Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Karl Strauss. Poured a hazy rusty brown color with a one finger thick beige head. Great nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak and a bit of Triple fruitiness. Flavor was just right on the bourbon, not too much or too little, just right.
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ O’Brien’s Pub: Poured with a thick creamy whip cream style of serving head and color was a dark mahogany with brown tint. Aromas boasted strong alcohol content as well as a deep sweetness of malt base. The flavor was an incredible rich and sweet taste of vanilla and cream paired with an underlining taste of oak and bourbon.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at O’Brien’s. Pours with a hazy amber body and a small, off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, candi sugar, wood, pear, and spice. Taste is bourbon, and strong, with oak, vanilla, candi sugar, pear, caramel and a bit of spice. If you like barrel aged beers, which I do, then this is very good. Syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation.
daleharshman (1023) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at O’Brien’s (San Diego, CA). Karl Strauss does a Belgian?!?! A hazy golden orange with almost no head. Aroma is kind of weak with the bourbon barrel predominant. The bourbon barrel continues into the taste which is a mellow and malty with some hints of fruit. Smooth finish and the high alcohol content is almost undetectable. A good beer, and impressive for what may be Karl Strauss’ first attempt at a Belgian. But the barrel aging seems to have made this just a little mellow for my taste -- I like my tripels bright and lively.
hapjydeuce (993) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at OBriens. Katie ordered a glass of this stuff without a taster, so at first I was quite skeptical (I mean, come on, a barrel-aged beer from Strauss?) I thought wrong. This stuff is really damn good. Im not sure I can think of another barrel-aged Tripel Ive had. Aroma is sweet potpourri with light fruits and some nice oak barrel. The whiskey is hidden here, but comes out firmly in the flavor; along with nuances of pear and ginger spice, with lots of vanilla. Finishes with noticeable oak wood and more bourbon. Alcohol heat is well-maintained. Nice!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at beachwood bbq
hazy dark gold pour with a one fingered head, this beer melds the trippel style with the bourbon barrel nicely. the fruitiness of the trippel begins the flavors but smoothly slides into the oakiness and vanilla of the barrel aging.
alexanderj (3486) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a nice golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma was a nice blend of apple, wheat, bourbon, wood and fruit. Flavor had a nice array of flavors. The aging added complexity and depth, without overpowering the flavor with boozy tones. Wheat, banana, wood/bourbon, with a nice blend of sweetness and fruit. Good stuff.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Hazy golden orange. Sweet fruit caramel and bourbon aroma and taste with nice vanilla and oak flavors.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottle from Tracy. Dark amber pour. Nice sweet, woody aroma. Flavor was much the same, very easy to drink, but very flavorful at the same time.
wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
5 gallon cask at Carlsbad location. Slightly cloudy amber color. Lightly sweet. Light oak/buttery characteristics from the barrel. Can’t detect traditional spices of a triple (orange peel, corriander), possible have mellowed from age. 10.5% alcohol is very surprizing. Completely undetectable. Insanely easy to drink. Wow. This is an excellent beer. Wonderful! 4.2-4.3 (maybe higher)