Fiilen (12) - Risskov, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good looking beer, with a nice aroma, the smell of fruits meets the yeast. A nice taste, a slight taste of the yeast, and a fine finish.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet yeast honey aroma, fruity hops, light sourness. Sugary, a bit alcoholic. Medium orange-amber clear with huge foamy off-white head. Medium heavy watery body with high carbonation. Starts sweet and musky, with malt, horseblanket, Belgian yeasties. Finish is mild acidic, a bit astringent, and vapory sweet. Light fruity bitterness in the finish, and light astringent after. Some papery staleness throughout, though. Maybe a bit old.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 (Bottled) Quite hazy golden color with a smallish, tight and lacy head. Slightly tart and acidic, yeasty and sweetish apple juice aroma. Very appleish, acidic, semi-dry-cidery flavor with oranges and yeast. Slightly sticky-sugary finish. Medium-bodied, stingy-acidic, oily and slightly sugary, quite smooth-carbonated palate. Hides the high ABV pretty well. A decently interesting, smooth and cidery tripel with well-balanced sweetness. Could be less acidic, though.
Chokehold (20) - cape town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
i was not really impressed with this beer. Dark ale looking, very strong..would not buy another one.
jonas (5937) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yeasty, high on apple and tanin.
Golden, low carb big head.
Pear flavors, dusty yeast.
Relatively light body, oily mouthfeel.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If I gave top marks, I’d be afraid that the monks would get lazy and stop trying to make it better. This is an amazing beer. I found it at the Leon Pub in Tallahassee and drank it was my regular order there for a year. Then I went to Antwerp and drank it fresh. I’m basing my almost perfect rating on the "trucked to Antwerp, put on a boat, sploshed to New York, trucked to Florida, delivered to my bar, old and tired" Grimbergen tripel. The fresh stuff was twice as good.
Alas, when I returned to Tallahassee and ordered a Grimbergen, I was devistated to learn that the publican was pouring out of the last keg he had and one of the handful still in the states. The Abbey has weighed in on the quantity vs. quality front and chosen quality. They have decided to forsake the golden goose of export and concentrate on brewing a superior beer.
I guess that this means I’ll be back in Belgium sooner than I expected.
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Purchased at Le Vaudree. Amber bodywith a tall white head. Aroma is full of candy sugar, fruit, sweet malts, and light spice. Taste is spicy with a candy sugar, alcohol warmth, and sweet malt chewiness about it. Body is carbonation sharpness mixed with mild bitterness. Finish is light bitterness, faint sweetness, and spice .
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
out there in france: not as good as the double but still a drinkeable beer. pushing the envelope a little too much here. alcohol feel and sweet malty caramel toffee flavors.....some molasses. too sweet for me. drink the others you’ll be more happy.
crazyeye (1) - manalapan, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a wonderful beer. It turned me on to trappist ales, though none have reached the pinacle that this one did. Sweet but not cloying. The smoothness masks how strong this beer is.
haf (525) - Gijon, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Buena cerveza de abadia, aunque se podria esperar mas de una cerveza de abadia triple y belga ;)