beer-yum (816) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the better Moa brews in my opinion. Nicely balanced and hides it’s strength well. Missing only a little of the complexity of the benchmark Belgians.
brokephibroke (299) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy ruby / amber pour with a rich tan head. Aroma of yeast and spice; clove and coriander. Flavor of pepper and cloves. Bitter linger with some dried fruits.
AgentAle (1071) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is clove, beligian yeast and candy sugars. Taste is dark fruits and candy sugars. Finishes with a tangy bitterness. Appearance is a murky orange with a frothy head that retains well
crossovert (9168) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked and caged green bottle. It is apretty standard tripel, spcie notes, price point of course way too high.
KeefOz (1134) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured a cloudy pale amber with a one- to two-finger white frothy head that retained for the whole drink but laced poorly. Carbonation very high with lots of medium sized bubbles forming trails. Despite being bottle conditioned there was little visible yeast particles. Aroma of cloves plus a trace of yeast. Taste very sweet malts, light spices (mostly cloves), a bit yeasty, and with a trace of alcohol coming through. Medium body Smooth with a nice bitter finish. Quite OK.
ALLOVATE (2617) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
At cellar temperature and into a chalice. Sandy gold with fine carbonation and misted by the bottle conditioning. A short-lived fluff resides atop. Toffee, pale caramel, banana, vanilla icecream, predominant creaming soda and a touch of guava hit the nose; sweet and intriguing. Creamy mouthfeel. Warming, slightly plastic finish. Lots of that creaming soda comes through, a touch of vanillin and toffee brittle. Lemon zest and a little guava gives it a tang. Light, bounding malt profile; straw-like, dry and gritty which keeps it level. Yeasty and bready with a faint vinous note in the swallow. Fruity bitterness on the edge lingers. Over all a refreshing Tripel. Lacking in some regards but above many I have tried. (37,5cL, BB 04/10/15, Dan Murphy’s, Balcatta)
sulawang (722) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Visual: Pours cloudy pale golden orange with suspended floaties, disappointingly no head upon popping the cork, almost no activity, and very thin ringed retention
Nose: very faint chamomile malts, with just a hint of fishiness (lvl-2)-pungency
Attack: almost flat, incoming sourness
Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-fruity citrusy sweetness, champagne vinegar medium sourness, (MAIN) lemon citrus malts, hints of florals + grapefruit
Finish: curd-like residual sweetness, subtle soft mild bitter hopped finish.
Summary: The flavour profile is quite unique and good for a Belgian-style tripel - Balanced citrus with subtle florals and a spot-on sweetness. It’s a shame that it’s vastly undercarbonated - it drinks almost flat with zero crispness.
Jado (657) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 500 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a tightly packed white head and fine but vigorous carbonation. Aroma was initially grassy noble hops but as it warmed more tripel characters of candy sugar, orange, banana and coriander. The taste has gentle apple and pear at the front end before a spicy kick comes through. There’s lemon peel, banana and some ’hot’ alcohol. Great smooth, creamy mouth feel but the alcohol isn’t all that well incorporated. Pretty good really.
Drake (10498) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Beer Run. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized fizzy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, yeast, butterscotch, spice. The taste is butterscotch, caramel, herbal hops, citrus and yeast. Medium bodied, slight heat, a bit cloying.
exeter (454) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Sweet at the start then you are left with the hot spiciness. There is a bit of sourness left over but then you get the slight alcohol burn to wipe anything you felt before. Edit, was given it again by a friend, tasted better, a .5 bump. The Belgians still do it better, but if they weren’t available, this would be great.