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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 weren’t 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark yellow color with white fizzy head. Lots of sediment and bubbles flow throughout the beer. Nose is fruity and full. Lots of juicy fruits like mango, tangerine, peach. Taste is very full and juicy as well. Mango and oranges with some lemon sourness.There hints of yeast and malt mixed well through out. Could be a bit m ore balance because the fruit aspect is the big up front main attraction. A little more complexity would also be nice. Great bitterness in the end, and an overall good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11358) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Draft at Michigan Brewers Festival. Hazy golden hue with a medium head that diminished quickly. Medium fruity sweet aroma. Medium body with fruit texture. Full flavor of fruit and spice with a small alcohol bite at finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rpostma2 (2) - Hudsonville, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2005 does not count
Carbonation has sharp edges, not as smooth a mouth-feel as a Belgian trippel ought to be. Carbonation obscures a very profound flavor. The overall taste and finish is creamy and fruity. A very good beer for the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Cloudy yellow, fizzy looking beer. Didn’t detect much of a nose. Most of the flavors coming through were a light fruit variety: grape, pear, apple, banana. Some spices, and a bit of alcohol thrown in. Needed to have a much fuller flavor and rounder mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Dusty pale cloudy gold with orange and a full tight white head. Aroma is more sweet than I expected. Also wheat and a solid yeast presence in addition to an expected bananna aroma. Very sweet, and quite sharp. Sweetness, yeast, and alcohol presence give a very lpesant floral flavor that has a great tangy finish. Yeast and wheat sit beneath the stronger alcohol and sweet malts. Very nice complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2005
12 oz. bottle: Hazier golden in color with a massive white retaining head and thick lacing. Aromas were heavy bananas and sweet fruits, lots of sugar. Flavor was yeast/dough and a bland sweetness. Had a thicker mouthfeel and finishes the way it started.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
On tap at the brewery. Cloudy pale gold with a receding tan head. Perfect aroma: dried banana chips, vanilla, cloves and seductive pepper. Damn, this brewery is fantastic! Creamy banana flavor with a quick pinch of lemon juice. Smooth vanilla stretches the well-executed palate experience. Has all the essential tripel characteristics with a masked ABV content and a perfect candi sugar sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2005
not bad at all...a decent cloudy yellow appearance with much head...aroma of spices and light fruits, similar with taste...although flavor is much more amped with such flavors (banana is distinct)....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle: Dirty yellow, very cloudy, small white fizzy head, spotty lacing, yeasty bits reside at the bottom of the glass.   Some banana, clove, definite heat, bready, and suntan lotion on the nose.   Bready start, some of the aformentioned banana and clove, but none of the floral/spicy aspect you might expect.   Medium bodied, medium mouthfeel.   Yeasty/bready finish, cloves, some banana.   A rather odd duck for being a Tripel, not very crisp or clean, the fruity floralness found in most tripels is not there, but interesting nonetheless.   Decent, but far enough off style to make me go Hmmmm....   Thanks Mike!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Rerate: Much smoother and better depth than I wrote below. Still a tad too sweet but this seems a lot more traditional. The yeast it much more a player and gives it a abbey trippel taste and feel. An increase overall from 3.2 to the new score of 3.6

Bottle: Pours to a deep amber hue with very small floaties topped by a fading fizzy head and little lace. The aroma has notes of smoked and biscuity malt, honey, apple, banana, earthy yeast esters, and clove. Yes, I get that meaty nose other have noted as well. The taste starts sort of sugary candi sweet with major banana and pear tones and a bit of pepper and clove to finish it off. The alcohol is noticeable and provides a sharp warming sensation. Yep, the aftertaste even comes off a bit meaty and smoky. A good beer but lacks the depth to be considered much more than a one-time try. Like MJames says, seems like a homebrew attempt at a tripel.

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