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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 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 (6300) - 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 (6346) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2005
12 oz bottle. Thanks Hopdog. Golden and clear in color with a white head. Aroma is not pleasant, smells like roast beef. Flavor is malty. Decent flavor. Banana and clove notes. Slight alcohol character. Finish is malty. Drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2005
12 oz bottle-Thanks Hopdog! Golden, clear, nice white head. Cold Cuts aroma-Liver wurst, bologna, salami, you name it. Slight alcohol. Smooth malty flavors, with nice banana cove notes, almost weiss beer like. Slight alcohol. Malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
12oz - Nice aroma of sweet banana and yeast. Hazy golden color with a medium head that stuck around and left some lacing. Flavor is a bit weak considering the aroma. Sweet candy sugar yeast with banana undertones. Sticky palate that does not match the taste or style. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Tap: golden with decent white head that fades to a ring of bubbles. Yeasty banana aroma, almost wheat-like, with lots of candy sugar. Initial flavor is all banana, that turns to straight sugar, very quickly. Candy sugar aftertaste. A little less sweetness would go a long way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2757) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2005
12 fl. oz brown bottle, from heemer77. Poured a cloudy honeyish gold colour, lots of yeast partiucles.Head fluffs up big at first hen settles to a finely bubbled foam. Banana and citrus in the nose, sweetish. Honeyish flavours, fruity with some more banana, some light yeast, wheat, alcohol is well restrained.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Dark gold with no head. The aroma is honey with some peanuts. There is also some bananas and nutmeg. The taste is bananas with some nutmeg and slight biscuit. This is fairly nice, but not a great triple.

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