chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden colour. Big initial head. Fragrant, fruity hop aroma. Apples and bitter oranges on the palate, with some underlying sweetness. Quite light bodied. Crisp, clean finish - slightly bittersweet. To me, more reminiscent of Duvel than an authentic tripel, but an agreeable beer nonetheless. Eminently drinkable and keeps the alcohol level rather well disguised. According to Tim Webb, the Cosendonk Pater is brewed by Van Steenberghe, but the Agnus is brewed by Bosq (or was when the book was published). Bottled, Aux Vieux Bon Temps, Brussels, September 2003.
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. corked and caged brown bottle. $5.99 each at World Market in Alexandria, Va. Bottled on 10/16/02. Sampled today.
Poured out a bright pale golden color, only a shade or two darker than Bud. Bright, white, foamy head, much like whipped egg whites. It has some darker yeast in the head. Slight chill haze also.
Aromas are of yeasty bread, sweet hay, and slightly acidic malts. Not much in the hops aromas or flavors. Earthy, slightly sour taste, along with the classic Belgian yeast taste as well. Slick mouthfeel, slides down easily. This beer hides it's alcohol taste very well, but not it's effect. This beer will hit you fast and hard.
Finishes sweet, but not cloying. A really decent triple beer overall.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Golden color with orange tint and a big fluffy white head. Aroma is of flowery citrus. This beer has a nice refreshing crispness with sweet citrus and a dry finish. Excellent.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice golden color. A delicate light fruity aroma, very inviting. As is the taste, dry complex. Fruity, malt character and spicy hops. Finishes clean and refreshing. Has almost a champagne factor to it, so it fit very well on New Years eve.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep golden color with a nice white head. The taste is slight bitter but wellbalanced. Notes of citrus and yeast.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small bottle. Pale golden, medium quick dissipating head. Sweet yeasty orangepeel nose, pungent pininess in the mouth, full but quick finish. Good, but nothing special.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too much hop nose, mostly spice. Dry flavor with more of a belgian spicy taste to it. Nice golden color. Not bad, not great.
Suttree (5540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy yellow, large, sturdy white head. Initial aroma is citrus and some woodsy mustiness, and this is afairly apt description on the flavor as well. Add in some peppery bitterness and slight graininess to the finish. I also think that "donk" is my favorite syllable in a beer name, and If I ever own a donkey, I'm gonna name him "Corsen".
imdownthepub (11375) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Conditioned. Golden brown with large foamy head. Highly perfumed, piney nose with a grating background peel flavour. Bread notes.
SilkTork (5406) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dirty pale colour with an upside down drizzle and soft foam on top. I can't think of any reason why anyone thinks that it looks attractive. But each to their own. Smells like a wheat beer. I suspect there is wheat in here somewhere, which would account for the big head and long head retention. Initial crispness is quickly over taken by a sweet stickiness then by the alcohol. Some wheat beer spice in the finish. Belgian yeast evident throughout. Despite all my grumbling I enjoyed this brew. Finished it quite quickly as well.