thing that they held on to it and aged it - I wouldn’t have had the patience. Time in the cellar really paid off - this has a huge thick malty smooth palate - it just coats the mouth with sweet fruits and spices and still manages to stay dry at the finish. Bright hazy golden body, huge head, great lacing. Aroma is yeasty sweet fruits.

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