krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a striking yellow-orange, like an extract of broom bristles and mango sherbert. if itís tight weave of aged ivory foam was a blanket, it would warm a wet walrus on an ice floe-- itís that thick and snug. itís ghosts and goblins of lace dribbled in slow incantations. i abused the bottle a bit to jumpstart some of the locked-on yeast visible inside. to be honest, in a smoky bar room setting, the aroma was harder to raise than a company of riflemen for the afghan conflict. i could almost see the aroma as well as sniff it. i guessed and then tenuously confirmed the big crusty golden malts, lightly musty citrus and white wine. easier to commit to the notebook was itís carbonation-- like a sprinter, fiery at the starting gun, but tiring quickly. not a sweet triple, but strong, full bodied, with a lot of oaky white wine flavors. a generous measure of yeast speaks with a melon-fruit accent. like trying to speed-read a great novel, iím sure i missed many nuances. still, i hope i caught the drift of it: a nice tale of careful brewing that iíll eagerly revisit.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice and smooth triple. Dark brown, a bit muddy in apperance. Flavor is caramel, nuts and some hops. Rather fizzy but this dissipates quickly.
jefcon (1592) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick-looking and umber in the glass, but with a light, white, and diminishing head. Some lacing. Aromas are woodsy, red wine, and hops. The palate of this beer is full, lively, and excellent served cold to retain carbonation. It is an acidic beer, with flavors in the hops and malt families. Also some floral notes, like violets, on the finish. A complex (and strong) beer. Very tasty.
ClarkVV (5129) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle (750mL) at the Downtown Liquors Trippel tasting, 3/24/05. Pours a warm-toned orange-peach color with moderate-sized, well-retained white head. Lightly cloudy. Aroma displays some hops bitterness, Belgian biscuit malt, dry, mossy earthiness and some alcohol. Flavor is strange, to say the least, to my palate. Not anything like any other trippel Iíve tried, let alone a traditional Belgian trippel. Very dry, mossy, fuzzy, yeastiness, with a dry, bready/biscuity malt that hides any sweetness. I think I taste hops bitterness at first, and after a couple more sips, the notion is confirmed. Yes, quite unmistakeably hoppy and moderately bitter as a result. A bit of nuttiness from the hops, light alcohol and spiciness on the end, dry as per the start. As it breathes, the robust carbonation dies off and there is some dry toffee-like notes, probably just a bit of the malt sweetness peeking out from the biscuit or aromatic malt. My palate does grow accustomed to the beer as I drink it and though Iím not a huge fan of bitter dryness, and biscuity astringency, the beer is not watery or thin. Alcohol does not run wild, despite this being one of the strongest trippels Iíve tried thus far. A bit of musty, corky flavored yeast lingers on, with nutty hops bitterness noteable as well.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gourgeous appearing apricot nectar color with an everlasting egg white head. Aroms is yeasty with fruity esters and hops, no anouncement of the big ABV in the aroma. Lovely flavor of Beldian goodness with some significant hop bitterness on the front end followed by a big fruity (apple) finish; yeast too. Finishes dry and spicy. I am constantly amazed by the breadth and depth of Belgian breweries. Yum.
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shiny orange colour with a good head. Hoppy and fruity aroma with some alcohol. Sugary and a bit rubbery flavour with some hops and clearly present alcohol. Somewhat soapy on the palate. All in all, not much bitterness.
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at In De Blaauwe Hand, Nijmegen NL.
A sweet tripel. Hazy gold (!) in colour, sparkling beer. Not a quaffing beer, but one to sit back and read the papers with. Enjoyable.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly murky dark yellow to light brown in color. Big fluffy off-white head. Fruity, spicy, yeasty aroma. Big on flavor with notes of caramel, butterscotch, spice, and very little hops. Hard to tell it is 10% alcohol. Very smooth and drinkable.
Sammy (10556) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark ale colour. Deep flavour, like a brandy. Smooth, with what? 10%? reaction. Good malts and spice and wheat and Belgium yeast. Citrus orange pineapple, cloves,ginger, banana. Someone acidic
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 08/05/06. Pours hazy bright golden orange with lots of floating yeast chunks, decent cream colored lasting head that leaves good lacing. Fruity and spicy aromas. Fruity butter scotch and pepper flavors, very dry and crisp finish. Full bodied with a full but crisp mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden and very drinkable.