Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fine, I'll admit it: New Belgium can brew some good beers. So why don't they dump the crappy stuff (that sells) and concentrate on good beers?
Best before Feb 27, 04, though with the alcohol content I'm willing to bet it would last longer.
Pours a cloudy golden color with a respectable head that looked like sugar. Very nice lacing.
Smells like banana, corriander, and apricots.
Tastes much like that as well, with the flavors coming along in that order: Bananas first, and an apricot aftertaste. I've never noticed anything like that in another beer.
Mouthfeel is quite full and crisp. Quite a bit of carbonation in this
Drinkability is good. It's making a very nice night-cap considering it's nearly 3:30am and I'm just finishing a homework assignment...
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a hazy yellow color with a thick frothy white head. Has flavor of citrus and floral.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours a big white head that dissapated slowly leaving layers of lacing on glass. Very clear for being bottle conditioned. Light malty aroma. As it warms it becomes more complex, (mostly yeasty) although not as complex as the few other "Big Belgians" I've tried. I must say this is drinkable in that the alc is hidden well.
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Cloudy Orange, with a big white head. Grainy, bready aroma. Dry, crisp peppery flavors, and some herbal flavors in their, as well - oregano, maybe? Soft, fluffy mouthfeel. Dusty, dry finish. Thanks, Secret Santa! Re-rate, sort of: On aroma, what I thought I had written as a 5 was, upon further review, an 8.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I might've rated this higher but I'd just tasted Great Lakes Anniv. Ale, also a trippel. The New Belgium is clearly inferior. Not bad but much less complexity in flavor and aroma.
haukur (1309) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - NOV 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful looking beer, nice head, golden colour. This aroma reminds a bit of Tripel Karmaliet. The taste is complex, its sweet and spicy, with some fruity notes. Earthy, woody combined with something candy-ish. This is indeed wonderful stuff, and very very very drinkable considering the rather high abv. Alcahol is extremly well hidden. To this I may add that Ringo rocks!!! thanks man
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured orangey-golden with a slight haziness and a huge white head that diminished leisurely and left nice lacing. Rich aroma with lots of fruit (maybe some pineapple and hints of banana), yeast, spice and light citrus hops. Flavor is sweet, spicey and smooth with a lingering pepper finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body with a pleasant carbonation. Belgian triples are rapidly becoming one of my very favorites!
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Golden, huge white head, haze of sediment. Nose of coriander, grains, oranges, spice, earth, and grass, very complex. Flavors of coriander, garam masala, touch of yeast, earthy hops, and maybe some American oak? Exceptional stuff. Thanks acrodizer! ORIGINAL Rate from 11/2003 was a 9/5/8/4/18. Today’s rate - well, not so enthusiastic. I think this has lost its edge over the years. Head is small. Aroma isn’t as complex - sweet malts and coriander. Flavor is honey sweet malt, coriander, and some earthy hops on the finish. Not bad, but not the experience it once was. Bummer.
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Wow, this is a beautiful beer, so much sediment its almost gross, deep foggy gold color, foamy white head, the aroma is wonderful, like banana/hops laffy taffy, great complex flavor, good hop presence, burnt caramel, fruit undertones, almost a gin like finish, this is a very tastey and interesting, I was glad to have it for my 100th.
Reid (1917) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MmmI love the way this beer looks in the glass bright brown almost orange in colur topped by a creamy white medium sized head.
Smell..very spicy some mentioned coriander but there is more..i get the slight aroma of plums too ,some malts show though.
I liked the taste of this beer very fruity yet a warming hint of alcohol strength..dont know the volume but i would guess round about 7-8%..creamy taste about this beer.
Feels excellent in the mouth..smooth yet can tingle the taste buds..tastes linger a while nice.
All in all a good drinkable beer..well maybe 4 or 5 they certainly seem strong.