JimGorePFTN (8) - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle acquired through Brussels distributor via direct-to-home shipment. Hazy, light amber w/ moderate head which quickly dissipated. Nose of butterscotch, citrus, and fruit. Taste dominated by butterscotch with underlying fruity notes. Warm alcohol finish with a bit of lingering citric tartness. As this is my first "Mad Bitch", I don’t know if the diacityl effect was an intended flavor profile, or if my bottle is an aberration. I enjoyed the beer, but am bothered by the uncertainty over whether this was a true representation of one of the world’s great tripels. I suspect it was not. It certainly was not a "97", at any rate.
Jabic (349) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar: Grainy pils malt, peach and orange rind - hay, mineral water.
Ap: Slightly hazy orange - huge off-white head with excellent retention - bloomy and airy head, with chunky lacing along the sides.
T: Peach and tart orange - medium-low sweetness - lean, mineral water - hay, some refined lemon-lime - herbal hop flavor, medium-high bitterness.
P: Light body with high, fully carbonation - finish is very dry.
O: An wonderful tripel - dry, fruity, and herbal - marked minerality and hay, very rustic.
Pyrmir (2419) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle shared with the metallurgist. Golden yellow with white head. Aroma mainly of Belgian yeast, candy, bananas and other esters, but the yeast dominates. Taste is powerful and pleasant, malt, yeast and esters in a nice balance.
pilgrimoutlaw (641) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at TJs. Pours a cloudy copper with white head. Aromas of light fruit, basement, orange, bread, cloves. Very sweet like most beers from De Dulle. Lightly bitter. Full, sticky body.
tmongoose (928) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft taster. bright yellow color with white head. the aroma of Belgian yeast, candies, bananas, esters, brilliant on the nose. strong yet subtle the flavor was more of the same and ever so smooth and wonderful. the Belgian flavors comes through in the medium bodied beer. another one for the top list. so tasty on the tongue you just want more.
camiloskrik (14) - madrid, SPAIN - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
De barril. Color dorado turbio. Buen gas. Aroma a azúcar y fruta madura, algo de alcohol. En boca, dulce pero algo de acidez al final, muy frutal y fresca. El alcohol bien escondido. Muy rica.
_angst_ (2084) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought some place I don’t remember. Pours hazy deep golden with a big frothy white head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is estery with oatmeal cookies, alcohol, green apples, baked pears, banana bread, lemon zest, apricots, bitter orange zest, marzipan, white bread, golden syrup, hay and hints of glue. Taste is sweet, tiny sour, estery, phenolic and malty with crackers, white bread, oatmeal cookies, banana bread, alcohol, hay, bitter oranges, cloves, white pepper corns, dry wood, baked pears covered in marzipan and brandy, overripe apples and orange zest. Mouthfeel is soft, round, creamy, tiny spicy astringent, tingling boozy, tiny dry and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and tiny bitter with oatmeal cookies, baked pears with marzipan, bitter oranges, hay, white pepper corns, alcohol and banana bread. A great tripel that really packs an onslaught on all senses.
Torrefacto (205) - SPAIN - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color dorado tupido con espuma blanca densa. Aromas afrutados de manzana, pomelo. En boca entra fresca y dulce y avanza hacia un acidez moderada, todo ello bien afrutado. Excelente.
Sureshpa (176) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Grass, citrus, yeast, cheesy Appearance: Gold, hazy, fine foam and lace, clear white head Taste: Grass, spruce, bit of fruit, soft carbonation, well hidden alcohol, one of my favorite triple’s
Renobob (71) - - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Encore un coup de maître de chez De Dolle. À goûter absolument, on en redemande.
euromance (14) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice orange color. Mainly fruits and bitter orange. Very rich but not overwhelming beer. Bitterness is balanced, but not perfect.