whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 Re-rate: Nov 5, 2003. Hazy golden body and soft sudsy head. Strong and pleasing esters. Bubble gum, bananas, green apples, and citrus. Nice yeasty complexity. Well-integrated bitter fruit peel and grassy hop finish. A very nice Belgian Trippel. Gained points with me as I gained experience and sampled repeatedly through time.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium, lingering head, dusty amber color. Sweet, almost cloying at times, with a surprising hops presence for such a sweet brew. Lively carbonation. The sweetness is a bit much for my personal preference, but this is a well made beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly clouded golden with a full fizzy white head. Light lemon citrus and Belgian yeast aroma. Sweet bready malt flavor with a mild bitterness and good yeast profile. A very good Belgian tripel and another great New Belgium brew.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good, crisp, smooth, and clean with a good fruity kick. Nice brew. Color was a hazy deep yellow, almost orangey glow with a great frothy head that was an inch or so thick and lasted pretty much through the whole glass. Smells lightly of lemon, orange peels maybe or banana peel, good floral hop presence with a spicey note like pepper or clove. Taste was good with a good solid fruit and hop mix with lots of floral, spicey hops that fizz around in the mouth, lots of carbination. It reminded me of a Corona with a lime or lemon in it, but way more bolder and full bodied. Thats maybe a bad example but its all I can think of. Damn good and drinkable.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is definitely one of my new favorite in the New Belgium line. Very fruit with a strong clove aroma and taste. Intricate lacing, and a big cloudy head. Very yeasty and sweet in the finish, a little too acidic but not enough to make any less enjoyable.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Amber colored with a light head and a wonderful apple and pear aroma. Honey sweet and fruity, with apple and banana flavors, complex and it changes as it warms. Smooth and sweet in the finish, with some alcohol. First class in every way.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber color, large white head and good lacing. Strong banana/clove aroma, bitter fruit. Mild flavor, nothing too demanting but outstanding subtleties of different fruit. Yeasty dry sweet finish, good mouthfeel. An overrated abbey trippel, I've had better.
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very good head and decent lacing. In addition to the kick, this had a distinct coriander flavor to it. A bit of cleaning acidity to the aftertaste.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. My introduction to the style. The beer is highly carbonated with a medium body. Beautiful deep yellow pour with a small white head that dissipates fast. Bubbles are active for some time after pour. Slight bitter finish after a tasty, fruity flavor. Definitely not oversweet, very well balanced. You don't taste the alcohol here. I enjoyed this one highly.
jonas (6300) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity (banana) and oatmeal nose.
Amber color, lowish head.
Banana is prominent in the taste too which I find kind of disturbing in a tripel. That and the light body kind of made me think I was drinking a american wheat (but a tasty one at that). All in all I do not think the style was hit very well here.