HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color with low carbonation (for a trippel) and little head. Banana and yeast scent. Lively on the tongue, slight medicinal and spicy flavor, but very distinct, lingering flavor.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 bottle, 12 oz. Golden, slightly amber, almost clear color. Thin white cap that dissapated quickly. Minimal lace. Light nose with a faint candy caramel note and yeast. Semi sweet, mild roasted amber caramel flavor with a mild hop flavor and bitterness. Flavor is nice but rather light bodied. Alcohol is noticible but not bad for this 8.5% ABV. Not a bad buy @ $6.50/6. Better than I thought it would be. Would buy again if my access to the "good stuff" was restricted. It will put a buzz on you in short time with its 8.5% ABV.
[Rerate a day later]. This stuff is still growing on me. It has a unique spiciness and a slightly smoked caramel/toffee candy flavor that is somewhat addictive. I now notice it in the nose as well. Must be that yeast many rave about. The monks have done the world good..... Add on 7/29/04: Poured a bottle to let it breathe and warm up from the cold refer and the good sized head actually got bigger as it stood through time. There is a slight touch of cloves on the palate. 1/21/04 Rerate down .2 there is a somewhat shrill acetone like characteristic that I now find displeasing.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours golden in color with minimal head with decent lacing. aromas of BELGIAN YEAST with the always apealling belgian yeast taste. flavors of yeast and sugar, with an overall semi-thick mouthfeel. Finish is smooth with the typical belgian swallow.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A golden color with crisp taste and a little bit of a bite. A spicey flavor and the taste of hops as you finish. Good beer with almost anything.
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a cloudy golden color with a fizzy white head. Visible sediment in the glass... head has now vanished leaving little fountains of carbonation breaking the surface. Aroma is spicey, cloves perhaps, with some honey & light yeast. Orangish/grapefruitish notes as well. Flavor yields a light floral presense, with some honey and malty tones. Light alcohol tinge, but not overbearing. Slight woody flavor as well. Mouthfeel is thick and it coats well. An ever so slight hop bite & alcohol flavor on the finish. As this one warms, aroma gets a bit more herbish and the finish gets more of a coriander taste. A very nice brew from the folks at New Belgium.   (Bottle states 8.5%)
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright clear gold. Nice nose, sour and grassy, a bit minty. Spicy, clove, and fruit plus more mint in the flavor. Nice palate, sticky and a bit nectar-ish.
RkyMtnLove (5) - Golden, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly alcoholic smell, which takes away from it slightly. Very medium head: Very beautiful, but not quite thick enough, even for a Belgian ale. Nearly overwhelmed my mouth! Very tantalizing brew. Definitely a spicy flavor that lingers into an almost fruit-like finish. I recommend trying New Belgium's Abbey over this one, however.
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to TChrome for sending this out! Pours a clouded amber with lots of floaties and particles in the body. Medium fluffy white head. Nose is flowery and mixed with spices. Definitely spice, fruit, and some sugar on the tongue. There's more of the floral taste in there, I guess due to the hops. There's a little bite due to the carbonation and spices, but other than that is relatively smooth. The finish is more of the hops and lightened spice. Very good!
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate: floral, hoppy, spicy, and slightly astringent, with a citusy bit; a little unbalanced towards the hop side, with plenty of lingering amd dry aftertaste. Still not convinced about the "silky malt flavors" as claimed; definitely a good brew.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large thanks extended to Jazz88 for supplying me with this puppy!!
Pours with a gleaming golden orange body with a wispy white sirius cloud floating atop. The nose is a mass of malty orange and light lemon zest. This Triplecontains a deep yeasty French bread profile and a resemblance to a recently cut summer lawn.
The flavor is a bit peppery, notes of coriander, nutmeg, minute amount of cinnamon and clove. Still hits hard with citrus zests, yeast, pepper, and spice. Very airy and light, it seems delicate like a porcelain teacup; Small note of cantaloupe, and bread dough.
The palate is Faultless; a soft and velvety whipped cream which leave behind micro bubbles of lace. The ninish is a doughy tartness but honey sweet- I can’t decipher between sweet or tart here. This is a Great Triple, especially for a US brewer!!