Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really a very impressive and quenching tripel from Defiant. Hit all the right notes for me while keeping the alcohol heat down. Thumbs up
BiddleBrau (1078) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle that popped and gushed. Took about 30 minutes to get a pint poured. Big big big fluffy egg-white head. Yellow and hazy. Spicy nose. Very spicy bite on the tongue, crisp, long lasting. Horse-blanket, grassy and dry and tart on the sides of the tongue. A bit watery but not distractinly so. Overcarbonation may create the extra bite.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Boom. These bottles are exploding everywhere. Watch your eyes. Overly carbonated. Aroma has some simple zesty citrus with some grain. Taste is effervescent and some spice with a little citrus. I hear the new batch are not bottle bombs.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is lots of dry straw and yeasty bread. Gorgeous beer, more cloudy than any other I’ve seen and yellow/orange with massive tight white head. Flavor is exceptionally dry and grain like. The carbonation is over the top tiny bubbles, this guy has the potential to be a gusher. Nice beer. Thanks Defiant. 2009 22oz.
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle-pours a rocky off white head and gold color. Aroma is grain, light fruit, yeast. Taste is grain, light fruit, yeast, some pepper. OK effervescence.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a huge fluffy white head, pour slowly! Aroma has an abundance of bread yeast with a slight floral hint. Flavor is tart, sour candy sugar with pineapple and a touch of sweet malt, finishes very dry with clove and other spice ending it. Despite the huge head the overall carbonation is not overdone. Decent brew.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(2nd Shenandoah Throwdown, 750ml bottle, thanks yobdoog) Enormous white head atop cloudy grapefruit juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, yeast, straw. Taste is medium sweet, straw, yeast, light tropical fruit. Low carbonation, medium body.
LilBeerDoctor (3581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits (particularly apple), sweet tarts, bubblegum, and lots of spices (clove and pepper). Flavor of sweet malt, some corn notes (tortilla chips?), and a sweet fruity and spicy finish (chiles?). Interesting for sure and super tasty. I really like this one! Solid triple, great beer. I really need to get more of this...
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml of the new batch - pours a very hazy gold, with a fizzy body, and a large head of enormous bubbles - a nice mixture of candi sugar sweetness and fruits (pineapple, mango) in the nose, but deeper whiffs reveal notes of hay, spices, light earthy funkiness and musky character - full carbonation in the mouth - the flavor is quite sweet at first, with a lot of fruity notes of banana, pineapple, apricot - remains sweet through the middle, with some yeasty and bready notes - on the back end, the beer dries out considerably, and some crisp, grassy notes and dry spices and herbs settle in - the finish has a very mild earthiness, and even a slight funk to it - these qualities work well with a crusty, crackery character that also develops at the end - I would like this to dry out even more, but it’s still great - I’m surprised how much I love this beer - if only this brewery did have so much batch variation and bottling issues - I would buy a whole case otherwise.
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very yeast-hazy golden beer with a large white bubbly head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is strongly light fruit (apple and perhaps some citrus) and yeast, perhaps a bit sour. The flavor is much the same, but a stronger bready, yeasty character and more sweet than sour. Some spice as well. A very fruity tripel!