Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do not let the golden color of this beer fool you. Like most other Trippels, this brew drinks very easy and the color belies the alcohol content. Yeast, fruity esters, and a little bit of grass and hoppiness. The flavors are quite intriguing, malt and perhaps vanilla (did this beer see some oak?), citrus from hops, and a hint of spice. Quite a brew, and one of their best.
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared this bottle thanks to ClarkVV with walleye, redmosquito, and a Kuhnhenn brother. Golden color with a white head that dissapated rather fast and left little lacing. A slight sour/vinegar aroma with some yeast esters as well. There were also some slight fruit smells that I couldnít distinguish. A bitter sweet taste. Sugary tastes balanced out with some hoppy bitterness. There was also that yeasty taste in there. A bit of a sour finish. Not too bad.
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a very mildly hazy, yellow, some very light orange tints. Small white head, fairly rapidly dissipating, with slight lacing. At first I thought this was just as filtered as their other beers, but then read that there is a yeast injection. Whatever, itís still filtered. Aroma is light honeydew melon, lemons, sponge cake, mild belgian yeast, vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly yeasty and has a bit more citrus and hop bite to it than expected. But overall, it is still quite tame and mild. Little bit of thinning on the very end. Some esters, but they are very muted. Body is pretty smooth with a bit of alcohol giving it a fuzzy palate. Moderate carbonation, medium body. I enjoy trippels with more aggressive yeast and less filtration.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light Amber color, eggshell head. Aroma is distinct and sour (not its best feature) flavor is cirus and brown sugar but clears form the palate very quickly. not the norm but a nice americanized beliian ale.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 Nice hazy banana yellow color with a white head. Sweet aroma, a mix of fruity esters / spice from the yeast and sugary bread from the malt, no real hops to speak of. Sweet malty flavor smooths over the warming alcohol notes, there are some nice esters here, banana maybe. There is a nice balance between the bitterness and the body. A good tripel. Thanks ClarkVV
WeissGuy (10) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
it kinda smells like some lip bomb, a little fruity. really feel like i can taste all of that 7.8, it comes up through the nose
it has a really lacey head that lasts.
CjileAle (2) - wilmot, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sharp and tingly to the first sip but leaves a nice fresh taste in your mouth. Yeasty, with a citrisy feel. Has a heavy feel on your toung.
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks clarkvv for sharing this at kuhnhenns. poured a golden with a white head. aromaa nice sweetness, malts, yeast, orange, hints of pineapple, alcohol. flavor, malts, orange. pineapple., hops, alcohol. this was well balanced beer not know if it can be found in michigan but I will be looking for it.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saaz and bananas, with a little spice. Yeasty, dough-boy. Finish heavy and sweet.
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 Belgiumís 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.