notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the most unique tripels I’ve yet had - burnt copper color, with spicy, musty, earthy aroma - interesting mix of flavors, with peaches, pickled ginger, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon - long, mellow, finish that tastes somewhat like christmas cookies - very different for a tripel, but very good.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had the triple from Het Anker, which I personally consider to be a world class brewery many times before, but this is the first review.
A simply intoxicating aroma, lovely at times, not as others. Notes of cinnamon, deep malt, peaches, pears, icing and orange peels.
It’s better fresh but this is still great. Tropical fruitiness (lemon, pear, pineapple) throughout along with a mild hop bite on the finish. Just a great triple.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy copper with a beige head. Aroma is fruit and spice and malty. Sweet. Gently carbonated. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering. The taste is somewhat sweet and biting.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy Guacamole! This corked little devil came out with NO effort--BOOM!
And now my trousers are wet...
Muddy golden hue...vast mass of fluffy foam, white as snow sits on top and elegantly collapses, leaving gentle lace...Aroma: yeast, citric, but light, airy, a little honeyish...Taste: mmm, just right!
Elaborate? I shall. A garden of fruit is here, apricots, peaches, oranges, banana, mix it with cream, soften it with sugar, throw some honey in it, whipped cream on top now, gently sprinkle with spices...tastiness abounds! Lightly, judiciously hopped, ample malt, incessant flavor. Body is about medium, finish is nigh-unto-eternal, light, sugary, and just about damned delicious, balance is near perfect too, nothing is overly forward, everything meets just-so, and it’s drinkability gets a boost from that.
My first try with this one, and now it’s a new favorite, that I’ll return to again and again...deeelicious!
jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Formidible in the glass, and a hazy gold, fiery orange beauty. Tough to keep the head under control! Esters on the nose, banana, yeast, straw. An alcoholic bite, with diminishing flavors, that kind of leave a buzz on your tongue. I don’t mind it, but wish there was more hop and yest in the beer’s follow-through.
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good beer, a malty taste with also some fruit and sugar. But the alcohol presence is a bit too strong in taste and aroma.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up in Belgium. Pours gold, white head. Spicy/peppery aroma. Interestingly it’s like a high gravity witbier, it shares similar spiceyness, and is without the dry hoppinness you find in some triples
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
09.12.04 330ml bottle, 2005 dated. Dark, clouded gold; full of chunks of love. Fine sheet of foam that persists. Aromas of blackberry pie, biscuit, custard, orange, and honey. There’s a bit of medicinal or artificial tang to the aroma. Flavors seem to mimic the nose. Nice alcohol presence integrates, especially in finish. Cherry and berry prevalent in flavor, plum. Citrus not so much tasted, despite being flavor forward. Slight finishing acidity, sweet/tart overall.
TBone (11740) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 12/2005)
Hazy orange with big off-white head. Aroma is fruity: prunes and grapefruit. Flavor has raisins, malt, prune. Full-bodied. Hides ABV very well, drier than Classic.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - SEP 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml. big ’ole brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. No freshness date seen, either on bottle or cork. Greasy feeling composite cork. Loud pop forcefully ejected the cork into my hand.
Good thing I was ready for it. It has a very high level of carbonation, almost like a dry champagne. It poured out a deep golden yellow color, with a humongous white head. The head was loose and frothy, not tight like some triples. Aromas are of sweet Timothy hay, slight caramel cream aromas, and some yeasty bread. No hops aromas, but it has a very slight hops bite in the middle of the flavors. Flavors are of light caramels, some slight candi sugars, sweet pilsener malts, and of course, the yeast. Gentle vanilla flavors as well. Not much in the way of phenols, cloves or bubblegum. Gentle fruitiness to it, not overpowering at all. Finishes rather in the middle, neither sweet nor dry. Medium mouthfeel, coats the tongue for a brief second, then disappears. No alcohol aromas or flavors. A really decent triple, one of the best I’ve had.
If it were a little less expensive, this would make for a very good everyday beer.