FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 One of the best examples of the Tripel style and a world classic beer that I wish I could afford to keep around more often. +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a nice clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is strong spiciness with a bit of fruit. A strong peppery spicy flavor with some sweetness and tartness added follows. Thick on the tongue. Mild spiciness lingers on the palate. A marvelous Triple and a world classic.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive golden color with a nice fluffy off white head that is nicely retained. Aroma is wonderful. Figs, candy sugar and spices meld in a delicous melody of scents. Flavor is complex. Initial flavor is kinda harsh hairspray, then everything settles out and the finish is deliciously spicy. Very nice mouth feel. Very good Abbey Tripel.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, at the brewery restaurant March 2004. Gold colour with good white head and good condition. Excellently spiced nose with corriander, curacao and grain all apparent. Sweet and spicy in the mouth with a slightly flowery perfumed note on a good solid base of malt. Long sweet and spicy finish. Seems more subdued in bottle, but on tap was superb. I don't normally like tripels but this one impressed.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled, at the Helsinki Beer Festival 2004) Muddy, dark golden color, small head. Sourish, fruity aroma. Extremely fruity, slightly sweet orange peel / ginger flavor with honey. Medium to full-bodied, refreshing, slightly carbonated palate.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, deep golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Thin, weepy lacing. The nose is of fuzzy fruit, leather, alcohol and a whisper of beef broth. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Bold, sweet, alcoholic finish. Thanks to jbrus for the bottle.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer pours (in flute glass) a cloudy, lightly golden liquid with a small amount of off-white head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin film. Aroma is of sweet fruit and citrus. Flavor is of citrus, hoppy, and dry. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy antique gold colour. Not much head, but very spritzy and prickly on the tongue once it gets into the mouth. Spirity nose with sweet malt and rich spices hovering in the background. Very sweet initial hit on the palate but backed up by cocktail of citrus fruits and balanced by a clean yeasty acidity. Once the sweetness on the finish, a bone dry, sharp and flinty aftertaste, rather reminiscent of a young chablis lingers. Quite nice, but I wouldn't mind betting that this one would improve with age as the best before date was December 2005. Couldn't wait that long though. Bottle (33cl).
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lightly citrousy on the nose, a touch peppery.
Beautiful, hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head consisting of a mountainous range of deeply packed little bubbles. Bold flavor, big mouthfeel. Sharply astringent, relaxed by a wave of sweet malt hopped just so. Tart, nevertheless. Fruity, leathery nature caries through to a dry finish. Nice.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark yellow color with a huge small bubbled head that takes forever to settle. Spicy aroma with light fruits (apple). Full bodied and a bit fizzy on the tongue. Ends lightly sweet with an oak wood flavor. Long mellow ending.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. This beer formed a very large white head that was foamy with fine-small sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was transparent, carbonated and yeasty with a yellow hue. The nose was fruity and alcohol. The flavor was of alcohol and somewhat bitter tasting. The mouthfeel was smooth and the lacing was fair.