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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
"This classic Belgian Triple was aged in oak wine barrels for two months and then bottle conditioned. Monkfish is the color of nectar, medium bodied, with a sweet malt flavor and subtle hop aroma. Phil says it’s good."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Big Belgium flavor and finish. I had this the other day the crew brought one out for the beer geeks to try. It was a tasty and aged very well. Lots of dried fruit and light esters from being old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle... Hazy, dark, carmel-colored pour with no head. The aroma offers fruity notes of pear and peach accompanied by a nicely-meshed undercurrent of vanilla and toasted oak. Full bodied with pillow-soft, nearly-expired carbonation. The flavor is malty, fruity and tangy, featuring loads of caramel and a nice measure of marmalade. Finishes malty, warming, oaken and slightly acidic. Bottle courtesy of 50belair!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle. Nothing wrong with a 13 year old BA triple for rating number 2000. Thanks to my friends at Bottleworks for hooking me up. Clear burnt orange pour with almost no head. Sweet caramel and vinous aromas. Big caramel, mild vinous, and oak notes. Muted orange undercurrents. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (602) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle - thanks 50belair - pours amber. Smells of wine and grapes. A nice malty backbone, some sweetness. I'm not sure what this was like 13 years ago, but this is kind of like an English barleywine and pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2013
750mL bottle, 2001 vintage. Poured a lovely shade of fiery medium orange with a nice cap of toasty beige head. The aroma picked up toasted, well-aged fruit and biscuity notes joined by tart lighter fruit skins, oak, and honeysuckle.. soft and remarkably well balanced. The flavor found pineapple, vinous notes, oak, and honeysuckle over slightly grainy biscuit and light molasses.. finished tangy with tasty wine barrel over dry, grainy biscuit and pale malts. Medium-bodied with a bit heavier feel than I wanted on the palate.. low carbonation.. good overall feel, but not great. This needs to be made again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2001 Bottle:   Dirty orange tinted caramel, moderate frothy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing.   Looks like it still has some legs after 10 years.   Mainly an Oakish nose.   Subtle aspects of marmalade and candied citrus peel.   I had one of these many years ago, and I can tell that its soften quite a bit.   Very minor hints of leather and musty barn.   Soft and subtle sweetened woodiness on the tongue, of the Oak variety.   Malty, moderate sweetness that balances well with the woodiness.   Very smooth, actually after 10 years this one has aged very gracefully.   Not as bright as I remember, but instead perhaps a bit smoother and more subdued.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Not like your normal Tripel.   Barrel aging on this is the one thing that seems to have really stood the aging.   While not as complex as I remember this one from years past, it has aged beautifully and still offers a big glimpse of how this was a few years ago.   Probably not best to wait any longer on this one.   One of the better barrel aged beers I have had for a while, considering its 10 years old!   Their 2009 was... lets just say nothing compared to this 2001 bottle.   Nice work Fish Tale!   Why not re-create more of these?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2011

Bottle 750ml. @ PBF 2011

[ Vintage 2001 ]. ABV: 9.0%. Unclear medium matt orange colour with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide malt, light raisin - plum, wood notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, oxidide, caramel, raisin - plum notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110701]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 Bottled (2001 vintage, thanks after4ever!). Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is wood, some sour notes, mild earth, spices and some acidic. notes. Flavour is rather much the same but also had some slight sugary sweet notes. Mildly pleasantly oxidized slight portwine notes in it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2011
Bottled 750ml (PBF, vintage 2001, alc. 9%)
Amber color, small white head. Oak, vanilla, fruits, raisiny aroma. Medium-bodied. Raisins, fruityness, a bit oxicid flavors. Wineous and cyrapy. Perhaps a bit too old, still drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2010
2001 vintage bottle via trade, shared at andrews today. Pours nice orangey with a tan head. Nose is excellent rich, fruity. Taste is incredibly smooth with great complexity carbonation. Really stupendously incredible.

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