Derek881 (1228) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a thick, hazy straw color with a very large, foamy, off-white head with great retention, but lighter cling and lacing. The aroma featured floral hops and yeast, along with some grainy notes, and of course a modest presence of yerba mate. Its taste was a blend of sour grain and yerba mate with a lighter floral sweetness in the beginning. The yerba mate flavor became more pronounced as the beer developed, and tasted surprisingly similar to the actual herbal drink. It had a very dry body and mouthfeel with a somewhat harsh, dry finish, and had average carbonation and life. Not a bad beer, and worth a try, but yerba mate and beer are not an ideal combination.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a clear, deep golden color with a moderately full, white, fluffy head which settles a rocky layer and leaves scattered lace. The nose is odd with herbal notes mostly; light star anise, some pepper, clove, bready, caramelly, light citrus, and some graham cracker. The flavor is similar with leafy notes, Oreo crumbs, pepper, light clove, anise, light citrus, and some earthy yeast. The palate is medium, soft to lively, watery, and velvety. The finish is bitter, citrus, anise, leafy notes, and some clove in there. Actually a decent beer but not very trippel-like. The spicing was nice but did not add to the style of the beer. Inn the end, the beer drank more like a Single but the end result was fairly marginal.
hivemind (880) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap last night at Blind Tiger with Erica, Matt, Steph. Also had it on tap there 12.20.2012 with Maggi, Andy, James, Christian. Opaque pale yellow pour into tulip. Sweet and cloying, with sweet and pleasingly zesty yeast profile that made it taste almost like a saison or hefe. Didn’t have much of the medicinal flavor that I kind of dislike about abbeys.
MarkSachon (858) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle from Halftimebeverage.com delivered to Pittsburgh of all places. Shared with my wife and her girlfriend, both of whom were excited to see the inclusion of yerba mate, a favorite tea of theirs. None of us could really detect a strong presence of tea flavorings and I sense they were slightly disappointed overall. Me too. For a premiere series brew with a great apocalyptic theme, Elysian is off with an average and ho-hum start.
TizzleJizzle (760) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of mora2000. Golden pour, white top. Taste of herbal, spice, dough, and citrus. Medium carbonation, medium body.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured cloudy golden. Appealing aromatics showing esters and some
banana. The Yerba mate is not apparent and this, while tasty is, at the end of the day, an ordinary domestic take on a Belgian Tripel. This turned a bit dull as it warmed up.
trujahwarrior (510) - 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 I’m 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.
chicowv (477) - 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.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours orange-gold, small white head, nice lacing and retention. Very faint nose of spice, barnyard, dough, and fruit. Perhaps when it warms up more will show. Medium palate, unexceptional taste. Plain beer festival brew flavors, little bit of banana and slight clove, pepper on the back end. Ok, not as good as the label art (Charles Burns’ ill illustration).
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an ale mug. Rich golden color. The slightest bit of cloudiness - is there a secondary fermenation? One finger of head on the pour, dissipates fairly quickly, but a bit lingers for quigte some time. Not much lace on the sides of the glass - just a few dots here and there. Aroma is different than I would expect. Some malted barley. Some esters and phenols, somewhat like papaya. Some grassy notes. Flavor is reminiscient of Duvel - rich and sweet, with some of the earthy almost peaty flavor I get with a Belgian blonde. Decent amount of hops from the boil, perhaps the herbal qualities of the yerba mate as well, means it finishes dry, almost astringent. Rich body, with mild carbonation. Overall, a fun beer and I am looking forward to the next installment from one of my favorite local Seattle breweries.