tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sugary, lightly spicy, mildly nutty, woody, fruity aroma with some herbal tones and some mild phenolics. Clear orange copper with decent white head that recedes slowly to generous cover with some nice lacing. Fairly assertive bitterness with mild underlying sugary sweetness, herbal hop character and a rather strong coriander spiciness that perhaps dominates overly much. Medium body with fairly strong carbonation. Bottle sampled at the Voyager par des Papilles group tasting Feb-05.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden color with a thin, bubbly white head. Aroma and flavor of honey, fruits and yeast. Light to medium body, lively carbonation. I’m kind of surprised by this beer, it’s a lot better than what I expected from a Grimbergen.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange with firm white head. Hazy.
Fresh and fruity aroma with notes of pears, apricots, laundry detergent. A bit malty.
Woody flavor with notes of rocks and oakvats. Fruity and quite alcoholic.Some almonds. Sweet and estery. Harsh. Low bitterness.
GonZoBeeR (2984) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:lemon,honey and malt
Appearance:clear orange good white head
Flavor:Alcohol a the start and fruity malt and spices.
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 (3806) - 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 (4677) - 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 (5996) - 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.