hopscotch (10657) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft… Hazy golden ale with little to no head. Fruity malts and esters; spicy hops and phenols. The flavor offers much the same. Medium to full-bodied and lightly syrupy with modest carbonation. Tilts meekly toward the sweet side, but mostly well-bittered and balanced, as a tripel should be. Bittersweet (more sweet than bitter), fruity finish.
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (undated, but found pretty dusty) Possibly an older bottle.
Pours a murky tan color, quite a bit of sediment ,with a fluffy white head. Effervescent like a champagne, and the aroma hints at the alcohol content. Sparkly apple aroma with some buttery warmth, coriander, and some yeast character. Boozy apple prevalent from my bottle. Crowd favorite at the closet cleaning I had.
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 750mL bottle. Kind of buttery nose. Honey and pilsner malts, mild yeasty character with light spicy hops. Not a typical tripel aroma but pleasant. A bit of alcohol. Medium golden amber clear with light particulates. Medium foamy white lacing head. Medium fizzy watery body. Starts sweet with pilsner malts, honey, spicy hop bitterness and alcoholic burn. Light watery taste but probably because of the high carbonation. In the style of a tripel though not spot on. Warming with a bitter hop finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OTH tasting 09/06/08 courtesy of Nelson. Pours very hazy yellow gold orange with white head. The aroma is banana, tart notes, fruity esters and hints of bubble gum. The taste seems to blend both grainy malts and banana together to go along with fruity esters, more banana and some mild bubble gum. Very nice. It is smooth and blended without any disruptive bright notes that seems to be common for many in this style.
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle: This was called the "2000 Trippel". The bottle was undated, but probably from 2004 or 2005. This one pours a very cloudy, dark golden color. Mine had a very small head on it that dropped away rather quickly and left almost no lacing. The aroma is a bit lighter than I would have expected, but still nice. Bananas, yeast, breadiness as well as some spices to the nose. The taste is somewhat bready, with some banana, citrus, pepper and clove. Not bad at all.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a yellow amber body with a 4 finger high head which quickly disipates to a lacing. Aroma and flavor of sweet malts, spices, belgian yeast, fruit and citrus. Finishes dry.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy straw body with a rich white head. Smells yeasty and bready with hints of wheat, banana and spices. Spicy bready taste with clove and pepper notes. Tasty!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, 2006 vintage, courtesy of pjweaver (my bro!). Thanks, Phil! Despite Phil’s encouraging words, I wasn’t expecting a ton out of this beer... I’m a fool. Pours a bold, clear tarnished-orange / copper color; fizzy off-white head with medium-bubbled lacing. Honey, pan-fried bananas, brown sugar and a very pleasant yeast character in the aroma; definitely odd, and definitely good; minimal oxidation, with just a touch of caramel. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of chewy bananas, honey graham crackers and sweet honey, a touch of cloves to balance things out (hardly cloying); just from the high carbonation and touch of alcohol showing (though minimal), this seems like it would have been a bit off-putting in its early years; after 7+ years of age behind it, there’s nothing off-putting about it: drinkable, chewy maltiness without residual sugar or cloying sweetness; pleasantly drinkable and very generous beer; a bit of citrus and lime-infused hops showing through still. Medium finish: bread, doughiness, honey, and some fried bananas; just a touch of sweetness left at the end.
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An awesome tripel. I was skeptical about this beer as CBW is hit or miss but man was this delicious. Aroma of bubblegum and a hint of yeast. Pour was a beautiful light gold with a nice 2 finger white head. Taste was incredibly drinkable for 9%. Light fruit (banana mostly), clove, honey and spices. Could barely taste alcohol. Perfect carbonation. I will get this again.
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice brew, 9% on tap 13% from the bottle, and you can get minikegs of it. nice sweet aroma, body is a bit thick, well balanced with a presence of spice and some fruit sweetness.