GarrettB (1256) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
August 18th, 2012 - Regular visits to Dry Dock remain some of my fondest memories of the Summer of 2011, but the Summer of 2012 put me slightly out of reach of the brewery, tucked away as it is way far away in Aurora. Not wanting to miss out on the very excellent work Dry Dock was doing for itself and for Colorado as a whole, I picked up a bottle of what was new to me Tripel. Itís a pretty beer, clear and bright yellow, with a tenacious yet loose aspen white head that drips down the side of the glass. It emits a powerful and potent smell of pear and overripe, sugary and dark bananas, topped with whipped cream and masticated raspberries. This is clearly rich, and maybe even excessively so. The palate is soft and cottony, and all the poignant aromas in the nose return in the taste, though somewhat restrained, and therefore, absolutely perfect. Each sip generates a sharp flair of flavor, a kind of sensual starburst, which disappears soon afterwards, commanding another to follow shortly. This is a wonderfully, flavor packed beer, and might be up there in the top on or two beers Iíve had from Dry Dock. Itís unfortunate that Ratebeerís other reviews donít accord with my experience, but Iím sticking to my notes - this is a rich concoction, and good, intense drinking.
UncleKorm (1107) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber bottle poured a hazy orange hue w/ small diminishing white head. Moderate fruity aromas. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a light sour finish. Tastes are apple, peach, banana, apricot, pepper, biscuit, and white wine. Medium bodied, lively carbonation and warmth in the finish.
jeremyjojola (20) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is very fruity. A surprising sweet taste but not too sweet. Light and crisp. First try: ALE HOUSE in Denver.
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cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear straw pour with little head. Fruity esters on the nose. Light, malty characteristics with a hint of orange but not as much spice as you get in most tripels. A little light on the palate as well.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery in Aurora, CO. Pours a crystal clear, golden colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is slightly bready malts with a light caramel sweetness along with a soft Belgian yeast. A light clove and banana as well as some faint florals. Flavor is better with a slightly sweet bready malt backing and a light caramel. A bit of coriander with some clove and smooth banana. More fruity esters than the aroma with a touch of yeasty pepper and a light bitterness that helps this dry a bit while it finishes mostly sweet. Fairly lengthy aftertaste with a light alcohol heat following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, not a bad tripel, but fairly straightforward and on the sweeter side. Okay.
adnielsen (10169) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap @ brewery. Transparent, golden appearance wit ha white head. A bit spicy, light lemon/orange, pale malty, somewhat spicy yeasty aroma. Very rich sugary flavor thatís effervescent and has a citrusy, spiciness to it. A little hard to drink as itís a bit cloying.
arminjewell (8759) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle is clear orange with thin white head, aroma has notes of slight phenols, hints of biscuity bread and some clove, fruity notes, touch of other spices as well as an earthy tone. Taste is fairly sweet with notes of sweet esters, some spicy phenols with a touch of clove, more sweet from the biscuit, finishing with a hint of heat and fairly sweet.
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured very golden clear little head no sediment. Aroma was Pleasant, very sweet tasting. Clove, sugar, banana. Decent beer overall.
Steve_0 (3496) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a ridiculously clear straw yellow. Nice big head with great lacing. Smells of funk, banana, yeast, pepper, and phenol. Taste is peppery and sweet up front, yeasty in the middle, with a nice bitter/estery finish. Rating this as just a beer, it is alright, but it definitely does not stand up to other tripels.
Ernest (6841) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, candy sugar, gum, light notes of pepper and alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Smells more like a big hefeweizen than a tripel, loaded with banana. Some nice character lurks beneath that (the pepper and yeast), but this is mostly a banana-and-sugar affair. As you might guess from that nose, itís much too sweet in the mouth. This is pretty much the usual Americanized version of this style...overly estery and sweet. I prefer a more traditional/Belgian rendition (dry, yeasty, and more phenolic than estery). That said, this certainly isnít terrible by any means but itís not really a tripel-headís tripel.