FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The mushroom cork on this beast was a pain to remove, it broke off as I was trying to remove it and I had to push the half inch nub down into the beer to get anything into my glass. A dark Tripel, this beer pours with a fairly clear, reddish hue and is topped by a frothy, barely half-finger thick, amber tinged tan head. The aroma is a mix of malt and fruit: notes of raisins and apples round out the fruit component, while caramelized malt sugars and lightly browned bread crust are on the malt side. The aroma is fairly dull though, I was expecting a bit more character here.
The taste is lightly sweet, and pretty light on the palate as well. It is not very heavy at all, especially for a brew of this strength. The flavors are a bit dull; notes of apple cider, raisins and some flabby malt are noticeable. This is probably showing some age as it seems to have picked up the beginnings of wet cardboard. Some spicy notes round out the finish with notes of clove, ginger and perhaps something like allspice giving this a complexity boost. Just not a very great beer; I expected quite a bit more complexity here, even with the light notes of age.
Purchased: Park Lane Liquors, Lancaster CA
blizzardlover (44) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden cloudy poor, nice thick head. Plenty of carbonation. Slight yeast aroma. Somewhat soapy, but not too strong. Easy to drink. Nice fresh bread like taste. Has more of a Belgian feel to it than a Dutch feel. Very enjoyable. Pleasant fruity, fresh ale taste. Despite the 8% alc content, the level is not pronounced in the flavor.
cab (866) - DENMARK - MAR 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 33cl. This is a classic tripel, alle the way, but not the same class as Tripel Karmeliet, but never the less a good one.
MiP (15158) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 8%. Weak apple aroma. Clear copper colour, nice white head. The flavour has a bit of caramel and some pepper, unfortunately also a hint of veg.
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I used to prefer this to the quad, although the more I drink it the more unbalanced it can sometimes be. Not the star of trappist ales--slightly overrated, but still pretty decent.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’m with Chuck on this one. This beer is not good. The beer pours to a deep caramel apple colored body that’s hazy. A thin white head on top. The aroma is yellow apple skins and yeast. Very strange. The flavor is yellow apple skins and a very strange yeast. I’ve never tasted/smelled anything like this. The palate is sweet, well carbonated, moderately full bodied.
decaturstevo (5742) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 A light orangish/brown pour with a large white head that fades quickly. A brown sugar aroma mixed with yeast and a touch of the 8% as well. A flavor of fruit. It reminds me not in a bad way of apple cider that had gone hard. A nice soft mouthfeel and full palate. A beer I enjoyed very much.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice tripel. Aroma is light fruits, sweet and spicy, peppery with a nice floral scent. Appearance is a deep golden orange in color, huge amounts of head. Mouthfeel was a little too harsh and thin for my liking. Flavor is sweet malts, light fruits with an alcoholic kick.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
murky cloudy off brown color w/ a small light off tan head w/ some decent lacing. Extremly overripe fruit scents some plums and spoiled apple skin tons of candied sugars, oversweet. Palate is lightly fizzy fairly full bodied. Flavor is bad carmel and rotten fruits w/ some candied sugars. Never again.
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A delight! Intense coloration. Dense and persistent cream. Weak, but aromatic. In the palate, present flavor of red fruits and banana. Incredible aftertaste, candy and fruity, perhaps optimum of this blond one. Good carbonation. The alcohol is a little strong excessively, but it does not confuse the set.....................................PORTUGUÊS: Uma delícia!
Coloração avermelhada intensa. Creme denso e persistente.
Aroma fraco, mas marcante.
No paladar, sabor presente de frutas vermelhas e banana. Retrogosto incrível, doce e frutado, talvez o melhor dessa loira.
Carbonatação bacana. O álcool é um pouco forte demais, mas não atrapalha o conjunto.