Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Listed on the menu as a tripel, that is what this beer definitely is. Fine haze of particles hang in a medium to deeply golden body, good head. Aroma is spice, a touch of perfume, and sweetness, quite nice. Full on malt flavor, great balanced spiciness with a peppery note, hint of dried hops, and definite yeast. Quite yummy! But not a quad.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle, no notches for BBD. Pours dark golden with a slightly off-white head that is generous. it sits for 5 minutes while the head drops leaving plenty of lace behind. Bubble gum in the nose, with some banana and alcohol. Nice body, malty beer with a good dose of hops to it, but the finish kills it...a sort of stale metallic comes out in the lingering fruity finish. What would be a very nice beer is nearly ruined. Iíll still give it decent marks, because it is still enjoyable up to that finish. Iíve gotten this same flavor out of the other Het Kappittel beers Iíve had as well. Too bad.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared the bottle with motelpogo xmas eve, cellared for a year and pretty old already before that i think although i cant remember the useby. classy smell of plums, alcohol and a surprising hoppiness. smooth and mouthfilling. nice balance of yeast fruit, brown sugar, grainy malt, coriander and just enough toffee. nice long dry finish. not staggeringly flavourful but very smooth and balanced.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Bright, dark gold, hazy with touches of bubbling and small floaties, large diminishing head; yeasty, spicy, sourdough-funky nose, more saison-like than anything; sweet and rich on the tongue again with the funky stuff, nice dry herbal component (rosemary, white pepper, and dandelion coexist) but with touches of sweetness at front and finish; full, stable body, heavy late bitterness and pepper, subtle alcohol. Quite nice, though not tops for the style by any means. No idea how old this bottle was.
lamas (1340) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a light orange with super-thick white fluffy head. Aroma is sweet with hints of banana and lemon. Taste is almost like a barley wine. Not much flavor besides the alchohol which is very strong and up-front. Starts sweet and a little spicy then finishes bland, flat and watery. Warming. Too much alcohol and not enough flavor.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, deep golden-orange body with moderate high carbonation and a loose, foamy white head. Aroma of fruit peels, fusel alcohol, yeasty spice and some clove. Long, lingering yeasty spice flavor with moderate malty sweetness, medium phenols, and some firm but not overpowering bitterness. Hot and belly-warming, but has better balance and lacks the off elements of the lower ABV Kapittel beers.
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - xmas eve with eczematic. slightly hazy golden. decent aroma of cheesecake and pancake dough with faint earthy coriander and some vanilla. pleasant fluffiness. quite soft - a few yearsí ageing had really mellowed this
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazy dark goldenrod color with a thick, puffy, white head with thin lacing. Sweet fruity candi sugar aroma has nice balance of bready Belgian yeast. Starts with some sugary caramel malt and yeasty esters turning slightly more dry and fruity toward the mildly sticky candi sugar finish. Hides its alcohol quite well, but isnít as complex as a quadruple should be. A nice beer nonetheless, thanks JPDIPSO!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear, golden body with a thick, extremely dense white head. Lightly fruity and slightly metallic nose of ripe peaches, iron, orange blossoms, sweet apples, dry biscuits, warm alcohol and sweet honey. The body is not as robust or full as I would like from the style, but isnít disgustingly thin either. The flavor continues the heavy metallic trend. Subtle sweet fruits can be discerned at various points, but seem to be essentially covered by the vast metallic component. There are bits of apple cider, sweet honey malt and peaches, but they just canít handle the metal. The 10% alcohol is well hidden, as it doesnít seem nearly that strong. The finish is a little short, in my eyes, and would be better served by lingering and allowing the drinker to discern more of the characteristics. I wondered if it might be my bottle, but after viewing others reviews, it seems I was not alone in this opinion. There may, in fact, be a great Abt/Quad under here, but it canít live next to the huge metallic component. Too bad.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2005 In the 0.33L bottle from Dirty Johnís. Awesom milky pour of cloudy gold (where are folks getting this "orange" color?). Aroma flowery with that classic belgian fruity medicine-like smell. Yellow foamy head. Thick blanket laces the glass. Decent alcohol burn on the way down with the ethanol sting as your first sensation. Bitterness envelops the mouth afterwards. Does not seem to be as complex as some Tripels. Awesome sweetness seems like honey. This is the one to have if youíre just having one. Strong!