boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, golden color. There was a thin white head that didnít linger or leave any lacing. An interesting aroma. It doesnít smell much like a tripel at all. A little light. It has a little of a chardonnay feel to the nose. Some peppery spices. The taste is OK. It had a bit of a lighter feel to it for a tripel. A touch of a spiciness, faint wheat, some faint fruits. Not a leading example of the style, nor does it earn any real points for being something creative.
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of bottle, hazy orange-yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of honey, banana, pear, white fruit, hints of clove, pepper, some candi sugar into a bit of floral, herbal hops, slight biscuit. Taste is a mix of biscuit, bread, dough into clove, coriander, and banana, some slight clove into peppery esters, some white fruit, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry.
glennmastrange (2445) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Moderate grain and hay for the malt, heavy grass and some lemon for the hops, moderate barnyard mustiness for the yeast, with green apple and dried peach in the background. Head is large, fizzy, white with good slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is murky medium yellow/amber. Flavor starts heavily acidic, then finishes moderatelt to heavily acidic and bitter with a hint of sweetness. Palate is medium, dry with a fizzy carbonation. Tart and crisp beer, making it more farmhouse-ish than Tripel-like.
thegreenrooster (3566) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, a nice helping of candi sugar and pie crust. Flavor is outstanding. Tons of fresh fruit with some yeasty esters, a decent creamy malt and something like a sweet lemon drop. Finish is kinda a like a wit. Wheat malt with a little spice. This was stellar stuff. You donít get too many tripels hitting shelves but this is one to seek out.
superspak (3500) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, pear, apple, lemon, apricot, light banana, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, candi sugar, herbal, floral, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, peach, pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, light banana, wheat, honey, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, lemon, peach, pineapple, wheat, honey, candi sugar, clove, herbal, floral, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast esters and malt flavors; with a near perfect malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel style! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the high ABV. A top notch offering for the style, especially for being an American representation.
tightslice (465) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour from Best Cellars in Westwood, NJ, Thanksgiving 2013. Still not a huge fan of the Belgian Tripel style but this offering has a tamer note that I appreciate. Mild cheese funk and farm animals on the nose, followed by tasty yeast and fermented fruits on the palate. A very drinkable Tripel for the derelicts and pure of heart alike.
Travlr (16422) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the source courtesy of staff, thanks Brian and lady from Capetown. Cloudy yellow color, thick white head with goodcretention and solid lacing. Aroma of funky farmhouses, straw, fruit. Taste is sweet, strong and funky. Very tasty.
BeerandBlues2 (10834) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy yellow with a medium, frothy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is biscuit and honey malt, spicy hops, Belgian yeast esters and spices. Flavor is malt forward with Belgian yeast esters and spices, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
maxwelldeux (4169) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy orange-gold color with a moderate white head on it. Taste is a little sweet with some hints of citrus and bubblegum in there. Taste is much sweeter than the nose would imply with a mix of fruit and bubblegum. Not a huge fan of this.
Slipstream (2238) - USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap from Beer Table. I got a mason jar of the stuff to drink on the train - they now allow beer drinking on the Metro North trains, so next time you are catching a train from Grand Central Station, pick up a pint for the ride from Beer Tableís little shop. This is kind of a local classic - by far Defiantís most popular brew, but Iíve only seen it in the NYC area. I have been meaning to try it for a while, and I was not let down. Excellent flavor - wheat (Iím not sure if it has any, but I thought I tasted some), a little wintergreen, lots of fresh bread flavor. Very well balanced - a first-rate tripel.