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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2004 Dull golden. Bright white foam leaves behind thick, lacy rings. Tight esters, candy sugar, honeyed malt, and juicy hop aroma. Dried bananas, doughy yeast, and soft phenols underneath. Soft and creamy on the tongue. Moderately sweet candy sugar flavors unite with white grapes and juicy hops. Tolerable spicy alcohol. Firm malt husk edged texture is continually shaped by the soft texture and doughy malts. Phenols and quick apple acidity taper the sweetness while perfumey esters and flowery hops spring forth. Tasty notes of heavy cream and dried bananas fuse with peppery yeast and powdery pale malts. Candy sugar sweetness and the slight alcohol kick never become overbearing, even as it reaches room temp. Full, moist finish with subtle phenols firming up the body alongside juicy hops and dabs of pale malt flavors. Late flash of peppery alcohol revives the flavorsome noble hops, cuts the sweetness, and imparts a dash of dryness. Nice stab at a moderately hoppy, slightly sweet, less dry Tripel, ala Great Lakes Anniversary, with a very pleasant (less fruity than it is peppery and dry) strain of yeast. Nothing fancy, just solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1704) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Pours cloudy yellow/gold. Aromas of yeast, banana, and spice. Taste is banana, yeast, and bubblegum. Sweeter than expected. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Cloudy golden is color with a medium sized white head. Nice yeasty aroma with hints of spice. Taste is very sweet, perhaps a bit too much so with hints of pineapple,banana,and coriander. Still overall a pretty solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Small frothy white had, clear pale orange body. Has a "witbier-like" quality to the aroma.... a belgian banana thing with some corriander. Taste is a sweet peppery banana with a lingering sweetness overall. I don’t like the sweetness... seems like its too much or artificial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Another Silphium score. Bottle. Sweet and yeasty with a yellow-bronze cloudiness. Well balanced yeast and malt. Very butterscotch and vanilla. Alcohol is prominent and very warming but not too acrid. Strong, complex flavors and aromas and ample head. A hint of apple and pumpkin spice. A classy beer from a very interesting brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Pint at the brewpub. Damn, served in a pint. Could get seriously drunk on this, delicious as it was; hazy light golden, huge banana-creme nose with a touch of caramel. Bananas, light pepper and a touch of rum in the flavor; very sweet, a bit syrupy, but quite drinkable for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Pours cloudy peach, with plenty of yeast "floaties" and a thin off-white head. Strange potently yeasty aroma- I believe nail-polish remover comes to mind. Yeast also dominated the flavor, with bubblegum, circus peanuts (artificial banana), clove, and nail-polish remover. The base has candy-like sweetness (light fruit) and is crackery. Kind of a "dirty" example but unique nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2004
#99 thought I would finish with 2 mich. beers. pourd cloudy yellow gold with a med size head. aroma citrus, yeast some sweetness, fruity.flavor fruity sweet like pineapple and hints of orange.I would buy again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtw (1087) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2004
a reasonably good impression of a tripel. yeasty bready fruity aroma, and a hazy light cold color. a little too much bite, and too much alcohol presence to counteract the soft spices and esters of the beer’s backbone. not bad overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Pours a orangish gold with a very thin off white head. Sweet aroma with some orange candy notes. Spicy and smooth in the mouth with light hops and coriander.

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