FlacoAlto (3506) - 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.
DocLock (6826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is almost identical to the La Chouffe Hoblein double IPA. It had a huge, odd shaped head that left wondrous layers of lace all the way down the glass, it had the smell and taste of a horseblankety, funky saison, a dry floral bier de garde, and a very hoppy, yet scrumptously fruity and peppery IIPA, all wrapped into one package. A true hybird of behemoth proportions, but steer clear if you are a ham-and-egger. Great complexity, and the bottle is a true keeper. I love this beer! Find yourself a generous Steeler fan, and get ya some right now!
Cletus (6187) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 litre swingtop courtesy of lukin013. Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head. Smells of citrus, some dry malt and some sweet sugar. Tastes of lots of hops that are complimented with a nice dry and strong pilsner malt base. Initially, I didn’t detect a whole lot going on in the Belgian side, but as the beer warms, the Belgian yeast compliments the hops very well.This beer’s a perfect example of why first impressions are not always the best impression. Very well done!
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed a second time for election season! Batch #2 This is from the fresh 2008 batch just released on Saturday! Poured from the 1L bottle into my snifter.
A-Body is a foggy orange/light amber hue that pours with a small (1/2 finger) foamy white head that quickly subsides to a thin collar. No lacing left behind in the glass. Brew is moderately uniformly cloudy with some sediment floating in the bottom.
S-Perfect scent for a crazy collaboration of DIPA/Trippel. Belgian candy sugar and sweet, bready yeast come through first followed by a healthy offering of citrusy hops.
T- Lots of citrusy juicy hop flavor upfront with a solid sweet, bready yeast and candy sugar backbone. The finish shows evidence of its freshness with a good dose of alcohol astringency and a bit of resiny hop bitterness...but these disappear quickly. All that lingers is a bit of alcohol warmth.
P-Good...but could be better. Medium carbonation and a balanced body of alcohol astringency and smooth yeast. The third character is hop oils but not as strong as it could be (would be perfect if hop oils were most prominent instead of vaguely noticeable).
O- Great, Unique beer. My dilemma was to age or not to age? If one ages the clear alcohol astringency of the beer is lowered and the yeast has a chance to thrive and effect the flavor and mouthfeel...but the wonderful hop flavors...are gone. I drank this one fresh. I really liked this collaboration of two of my favorite styles-who happen to be opposites. I will try to buy a few more bottles of this to experiment with. My only complaint is that it could be a bit more hoppy. Very well done though. Great beer! I was super-excited when I found out it was being re-released!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-17-2008 01:30:45
melange396 (5) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
trippels and overly hoppy pale ales are among my favorites, and this brings the two together beautifully! the label claims that ’cellaring’ the beer will reduce the hop character, so i drank it right away... also, youve got to love the label ;-)
Nate (3358) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really interesting mix. Has the sweet malty/yeasty aroma of the abbey tripel style, but it punctuated by the grapefruity, apricot tang of a hoppy IPA. Sweet and sour would be a good way to characterize it. Really nice, just a bit hard to wrap your nose around it. Hazy amber golden body with lacing off-white head. Medium-heavy bodied, not quite syrupy, with alcohol warming and medium carbonation. Starts with good hit of malty sweetness and sugar - the characteristic tripel qualities. But then in comes the juicy, fruity hops of the IPA and the resulting bitter finish. Grapefruit pith and apricots. After is sweet/bitter pleasant. A nice mix of styles and well balanced.
Beerman6686 (3186) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome beer. This is a mix of a Double IPA and a Tripel and I don’t think they could have gotten it any better.
Stangl (4) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle opens with very distinct yeast aroma, almost cheesy and astringent. Pours a very hazy golden with white fluffy head. Opens with an interesting candy sugar/cascade bitterness. Body is very clean with some light spice and fruit notes. This is pretty tasty out of the bottle which recommends aging. Probably a good idea to mellow the sweetness and biting hop flavor.
michael-pollack (4962) - 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.
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.