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RATINGS: 1407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Our Trippel Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain. The Three Graces hand-painted on the label are Zeus’s daughters Aglaia (splendor), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer). In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, our bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Best by 19 Apr 03. Dark golden color with a nice lasting light cream colored head. A lot of small white ’floaties’. Light malt and floral aroma. Quite carbonated with hop oils all over the place. I am thinking this one should have set down of a bit. Tastes are ’green’. Sharp alcohol, even when cold. Very mouth coating in feel. The yeast in the bottle appears to be pure white. I really had to shake the bottle to get it out which added to the amount of floaties. An interesting yeast that stays in small chunks. warms nicely and the flavors meld a bit. Too sharp and abrupt for a higher echelon triple. With some age I would wager this would be outstanding. Unfortunately, I only have this one sample.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Excellent, excellent brew. Picks up where the Abbey leaves off and does tremendous things. Just the right amound of alcohol kick to accompany the blend of floral, citrus and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002
You won’t drink many of these at one time. Very heavy belgium styled beer. We balanced with the bitterness and the yeast aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6417) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/cereal), lightly yeasty (basement/cement), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with notes of gum, alcohol, pepper, hint of chemicals. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Clunky and dull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2002
This brew’s hazy honey-gold color fully in character with its rich flavor profile. Head is rocky and long-lasting...clings to the glass like sea-foam...Aroma is very floral and fruity, smelling of pears... assertive but not overpowering...Flavors also reveal presence of pears and subtle spice...Finish is complex, reflecting subtle hoppiness and sweet malt profile...Complex finish that is mildly fruity-sweet but leaving mild hoppy dryness in its wake. This ale has an interesting mouthfeel as well, striking a nice balance that is slightly lighter than one might expect in such a robust offering. All factors add-up to a most unusual and satisfying ale...very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 Full-bodied, leading to very high palate marks. The head dissipates rather readily. As this brew warms the clove and other spiciness rise up gently. Nice yeasty solids settle at the bottom of the glass, like miniscule gold nuggets. A good one, a touch on the sweet side. Brought over for me by Brownalegirl and Hennes, who got it on their recent Western swing. It was a great party yesterday.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2002
This is the best NB brew I tried at the brewery - some of the other brews start to get a little sweet (abbey, black) to my taste but this one has enough spicey, smoky liveliness to ride shotgun with its riches.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2002
very nice aroma, appearance orange tented. the flavor is very complex and has wonderful texture. the finish is clean with a nice balance of fruit flavor with hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
The Etruscan (554) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAY 28, 2002
Golden-orange color with white weak head. Aroma is very rich, floral, fruity, with banana nose and with light spicy tones. Flavour is complex too, malty and sweet, but extremely well balanced with citrus, candy sugar and hops, ending in a soft spicy and fruity aftertaste. Medium-full bodied. I bought the bottle I’ve rated directly at the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, CO, last year; really great people, there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2002
Golden color with big chunks that float to the bottom of the glass and quickly settle and splat flat on the bottom of the glass. This may bother some people, but I thought it was neat. Has a fruity taste/aroma. The aftertaste is a bit flat. Thanks legion242!

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