kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My ongoing assessment of the Tripel style hit a new obstacle when I visited Amsterdam. For once I was not greeted with the usual golden straw color but rather a deep resinous orange with a slight haze if held up to the light. The fluffy white head lasts longer than La Trappe’s other creations and produces thin creamy lacing that hangs for a short moment before it cascades down the glass. The aroma held more resemblance to the brewer’s Dubbel and Quadrupel than my previous experiences with tripels. Indeed the familiar creamy pear and dried fruit frangrance found in La Trappe’s range was clearly noticeable. Banana, bubble gum, sweet butter, nectar, honeysuckle and apparently Gorgonzola (in an epiphany my friend Nicholas had) emerge in the nose. The fresh aroma of entering a florist shop is also apparent but rapidly submits to the salient alcohol notes. Again far from the conventions of the style but nonetheless inviting. In the flavor appears a creamy blend of pear and pineapple the progressively softens as you hold it on the tongue. With a brusque swallow the heavy alcohol creates what I can only describe as a cheesy fruit sensation. Peach and apricot merge with a flavor that even my turophile palate cannot pinpoint. In the aftertaste, some grains develop, reminding of milled wheat or corn. Generally it is genuinely a likeable beer albeit far from what I had expected.
adrian910ss (2387) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours an unfiltered hazy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is of sweet spices with hints of nutmeg,nuts and banana. Flavor is full of figs,bananas,nutmeg, nuts and caramal. Very good.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours hazy golden with a large white head, aroma of citrus and yeast. the flavor has the presence of spices and alcohol with some sweetness and a bitter finish, not bad.
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt straw coloured body with a touch of orange colouring. Full size white frothy head and big chunks of lacing. Alcohol is most noticeable in the taste, then some spice followed by a touch of caramel. More drinkable as it warms but just doesn’t turn me on too much.
Skinnyviking (7491) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. White lasting head. Golden unclear body. Aroma of green apples. Some bitterness but general impression is sweet and fruity flavor.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
30cl bottle. Poured a medium amber with a good white head. Lots of yeast with some sweet citrus in the nose. Flavor was very will balenced. A nice bit of spicy sweetness on the tongue, and finish slightly bitter. I’m looking forward to the rest of this six-pack.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a massive head. Yeast and citrius aroma. A bit sour but quite similar to other trappist ales. Not very heavy.
Panzerfaust (576) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JAN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful orangish-light amber beer. Head is big, creamy and with good retention. Some sediments and a moderate carbonation. Aroma of fruits like apples, plums and peaches. Well disguised alcohol with a very drinkable character. Flavor is pleasant with some banana and fruit salad sweetness, ending short and slightly bitter. An exquisite drink.
stouby (3866) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, at home (031225).
Orange with a off-white head, quite fast disappearing. Aroma moderate malty (fruity), hoppy and yeasty. Flavor moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with much alcohol. Moderate body.
bobaidan (521) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice floral aroma. Pours a dark amber color with a light head. Taste is mostly fuirty yeasty flavors, with a bit too much alcohol coming through. After taste is a pleasant bread like flavor. A good beer, but not the best triple.