blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, aroma of orange peel, sour lemon, flavor is astringent, oranges with dry bitter finish
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a small white head over a hazy golden body. Aroma of mango, fennel, pear, spices and vinegar-dill. Taste is coriander and spices, and quite bitter. Oily mouthfeel with light carbonation.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by pepsican. Poured a hazy light orange color with a white head. Smelled of subdued orange marmalade, cereal grain, and a touch of clove. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with mango, citrusy hop, clove, and a bit of alcohol. Nice.
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled courtesy of Pepsican. Pours a clear golden with a nice fluffy but somewhat small head. The aroma is kind of spicy with some good sugary sweetness, very bright. The flavor follows with this theme with some good little fruity and yeasty notes; the American hops are certainly a big part of the character of this beer bringing a nice little citrusy fruitiness.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L bottle, 2008 vintage, courtesy of Beerman6686, poured into a tulip.
Pours a bright, slightly hazy golden orange with a small fluffy white head than stays on as a cap and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is dominated by the fruity sweetness of a typical tripel, some bubblegum with lots of lighter fruits such as apples and pears. There is some tropical fruit hops mixed in but not too overpowering.
The taste starts with a little more hops than the aroma suggests, mostly the tropical mango-type sweetness of American hops. There is plenty of Belgian yeast sweetness in the backbone with pears, apples and other lighter fruits. The finish has a slight bitterness to it from the hops.
The mouthfeel is slick and medium-bodied with less carbonation than I was expecting.
This is a nice hoppy tripel from East End, though the hops have started to give way to the Belgian character in the beer. Still very tasty.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L bottle. Pours a very nice golden yellow with a thin white head that has decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is nice and earthy with hints of grass along with a nice sugary sweetness. The flavor is very nice as well. Light and sweet with a slight sourness at the end. Very earthy flavor as well. The mouthfeel plays tricks on my tongue. It starts off slightly thin at the front but fills out at the back half. Very good beer that is easy to drink. The American hops really make this beer something different.
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Naka. Pour orange/golden with rimming white head. Nose of honey and sugar, Twizzler, cotton candy and cherry bubble gum. Candy/tripel nose. Just vaporous deliciousness. Tate is sugary bubble gum and cherry taffy. Twizzlers, citrus orange, slight pear and orange peel. Bitter and relatively dry. A great, overly hopped tripel. Kudos!
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1L Swingtop Returnable Bottle: Complex aroma of yeast, fruit, citrus, pepper, nectar, hops, tropical fruit, burning rubber, and light hops. Poured amber/golden/orange in color with a small to medium-sized, thick, dense, creamy, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Complex flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of yeast, nectar, pear, sugar, hops, apple, spices, pepper, citrus, honey, light caramel, slight clove, light biscuit, and slight peach. Medium body. Smooth, creamy, slightly dry texture is extremely drinkable. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, fruity, yeasty, but lightly hop-bitter finish is a tad dry. 8%ABV is totally hidden.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fall 2008 release; Sampled January 2009
A normal pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass has me noticing a nicely hoppy (fruitily American accented) scent as well as a backdrop of Belgian Yeast aromatics. The beer ends up with a finger and a half thick layer of frothy, pale tan colored foam. The beer is a rich honey color that shows a bright, clear, copper color when held up to the light. Ahhh, the nose is quite heavenly, more hoppy than anything else, but there is still a substantial Trippel contributing to the aromatics. Hop aromatics of lychee, tropical fruit, candied tangelo zest, and kumquat oil have a backdrop of fermentation character that makes me think of bubblegum, ripe pear, a touch of white pepper, some young ginger in the finish and a solid spicy clove note. I really like the aroma of this one, there is something about combining American hops with a Trippel that always hits the spot for me.
A light, but prickly carbonation up front couples with a touch of body, but still easy drinking quaffability from the light texture. The beer tastes like juicy-fruit bubblegum up front, with a middle and finish that sees a lingering, spicy, clove like turpene character that lightly abrades the tongue. There is a solid hop bitterness to this beer (noticeable compared to a typical Trippel, but not overly aggressive compared to an IPA) as well as a touch of astringency; there is a spiciness to the finish (a bit of pepper, hot alcohol, and the spicy phenolics) that almost provides more balancing character to the fruity hops and fermentation notes than the bitterness. Fruity, fermentation derived, flavors of pear, honeydew melon and perhaps a touch of aromatic apple are buoyed by fruity hop notes of lychee, apricot, aromatic peach and amped up, über-fruity, candied citrus zest. There is also a touch of the more herbal hop components here, but only just barely; hints of pine-needles and a touch of menthol. The heft of this beer is awesome, there is just enough viscous character to hold up the hops and spiciness, but it still is very drinkable.
This is one of those beers that started out strong in the flavor, but had some un-balanced notes that kept it from being schweet, but it is just growing on me more and more as I work my way through this one-thousand milliliters. Well the one damning condemnation for this beer is that my one liter share of it disappeared a lot faster than I would ever have thought possible; in fact before I cracked this I had resigned myself to the fact that I would not be able to finish this bottle in one sitting. Oh how wrong I was, this is exceedingly quaffable, I want more, not only that, but I want a freshly bottled example. I am not sure fresh would be better as it might lose the balance this has, but it would be wonderful to experience the hop character in a closer to raw state.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear honey orange color with a fizzy white head. Aroma has a lot of sweet apricot and spicy yeast. Pretty noticable hop character. Maybe a little bit of clove as well. Flavor has a ton of honey and some really spicy hops. Grassy and grainy. Despite the major sweetness, it is a pretty dry bitter finish. A nice rich body that drinks pretty smooth. Very solid offering from East End.