GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light golden color with sweet fruity aroma and a killer kick in the end.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden beer with a big off-white head. Yeasty aroma with spice and sweet malt. Earthy yeart flavor with light spice and a malt backing. High carbonation.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good beer. Pour is light gold with some carbonation. Aroma is sweet and light. Understated taste. The hops and yeast mix nicely, with mild fruit and malt flavors. Almost like a "Lite" version of other stronger trippels.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle. I once thought very highly of this until I began drinking good tripels. Pours a golden yellow with a very big pillowy white head. Looks like a tripel. Aroma is yeasty and meaty. Flavor and body are lacking any real defining complexities. Strong alcohol bite at the end with some bitterness, but overall, not anywhere near the beer that their Abbey is.
kramer (5758) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a light copper, rather clear, and with a large fluffy white head. Left heavy lacing all the way to the bottom. Aroma of soft floral hops, sweet caramel malt, and cloves. Flavor is very spicy with hints of cloves and yeast. Rather prominant alcoholic finish for a moderately high alcohol content. Mouthfeel is creamy with soft carbonation. Overall I think that this one just misses the mark a little for a triple, it seems to be missing some of the yeastyness and body that I crave in a triple. Would be a little more drinkable were it not for the finish, as the alcohol really seemed to become exaggerated while it warmed.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Soft somewhat musty aroma though there is some fruity sweetness. Golden body with a small but lively white head. Bannana and pear flavors in the fore. Slightly yeasty through the middle and it is very soft on the palate and rounded with a toned down alcohol presence for its abv.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Crystal clear, pale golden colour, thin white head. Light honeyish aroma, some light spiciness, peach/pear fruitiness. Flavour is quite light and refreshing, apple, pear, peach and the same sweet honeyish notes that I smelled earlier. A touch of bubble gum and a bit of alcoholic as it warms. Light bready sweetness in here as well. Some light spicy notes blend nicely with a touch of yeastiness. Thanks legion242!
kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a large frothy white head producing good lacing. Lots of floaties. The aroma is very sweet and fruity with an overwhelming presence of artificial banana and bubble gum while coffee and apple make timid appearances. Smooth malts reveal themselves in the flavor, notably some toasted caramel that pleasantly flirts with the apples. The finish is dry with a slight alcohol burn and a hoppy bitterness. I would have rated this much higher the first time I tried it, but since then the Chimay and Karmeliet have severly underclassed this brew.
GarrettB (1389) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Ever since I saw an eccentric accomplice of mine adorned in a full suit of armor made entirely of New Belgium six pack cardboard I knew I had to give their beers a try. With that impression fresh in my memory, I chose to first try the New Beligum Trippel upon the reccomendation of my distinctly (and forgivably) French friend. The beer experience begins before the bottle is opened. New Belgium chose a great color scheme for their beer labels. It maintains a sense of moderate pedantic selectiveness while frolicking with a theme of festive colors. Color choice and aesthetics aside, the beer pours a soothing gold. Itís not quite copper and itís not quite amber, but I imagine itís the color wealthy magnates would dream in if they could choose. Before the beer reaches the bottom of the bottle it pours very clear, but the yeast at the bottom drains out at the end, cluttering the clarity. The aromatic qualities suit the beer, but bely the taste. My nose is still untrained in the art of dissecting smells, but I was able to retrieve a slight whiff of banana, not unlike like being downwind of a Central American plantation. The fruity ester is not enough to scream "Banana Fosters", but enough to think fondly of a mild banana smoothie. At first taste Iím looking for that same banana odor, but canít catch much of it. Instead I notice a poorly veiled alcohol taste. Fortunately it contrasts well with what banana flavor exists. More important and more prevalent in the taste is strong but succinct hops that jumps in at the end to steal the show. The exchange of flavors is always a welcome addition to any beer, provided the eclectic mix of tastes complement each other. The Trippel style is apparently a lighter beer. Itís easy nature hardly induces lofty thought, but is great for a relaxing lounge setting with an informal tinge. Perhaps a sophisticated college gathering? Also, good for drinking under an autumnal tree during a mediocre sunset. Bring It up to your eye like a great oversized monocle Ė it makes a great lens to view the world through. All the landscape, glowing with an treasure touch.
marcus (8803) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This blonde ale poured with a generous white head, eliciting a floral fruity aroma. The flavor was sweet, with banana esters and a slightly bitter finish. There was a highlly carbonated mouthfeel, and also a noticeable candy sugar taste. This is a nice example of the Tripel style.