kapusta (92) - Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed this as Koningshoeven. Wounderful sweet fruity aroma with a dark orange color. Strong, spicey pear & honey flavor with a nice alcohol back drop. Warming and rich.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this under its "Koningshoeven Tripel" alias. Had this a day after trying Westvleteren 12 for the first time, so anything else is going to taste like Bud-water. But this is a very nice example of the Tripel style. Not as good as Chimay Bleu, but I think every bit as good as a Corsendonk.
Onto the tasting notes: Pours a sparkling orange with caramel highlights. Initially nice but quickly thinning lace. Noticed apricots and bread as I raised the glass. Very smooth on the palate. Fruity with hints of apricots and brown sugar. Clean finish with a little warmth.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent orange bronze with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and light fruits with a hint of biscuits and bready yeast. Body starts fairly full and caramely malty sweet with a decent light fruity complexity and some brown sugar. Finishes smooth with a hint of warmth. A pretty decent tripel.
Nate (4186) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aroma. Grain, honey, floral notes, a bit of bubblegum esters. Astringent yeast notes. Dark golden amber cloudy with frohy off-white lacing head. Heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts with sugary grainy sweetness, bubblegum and floral notes, mild yeast presence. Light funky sweet finish with dry yeastiness and no bitterness. Sweet after, though not cloying. Nice tripel.
mpeve (28) - Bolwarra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Little noticeable aroma for a tripel. Amber in colour and medium bodied. Wonderful acidic fruit flavours, orange passionfruit. The alcohol is detectable but not overpowering. A really warming drop for a cold winter’s evening (which it is).
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber color and white head with decent size. Nose is steel and slight skunk wheat. Skunkier than the dubbel. Tastes include smokey grain and earth. A little astringent with a cidery backdraft. Medium carbonation and medium body. Decent trippel.
Defreni (2997) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske. EN forholdsvis skuffende trippel. En klassisk duft og smag af pære som nok er La Trappes varemærke. Samt en lidt mørkere farve end normale trippels.
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Bottle. Beautiful amber colored body with a massive head. Aromas are grainy and fruity. Candi sugar is the first impression, but it gives way to a malty fruit presence that is well balanced and very enjoyable. Not as complex as some of the other tripels I’ve tried, but comes off very well.
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cL botttle/K05 J6. Aroma of caramel malt and pear. Perhaps tropical fruits. Beautiful orange color with a white head that filmed rapidly. Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Starts with candy sweetness. Heat. Fruity perfumes. Something like sucking on the core of a pear. There is a lot of fruit mix, but I have difficulty in effecting a separation. The finish is rather dry, and the mouth is left as though it had the skin of a pear imposed. What kind of pear? Maybe Bosque. The complexity is very entertaining, and this ale seems seriously underrated. And it’s not Belgian. Amazing. Thanks to Monument Wines and Liquors in Concord, CA., for the opportunity.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Clear orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma of pear, banana, passion fruit, and yeast. Bright and lively palate. Caramel sweetness and mixed fruit taste with only a slight bitterness and a semi-dry finish.