JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from my Secret Santa - thanks!! A big brass-colored pour, with a relatively faint head. In the back of my mind is Chouffe Houbolon as a comparison. A tough balance to strike between the complexity of a tripel and the relative assertiveness of an American IPA. I can certainly taste the fruity simcoe hops here. Along with some alcohol heat and some leafy green funk, these are the flavors that dominate, and there’s not quite enough spice or subtlety for me. But still a very solid brew that I’m happy to have sampled.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Copper pour with not much of a head. Very light carbonation and lacing. Aroma is sweet and yeasty with some good Belgian spices but also a light touch of hops. Lots of candied sugars and some pepper as well. Flavor is sweet and lightly bitter at the start that gives way to a malty and earthy middle and a light hoppy finish that blends well with the spice and yeast. Finishes clean, dry, and tart with a very light alcohol presence.
BuckeyeBoy (3703) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Released April, 2007. Bottle # 1600. Pours a slightly hazy amber gold with virtually no head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, floral hops, and some light pine. The flavor is initially caramel, followed by some strong pine flavors. Resinous, bitter finish. I realize this is an attempt to mesh two styles, but I think the IPA attributes pretty much run over any of the Tripel characteristics. As an IPA, this beer is ok, as a Tripel, it is not very good.
TheEpeeist (3563) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle, 4/07. Murky orange brown with some forced white suds. Nose like a barleywine with caramel, spice and perfume. Body close to syrupy but unfortunately almost flat. Taste is honey and toffee, lemon tea, quinine and pine. Hops, as expected, play just a supporting role but still come through. Dry yeasty finish. In spite of the age, still pretty good.
theisti (3504) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Beastiefan2k, enjoyed at the csbosox tasting on 3/7/08. Bottle #135, released April 2007. Pour is hazy golden orange - yellow. Aroma of floral hops, some earthiness behind. The flowery bouquet is really soft, and very nice. Taste is big on the floral hops initially, though falls apart a bit in the middle. Finish is actually really thin - makes it drinkable, but takes away a lot of the initial complexity. Thanks for giving me this one Eugene.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour reveals a cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Good aroma of resinous hops and yeast. Good flavor of resinous hops, yeast, sweetness and citrus, there’s strong bitterness in the finish. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml thanks to maxxdaddy.....pours a hazy amber brown with a very noticeable off-white head...i’m getting mostly caramel malt in the nose with a very slight tropical fruitiness with emphasis on the maltiness.....flavors of sweet caramel malt and some bitterness thrown into the ring from the hops. finish has a little bitternes to it as well. flavorwise this one has more of a pale ale bent with an equal focus on the a sweetness coming from the malt.... interesting enough.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
PP Strong Ale Fest Bottle 4/07 #1708 from Goldtwins. Pours orange with a thin off white head. Nose is citrussy and yeasty. Taste is sweet mild, hoppy, yeasty, nice and balanced. According to BBB63 this is the style of 2007 the hoppy belgian.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.