FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a straw gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, stunningly bright, almost metallic, light gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of pale malt straw character, and sun-toasted pale grain, this is well balanced by fruit-laden notes of pear, lightly spicy higher alcohols, and a hint of tinny metallic character, as well as a bit of floral apple character. There is a soft earthiness to the spice character here, it almost has a bit of savory character to it that accentuates the pale malt character a bit.
The beer has a soft sweetness to it that is balanced by a light herbal character, a bit of metallic character, and a light bitterness in the finish. The malt character here has a nice toothsome character to it, despite being pale malt character, with a rich pale cracker character, and sweet, almost honey-like, pale malt character. Higher alcohol notes towards the finish provides some warming character as well as a bit of peppery, ginger like spiciness. There is lots of fruit character here as well; pear, floral honey notes, a touch of apple, and some clean honey dew melon character. There is a pervasive, though soft, lemon zest character, that boosts the other fruit notes and adds a nice zing to this beer.
This is quite a bit better than I was expecting; they have packed a bunch of character and complexity into this beer, much more so than I could have expected. It has been a while, this is one of the best new Trippels or Duvel-inspired beers that I have had in a pretty long time. Despite the higher alcohols, this is actually quite smooth for a beer of this strength, especially given the spiciness, and fruit character from the vivid fermentation / yeast.
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the source. Pours hazy straw with thin white head that lasts and laces. Smells of esthers predominately, some banana, wheat. Drinks smoothly with little lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Buries the alcohol. Tastes of wheat malt, esthers, sugar, and slight caramel.
Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle. Aroma is spicy and some citrus. Appearance is a hazy gold with some suds. Taste is like a green apple mixed with lemon citrus. Very refreshing. Palate is kinda sour. Overall, a great beer. Would buy again.
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italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared during some post-bus drinking at the Downtown Inn for RBWG. Cloudy gold pour. Good floral and slightly funky nose. Cherry fruitiness with slight tartness. Pretty good.
Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours a hazy orange-yellow, nice cream head with decent lacing. The aroma is quite citrus-y, but the taste has a nice bitterness to it. The citrus is noticeable in the finish too. Overall a pretty good belgian.
ajnepple (2538) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Colorado Plus. Gold and clear with a white head. Belgian yeast, fruity esters (lemon, apple, banana), clove, other herbs and white wine. Medium body with dry feel and a strong finish.
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the brewery. The aroma is musty, yeasty, pear. The flavor is sweet malts, grainy, pear. This is a solid beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy honey pour with a small eggshell cap. Caramel, honey-baked biscuit, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, and tart unripened fruit. Invisible alcohol. Solid beer.
Concealer (837) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Clear golden with a frothy, off white head. Smells of citrus, lemon zest, spices and light yeast. Flavor is sweet citrus, spices, yeast. Medium bodied with a light warmth in the finish.
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap - another one-dimensional, overly sweet, overly alcoholic take on a Belgian tripel/golden strong - strong honey, moderate lemon, light pepper, moderate floral notes, a touch of moneral - other than that and a lot of apparent alcohol, not a ton happening - disappointing from this brewery.