Cornfield (5347) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is somewhat of a disappointing tripel. It starts out looking great, a light amber body with steady carbonation and a tall, rocky head. But the aroma, although a pleasant light malt with sweet cherries and a suggestion of yeast, is fairly faint. Light-bodied, the flavor is reduced to a bready, sweet malt alone, the only add-on being a touch of alcohol. The finish is a flavorless alcohol dryness. I even begin to doubt the 9% abv claim, as I’m an ol’ fart and drinking this didn’t make me the least bit sleepy
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heemer77 (5079) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark gold body with a persistent white head. The aroma is musty and leathery with a hint of some cinnamon and sweat. The taste is sweet with some pears and cinnamon. There is a nice spicy finish. There is also a little vinous character that keeps this interesting. A nicely done and well balanced tripel for such a high abv. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a medium body.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml: Faded orange. Clingy white foam with a swirl of large and small bubbles. Bounty of airy, peppery phenols on the nose, along with significant (tropical) fruity esters and alcohol. Somewhat meaty beneath the alcohol, with hints of yogurty yeast and honeyed malt. Loose, spritzy carbonation fails to condense. Initially meaty, rather soggy, and lacking dryness which fails to lift the overt honeyed malt sweetness. Interesting yeast character shows hints of putty and cheese. Alluring, albeit heavily subdued, union of airy phenols, honeydew, and peppery alcohol fuse with the feisty carbonation, which gently invigorates the palate and brings a sense of balance. Overripe fruit-laden flavor profile taints the brightness and imparts more mushiness. Hops (Saaz?) show some leafy greenness, but lack poignancy, and the abundance of overripe fruit notes remain. Finishes with tidbits of peppery alcohol astringency and phenols, yet with a rummy, unspent malt sweetness which perpetuates the weighty wetness. Yet another Triple which suffers from being underattenuated, excessively alcoholic, and oversweet. Passable.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 CL Bottle- A cloudy Amber/Honey color with a smallish foamy head. A rich sweet aroma, big malts with fruit (Apricots), Orange Pekoe tea, Jasmine blossom and a touch of a moist old pile of hay. Sweet, malty, alcohol, cotton candy, rather spicy and quite warming. An interesting and potent Tripel. I’d like to lay down a few of these for a year or three!
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 750mL and 9% ABV. Murky maber body with a foamy and resilient white head. Doesn’t leave much foam lacing but appears to leave alcohol induced "legs". Nose is fruity and floral with lots of spicy notes and yeast. Light alcohol notes in this as well. Weakened rum cake, dried tangerine, slight hints of honey and honeysuckles, Belgian yeast. Taste is slightly bitter, yeasty, light grains, fresh bread, spicy hoppiness, and light earthy notes to this as well. Sweet malts, candied fruit, floral notes, angel food cake, light liquor notes, and more Belgian yeast. Body is very effervescent and medium-full. Lots of burping with this one. Finishes dry and bitter. Faint chalky notes at times. Light alcohol warmth. More yeast, sweet malts, bit of honey, oranges with sugar, and light bready notes. Nice!
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange. Fluffy head. Nice cookie dough nose. Good yummy spiciness. Alcohol is there for sure. Nice and delicate.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange/copper. Thick, bubbly, white head. Yeasty malt aroma. Yeast, malt, dark dried fruit, alcohol flavors. Slightly roasted aftertaste with some warming alcohol. Full body- creamy and generously carbonated at the same time. I prefer most triples just a little bit colder than room temperature, but this one was better closer to fridge temp. If you like giant malt you’ll be all over this one.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright, peachy color, thoroghly hazed, abundant head, lush and pillowy...classic look!
Aroma: sour, funky fruit, spices, ..zesty, but not amazing.
A blast in the mouth, dominated by tart citric fruit, pineapple and peach, bitter hops and funky yeast. Juicy, more than anything.
An interesting beer, a tasty one, but rather odd, and incohesive. Medium to full in body, with a weird, sourish finish. And another crazy thing, I can’t feel the 9% ...not yet...
I’m liking it more as the contents of the bottle diminish, yet it still lacks a certain spark, the kind we really look for in a Belgian ale of this kind.
Goliath gets warmer, the abv speaking up, and all is mellow.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow love the color.Pours a cloudy honey color with a hugh pillowy head that laces and sticks to the sides of the glass.sweet aromas of fruit.Starts of sweet then becomes crisp then the alcohol bite just barely.Not bad from such a young brewery.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body pours a copper hue with edges of gold. The head a silky cobweb like foam, rocky, tall and brawny. The aroma is dusty and natural. Flavor starts off light, a bit musty and yeasty; however as the beer warms, sweet fruity esters begin to arise; hints of apple, and pear along with plum and tangerines. The sweetness is never overwhelming, as I would have suspected from such a high gravity Belgian. The yeast adds a nice funky farmyard characteristic… cut hay and tall damp grass. A wonderful palate… airy yet slick… I truly enjoyed this offering!