callmemickey (2791) - 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 didn’t 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 didn’t work for me. An interesting, but ultimately unsuccessful idea.
OldGrowth (2670) - 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. it’s alright, strong on the barrel, though flavor is bigger than aroma let’s on. palate is best part.
Travlr (11913) - 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 (4859) - 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 (9108) - 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 (6176) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (10955) - 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 it’s 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.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle marked as 04-10 thanks to billschmeinke. Pours with a mostly clear golden hue with a head that fades to a ring quickly but leaves good lace. Aromas are huge, spicy, cheap bourbon and oak. Earthy, vanilla, lightly vegital, peppery, minimal malt. Soil and sandalwood. Bourbon dominates. Flavors again are dominated by bourbon. Woody, huge whiskey, candi sugar, pepper, phenol, dry and alcohol forward. Really all bourbon. Seems Maker’s Mark esque if I had to guess. Lightly bready. Corn bread. Lively bubbles. Okay. Completely bourbon dominated, but I am okay with that.
italianjohn (2338) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange amber pour thin bubbly white head ... aroma of fruity yeast and vanilla light bourbon and oak ... taste is fruity dry oaky with vanilla and bourbon the bourbon and oak are not intense so you can still enjoy the tripels tart fruity taste .... lingering oak abv hidden well ... very enjoyable and sessionable brew
douglas88 (6033) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Spencer. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. The aroma is mostly a light but stiff bourbon and vanilla. A sweet dry and warm flavor dominated by smooth bourbon, oak tannins, sweet oranges, vanilla, rich butterscotch (not an infection, a pleasant flavor) and some funky yeast. Actually, this works. It sounds odd, but it works.