TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange color, good creamy off-white head. Lemony, even hand soapy aroma. Medium-bodied. Bubblegummy, lemony. Maybe hints of coriander. Quite alcoholic tripel. Long lingering spicey bitterness.
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask gravity at the Butcher’s Arms, Herne. Hazy copper colour, thin off white head. Definite Belgian yeast. That’s amazing. Hops are so good. It’s like an Eglish DIPA made with a Belgian yeast. Some rose petal. Hops really bite in on the finsih ripping at the tongue. But not stupidly aggressive. The right side of huge hops. Bit of ripe mased banana and hops on aroma, touch of earthiness in mouth. Big hop on finsih. Still can’t taste the alcohol. One of the most surprising jaw dropping UK beers I’ve had.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Rake, 25th Aug 2010. Hazy orange with a tiny bit of white head. Really hoppy! Nose has honey, cloves and cinnamon. Lovely orange marmalade taste with resin coming through on the finish. Coats the mouth but the alcohol is well hidden. Very different from a Belgian Tripel but extremely moreish.
tobydarling (31) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask conditioned at the Cambridge Blue. Having had a hlaf of this at Cask Pimlico, I thought I knew what to expect. Sure the same amber liquid, with soft white head. What I didn’t get before was the hops. Hops. Everywhere. Sure the nose said ’tripel’ but there was hints of just a bit more. And then it hits - the sweetness you were excpecting has mellowed to the background and what you’re drinking could best be described as a stylish and refined hop monster. I’d put this up against brewdog hardcore. Probably the best beer I’ve had this year.
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask på Wenlock Arms, Hoxton 29 Sep 10. Lys brun. Uklar. Litt luftig skum. Søt, krydret aroma. Smaken er grapefrukt. Tørr, bitter, uvariert. Tungdrikkelig. Vårt siste øl på Wenlock Arms? Ting som tyder på det. Litt trist.
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Low, frothy head to a near-clear, golden brown. Spotty lacing. Inviting aroma of fruity hops. Dry hopped taste sustained by toffee notes. Solid bittersweet ending lingering all the way back to Arriva. Nice but rather heavy to drink. Half, cask ale in perfect condition at Wenlock Arms, London 29 Sep 10.
imdownthepub (13233) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at The Royal Oak, Wantage. Opaque amber with slight head. Heady, flowery and perfumed, there is a big alcohol burn from this, no real smoothness you would expect with a Tripel, this just blasts away at the palate. Not to my taste.
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 13/10/10. Deep yet hazy gold in colour with a slight white head. Sweet, yeasty aroma with some caramel, apricots and citrus hops. Flavour had plenty of sweetness, Belgian yeast character and grains, with a hoppy dry finish accompanied by some alcohol warmth. Very good.
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at CPK, London. Pours hazy gold with a modest, white head. Boozy aroma with lots of sugar. Sweet flavor with more booze, only faint hints of bubble gum and yeast. Medium bodied with average carbonation and warmth. Finishes sweet, with light fruits and bitterness. Decent.
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki) I was a bit suspicious about this. An abbey triple brewed in England and served as a cask ale is nothing common. When the beer poured it lookd a bit like a tripel would. Also its aroma was quite matching: there was honey, fruitiness, caramell and hops. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation as expected. The taste was unfotrunately disappointing. All the fruity and honeyish components were quickly drowned by dominating bitterness that lasted long. So, the beer was an interesting experiment and I hope to have a chance to taste more experiment from Dark Start but I really would like them to be more balanced.