DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What am I doing? Iíve been performing a classic male behavior - trying to wait out a heat wave w/o resorting to air conditioning, and the past 2 days I drink Kasteel Biere du Chateau, and now this?
The label says Belgian Tripel Style Ale. I would call it more of an Abbey Dubbel myself. Earthy, almost dirty aroma w. chocolate in the background. Chunks of sediment came out of the bottle before I saw it - sits on the bottom like turds. Cloudy reddish-brown color. Flavor is good - raisins, chocolate, some maltiness, anise, honey. Finishes sweet-tart though the beer is predominantly sweet, throughout. Batch #29. I drank it too fast, didnít let it warm much from fridge. Quality brew, though I prefer my yeast sediment to be granules not turds - have to avoid gulping them down...oh well.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this brew. Great head, cloudy, light carbonation and great flavors.
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from batch 28. Dark ruby color and complex and sweet flavor. The aroma fills your nose when you tip the glass back. I grew slighly less interested in the beer as I drank more of it, but the first few sips were fantastic.
jaymobrown (1843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #20. Sweet, and robust. Dark color. A fruit, dry finish.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thatís funny, itís just plain old íRoseí on my bottle, not íGolden Roseí, but itís a Belgian Triple and the HoTD web site refers to it as Rose, so thatís good enough for me. Gorgeous appearance, the head is huge and sloshes around nicely as you pour. Floral and tart aroma. The taste kind of reminds me of a homebrew that a buddy and I made of a Belgian Triple, except we added more sugar and hopped the shit out of ours, whereas this is better balanced (ours was like 12% alcohol).
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More of a cross between a triple and a golden ale. Decent floral hop aroma. Flavors of apricots, light candi and honey. Finish is slightly tart and sweet.
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Downgraded following a recent re-sample, this lacked the smooth floweriness I used to find - still decent but no more a classic.
Ernest (7364) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Batch 38. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is murky orange, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, bread), lightly hoppy (herbs), moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. One of my consistently least favorite HotD beers...I donít think Iíve ever had a Rose I liked, fresh or aged.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #20. Vinous nose with strong alcohol presence. Nearly no carbonation--this bottle has been sitting around for a while--reddish brown body. Flavor is a well-rounded sweetness, with some doughy malt flavors mixed with fruits. Tastes more like a good old ale than a Tripel.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lovely and inviting unfiltered apple cider color and a sweet spicy aroma that also seemed to have a little cider in it. The flavor is smooth, gentle, with a mildly fruity background and a subtle power. It finishes slow and dry, clean. Lovely.