DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
05-Feb-14 (22-oz bottle)
I didnít record the date of purchase, so I donít know how old this bottle is, but itís at least four years old. Most Belgian-style Tripels arenít particularly long-lived in the cellar, so Iím surprised and amazed at how tasty and drinkable this beer is. This is terrific! The beer has lively carbonation when the cap is popped, so the hazy, golden-amber beer pours an inch of off-white head that settles to a thin, but unbroken blanket, leaving patchy lacing on the glass. The nose is aromatic with sweet, tropical fruit, bubble gum, a loaf of fresh bread, and lightly toasty malt that shows a touch of caramel. On the palate, expressive flavors of ripe, fleshy, tropical fruit, coconut, candi sugar, spice, and dried herbs in the entry are joined by a more yeasty, bready flavor in the finish. Itís moderately sweet, but not to the point of being cloying at all, and bitterness is pretty light. The weight is medium-full, with added body from residual sugar, and carbonation is medium-plus, but soft and velvety. Overall, this is a very nice Tripel that has aged superbly.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a semi-cloudy with a medium size white frothy head and good lacing.
smell is of wheat, malt, and a touch of citrus.
taste is of fruit, wheat, and banana. ends smooth.
bitbucket (2152) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. pours hazy gold with thick persistent head. Aroma of coriander, banana, orange, cloves. Taste of coriander, cloves, orange. Full body, a bit creamy with a lingering spice finish
callmemickey (2076) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Hazy golden-straw. Good head, retention and lacing.
S: Yeasty citric character. Lemon, grapefruit. Some light spice.
T: Solid, but not terribly noteworthy. Yeasty. Light citric fruits over a slight biscuity malt body.
M: Moderate body. Bubbly. Clean finish.
O: Solid american tripel. Doesnít quite have that true belgian taste that only a few american breweries can match.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bete Blanche Belgian Style Tripel
2001 22 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Big white head. Hazy thin golden color with orange shade. Belgian yeast front. Thick pellicle clouds color and mellows flavor. Creamy rich sweet dry malt fruitiness. Slightly hot spicy alcohol end. Sampled 7/28/2001.
2004 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Big pellicle. Mild foamy head. Clear light bright golden color hazes lemon gold. Floral fruity ester mild hop front. Sediment mellows rich spicy Belgian wheat body. Hot spicy mild hop end. Too Much. Tasty. Sampled 8/21/2004.
2005 22 oz. Bottle 6.90% ABV--15 IBUís.? (3.5 / 5.0) Foamy lacy head. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Rich coriander spice mild banana hop front. Thin spicy dry sweet tart rich caramel candy ester body. Big Belgian spice end. Totally Unbalanced! Sampled 7/25/2005.
2006 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBUís. (4.5 / 5.0) Huge foamy lacy head. Cloudy bright gold color hazes dense lemon white with big brown sediment. Mellow Belgian clove banana hop front. Creamy malty mild sweet Belgian fruit ester wheat body. Clean NW end. Sampled 4/16/2006.
2007 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV--31 IBUís. (4.0 /5.0) Thin foamy mild lace head. Clear bright gold color hazes bright orange. Big floral Belgian coriander fruit ester front. Thin crisp dry sweet tart Belgian ester body. Tart crisp citrus hot spice end. Sampled 6/14/2007.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at RNH. Pours a murky amber body with an off white head. Candy notes and then lemon grass and citrus, plenty of wheat character. It works but nothing special.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RattleíníHum: This was the best of the Elysian samplings in my view. Darker than expected for the style. Aroma reveals citrus and caramel/ dark cooked sugars. Tase, definition of balanced. Bitter hops are present first but are quickly offset by the fruits. Some alcohol lingering but nicely washed by the carbonation.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft clove bubblegum nose. Flavors are soft Belgian spice, coriander, clove, and a little alcohol. Nice standard Belgian, well balanced 3.65
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber from Malt & Vine via internet sales. Pours a hazy golden pale colored brew with a thick and lumpy white head that has excellent retention and sticky lacing throughout. Aroma of golden grain malt, candi sugar, some yeast, cloves, a touch of white pepper, and some banana esters. Taste is medium to full bodied, some carbonation with flavors of candi sugar, some cotton candy, golden grain malt, some banana esters and yeast. Finish is slightly yeasty, with some honey and candi sugar aftertaste. Overall itís a nice sweet tripel.
Beerme (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from The Beer Authority, poured a murkey orange color with large fizzy head. Nice yet faint aroma which could be due to the lack of proper glassware. Flavor was sour with orange peel, a nice break from overly sweet tripels. At 6.9% I thought it was a bit light for a tripel but will be great when the sun comes out in Seattle.