phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks, Blake! 2011 vintage, bottle 164/300. Pours a mostly clear orange-hued amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves spots. Aroma of sweet malts, honey, apricot, peach, and vanilla- sweet, boozy, and a little tart from the fruitiness. Same goes for the flavor, which hits all the same notes. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, juicy mouthfeel. Cool barrel aging of the Hocking.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Fusel and phenolic nose, boozy bourbon. Sugary sweet, messy, boozy, cider, vanilla. Gross.
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle. Minimal white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, light spice. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon/Chardonnay. Medium body, some stickiness.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy amber. Nose is intense hot bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel, some citrus fruits, and spices. Flavor is more on the fruity, citrus, and spicy belgian side than the bourbon. The bourbon is still there but lacking the intensity that the nose leads you to anticipate. Sweet at first then a dry and nearly tart finish. Carbonation seems appropriate. Different but enjoyed it.
cpetrone84 (1581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour is dark amber with very tight lasting white head. The nose is faint, touch of malt sweetness, light lemon, virtually no barrel. The taste is very sweet, lemon, candied sugars, faint barrel. No yeast to it, syrupy smooth feel, low carb not quite balancing.
Tmoney99 (11463) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex wood, citrus, bourbon and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Medium to heavy citrus bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy bourbon sweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Handsome deep orange in a snifter, no light through this bad boy and a hefty, creamy head. Nose is quite overpoweringly boozy, with a slight tart note. Very pleasant mouthfeel, anything but the boozy assault I’d feared. And indeed, the aroma backs off fairly quickly. Taste is rich and potent, with the bourbon quite mild and some tart notes coming forward fairly assertively. There’s also a pleasant, wheat wine-ish quality to the brew. Not getting a whole lot of tripel characteristics (and I haven’t had the base) but it was enjoyable as is.
DrSilverworm (7778) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub, served in a goblet. Hazy sort of brown-orange-red color. Thin, sort of creamy-thick off-white head. Bourbon nose, but an awesome creamy flavor, pretty decent lace. Light carbonation, dry and creamy texture. Some alcohol taste, but it’s an appropriate amount to go with the bourbon aromas. A balanced, well-done brew.
JStax (3387) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured on draft. Appearance is a darker, hazy gold. Think a dubbel. White head of foam with good retention. Aroma is a tad boozy, but still able to pick up on a few subtleties of dough, citrus, and toffee. You really have to dig through the bourbon to find those, though. Taste is a lot more subdued than I figured it would be. The bourbon really takes a back seat to the doughiness of this beer. I wanna say it’s popcorny, but without the butter or salt taste. I like this beer a good bit more than I had expected to like it.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/7/2011. 22 oz. bottle served in a tulip. #4/300.
This is what I think a bourbon barrel tripel would look like, only more transparent. An amber color most of the way through with a small off-white head.
The aroma is mild, sweet bourbon. A light, sweet, pale and biscuit malt has a honey sweetness are present, but the bourbon really steps all over the base beer.
I feel compelled to review the bourbon more than the tripel, since that is mostly what I taste throughout. A bit of the tripel flavor begins to form - pale malt, honey sweetness, a bit of bread - but almost totally disappears as sweet bourbon takes over. The flavor is smooth, with notes of vanilla, oak, and a light spice toward the end. The problem is mainly that the flavor tilts to far toward the bourbon barrel.
For a tripel, this has a medium body with light creamy carbonation. The bourbon brings a lightly dry, oak tannic nature to the end of each sip.
Whether this is not the type of beer that should be bourbon barrel aged or whether the execution just was not there is up for debate. The one thing that is certain is that this beer just is not that great.