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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Belgo-American Ale brewed with special Canadian Honey Malt, generous additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Saaz hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast. Enjoy the tawny color, thick scent of tropical fruit and flowers, warming flavors of honey and clove, and clean, bitter finish.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Courtesy jayg. Bottle #259. Bottled 4/07. Abbey Tripel? Hardly. This one screams IPA in all respects. Orange-amber, cloudy body. Small, bubbly, off-white head. The aroma shows fresh, lively orange hops with hints of pine resin, faint caramel malts, and fruity yeast. Flavor shows primarily the same, with tons of crisp citrus fruitiness and acidity followed by caramel malts and a bevy of flowery tastes. Bitterness is moderate, though adequate enough to provide good balance. Smooth, medium mouthfeel and body with a clean citrus finish. Very ice brew, though it resembles a Tripel about as much as I resemble Shaquille O’Neal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Pours a nice amber color with a small white head. Love the aroma of the hops.Grapefruit nose. Lots of grapefruit on the flavor with a small hop bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle... Murky amber ale with a small, wispy, off-white head. Earthy, fruity aroma with notes of peach, tropical fruits, PNW hops and damp leather. Well-balanced by moderate toffee sweetness and an equal amount of grapefruit pith bitterness. Medium to full-bodied with medium carbonation. Mid-length, snappy finish. Seems like a PNW IPA to me; nice juicy hops with good balance and no tripel-like esters or phenols. A big SHOUT goes out to jayg for sharing his bottle of this fine IPA!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Courtesy jayg. Pours a cloudy orange.red with a small off white head. Smells of juicy grapefruit hops, other citrus fruit. Maybe a little spice too. The taste has a big spice character to it as well, with a bunch of hops, and grapefruit citrus. Definitely get a good dose of caramel sweetness hanging around too. Mild bitterness in the finish and lingering in the aftetaste. I definitely dont taste any tripel characters, mostly all IPA characters. Mislabeled in my opinion. Pretty good beer though.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2007
At last! An Ithaca beer I can get excited about. Ithaca Beer is Gorges, and all that. Great deep orange body, small white head, wonderful lacing. Nose of sweet malts, grapefruit, and pine. Taste of sweet malts and caramel, oranges and more oranges, with a long, long bitter finish. Good full mouthfeel. Liked it more and more as I worked through the bottle. And still more bitterness in the finish. Delightful.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Deep crimsony orange, creamy white head. Sweet hop nose loaded with pine, grapefruit zest, and vanilla, with underlying tones of brown sugar and warm honey bread throughout. Intense citrus and pine flavors blend with soft sugary spiced peachy vanilla tones. Full bodied and slick, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. An interesting and unique take on this hybrid that worked very well for me. An after dinner sipper for sure...

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastiefan2k (2478) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Hoppy tripel… I don’t think so. Slightly sweeter DIPA, ohhh yes! Pours with no head but a thick, dark orange color and absolutely no clarity, barely even any light coming through it. Aroma of bitter, young, tropical fruits that just have not ripened yet; thick and perfume-y. Nothing about the aroma says Belgian but it is sweet and hoppy, just like the taste. Taste is cloying sweet, over the top sweet hops, with an astringent bitter hop finish topped of with a decent serving of alcohol. Hard to drink, it’s a sweet, strong, alchy, hop-bomb. Finishes with a bitter-skins aftertaste. Medium body and slightly subdued carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. Summary: think Double SImcoe but thicker, bigger, more alcohol, and extremely cloying, ehh. 750ml bottle #1690 (out of how many..?), released April 07 (except I could not find it anywhere until July); Rodenbach Grand Cru smaller tulip glass

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2007
750ml bottle pours out a ligth haze amber topped with a off white hea. A great hop aroma. Abbey going on for me??? As and IPA very good. A nice bitter end. Thanks Indiana_red

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1510) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle: Murky, cider brown with a small head. Mild juniper aroma with a hoppy taste. This is not your average Abbey Tripel and I love it! It leaves a fairly bitter aftertaste and is a great drink! Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this Ithaca treasure!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle provided by Scraff. My favorite beer of the Walloping Wednesday Tasting. Deep copper with suspended particles and a light beige head. Has a pleasant fresh tea-like cascade/noble hop nose. Flavor starts with caramel/toffee sweetness then comes notes of a little tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, grass and plenty of resinous hop bitterness. I didn’t quite pick up any abbey/belgian fruity yeast character, the yeast seemed pretty clean, actually. Full bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Instead of an Abbey Tripel, it’s more like a very well-made IIPA to me.


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