harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
What a disappointing beer this turned out to be. A very sour vegetal note is present in the flavor and the nose. Some very light rotten banana fruitiness, somewhat stale, and way too light on the palate. Very light spiciness and completely untrue to style to me.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber, no date. Pours a Clear orange amber with a two finger off-white head, fading to a thin ring--decent lacing. Bananas and Belgian yeast dominate the aroma with a good amount of candi sugar. There is a bit of herbal hops and alcohol in the backend. The flavor adds a bit of citrus rinds, but still has more sweetness than what I want in a tripel--though it isn’t as sweet as the aroma led on. That said, the bananas come off as overripe and kind of blah. Quite a bit of heat from the alcohol, though. Semi-dry finish, low bitterness. Light prickly carbonation with a medium full body.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 - 13th Anniversary version: Pours a clear amber, the head is white, frothy, and the lace is decent and in sheets. Front begins sweet, the top light to medium, the finish is acidic, nicely hopped, somewhat dry. A quite drinkable beer, a ’Belgian Style Ale’?, well it certainly doesn’t match my thoughts on a Belgian, but it certainly is not as bad as USER_X makes it out to be, ’Joe’ a re-rate should be in your future.
jazz88 (2645) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium golden color with a tan head. A clove, spice, candy, banana, somewhat muted aroma. Sweet, dry, spicy flavor. On balance a weak understated tripel. I could feel the alcohol by the end, but it lacks a complexity demanded by the style.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 2002, 13 Aniversary: looks and smells like a belgian tripel..(if not a super weak head and a tad strong spicy aroma..)
flavor has beligianess in there..come-on..Joe..a .7??, I mean, I actually get some memories of malt liquor, but probably just because he mentioned it..besides that..lil' citrus, some spice, some alcohol, becomes cloying in spice though..the more i drink the more i agree with user_x..but not to the point of a 0.7 rating..doesn't seem like a lot of time went into it though..
If you took a sip, fell asleep for 3 minutes, and woke up..you'd first think you had been drinking apple juice
jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a one-finger white that does leave some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation, medium body, Fruity nose. Starts with some sourness, sweetness is there but not much. Quite drinkable but not what I was expecting for a Belgian triple. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.
joet (2492) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 10, 2002
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
What? The deScription says this is supposed to imitate a Trappist-brewed Tripel. If those Trappists were on crack and came into a train car full of malt liquor then maybe.
This Dipsea Tripel compares only slightly favorably to St. Ides High Gravity. The St. Ide’s aroma is actually much better but Dipsea avoids the hard metallic ride of the Ides. Both are a sick, dim yellow with a chump’s head. Both are thin, heavily peppery and alcoholic.
A real tripel should be near dry but not bone dry. Dipsea is bone dry. A real tripel should have light neroli and clove notes and/or deep citric flavors. Dipsea tastes like it was burned down to a thin frying pan carmel and then deglazed with Listerine. I hope Brendan Moylan, a real master, recalls this tremendous mistake soon. You can’t serve this at the pub and get away with it, that’s for damn sure. But really, rather than get my $3.95 back, I’d rather see a quality Belgian from a quality California brewer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2469) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange, some head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is sweet with notes of yeast, caramel, pepper, some fruit. Medium to heavy body, fairly sweet finish with some alcohol. Not a lot of character and too sweet. Not true to the style and it’s not even that interesting. Bah
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Hazy orange with a small head that quickly dissipates, leaving a lasting ring of foam. Bursting fruity nose like pineapple and sweet grapefruit candy, plus a hit of dusty yeast. The flavor is rather sweet for a tripel, but not cloying. Similar candied pineapple to the aroma, with a tangy, dusty yeastiness and a floral hoppy ending. The sweetness from the malts is a little caramel flavored, but fruitiness dominates. Medium-full body with smooth carbonation and a hint of stickiness. If you’re looking for a Westmalle knock-off, this will disappoint; to sweet and fruity, not enough alcohol or spice. Reminds me of a cross between Chouffe IPA and Stone 070707. I liked it, even if it is a little too sweet.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This triple pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is soft, with malty notes, spicey notes, a touch of pear and a little alcohol. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter, grassy and spicy with a touch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, slightly tingly and slightly dry.