bmerz (719) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. not much to look at snag not a normal tripel but...aroma: full sweet honey, ripe orange juice, vinous yeast, and some buttery band aids and spice from the bourbon. These continue with light ripe grapefruit noted mid palate and the Bourbon barrels more assertive leaving with a little heat and tannins. Itís juicy and creamy around those though. The initial aroma is inviting and there is enough dimension throughout to be very enjoyable despite it not being a typical tripel and not being in lover with bourbon aging generally.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dotted lacing...amber color...oak apparent in nose and taste...vanilla...creamy mouthfeel
zizzybalubba (1527) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Hazy dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. From afar the citrus comes through in the aroma; up close, however, whiskey and oak shine with some background candi sugar. The barrel aging really makes this almost unrecognizable as a tripel with vanilla, oak, and bourbon really coming to the forefront and only a trace of lemon zest and candi sugar is detected on the finish. The mouthfeel is just right; not too thin and chewy enough that you know this is a big beer. If you go into this with no expectations as to what a tripel is supposed to taste like you will be rewarded with a really great beer.
callmemickey (3115) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 I recently received this as an extra... when I opened the bottle I had no idea it was aged in bourbon barrels (i didnt may too much attention the labeling at the bottom!) so needless to say I was quite surprised
A: Dark amber with some light golden hues. Small off-white caps quickly died down and left only the faintest clumps of lacing.
S: Bourbon. Lots of it. Complete with oak and vanilla. So much so that it drowned out the tripel-like fruity notes. Some diacetyl creeping in here as well.
T: The flavor didnít work for me... the bourbon was harsh and abrasive... downing out the delicate fruity esters. Way too much diacetyl here. Butterscotch galore.
M: Somewhat thin, with moderate carbonation. The booze is not really hidden.
O: In the end the harshness of the bourbon and the butterscoth just didnít work for me. An interesting, but ultimately unsuccessful idea.
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from the Beer Dispensary, I think, bottled on May 2011. sweet, bourbon, vanilla, little orange, little tobacco. 1st pour clean brownish orange color, not much head, faded quickly to nothing, no lace. sweet flavor. medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, dry sweet finish. itís alright, strong on the barrel, though flavor is bigger than aroma letís on. palate is best part.
Travlr (13722) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden orange color, thin white head that settles quickly. Aroma of orange peel, light spice, grapefruit. Taste is whiskey, orange juice. Interesting.
notalush (5073) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Armin for this one - fizzy, lightly hazy rust color - seems to have picked up some color from the barrel - well, the aroma sure took a lot from the barrel - all I can smell is bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak - no tripel character at all - taste is much the same - there is some candi sugar and floral character, but the bourbon adds a sweet booziness and covers up the yeast character - very hot finish - messy.
adnielsen (9536) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Armin. Pretty cloudy, darkish orange appearance with a white head. Oaky, blonde belgian malty, spicy nose. Definitely quite oaky, vanilla, blonde-caramel malty, spicy Belgian ale flavor with a fairly boozy finish. Not much like a tripel.
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from JCB, thanks man! Pours clear orangeish red with white head, aroma has big boozy notes of bourbon, some vanilla, with a touch of toffee and caramel. The heat on this is really intense, definitely needs some age. Taste is some nice bourbon, with a touch of toffee and vanilla, with a ethanol burn in there as well. While this might be good, the bourbon overtook the beer.
brokensail (11854) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a finger or two of white head.
S: The barrel has really taken over here. Lots of oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes. The more base Tripel aromas are there, but underneath. A decent amount of banana as well as some sugar, graham cracker, and bubblegum.
T: The flavor is much the same, though itís a bit more fruity and sweet. Heavy on the bourbon and oak with a mild citrus note, banana, and plenty more sugar and bubblegum flavors.
M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Not very Tripel-like anymore, but still pretty good.