poisoneddwarf (1871) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Aroma is medicinal, tart. Pours hazy yellow with a medium head which dissipates just a bit, leaving a layer of foam on top of the beer. Taste is sour. Nice aftertaste. High carbonation. Much better than the Endeavour.
ericcassidy (38) - Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
very sour and almost cidery. label says there are no crustaceans in it...thatís a relief! would be good if your sweet tooth was in need.
douglas88 (6844) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle from the Utah State Store. Pours a cloudy orange hue with a bizarre white bubbly head, big quickly dissipating bubbles akin to a vigorous pour of milk perhaps. A sweet citrus and honey nose. A basic and decent flavor; somewhat odd sour plastic, sweet malt substitute, honey. OK, odd and not something Iíd drink again probably.
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Half liter bottle pours hazy gold Ė apricot with copper core and very brief white head. The aroma is full of apple fruitiness, a light amount of spice, chemical earthiness (what?) and an odd note I can only characterize as sliptelbuzzin. The taste is surprisingly smooth to start with cider, some pears, grapes and a white wine note note. It goes down hill from there as it gets an odd sugary, brown rice, earthy, chemical and sliptelbuzzin sensation. I didnít want to finish it.
jimhilt (2452) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly, leaving some lace. Nearly clear pale golden amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet apple nose. Flavor is sweet apple and cider. Does not taste like a triple. Higher ABV is hidden. Best by Sep 13, 2009. $5.99 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a pale straw color, lightly hazy, with a moderate sized frothy head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of honey, stone fruits and paint. Taste is weird. A bit bready, cinnamon, apple, paint, clay. Medium bodied. Strongly carbonated.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have no medical reason to drink a gluten-free beer, but what the heck, letís try one anyway.
GLASS: Tripel Karmeliet Goblet
TEMP: Cellared at approx. 50 degrees
This beer looks nice in a glass. It has the color of golden honey. It should be noted that it looks just slightly darker than expected for a Tripel. It pours with a nice thick head that, unfortunately, dissipates all too quickly.
It gives off a nice citrus and yeast smell that leads me back to positive anticipation.
The taste is not quite what was expected from a Tripel, but it is very close. It tastes predominately of peaches and nectarines. It has a slight taste of honeyed apples on the back end of it. In between lays an unknown tanginess and something that almost tastes too sweet for this glass.
It does feel good in the mouth, as a good beer should. There is nothing to make you think that youíre missing some ingredient.
I would say, as someone who is not concerned about gluten content, that this would be a good beer to enjoy every now and then (like once or twice a year). Just to be used as something to throw into the mix to break up the regular routine.
If you are someone who must maintain a gluten-free diet, you would be hard pressed to find a beer with better flavor than this, at this point in time, anyway. In the realm of Tripels, this is in the middle of the pack. Iíve definitely had better, but iíve certainly had worse.
r464 (1992) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Something about this struck a chord with me, though it overall was a bit lacking in execution. There is a wine-like flavor to it, with a deep yellow color and white bubbly head.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 16.9oz bottle in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours the characteristic deep yellow to medium amber, with a slightly smaller-than-average white head. Some sour notes come through in the nose, as do some cidery notes. Finally, some malt-like character comes through, which is curious, since there wasnít any malt used. The palate is full in terms of both complexity and mouthfeel. Again, there is a rather prevalent note of acidity, which I found to compliment the other tenets of the style, namely esters and some sweetness. A slight spice from the hops evidences itself in the mid-palate to finish. Overall, an interesting concoction, and a pleasing "beer."
daknole (10102) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2009
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Clar yellow/gold with a big bubbled head. Arom ais nasty. Old apple cider and overripe lemons. Flavor is even worse. Why so much apple flavor. Too much carbonation. BLEH.