ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 2/20/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color thatís not particularly cloudy, but has plenty of yeast particles suspended in the body. However, it doesnít look particularly carbonated. The head is a two finger white color. The texture is quite good, the retention is solid, and the lacing left down the glass is attractive if sparse.
S: Wow, Iím finding myself enjoying the subtle grapefruity hop qualities here. They really blend well with the pale malts and candied sugar expected from a tripel. Even better, the aroma is evidently strong, emanating from far beyond the glass.
T: Light grapefruit hops open things up very nicely, before the stone fruit esters and candied sugar finish the flavor profile - even though the sweetness is a bit much, it conceals the alcohol fantastically. There is a modicum of complexity here, but it lacks elite depth. I also wish this had just a bit more in the way of hops, but hey, itís an older bottle.
M: This doesnít feature the zealous carbonation Iíd expect from the style. As such, it comes off a bit too syrupy (combined with its sweetness and thick texture). Still, it lightens/dries up on the finish and aftertaste some.
O: Quite the pleasant surprise for me. Iím enjoying the hell out of the American bent (read: citrusy hops) to this otherwise standard-issue tripel. Ramp up the carbonation slightly and we could be really looking at something spectacular here. Having said that, it does more than enough to make it a worthy alternative to La Fin Du Monde.
AWISLguy (934) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach - cellared for 9 months through the SL season. "Best by" date of 12-12-13, so had to, plus with #925 being a semi-landmark. Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head leaving some streaky lace. Aroma has multiple fruit layers, led by pineapple, citrus fruits and some stone fruits. Also some pine and some spicy yeast. Taste is of sweet fruits and malts, light pineapple, lemon zest and tangy spices. Nice and somewhat subtle. Light bodied with spice. Finishes long, and sweet with a tang. Interesting. This was to be drank on Spit Cup playoffs night, and the Flying Fish did superbly well without it - but this is lifted in Asbury Parkís & CCKís honor; terrific job!
Westchesterco (683) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle it is a clear effervescent golden beer with a slight head. The atoms is citrus. The taste is creamy citrus dome orange and lemon overtones. Nice flavor
Iphonephan (2265) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear light amber with an off white head. Aroma of orange and coriander. Flavors of orange zest, white pepper, and hint of cardamom. Medium bodied, high carbonation, effervescent finish.
Imaena (1635) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in DC courtesy of U Mark. This is a nice aromatic tripel with lots and lots of character.
arminjewell (5233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap, golden pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of sweet candied fruit, touch of nice caramel, biscuit, slight bready notes, hints of nice fruity tones with orange, lemon, nice other white fruit as well. Taste is sweet orange, white fruit, into some grass, biscuit, slight candied sugars into a caramel, biscuit, finishing fairly sweet.
jhliesen (656) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle-Hello, New Jersey! Gold color with a white head and light lacing. Spice smells start off with some citrus mixed in. Grapefruit and clove flavor, active carbonation throughout the drink. Produce place
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear bronze yellow with large white head. Aroma of grilled chicken and roasted corn with husk. tastes of sweet banana, with touches of bitterness. palate is sticky, a tad thin.
catface5326 (60) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus aroma and light golden color. Citrus taste, almost like bananas. Very good beer.
Claves77 (127) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
weak smell, slightly sweet, golden color. sweet taste, soft palate, overall good.
PhillyCraft (2595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottles and draft over the years. Pours gold with large white head. Notes of caramel bread, dark fruit, sweet malt, light hops, and astringent pepper. Medium body. I still donít understand the appeal of this tripel but hey, different stroked for diff folks. Iíll pass.