Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Nice. Not a great tripel, but a very nice beer. I was a bit tired when I started trying this and the caffeine in it must be very high because halfway through I was wide awake and slightly anxious.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark yellow to very light orange. Letís just call it golden. It had a small, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left just barely fair lacing. The aroma had light to moderate pale malts, light-colored bread, and biscuit; light to moderate herbal and grassy hops; light to moderate spicy yeast; lighter earthy hops; slight funk; banana; some sort of herbal tea; and light fruits. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet; light to moderately acidic and slight to lightly bitter. There was pale malt, spicy yeast, slightly earthy yeast, herbal tea, light-colored fruits, honey, white bread, cake, slight funk, biscuit, and floral hops. The light to medium body leaned toward medium and was syrupy and a bit oily and then slightly dry with soft but tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly astringent finish.
Strykzone (4194) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had a bottle together via facebook chat. This is lightly hazed golden with a foamy white head. Sticky lacing remains. The aroma is herbal but there is so much going on in it. Spices, malts, and more. Interesting and unique. The flavor almost matches the aroma for uniqueness and is at least as interesting. There are spices, malts, herbal notes, sticky fruit, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, subtle hops. This beer was so much fun to drink. It was all over the place with flavor and changed personality so often. Thanks Ron!
trujahwarrior (394) - Monroe, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that fades quickly and leaves hardly any lacing. Smells of biscuits and light Belgian yeast. Tastes likewise with some tropical flavors and has a semi tart aftertaste Iím assuming from the yerba mate. Mouthfeel is very light with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this was kind of dissapointing for a tripel. I don?t think yerba mate and Belgian yeast mix well together. Not terrible just not what I expected.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from State Line, Elkton, MD. Cloudy golden pour with a fluffy, silky looking head. Nose is very dry, which I vastly prefer to the estery mess of most American tripels. Playful mouthfeel, a pretty significant spiciness on the palate. And more of that to taste, as the brew is grassy and yeasty as fuck. Noble hop additions benefit the brew, and what might be a fairly anonymous base is enlivened by this among other additions.
Mora2000 (5127) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of passion fruit and other fruit notes, along with some Belgian yeast and some biscuit malt. The flavor is completely different. I get the same tropical fruit and yeast from the aroma, but I also get a big load of herb notes - which I assume is from the Yerba Mate. There is also a light amount of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
ben4321 (3335) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 8/16/12
Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, some fruit, spice, Belgian yeast, cookie, candied sugar and light tea
Appearance: It pours a hazed golden color with a small, slightly fizzy white head, and light lace
Flavor: The taste is moderately sweet, yeast, tea, a plus-spice component, and a light bitterness
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a fizzy carbonation, a clean feel, and a slightly dry finish
Here goes the 1st of the series, which is my 3rd (in reverse order from 3-1). Anyway, this one is pretty interesting. The nose is rather sweet, but the sweetness is balanced out by the spice and light bitterness in the flavor. Overall, it works decently well, but it isnít a standout.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at some obscure beer festival in Alaska this past January. Clear golden color with white head. Pils malt, candi sugar, earthy mate, dry spice aromas. Medium bodied. Earthy mate flavors with pils malt, candi sugar, spicy yeast--good Trip
chicowv (452) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber: Pours light orange with a light white head. Seemed light for a tripel. Aroma is sour, slightly grassy hops and bready yeast. Taste is peaty, slightly smoky. Complex with nice malt and good balance. Slightly bitter on the finish.
Ratman197 (8469) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lingering white head. Aroma of bread, spice, light earthiness and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, spice, eartrhiness and a hint of fuittiness with a crisp dry lingering spiced finish.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by MaltDawg at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spice, tea, bread, tin, stone fruits. The taste is sweet bready malts, tea, earth, bitter hops and faint toasted malts. Medium bodied, low carbonation, lingering spice.