Jimthechap (1855) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you look at a Tripel, you could be forgiven for mistaking it as being a golden pale ale, a West Coast IPA, an English bitter etc. There isn’t a great deal to differentiate the style of beer that awaits within a glass that is golden amber with a whitish head. The first sign of intrigue is the aroma: mandarin lobe, caramel corn, candisugar and other big hints as to the Belgian style. The mouthfeel is of big frothy carbonation and then more subtle undertones of nearly ripe orange citrus like tangelo and tangerine. It suddenly dries on the tongue leaving a shadow of bitterness that seems like it has been vacated by an occupier in a hurry. More reveals more desserty citrus and caramel which leads to a very pleasant tart tatin flavour that endures with burnt toffee. Does it taste like a Tripel? More than most. Would I go for another? Not tonight (and I may have reached my limit), but worthy of further experimentation later.
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Gushed out, Big puffy head inches deep. Spicy, phenolic aroma, oranges and Belgian yeast. Tastes of more spice, orange and that classic Belgian flavour. Good body, and drinks easier than ABV suggests. Another good Durham beer.
RichTheVillan (3790) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, pours a clear golden yellow, spicy aroma, complex flavours, herb, spice, grassy hop, slightly yeasty. Durham makes some quality beers.
sebletitje (7028) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl, BB 12/2015, batch#Gyle2252.
Dorée/orangée, col blanc disparaissant vite.
Arôme fruité avec une présence pêche, feluri houblonné sur des notes légères tropicales et Centennial, qcq ester et ce bouquet fruité fermenté.
Palais est fruité, pêche/abricot/tropical orange, le tout est réchauffant avec une pointe d’épice; coriandre et herbacé sur un léger côté sucré collant aux lèvres. Pas mauvaise et une bonne alternative à de nombreuses belges.
tkrjukoff (4128) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 50 cl. Pours clear deep copper amber with a nice diminishing off white head leaving some laces. Aroma is malty belgo ueasty spicy buck weed sweet canded sugar fruits apricots. Flavor is sweet malty well bitter pungent fruity spicy slightly astringent, flavors last all the way with good bitter and slightly alcoholic warming finish.
gwoodin (43) - Birmingham, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an interesting Belgian Triple style beer that I prefer to some Belgian Triples from Belgium! The mouthfeel is very syrupy and there is a spiced or herbal taste which i can’t define.
A top quality Durham beer.
Sammy (9144) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A foamer. Quality fruity yeast, cloudy orange fruit coloured body with lace dots and Caesar retained head. Boozy in finish and in the aroma, still nicely drinkable nightcap.Above average mouthfeel. Thanks Presario.
Beersiveknown (3524) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home.
Mid amber with fine carbonation and fluffy whit ehead. Orange, earthy yeast, sweet malt nose. Rich malt, satsuma, sweet and spicy, light bodied, hidden alcohol which is visible as legs. Slight lemon in finish. A lovely tripel.
highlandlad (1430) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a million miles away from the brewer’s excellent Benedictus barley wine, perhaps with a dash of Cointreau thrown in. Peachy gold in colour with a towering marshmallow head. Similar aroma to Benedictus but not as ripe or clean. Sweet with rough-cut Seville marmalade and some soapy notes. Bottle-conditioned with a result that seemed oily and a tad lifeless. Thinned in the swallow. Very sweet on the tongue and hotter than Benedictus. Very much liquid oranges in the mouth with a mouth-watering juicy finish. A fair tripel. (500ml bottle from Platinum Cellars. BB Oct 2009)
dogbomb (996) - ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy gold. No head. Nose of coriander, toffee and sweet honey. In the mouth, more honey, more coriander, orange peel, melon. Lovely lush fresh tastes. Grapefruit. Finish very sweet, almost too much. I'd be interested in trying another of these.