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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
The Lure:
Pineapple yeast esters rise from the quickly fading head. Orange soda sweetness amidst the tropical fruit salad. Most of what is perceivable seems to come from the yeast.

The Festivities:
Spritzy bubbles pierce the sticky fruity sweetness of pineapples and peaches. Orange soda is emboldened by some honeyed malts, as doughy yeast lays a dessert-y foundation. Some alcohol heat lingering on the tongue. Not too complex, but a vibrant arrangement of flavors nonetheless.

Youth impersonating the wise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Rediculously large head. Large bubbles. Reduces slowly. Some black specks in there. Not sure what they are or where they came from. Typical belgian aroma. Yeast, spices, bit of fruit. Yummy. Bit of some boiled vegetable. Color is a hazy golden orange. OOOHHH. Very good flavor. Pretty light and potent. Nice alcohol warming. More fruit, and spices. Finishes creamy. Little coating and very, very soft at the finish. A pretty darn good triple.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Man, I thought this beer was much better than the ratings suggest. Dont know what went wrong for others or right for me. Hazy sunflower color with copious white frothy head. Oh so good looking. Aroma is abundant yeast notes with an ever present fruity character that tickles the nose. Cant wait to sip this beer. Taste is very complex and balanced. Fruity sweetness to start, which is rounded out by spicy yeast, clove, and vanilla. A bit of mellow malt pokes through, and finishes with a nice lemon tartness. I love this beer. My tastebuds were numbed for a few hours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Thanx to BBB63 for this one. Hazy glowing yellow that is not visible through. Small patches of foam are formed but weren’t able to create a whole head. Aroma is clean and fruity with a notice of yeast to the nose. The flavor is a big concept to grasp, espeically after my tastebuds have been kept well reserved for a few hours for this tasting. Description of this tripel are the following: spice, pepper, yeast, apple, banana, clove, and alcohol. Decent tripel ale in all respect, however, it falls a little short from my standards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Tap at Darkhorse: Dark honey with little head dissipating quickly. banana, clove, lavender hit you at first with the alch. kick on the way down. Excellent mouth feel, thick like a tripple should be. An excellent summer beer, highly reccomended.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (4796) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Somewhat bland. Not exactlyh a tripple. Some taste of banana. I felt a little suckered after buying it; Crooked Tree is better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Light hazy color with a big foam head. If I did not know I would think it was imported from Belgium. Bananas and a little pepper gives it a nice pop. A little to sweet.

   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 (11901) - 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.

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