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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Belgian Style Tripel using same Abbey Yeast. Monster aromas and sweet flavors coming from the yeast and a huge amount of Belgian Candi Sugar. Ingredients: Weyermann Pilsner Malt, Belgian Candi Sugar, Saaz Hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Lightly hazed golden-orange. White bubbles quickly disperse to form a finely packed collar. Classy nose of peach, lemon balm, honeydew melon, floral hops, black pepper and persimmon esters. Underlying notes of toasted hay, cotton candy, sulfur, stewed apples and vanilla taffy. Soft, big-bubbled carbonic bite. Explosively flavorsome from the start, with a bright and juicy smack of peppery and floral hops framed by a sweet and fluffy Juicy Fruit gum center. Truly sublime yeast character is relatively muted yet flashes some slick, nutty, taffylike notes in the distance. Soothing alcohol warms the gullet and enhances the peppery esters while augmenting the dryness. Distant plasticlike phenol imparts some snap to the otherwise remarkably soft and succulent body as it emerges in the background. Sweet and savory contrast between the well-managed candy sugar, peppery alcohol, and candied pear note. Certainly on the dry side of the spectrum, which is amazing given its considerable juiciness. Malt yields a whisper of toasted hay, but plays supportive role as it quietly accents the hops and abundant esters. Soft finish is composed of peppery alcohol along with an array of fruity esters and snappy phenols. Such an unfortunate rarity these days where you’ll find an American-made Tripel (or simple Belgian ale, for that matter) that’s not excessively sweet, yeasty, banana-laden, alcoholic, and/or spiced. Hats off to the brewers at Issaquah for both devising and executing a complex and luxurious beer from a minimal list of ingredients. A sign of true craftsmanship.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2010
750mL bottle.. some of the hardest wax to get off with a cork beneath.. dirty liquid made its way through the cork onto the top, and the damn cork broke halfway out. Eventually I get this f*er in the glass.. poured nearly clear bright golden with a short cap of white head.. a few Rogue chunks of cork made it into the glass as well. The aroma picked up tart lighter fruit skins and a lovely dose of floral and grassy hops over honey and more fruit.. warmth brought out dirty white pepper and vanilla.. excellent nose! The flavor couldn’t quite hold up to the aroma, but it was still quite tasty.. tart light fruits and floral bitterness opened as expected, with biscuity malts joining semi-sweet honey on the middle.. earth and white peppery spice on the edges.. finished with the tasty spices over honey.. all of the elements came together well, but they didn’t pop like in the aroma. Medium-bodied with a sweet overall complexion on the palate.. nothing but tasty stuff here.. greatly exceeded my expectations!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Pours a clear gold with a thick off-white head that leaves lots of lace on the glass. The aroma is strong with soft fruit and yeast, spiced bread, and big malts. The flavor is big with delicious golden malts; doughy, sticky, bread; some fruit (pear); honey; and more malts. Wow - a very nice tripel. The mouthfeel is creamy and light and is generally medium in body. Overall, an excellent brew - a well-done attempt at a Belgian tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3513) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
Draught at Rogue Ales - Brewer’s on the Bay. From notes. Clear and sharp. Belgian-style stuff. Lots of candi sugar. Yeasty and spicy. Like a sharper, spicier version of Duvel? I get the feeling that this one is a lot better fresh than in bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
GABF 2005
Aroma: spicy grains and apples
Appearance: murky yellow, small head
Flavor: sweet apples, grass, hay, cream, yeast, and some pepper
Palate: smooth and spicy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2007
On tap at the Rogue Ales Public House in SF. Menu board claims that this is in the XS series. Slightly cloudy dark gold. A serious white head of great staying power. Mild estery bubble gum aroma. Fairly thick palate. The sweetness is huge, but it has a malty, not candy sweetness. Has a quick finish without the pacman tartness. Nicely medicinal at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours a clear, golden bronze with a nicely-lacing white head. Aroma of bready Belgian yeast and some sweet pale maltiness and coriander. Starts lightly pale malty and sweet with a nice balance of coriander spice and black peppery yeast. Exhibits pretty good balance and authenticity. A nice abbey tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
750. Admittedly the bottle looks cool. But this was very expensive. Thankfully I did not foot the bill on this one. The cork was a bitch to get out of this and eventually half of it fell in, causing the beer to pour with a monstrous head. Pours hazy pale yellow with aforementioned ridiculous pearly white head equipped with clear fat bubbles. Aroma is yeasty, Belgiany, peppery, spicy. A healthy dose of mustard (!?). Dry. Almost saison like. Very interesting. Dijon mustard, man, seriously. Anyways, the taste is bready, dry, non-offensive, fairly standard Tripel. The taste is not amazing but there’s certainly nothing wrong with it. With the exception of the price this is a fine beer and the numbers are a bit low in my opinion. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Pours light golden color with a white head. Smells yeasty, citrusy... a little bit sour. Nice refreshing flavor, great summer beer. Unfortunately, a wee bit pricey... while I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t buy it again.

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