csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful amber color with an off white, substantial head. The lacing is excellent. This beer is really sparkling, it is akin to champagne. The nose is yeasty? and large. I am drinking it from New Belgium’s own glass ($8 for 4). Temp is 48. The taste is identical to the nose. It is yeasty? with great balance. This is the 7.8% brew. It is a hell of a deal for $6 a six pack (on sale). The sweetness sticks around, making for a candy-like aftertaste, but with a tingly hops feel. This really is a fine beer. I am going to stop writing and concentrate on drinking.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle best by May ’05. Very pretty, deep golden body with a big, fluffy white head. Slightly oaky aroma with a bit of alcohol. Flavors were very mellow: some citrus fruit and a mild spiciness. Would have liked to have gotten a bit more intensity out of this one, taste was just too subtle for a tripel.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sharp aroma of grain with some yeast and light sweetness. Perhaps a bit of vegetable smell also. Crystal clear, full golden color with a thin white head. Grainy, spicy full bodied flavor with an alcohol bite. Hop flavor comes through also. Not bad. Let it warm up to get more flavor.
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
yeasty smell, very thin head, alcohol comes through slightly, spicy and citrus flavors, mild hoppiness, nice lace on glass
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice tripel that pours a orange color with a small off-white head. Very spicy yeasty aroma. Taste is spicy with a very dry finish. Nice spicy hops balance out the fruity malt start. Hints of orange peel and an almost oaky taste.
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good stuff for the price -- a mere $1.25 per 12 ounce bottle at Wilburs Wine & Spirits in Fort Collins, CO. Beautiful pour with a hefty long-standing head, and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice smell of nuts and yeast.
It looks so clear and liight, that the real powerhouse taste and mouth feel is somewhat of a surprse. Has that yeast-malt roundness that makes you know you’ve got a live beer in your mouth. The hearty ABV is well-masked! Overall, a very drinkable brew, though this style is not my favorite.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold color with a small head. Slightly hoppy. Some corriander spice comes out. Not really well balanced; a citrus zing mixed with the spice just causes too much pain on the palate.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold/Orange Coloring. No Head. The Double Made a Bigger Impression On Me. The Taste Was Pretty Mild..Some Alcohol Comes Out. Yeast, Citrus and Herbs/Flowery. Not Bad but Disappointing After the Double.
drjay44 (2895) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 The beer has changed significantly with the introduction of the slightly lower alcohol brew. Many of the floral, spicy overtones are now gone. In a side by side tasting the older formula was markedly better. I don’t know exactly what they changed but a formerly fine product now seems mediocre. When tasting this see if you have the older 8.5% or the new 7.8%.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden-orange in colour. Aroma is dominated by yeast, along with citrus and hops. The flavour is spicy, slight hops, quite yeasty, floral and wonderfully balanced. It finishes peppery and creamy.