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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Three distinct Trappist yeasts – one earthy, one fruity, and one spicy – combine to produce the unique personality of this Belgian-style pale ale. Zesty hops, gentle malts, and a few vanilla beans provide a crisp, smooth profile, while the trio of yeast strains ferment the beer into an elegant harmony of flavors. From chaos, comes Trifecta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (674) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2013
750ml bottle. 7%. Batch # 2. Bottled on 03/12/12. Stored in my cellar for almost a year. Pours a hazy amber with a short lived white head. Alcohol on the nose, dried fruits, light caramel, apple, and yeast. The taste is very heavy with notes of well made alcoholic apple cider, dried fruits, faint dried apricot, well balanced with some tangy acidity, dough, caramel, and some spice in the finish. Honestly, it tastes like a cider/Belgian hybrid. This is excellent. I kind of love it. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (752) - - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Pretty great stuff. Belgian notes upfront with a really appealing dry/ crisp finish. Vanilla notes somewhat odd but subtle- can’t decide if they really work or not. Lots of spice/pepper. Appealing funk/ sourdough notes. Super clean. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a clear deep golden with a creamy and lacing white head. Spicy, yeasty and fruity nose. Medium body, a spicy fruitiness, very bitter all through the finish. Nice and very enjoyable. Smooth. 150313

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4855) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottled 2/18/15 batch, drunk February and March 2015.
Amber bodied liquid is clear or nearly so, with an off-white head that is very well-retained.
Tons of esters and phenols in the nose recount pears, cherries, black pepper, vanilla, apples, currants and so forth. It’s not overpowering, nor is there any alcohol. Soft toffee and light brown bread-like maltiness add a backbone and there is little to no sign of hops. Maybe a touch of doughiness?
Two main things strike me about this beer. It’s well-done and wonderfully well-fermented/produced. There’s no dirtiness/yeastiness/blandness, no off-flavors of any sort and the carbonation and body are spot-on (fine, tight carbonation and a medium body with a soft, nearly creamy texture). But second, it’s got no real character. With all of the yeast flavors coalescing to really produce nothing striking of any sort, it’s just sort of a mouthful of malts and esters/phenols. That’s fine, though, and not every beer has to be a knock-your-socks-off, novel, crazy trendsetter. Certainly plenty of trappist character, though no one brewery stands out here. Seems more like an everyday Belgian ambree. The finish is loaded with peppery phenol and scrumptuously chewy maltiness (caramel, buttercream) and a touch of sourdough. Good stuff. Nowhere near overdone on the vanilla (would barely know it’s in there).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Until reading the deScription I did not know there was vanilla beans in this. Would not have guessed that. Overall easy drinking, didn’t eave seem like 7%. Crisp, clean, some bitter hops balanced well with the yeast and belgian style sweetness. A bit of citrus, a hint of wheat too. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle that I took to Paul’s housewarming tasting. Pours a lightly hazed amber orange with a medium to large sized white head. Fuzzy musk with a bit of funk and yeast. Musky, warm yeast and tart vibrant musk with a bit of pungent acidity. Musky, faintly acidic, warm musk. Tasty, chewy wheat, long funky banana infused yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013

Bottle 750ml. corked.

Light unclear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, tropical fruit, light yeasty. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet dried fruity and vanilla, tropical fruit, dry, wood, sulfur notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130111]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1822) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Taster at the source. Pours yellow brown with a white head. Aroma is cramel and clove. Flavor is on the lighter end of what I would expect in a trappist. Wheat backbone, some clove, some fruity esters, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Pours lightly unclear gold with a creamy, white head. Definitely some vanilla in the nose, also bread, a bit of candi sugar. Medium sweet flavor with lots of bready malts, Belgiany phenols, bubblegum. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and oily texture. Sweet finish with more sugary bread, toasty toffee, some dry biscuits, more oily vanilla. Nice stuff. Fairly novel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3780) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Embouteillé le 2-18-2015, 7,2% alc. Un beau liquide doré foncé avec une mousse blanche. Un nez bien épicé avec des notes de poivres noirs. En bouche on retrouve des saveurs d’épices, de poivre entre autre et de sirop d’érable (probablement confondu avec les gousses de vanille).

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