emacgee (4404) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle looked cool enough for a try. Pours a nice dark reddish amber with a pretty, tan, creamy head. The aroma definitely carries traces of the alcohol, fruit notes, and an earthy aroma. Lets see how she tastes. Hmm, definitely alcohol, hmmm wine taste, it has the dry mature fruit, aged taste that reminds me of a wine. I tend to like the dry fruity belgians so this appeals to me. Not as much of the belgian yeasty taste, more of a crisp warm mouthfeel to it along with the finish.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark, red tinged, brown with a frothy two finger head. The foam fades slowly to a very thick cap, leaving behind large chucks of foam on the glass.
Smell; sweet dark fruits, and chocolate are the dominant aromas with some spicy yeasts. There’s also a bit of alcohol in the nose, and with the fruity notes, lends an almost vinous quality to the beer.
Taste; cherries and plums greet the tongue on the initial sips, followed by a little bit of chocolate and caramel. There’s a bit of a floral quality in the middle, and a fairly large alcohol presence in the finish. If it were not for the strong alcohol presence, this beer would be really damn good. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice smooth natural ccarbonation, and due to the alcohol the drinkability takes a significant hit.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep brick brown with ruby tones. There is easily 3" of a thick head of clumpy light tan foam. Good lacing. Full of malt, molasses, and raisin in the aroma.
Very malty beer, loaded with molasses, raisins, rum, anise, Belgian yeast, and chocolate. The finish has flavors of toffee and rum. Full bodied and full carbonation - excellent mouthfeel. A dryness from roasted grains and a mild spiciness from the yeast and/or hops lingers through the aftertaste.
A great beer, and an old standby.
beerbill (3573) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. I love the shape of the bottles the Belgians use, and the white coated glass makes this one exceptional. These remind me of the "steinies" used by American brewers in the 40’s and 50’s. The beer itself pours a deep brown with a thick, creamy light tan head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, malt, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is dates, caramel and malt. Very nice, almost chewy mouthfeel, not unlike a piece of toffee melting in your mouth. Quite enjoyable.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle - pours dark brown, only slightly hazy under the light, with a big off-white head that towered out of my Chimay goblet. It’s a Tripel, but it looks like a Dubbel. Interesting. Aroma is a bit alcoholic, but not unpleasant as it mingles very well with the powerfully sweet ripe fruit and yeast. A bit toffee-like. Same toffee sweetness shows up in the flavour, only accented more, with alcohol warming at the back of the throat and a creamy yeastiness at the front. Ripe dark fruit all the way through, raisins being the most in evidence to me. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. The ABV definitely shows itself and I started feeling this thing halfway through the glass. A nice and unique Belgian Tripel. Plus, the bottle is fantastic.
AngryJohnny (3) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the good fortune to have the beer on tap. Nice brown color and fairly clear with a nice bubbly head. Complex aroma – a bit of a raisin scent up front but gives way to citrus and yeast.
Despite the high abv, there wasn’t a noticeable alcohol character. Fruity flavor with notes of spice. A very enjoyable beer.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours a clear brown with a fading head. Soft sweet and fruity on the nose. Bitter bubbling apple-like punch has a smooth finish.
loseratheart (110) - USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honey, apples raisins and the usual belgian background. Red brown, creamy head. Sweet malt, apples, citrus, but the flavors lack balance - the front of the mouth promisses a lot which the back does not hold. The strength gives it a seemingly full body. Nice nightcap.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The whole thing about this beer indicates its exceptionel character. The white bottle, the bizzare dragon on the label and the fact that it’s a triple even though the colour is deep brown.
It forms a dense, lasting head and looks gorgerous in the glass. The aroma is heavy and is full of ripe fruit, berries and a up-front yeasty sensation.
the taste is nearly overwhelmeangly sweet, but the slightly metallic hoppiness makes up for it as does the lively carbonation (it is now over an hour since I popped the cap...)
It is a fine beer, and even though it’s classified as a Belgian Strong Ale, I really get the triple sensation when drinking it.
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brown ale poured with a creamy tan head, eliciting a strong alcohol aroma. Although it is billed as a Tripel style ale, it is more like a Strong Ale in that it is dark-colored and rather sweet. The flavor is of caramel malt, spices, raisins and alcohol. This is a complex and tasty beer.