574deadzone (997) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber for the road. Belgian tripels have become one of my favorite "other" styles, but I couldnít help but feel a little weirded out by this one, even though I knew what I was getting myself into. Yes, thereís plenty of honey and ginger in there. Itís kind of a tripel, but not really. It just didnít feature that spicy aromatic Belgian yeast character as much as I wanted, as though the honey and ginger worked to counteract that natural quality to make it more palatable for the "average" drinker. An ok experiment, but kind of a bummer.
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is faint ginger, banana and grass. It tastes just like the label implies, a light / medium bodied tripel made with a touch of honey and ginger. I think I taste some banana too? The ginger gives it a nice zing on the finish. Slightly tart. Mild / moderate sweetness. Interesting beer. 8.5% booze is well hidden. The ginger lingers nicely long after the beer is gone. Evolving flavor. Mild bitterness. Complex, unique and yummy!
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice nose. Slightly sweet with hint of ginger. Ginger is subtle on the palate and finishes clean. Good beer
Chudwick (2007) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft in a 3.5 oz cup - pours clear amber with light head. Aroma is honey and spices. Taste is sweet. Goes down sweet and ends a little bitter. OK overall but not to impressive.
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very nice beer, light and easy not withstanding the 8.7%. This is a bit week in aroma with a bit of fruit and some honey. The flavor though has a nice mix of fruit and honey balanced with a nice hop bite. Quite refreshing, crisp and clean finish despite the sweetness.
gorditoabd (623) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours an unexpected ruby copper color. Decent amount of white foam, about 25% of which lasts. Aroma is a barley and malt... Along with a dry quality typical of the style. Sweet, funky, and full of honey, cinnamon, and a grassy lager-type funk. Interesting. But not great. Sort of watery and muddled at the finish, a decent beer at best.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the New Holland Brewpub in Holland, MI. An interesting take on the style with honey and ginger adding nicely. Probably the darkest colored tripel Iíve experienced with itís deep burnt golden orange body. It was medium thick with very minimal head. The nose was a good blend of light and hazy, and sweet and creamy. Notes of sweet ginger, spicy florals, light mead, and yeasty almond cookies. The body is sweet, maybe slightly too sweet with the added honey, and grainy, but not too boozy. Light melon fruits and spicy florals start up-front, with sweet fruits and light honey/light mead alcohol coming after. Also, some mellow caramel malts, yeasty pale grains. Tree-earth and herbs give the finish some hop. To me this was quite, and really grew on me. Perhaps not perfect, but a high quality tripel in my opinion.
BigBeer45 (1241) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, sampled in a large tulip and a Chimay trappist glass,
this Tripel had a clear medium-dark red pour with dark orange and light golden brown colors at the edges of the glass, the pour gave a one finger head or so of off-white colored bubbles and ring, the effervescence in the glass was around medium, the Chimay glass gave more effervescence, (I think more carbonation in this ale would help),
there is some lacing on the sides of the glass, and there was a thin film of medium brown sediment in the bottle,
this ale had fruit citrus aromas (not big but not small either) with a honey sweetness in the background, faint spice and floral notes, and some
candy like sweetness, there is faint pepper and herb in the background (maybe from the Ginger?), yeast and faint Banana comes out as it warms,
there were light Pale malt flavors with light citrus fruit, malt and honey sweetness, a little Cherry flavor, I do not taste the Ginger,
a little or more pepper after the finish (with a little bit of herbs), I noticed a minor amount of alcohol on the palate (the beer was not cold, it was cool), when the glass was at room temperature, the alcohol was not offensive, this drink starts sweet but ends dry and bitter,
the mouth feel is around medium, I think a little more carbonation would help to make this drink lighter on the palate and improve the presentation.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[3694-20110416] 1pt6floz bottle. Citrus ginger aroma has just a hint of chemical cleaners. Slightly hazy, amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Grainy flavour has just a little yeast and mild bitter citrus notes. Medium body. Odd floral characteristics. (6/3+/6-/3/11) 2.9
(c/o Sammy, w/ him, jerc, JoeMcPhee, RadekKliber)
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at a tasting at IlliniSmittyís house. Color was a glowing gold, Aroma was tons of sweet oranges and honey. flavor was very week, pale malts with a little honey twist. Another disappointment from New Holland.