arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It pours a golden red color with a small amount of head that faded fast. The Aroma is sour malt, sweet cherries, and yeast. The only thing I can think after the first sip is how sweet it is. It’s too sweet. The taste is sickly sweet cherry, caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol. No hops whatsoever. This is a heavy, sweet beer that is going to be tough to finish.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty tastey ale with a very sweet beginning. Lots of caramel flavor along with slight butterscotch. Not brimming with Belgian yeast, but quite good.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled in a bomber. Drinks nice and crisp but really doesn’t really offer much else. For 11%, you really cant taste the high alcohol percentage but this is just your average brew.
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a tasting thanks to Marcdesthya.
Appearance : Hazy amber with a small head.
Aroma : Spicy and yeasty.
Taste : Spices with strong notes of star anise. Quite sweet.
Overall : Lots of anise in there. Like drinking a Sambuca. Interesting but not really along the lines of a regular Tripel. Interesting but not so good.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium golden color. Very fruity nose, slight spice notes. When it sits longer the warmer temp gives a better aroma, very nice. Soft , sweet and warm initial taste. Very sweet and fruity on the palate, breadlike. Not too mellow, a little astringent. This beer needs to sit for awhile. Then after a few years it should balance nicely.
jb (2933) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ron shared some of his bottle - thanks Ron! Dark cloudy orange, decent retention and lacing pattern. Grainy nose, and I’ll admit is smelled nice, a bit spicy, but I had trouble picking out what was there. Nice full body for a tripel. A bit of banana and some butterscotch in there. Syrupy, very tasty, I really enjoyed this one.
Ron (3579) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. Clear copper with a sudsy white head. Nose is yeast, honey, lemon peel and banana. Quite the syrupy tripel. Taste is candied melon with slowly increasing bitter green banana. Finishes with an alcohol and black pepper bite.
Sledutah (7019) - Utah, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from BevMo
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a small white head that dissipates quickly but does leave some lacing in the glass
Aroma: Sweet caramel, fruity
Taste: Sweet caramel, Belgian candy, sugar with a medicinal flavor in the finish. A nice warm alcohol in the finish
Ok for a tripel, very sweet.
Ernest (7320) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot, orange), with notes of pear/apple syrup, brown sugar, Bit-O-Honey candy, alcohol, and sherry.
Flavor is heavily to harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
About as far from a tripel as you can imagine. This is about as syrupy, cloyingly sweet as a beer gets, closer to an American barleywine than anything else. The aroma is almost nothing but various sugars. Undrinkable, just awful. And frankly, insulting. The words "Belgian-style" and "tripel" should not be on the label. I only wish I could get my money back.
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@PilsnerPeters Thanks dickinsonbeer-22oz bottle-pours a white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is medium fruit-apricot, light malt, chamomile. Taste is light/medium malt-caramel, chamomile/herb.