TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught snifter at Vine Street: Hazed golden. Clingy pristine-white foam exhibits good retention. Refined scents of honeysuckle, lilac, rose petals, lemon and melon entice the olfactory. Dry whiff of crackery malt and poundcake with hints of beeswax and peach. Soft and fluffy effervescence. Initial nip of sweetness gives way to a snappy fresh-cut pear and vibrant bubblegum flourish. Juicy Styrian-like floral smack delivers a luxuriant symphony of passionfruit and lilac along with a perfectly measured melon-rind bitterness. Highly appetizing notes of lemon and pepper in there as well. Malt pokes through with considerable weight, though it never detracts from the multitude of delicacies as it imparts some depth-lending cake notes. Lots of layer and texture to the malt - reminiscent of dry cracker and honeyed biscuit, along with the sweetish poundcake beefiness - which is amazing considering its daintiness. Alcohol is masterfully concealed. Fluffy sugar-dusted bubblegum beautifully dovetails with a fresh peach ester burst. Finishes dry and immaculate with black pepper and a sulfur-tinged phenolic sparkle bolstered with a supple peach marmalade punch. This is precisely how I prefer Belgian tripels-- dry, fluffy, clean, balanced, and yeast-driven. Draught Belgian golden ales have inherent limitations (and theyíve perfectly executed the gas levels here), and Iím crossing my fingers and toes they decide to bottle-condition this, because a finer-bubbled, creamier mouthfeel is all this needs. As the inaugural batch on the new brewing system, this is surely an indicator of great things to come from Vine Street. Really fine job!
ajnepple (4989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Boulder Craft Beer Festival. Golden appearance with a fluffy white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, herbal hops and light candy sugar. Similar flavor, adding mild spicy bitterness and a crisp finish. Solid.
AmEricanbrew (6722) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@ mountain sun. Clear gold color / white head. Herbal, grassy, spicy yeasty aromas. Medium bodied. Candi sugar, dusty, grainy pale malt, tart fruit, spicy yeast flavors----good.
Tide (2927) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Mountain Sun. Golden color, white head. Bitter taste with hops, citrus, earthy notes, ripe fruits, grass and a bit of yeast. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, ripe fruits and earthy notes. Very nice tripel.
rdixon77 (2309) - Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent tripel. Pale gold pour with good bubbling. Aroma was yeast, apple, candied sugar. Taste followed with a big kick in sweetness and some fruitiness. Sticky and big.
Dogbrick (11314) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Vine Street Pub in Denver. Clear yellow-gold color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, spice and fruit. Medium to full body with flavors of fruity yeast, spices and malt. The finish is fruity up front with an earthy yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.
DenverLogan (1055) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Vine August 13th.
I thought this was the first beer brewed at the Vine in Denver...hence the name. Anyway, pours yellow-gold. Aroma of saison flowers, candy sugar. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of lemongrass, orange zest, amber malts, fresh bread, a little pepper spice and coriander. Overall very tasty with spicy saison like characteristics. I should add Iíve had this several times since this tasting and itís always a worthy brew.
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured on draft at Mountain Sun. Pours a clear golden color with no Nucleation. Fair amount of white head. Has a sweet smell. Tastes sweet and kinda fruity. Has a medium body in the mouth. 9% is blended into the beer pretty well. Not a lot of dimensions going on.
brokensail (15728) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Mountain Sun. Hazy golden orange pour with a white head. Nice yeast and orange aromas. Yeast, pale malt, cracker, and some pear. Slight tartness and lemon. White pepper as well. Flavor is pepper, cracker, and orange peel. Lemon, subtle tartness on the finish, and some sweet pale malt. Pear and apple esters. Crisp.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Southern Sun in February. A really nice abbey brew with a quality malt palate. A really enjoyable brew.
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Vine Street. Pour is clear yellow with a small white head and good lacing. Banana, clove, citrusy, doughy, a touch grassy, bubblegummy, and straw in the aroma. Taste is doughy, big banana, minerals, grassy, straw, coriander, clove, and citrus with a medium spicy finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Nice tripel.