Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium gold, nice compact head. Lightly peppery spice aroma. Flavor is of honey, a touch of apricot, and some candy sugar, but not cloying. Faint hay hoppiness in the finish on the back. Not a bad try, but not great.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. pours hazy straw color. nose of coriander and orange peel. pretty balanced pepper, orange, candy sugar. tasty.
omhper (18367) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Cloudy glden, lively head. Estery aroma of ripe banana and paper. Sweet with some coriander and very soft Full bodied with some molases and honey as well as pineapple. Doesn’t really take off, and feels somewhat one-dimensional.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Cloudy Yellow Coloring with White Ring. Yeasty, Banana and Clove Aroma...Sweet, Yet Not Syrapy Mouthfeel...Just Enough Dryness to Hold This One in Check...Flavor Notes Similiar to the Nose...Alot of Yeast, and Spices...Very Notably Banana and Clove.. Overall Just a Really Nice American Tripel.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours yellow-orange, with a thin head. Strong aroma of banana, citrus, hops. Very smooth mouth feel. Flavors of vanilla, banana, spices.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 On tap at the Happy Gnome. Too many of these American triples fail to achieve much resemblance to the sweet, spicy subtleties of the Belgian style. Pale straw yellow in color and perfectly clear. Sourdough and orange rind aromas with tastes of flowers, white grapes, cat piss and alcohol – it’s a marginally malty and very sweet champagne.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy yellow golden color with a medium white head. The aroma was yeasty and spicey with some banana notes. The flavor is a lightly sweet malt to start. Yeasty notes with a good belgian character. Nice fruity esters and mild spicey phenols. Medium bodied with a lively mouthfell. Very dry on the finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazed, yellowish chestnut color w/ a full, semi creamy froth that reduces to a satin canopy of brewers lace. Aroma is mild w/ banana gum spice. Strongly flavored and well balanced. This version has a little more banana gum than I would want in a tripel. The finish is bitterd w/ peachpit. Pour in the yeast and the brew turns grey. I am a little concerned with the color. Not diggin’ it at all. Not a pretty brew.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours beautiful sparkling golden with a large creamy white head that seems to stay forever and laces the trappist glass well. Aromas of nice apple, floral notes, lemon, and some corriander, along with a good dose of belgian yeast. Flavor is floral, lemon, corriander, a good amount of yeast and some good grainy notes with a kiss of honey. All of it seems to balance together nicely. Rather dry throughout but well carbonated. Light in the mouth.. Alcohol is well covered.. Pretty nice American interpretation of a belgian style... Left hand has been impressing me a little more with the last 2 I’ve tried...
shigadeyo (2925) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 2/09/2007: Tasted from 750 mL bottle at River’s Bend on during the weekly Friday night beer and wine tasting... Cloudy golden orange color. It has a nice blend of fruit, citrus, and delicate spice flavors. Well balanced. Generously carbonated and slightly dry overall. Overall this is a good Tripel, but somewhat average and nothing truly unique or memorable really grabbed my attention. Rating: 7 3 7 3 14 = 3.4
8/07/2007: Left Hand St. Vrain Tripel is yellow with a foamy white head. It isn’t really cloudy, but more like just opaque in general. The aroma contains wheat, banana, citrus, spice, and a very slight hint of alcohol. Soft and fruity Belgian-like malt with a slight spice create the flavor. The 9% ABV is well hidden. This beer is medium to medium-ful in body and smooth on the palate. St. Vrain Tripel is better on draught than from a bottle.
Draught (250 mL glass) at The Brew Kettle in Stongsville, Ohio. Rating: 7 4 7 3 15 = 3.6