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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 254   ABV: 8.47%
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Little John’s local bees create a spring wildflower-honey that lends a sweet, earthy complexity to a traditional style of beer (triple) with a balancing snap of ginger in the finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
574deadzone (997) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bomber for the road. Belgian tripels have become one of my favorite "other" styles, but I couldn’t help but feel a little weirded out by this one, even though I knew what I was getting myself into. Yes, there’s plenty of honey and ginger in there. It’s kind of a tripel, but not really. It just didn’t 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Nice nose. Slightly sweet with hint of ginger. Ginger is subtle on the palate and finishes clean. Good beer

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2007) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2011
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (623) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
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 I’ve experienced with it’s 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1241) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2011
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
[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)

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Sample at a tasting at IlliniSmitty’s 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.


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