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 (6364) - 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 (1094) - 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 (2716) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, 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.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful golden color (to be distinguished from the crappy golden colors found in American Standards) with a massive white head. The aroma started off with some interesting barnyard tones, later joined by some nice perfume and fruity (mostly pear) tones. The flavor was a great mix of pear, lemon, perfume, and hops. Nice bubbly feel, dry finish.
argo0 (11891) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden body topped by a quickly dissipating medium white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pear, some floral hops. Taste is hoppy and pear, moderately sweet. Medium-light body. Very pleasant beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Pours with a deep golden body topped by a thick white rocky head with a good amount of lace. Slightly sweet and citrusy (grapefruit and oranges) aroma with slight spicy notes and a touch of yeastiness. Slightly sweet and yeasty flavor with orangey notes and a touch of spicyness. Medium bodied and smooth.
freekyp (1561) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge rocky white head atop hazy light golden hued body. Flowery aroma. Slight hint of honey sits on back of tongue for most of swallow. Light, crisp mouthfeel yields a lightly hoppy finish. Easily a summer beer.