KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour was a cloudy almost murky medium yellow-orange that had an average sized (1-2 fingers) white creamy head that lasted a little while leaving behind some nice foamy residue creating a decent amount of lacing that lasted throughout.
The aroma was nice and enticing with a mild grain malt, a nice flowery hop and a sweet moldy yeast with obvious notes of banana, honey, orange and a mild peppery spiciness with just a tinge of alcohol.
The first sip tasted ever so lightly sweet with a nice dose of honey and a hint of citrus. Although as the flavor progressed it became quite a bit more appealing with a little bit of sour setting in and a nice strong yeasty flavor. Towards the end I noticed notes of banana, some spiciness and a nice alcohol warming sensation that allowed the flavor to stay with you for a decent amount of time.
Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with the texture starting out rather creamy but shifting to a dry finish with a mild carbonation.
Overall a smooth aromatic blending of malts, yeast and spices giving this beer a tremendous flavor.
slowrunner77 (6022) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"this was an odd duck...wasnít quite what was expected from a traditional tripel. the yeast was very restrained. pleasant and very fruity with a lingering sweetness. the hops had faded due to the age (14 mo) of the beer, but the GD signature malt profile was there...unique for this style. not a home run, but a pleasant beer."
hotstuff (4229) - Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 01-15-2010 (Bottled on Aug. 14, 2009) This bottled beer pours a small white head with a short retention, cloudy body, very little carbonation, one ring of lacing, and a dull yellow hue. The Aroma is yeasty, malty, fruity, and hoppy. Ditto for the Taste. The Palate is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this beer is quaffable, the ABV at 9.3% doesnít hit you in face, but this beer is not the best of this style that I have rated. Therefore, not a beer I will drink again.
arminjewell (6322) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at Great Divide, hazy yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of spice, grass, some vanilla, hints of grainy notes, some biscuit and bready malts, touch of earth. Taste is a mix of grain, biscuit, bread, some spice, hints of vanilla, sweet white fruits, slight earthy tones dry it out to the finish.
notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Turbid gold - nose is very floral, with a fair amount of honey and some grassy notes - creamy texture, medium body - flavor is medium sweet, with some tartness to balance - some spicy alcohol and moderate grassy hops also cut the sweetness well - light notes of apple and melon rind - moderate peppery phenols combine with the moderate alcohol to create a very warming finish - quite nice, really.
Earlier Rating: 8/30/2009 Total Score: 3.3
Bomber - pours a hazy gold with a soapy lace - loads of clove and banana in the nose, with a moderate honey sweetness and gentle spiciness underneath - creamy mouthfeel - not as sweet as most american-made tripels, but also not nearly as complex as I would like for the style - a bit of pear and other fruity qualities - a strong spicy character and light floral notes - an odd, starchy quality (like overcooked rice) makes it a little less enjoyable - lingering light sweetness - well-masked alcohol - a couple of flaws, but a decent effort.
Steve_0 (2822) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Great Divide from their pilot system. Pour is hazy golden with a fluffy white head and great lacing. First thing that hits you is the mouthfeel, very different. Very thick and syrup-like, almost gelatin. Clove, banana peel, some biscuit, grass, and fruit esters in the aroma. Taste is nice and spicy, clove, banana, somewhat medicinal, biscuit, pine, and bread with a spicy lingering finish. Really nice tripel; canít wait for the new seasonal.
fletchfighters (1117) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-- pours a hazy goldish yellow . got a very small head. A fair amount of sediment in the pour. Med carbonated.
S-- A very non domintant smell. Get some yeast and some fruit. Not nearly as big as the Belgian Tripelís are in the smell. The yeast was more dominant. A little disappointing as I expected more fruit dominant.
T-- The candied alcohol taste is very upfront and pretty prevelant in this. Good amount of yeast in the taste.
M-- Still medium carbonated. Very yeasty in the mouthfeel. Nothing too outstanding.
D-- If not for the very forward alcohol taste it is OK. One 750 is more than enough. Not very complex and looks and tastes more like a Hefe. Too cloudy. and looses its luster after a while. Better off with a 330. This beer lets you know off the bat it is 9.3 ABV. Honestly the first Great Divide I have been unimpressed with in a long time. Spend the extra cash and get the Chimay white, St. B, or La Fin Du Monde Tripel. Far more worthy.
Ughsmash (7174) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber, bottled on 8/27/10. Poured clear, straw golden with a short-lived white head. The aroma picked up somewhat meaty honey at the core, with touches of lemon zest, black pepper, and almost vegetal accents.. there was something in there I really didnít enjoy. The flavor found honey, bread, and that same, odd vegetal stuff at the core.. black pepper, dusty earth, and more of the ugly, weird stuff around.. finished with more of the stuff I didnít dig along with honey and a touch of vomit. Medium-bodied with heavier carbonation on the palate.. the components I didnít like seemed to stick in all the wrong places.. looking at the overall ratings, age didnít appear to be kind to this one.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy gold color, aroma of apples, banana, spices, yeast, flavors of apple, banana, yeast, spices, yeast, lemon, orange, a style i like but this beer didnt do it for me
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Probably my least favorite style of beer other than heavy smoked beers. Pale yellow color with a white head. Nose is pretty heavy in alcohol with some straw and hops noted too. Taste smooth and kind of bitter with a big alcohol burn. The alcohol burn is the reason I do not like tripels, and this one has plenty of it. Not my favorite GD beer.
superspak (2772) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into chalice; bottled 08/12/2010. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1 finger dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange, pepper, biscuit, grass, yeasty spices, and light tart grains. Nice and well balanced aromas. Quite standard for a tripel as expected. Taste of big lemon, apple, orange, pepper, grass, biscuit, tart grains, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, grains, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking for 9.3% but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American made Tripel. Great flavor balance and complexity; with good drinkability for the level of alcohol.