BBB63 (6442) - 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 (1095) - 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 (2830) - 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 (12111) - 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 (1634) - 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.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2003 Pale golden in color(hazy) with a large frothy white head. Slighly hoppy aroma with notes of fruit and clove. Light and refreshing with some hops in the finish.
RichardGretton (4420) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pale Belgian style blonde beer, with a semi-fruity nose. Malted lightly hopped flavour , with a slighy citric edge. A good beer but not as complex as most Belgian ales.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Hazy golden with a rich head. Sweet malty with doughy touch. Spicy yeast. Nothing special.