hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.... Hazy, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The complex nose is spicy and woodsy with lots of grain, coriander phenols and bread... lightly acidic. The flavor is woodsy with moderate pungency, lightly sweet with mild spiciness (coriander phenols). Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes grainy, tangy and dry.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Much thanks to egajdzis for bringing this Tripel(one of my fav styles) per my request...
Cool looking 750 mL with a wax tipped cap.
Appears a very hazy orange gold with a 1 finger white head that slowly fades out. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, yeast, light tartness, apple skin, some Belgian goodness...but a bit off key. Seems more like a wheat beer gone awry.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart apple skin, bubble gum...just really overkill on the esters with not a whole lot of anything else going on.
Mouthfeel is tart, acidic, apple-ish, yeasty, medium bodied, and infected.
Seems weird that they went through all the trouble to safe lock this beer with the cork, cap, and wax and it still tasted like wild yeast got into the mix and gave it a vinuous feel. Hmmm...I’d like to revisit this if they did it again and they supplied the sample of course.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a hazy, golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma was yeasty, earthy, spicy, with citrus, and a bit of buttercream as well. Really nice aroma, took a down-turn after sipping. Infected with lactobacillus, even though this was bottled in the past 6 months... and corked and capped! Light toffee and toasted dough up front, quickly turns south, with green apple, tart citrus, and a bit of vanilla. Disappointing.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. Turbid golden pour with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of funky bready malt, barnyardy hay, tart fruit, hops, and some unwashed female asscrack hints. The flavor was tart, fruity, funky yeasty, with bready malt and finishing hopcitrus. It got pretty tart at the end, approaching a sort of saison/lambic/tripel hybrid.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazed peach juice color, thin white head. Surprising nose on this one with well blended notes of sugary soured citrus, wood, spices and soft bready tones. Deep citrus flavor up front that slowly fades into a light sourdough breadiness. Touches of wood and spice bring up the rear and round this out nicely. Full bodied, soft carbonation, lightly tart and sour finish. A stange cat (frog) this one is. Not bad at all though and worthy of a try. Thanks for sharing Hopscotch....
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Same as the Eugene City Tripel. This big ol 10% tripel starts with a nice fruit/caramel sweetness, very estery with a lot of banana and clove throughout, very nice carbonation livens up the spices allowing them to cut through the sweeter body of this brew. A bit of alcohol shows when this brew is cold but is covered up nicely as it warms.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 bottle with sealing wax, cap and cork. What, no gold leaf? Pours a cloudy peach color with a hugely fluffy white head. Belgian yeast aroma with pineapple and maybe some ginger? The body tends to the light side. Tastes of oxidized apples and peaches. Dry spicy finish. Does a really good job of hiding the alcohol.
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750. Pours amber orangey with an enormous fluffy white cumulus head. Big pear and apple nose, smells dry. Tastes dry, with the apple notes predominating. Not much else going on, other than a wee splash of herbal notes in the attack as it warms.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear gold with no head, malty/wheat nose, sweet and yeasty, banana, nothing too exciting here
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 30/09/2005
Golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy. Bitter on the palate with a slightly dry lasting finish.