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RATINGS: 631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Why is the Grim Reaper holding a mailbox? Well, that mailbox is from a dead Dark Horse beer. The Grim Reaper better know as "Death" was quite fond of our classic Sapient Summer Wheat Ale. When we changed it into a Belgian Style Triple, Death thought it would only be appropriate to bring something from that beer into this beer. So he picked the mailbox, and we werenít about to argue with him. You can say what you want about him, but that Death sure has a big heart. So anyway...we brewed this beer with a Trappist yeast strain so it is very traditional. The flavors are incredibly complex with notes of mild fruit and finishes with a bit of clove. Although this beer is higher in alcohol it is very smooth and finishes dry on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Got a lot of lemon and yeast in the aroma.Pours a very light copper with a medium off white head.Got some slight spice,lemon grass and yeast in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a honey/lemon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Nothing much in common with real tripels...but very good in and of itself. Big fruity/yeasty profile in both nose and flavor. There is a very strong apple cider thing going on here, too. Big ABV is virtually invisible. The malty sweetness anchors the whole thing. But there really is ZERO hop presence here...which I think is where they stray from style. But I love these guys anyway...and Iíll be stopping by again very soon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle from Dark Horse. Sweet & fruity smell while pouring. Starts out light, but darkens in my snifter to a darker pils color with a Bellís-like crowd of floaties. Refreshing sourness, more Berliner than brett, touch of white wine driness. An excellent drink. Donít know that itíd stand well next to a real Trappist Ale, but this is something I could drink every day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3026) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle from Sprinkle. Pours a very hazy straw color with some hints of orange. Slightly sweet grainy aroma. Nice scent of yeast somewhat like a hefe. Slightly sweet and spicy yeasty flavors of front, bit of grain. Finish is a little sweet at first and finishes slightly bitter with some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a hazy straw golden amber, topped by a good inch of soft white foam. Very good head retention, lacing is no big deal. A little sweet bread dough in the aroma. Very sweet beer up front with lots of caramel and honey. It also has some sweet breadiness, vanilla, cork, and a fruity spiced-apple character to it. Medium full body, gentle carbonation. A bit of a warming alcohol kicker in the finish, and a bit more in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle. Yellow orange pour with no real head to speak of. Aroma ofyeast, orange zest, a bit of coconut, and banana. Flavors of Candied fruit, light malt, yeast and orange zest. Kind of a syrupy body...small amount of carbonation and finishes sweet. Not bad, but it really missed some elements that wouldíve made it better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
Cloudy golden pour with a ting of white lace on top of it. Very appealing aroma of yeast and citrus. The flavor is good, the yeast and citrus complement each other. The texture is dry and powedery while the body is light and the carbonation is gentle. A good, well-done tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle: Yellow gold with a white head. Aroma, light fruits, some yeast, bananas. Flavor, light bready malts, yeasty. A medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing I would seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle... Lightly hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Breadsy, fruity aroma with esters of pear, apple and orange peel and clove phenols. Sweet, fruity flavor thatís light on the spice. Yeasty and lightly bitter. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, fruity finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2006 bottle consumed on 11/3/06
Even with a vigorous pour, itís difficult to yield much head. Perhaps a half-finger in height, old-beige colored and rapidly fizzling to a ring. Glassy, brass-golden body has some light peach and lemon tints. Clarity is medium-high to high, with a very small amount of sediment left in the bottle. Bubbles rise listlessly in the liquid, little/no lacing is created.
Very warming, sharp and pungent nose displays very high fermentation temps (or whatever it is, something is generating very apparent, sharp, dry, peach, banana and nectarine esters, with plenty of raw alcohol). Clove and pepper phenols are apparent as well, though they begin to dissolve in to a sweet, candi sugar-meets thick honey blanket of sugariness. Either the hops are rather dusty/old smelling and something like saaz or there is a definite note of light veggies created by the yeast. One canít be sure. The more it warms, the more the alcohol warms and the fruitiness runs rampant. Too much musty/spoiled veggie-like flavor on the very end, very meaty-like.
The flavor is both highly sweet but yet staunchly alcoholic and sharp on the end. Very little cohesion between the malt, alcohol and esters. Sugar additions seem rather apparent and add heat without body, allowing the beer to thin out on the end and become messy with sharp, somewhat acidic notes of esters and alcohol. Carbonation is too low, as well, or perhaps more accurately, too loose. Not engaging and tight at all, allowing too much sweetness up front and wateriness on the end. Bit of meatiness on the end, perhaps vegetal in nature. Alcoholic, overly estery/phenolic, too much residual sugar. It really strikes me as being not properly lagered, though itís hard to believe that Dark Horse would be guilty of that. Whatever the case, there are compound problems.

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