Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty aroma slight spice and must to it. Light cloudy golden yellow; with a large fluffy white head to it. Very pleasing malty sweet, slight citrus and spice flavour. Beautiful feel. Excellent beer.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour this beer gently, indeed. Out of the 750 ML bottle, it fills a glass with an enormous, rocky white head due to its bottle conditioning. There are some rather large bubbles and the head does melt away rather quickly with only scant lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a pale, golden yellow color. There is a complex aroma of yeast, light hops and citrus. The palate itself is light bodied and superbly refreshing, with a dry, bubbly champagne-like front end that quickly yields to lemon and grapefruit notes with a hint of hops and, perhaps, coriander. There is a slight, but not unpleasant, hint of alcohol in the short, dry finish.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours (in corsendonk glassware) a large, foamy head. Color is lightly golden. Initial aroma is of straw, grass, but difinitely gives way to a citrus, lemon-orange. Head quickly collapses to accept more beer in glass. Easily drinkable, hiding its alcohol content well. Has the taste of tree leaves with mixed citrus fruits leaving a definite hoppy (not happy, hoppy) ending. Very good for a blonde beer - will drink again. Digital air conditiner readout says 71 degrees. Beer sampled at 71 degrees, then.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance identical to the pic. Aroma was full of alcohol and citrus. The taste was a nice crisp mixture of citrus & hops. A very nice beer to have at any time but especially enjoyable in the hot summer.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate fruity nose and flavour. Some prominent alcohol notes in the beer are unpleasant. Very clean belgian.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy light golden color with a luscious creamy white head. Medium carbonation. Smelled mainly of pears and apricots, with a light hint of green apple.
Taste was of peaches, pears, golden raisons and banana with an overlay of candy sugar sweetness. No discernable hop or malt flavors. Reminded me of a lighter version of Duvel. Very pleasant.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A simple wonderful pale ale/trippel. Light clear beer with a soft noise. The first sip could be mistaken for an american micro, but the abbey flavors sneak up on you on the next sip.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat hazy golden color, good head and some lacing, full-bodied. Pear, grapefruit, pine, clove, mild cheese all detected in the aroma, complex. The fruity and spicy tones are subdued by a nice malt presence, vinous as well. Dry finish, lighty alcoholic with lingering fruitiness. While I'm more of a fan of the Abbey brown, this is still a very good beer.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crystal clear light gold color w/ very little head retention. Clove, wheat malt,and floral hop aromas pretty well evenly balanced w/ a slight fruitiness. Malty(wheat) and hop flavors from the start; also well balanced w/ a hopy flavored dry finish. The cloves aren't as apparent in the flavor as they were in the aroma. A little light citrusy fruit as well, but nothing complex or very outstanding. It has a dry m/f with some higher carbonation and a medium light body and slightly warming alcohol, but it's very well hidden. To me this was not a terribly complex tripel; better than a couple, not as good as most for the style given.
beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 One of the best Belgian pale ales. Nice golden color with a great looking head, second to only Duvel’s foamy top. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Smooth like a newborns bottom. RE-RATE (May 7, 2006): used to be one of my top beers to drink. Still enjoy this but not as terrific as I once thought it was. A little to lively for me. But still a fine brew.
I keep wanting to e-rate this on May, what a weird coincidence. So what I really love about this beer is the perfect use of banana esters in a lively yet easy drinking and full bodied Triple-like beer. There is just enough Belgian sweetness, banana esters and lively carbonation to offset each other.