TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Burnished gold. Voluminous stark-white foam exhibits textbook retention and lacework. Lively nose of yeast (plaster, leather, light sulfur) pineapple, mandarin orange, rock candy, peppery hops, and apricot jam. Beautifully rustic. Snug and fluffy carbonation. Sweet and explosively succulent with a captivating assortment of fruity esters and peppery hops. Remarkably clean and lustrous despite the pervasive rustic yeast character and prominent pineapple and apricot sweetness. Tonic-like mineralic edge adds obligatory briskness which balances the resounding malt- and fruit-driven fullness. Adeptly extracted malt buoys the already fluffy and rich body with a sublime cookie/ toast/bready interplay, and gains more depth as the rummy candy sugar clings to its powdery malt remnants. Uplifting edge of lemon zest emerges from the immense malt frame to elevate drinkability. Dusty yeast enlivens the malt while deflecting the sweetly jammy core. Lengthy finish features a delicate mineralic bite which triggers an understated herbal and earthy hop punch. Sweet malt, bright fruit, and dusty yeast perpetually linger. This juggles rusticity and sophistication seemingly with little effort. Awe-inspiring in its nuance, depth, texture, complexity, aromatic charm, you name it. World class, plain and simple.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours gold with a nice, lasting white head. Nose is dry, grassy, some hay, light lemony hints, bitter citrus. Tastes dry and grassy with some light, peppery splashes, wheat, hay, some slight farmhouse character. Excellent beer!
maccaferri (10) - ITALY - MAR 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
forse una delle miglior tripel che conosco...e il Mittelfrüh...che luppolo!! dosato alla perfezione.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 Surprise, surprise (Not!), another beer from this brewery that is fabulously carbonated. A dense, voluminous, meringue like head sits atop this beer. Mad rivulets of carbonation cascade through this beer propelling the head ever higher above the rim of my glass. The head started out three fingers thick in my tulip glass, but is now a full two-fingers above the rim of my glass and it is showing now signs of flowing over the rim; a veritable structural masterpiece. The beer is an enticing, brilliantly clear, orangish copper color and the head, lest I forget, is a light tan-cream color. Ah the aroma has that characteristic note that I associate with a good Tripel; a bit yeasty, sweet and creamy smelling (if you can imagine such an incongruous descriptor being valid), with spicy / herbal notes ranging all over the place. I get notes that jump from vanilla to lemon grass, to stinging nettle, to orange peel, to hay, to weedy wild-flower blossoms. Sharp ginger notes combine with white pepper and dusty grains of paradise, as well as a touch of sour. What an absolutely fabulous aroma this beer has.
The beer is sweet and lightly tart up front, but then that ample carbonation causes it to explode on my tongue. There is enough of a body to this beer that it still is able to cling to the palate even as it vaporizes on my tongue. Creamy, and satiating, yet with the carbonation light and effervescent as well. The carbonation combines with spicy phenolics and other yeast driven notes to create a biting character to this beer that starts in the middle, and then combines with some sharp notes of higher alcohols (and regular old alcohol too) that are found in the finish. Ultimately this beer has a certain warming character to it that lingers on down in my esophagus long after I have taken a sip. The combination of the creamy body, the sweet malt and some notes of orange peel lead me to thoughts of candied orange-creams.
Once the head starts to finally fall it forms a rockied, alien surface full of shear canyons, volcanic cratered peaks, and crevasses that lead to caves; by far one of the most interesting heads I have ever seen on a beer. All the while the head also leaves a varied pattern of Belgian lace on the sides of my glass. The aroma ultimately seems to remind me of a freshly mown field of hay mixed with scythed dandelions, and trampled wild flowers; an aromatic experience that I love to find in both Tripels and Saisons.
What a stupendously engaging and tasty beer. This is the full on experience that one hopes to find in every beer. A light, yeast derived tartness only adds to the complexity of this beer. Spice notes also abound in this beer; I get notes of kefir lime leaf, ginger, and even some notes that make me thing of the heat from a chile pepper. As the beer warms and looses the carbonation, it actually seems to become a bit less creamy, which I certainly would not expect.
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CafeeOndineke (35) - Melle, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 75cl bottle. A tripel like a tripel should be! :-p
Great head. Great golden color. Great taste.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dusty deep gold. Huge, thick, clumpy head, fades away to chunky lace. Nose very spicy, some yeast, a bit sweet, some apple tartness. Good flavor, spice and yeast predominate, good effervescent bite to it upfront, fades away to an intriguing, earthy hoppiness. Has a nice hay/straw/dusty character to it. Bit lemony, but the fruitiness has plenty of orange. Aftertaste is interesting, kind of fruity-waxy, as if somebody rubbed the rind of a store-bought tangerine around the inside of my mouth. Beautiful palate, very full, creamy--impressive. Sticks wonderfully, not syrupy at all, just lovely balance in the mouth. Nice tripel.
Jerre (2969) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 75 cl. Takje this at france on vacation. Deep gold color, white head. Spicy nose, some yeast, a bit sweet. Good flavor, spice and yeast, earthy hoppiness. Nice character to it. Beautiful palate, very full, creamy--impressive. Lovely balance in the mouth. Nice tripel.
Quality beer from de Glazen toren!
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Three year old bottle shared by eyedrinkale. Hazy golden straw colour and a thick sticky white head. Aroma is pretty solid with a rich spicy aroma with some soft fruity character. Soft rich maltiness with a lightly oxidized fruitiness. A little bit crackery. Chewy and rich with a light tartness on the back. Lightly oaky with a soft vanilla flavour on the back. A touch of sweet spiciness on the back, lingering cherryish fruit. Man... I can’t believe how much the age has improved this... damn delicious.
Pale golden yellow beer that practically gushed as soon as I got the cork out. Small amounts of beer on my lap, my couch, and my floor. Very overcarbonated. Continued to foam and froth long after pouring my first glass of the bottle. Thick pillowy white head over a golden beer with thick protein chunks throughout the beer. Notes of pear, peach and banana. A bit of caramel and toffee that belies the pale colour of the brew. Dusty with light butterscotch that I find quite distracting. Moderate body and a soft dusty bitterness. A bit too sweet with a light rotted peach character. A strange beast and not a terribly good one.
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Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Signature Belgian look, a dark golden body with a large, frothy head of foam that leaves spotty lacing and lasts well. Nose is the weakest part of the ale, but still shows some nice notes of herbs, along with a variety of yeast derived from notes. Flavor is brilliantly balanced, full of subtlety and nuance. Mouth feel is silky and wet, and glides down the throat. Very nice ale. The Belgians do it the best, period.
malrubius (2097) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Ebenezer’s. Golden orange with dense puffy head and lace. Lemon pastry bready spicy herbal aroma. Lemon pastry bready spciy herbal apricot fruit with dry spicy herbal finish. Fresh soft and dry. Excellent. Really tastes handmade.