JorisPPattyn (8246) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off-white head, red-amber beer. Alcoholic-sweet nose, strongly perfumed. Some malts, coloured and other under all the alcohol-sweet onslaught. Very alcoholic and spicey taste: coriander, but also something else. Donít know what, but it resembles sweet woodruff, ending in juniper. Despite the dilution by the alcohol, itís still well-bodied. Alcoholwarming obvious. Itís quite OK, just nothing truly grand - which is a major victory IMO for this brewery.
jgb9348 (4993) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark brown coloured body with crimson highlihgts and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of yeast, curacao, coriander seed and honey. Medium-bodied; Strong sweetness-curacao and a bit of spice very noticeable up front. Aftertaste clean, but shows a lot of sugars and yeast. Overall, a nice beer but not my favourite tripel. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased by my brother in law earlier in the day from Dean & Deluca in Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) on 09-January-2005.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled.. Poured a dark ruby red color with a small white head. Aroma is spicy with a sweet malt.. Flavor is malty sweet with oranges and spices.. Flavor is close to a barley wine.. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 750ml bottle. 2004 on the cork.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a light tan head. Smell is fruity. Spiced apples, cherries and clove. Quite festive.
Taste is of those tart spiced apples again. Cloves and cinnamon. Somewhat yeasty and spicy. Sticky sweet, dare I use the dreaded "cloyingly"? A bit too sweet which cuts down quite a bit on the drinkability for me. But not a bad beer to sip on for an hour or so. Very thick and chewy. Good thing itís a seasonal, once a year will suffice for me.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Murky copper color with creamy head and lacing. Spicy and fruit in the nose. Great fruit, spice, and malt in the flavor. Very creamy and smooth for a 10%abv beer.
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin foam head with just a little carbonation. I expected much more head and effervescence from this brew. Caramel, apricots and a bit of spices round out a great aroma. Murky orange/mahagony in color. Damn this has a nice aroma. Flavor ainít to bad either. Slightly fizzy in the mouth. More apricots and dried fruit. Spicey and yeasty with a nice alcohol kick and warms nicly as it goes down. Very slight sour finish and is thick and coating. A very good belgian. Dang, this brew tastes good. Maybe it is because I just spent the last week in Puerto Rico where they have absolute $hit for beer. Ahhhh, it is good to be home.
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottling. Pours a dark amber brown with a bit of sediment. Aroma is malty and belgian and good. I really wish I could say the same for the flavor. The flavor is malty and solid, but the aftertaste really ramps up the flavor then releases into an alcohol flavor that isnít bad, but goes against the earlier flavor youíve enjoyed. Donít get me wrong, this isnít a bad beer and I would drink it again, and Iím also holding a lot of the Belgian beers to a higher standard then American Microbrews, but there are a few problems that could use some work. Possibly aging this might do the trick.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruddy orange with a loose, casual tan head. Citrus aroma with some star anise and alcohol. Citrus, malt, caramel and licorice in the flavor. Medium bodied with a hot alcohol finish. Some lingering earthiness on the tongue. Not bad but not great.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
deep golden with a nice white, creamy head, low carbonation.
caramel, toffee and spicy alcohol dominate the aroma.
tastes like tremens with a more pronounced toffee flavour.
mouthfeel has that highly carbonated fizzy sensation on the tongue, soft at the back of the mouth with the ever-present alcohol spiciness that always accompanies a beer of this strength.
overall this is a very enjoyable beer that reveals more secrets as it warms in the palm of your hand, like a tremens that has been boiled longer to get a nice caramelised toffee flavour from the malt.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a strong tasting ale. Pours out deep copper with little head. Reminds me somewhat of a barley wine with a good amout of hops. Not at all spiced as you might expect from a "Christmas beer." Would be good any time.