GoufCustom (1654) - HONG KONG - FEB 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.
Looks: Translucent straw golden honey colour with a thin layer of yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head and soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Good sticky lacing with quite fizzy small carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet malt, with strong banana, pineapples, vanilla, strong caramel, strong honey, sugar, alcohol, phenolic, light cloves, bread, strong Bel yeast and very light grass.
Taste: Medium to strong sweet malt, with strong alcohol, caramel, toffee, banana, traces of dark fruits, sugar, strong spices, strong Bel yeast, lime, strong bitter hops and strong grass.
Body: Mid to light. Slick and slightly creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: Fairly good maltyness in a pretty thin backgraound, quite watery to the tongue. Strong booze hit first, followed by subdued banana and some dark fruity esters. Sugary sweet but definitely not cloying. Strong spicyness and strong yeast. Good limey hops to round. Solid!
Alcohol: The 9.5% booze hits you in nose and tongue right from the start, but it never came across as harsh nor warming. It is in your face but understated unlike most strong Tripels or BSAs, so this is very very easy to down without significant knock ons. Excellent!
Hoppiness: Light grass in nose. Lime, spice, and strong grass in taste. Bitterness, mixed with liquorices is strong for a lasting, close to strong astringent sweet malty finish.
After Taste: Wet. Sweet, boozy and spicy to mouth.
Comments: Compare to other Belgian Tripels, this one preserves most of the style’s hoppy and boozy attributes, yet somehow it’s a bit too watery and there’s a flesh of empty feeling about it. Other than that, it’s fruity aroma, strong Bel yeast, well-made booze and spices are the highlights. I will like it more if it’s richer and in a smaller dose!
hershiser2 (2176) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Market Street Wine Shop downtown.
Pop the cork - holy shit. I have never seen such pressure behind a cork. It hit the ceiling and disappeared somewhere. Hazy dark golden with lots of floaters and a large large large off-white head. Smells of banana, bubblegum, yeast out the ass, apple, rubbing alcohol. Taste is pleasant. Apple, pear, wheat, rubbing alcohol, dried apricot (the kind you get in plastic bags in the health food section), spices. This is pretty tasty.
The_Osprey (6600) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share at Leighton’s. As ’Moa St Josephs’. Thanks to The Kernel for supplying this one. Hazy orange, still, small off-white head, dotted lacing. Aroma is varnish, apple, slightly sour fruits. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste has more varnish and apple, booze showing up, dry spicy finish. OK at best.
Leighton (18719) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to the Kernel RotBox. Pours clear copper with pretty much no head. Lots of rich, sugary bread and fruit in the nose, some apples, dough, yeast, wheat, dates. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with light alcohol bump, a little apple sauce, doughy wheat. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with soft carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish, sugary, bready, more wheat, some toffee. A heavy-hitting tripel. Not super drinkable, but not terrible.
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle for the Kernel Rotbox. It pours clear rich gold with no head whatsoever. The nose is weak, mellow, honey, apple, pear, grainy, porridge and riding pudding. The taste is rich, oily, chewy, honey, cereal, porridge, fatty, butter, stewed apple and pear skin with a slick finish. Medium+body and straight up flat. Pretty fucken weak and flat. Knackered.
Theydon_Bois (17236) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split at LKS, thanks to Mother Arch rot box, 21/01/16.
Clear golden orange with little in the way of a head.
Nose is earthy fruit, hint of orange, straw, light caramel, touch old.
Taste comprises figs, dates, caramel, marzipan, dried apricot, spice, fruit loaf.
Medium + bodied, flat and lifeless, sweet licks in a light booze driven close
ordybill (1340) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 750ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer has a great dark golden color that is slightly murky with a large white head. the aroma is full of fruit and spice and is outstanding. The flavor matches the aroma and it is one of the best tripels I have had.
BeerdedDave (1378) - Beckley, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Eulogy n Philadelphia; gold color; spicy aroma; lots of tropical fruit in the flavor; also spicyclove and pepper notes; sweet malt base
digopossobon (384) - MACAE, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Delicious! Lots of caramel!
A: golden, white foam, frothy,
T: heavy cloying sweetness, but I like it!
P: full body, creamy,
O: The star of the night!!
ttoadee (1297) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, light brown pour, no head (even with encouragement). Nose is cherry, yeast, and booze. Middle is caramelized grain and some spice. Finish is orange and alcohol. Just OK.