superspak (2562) - Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, honey, bread, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, wheat, honey, bread, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, clove, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is pretty well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice tripel style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
BrunoSanchez (80) - Fermo, ITALY - JUN 11, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Buonissima ed interessante tripel ambrata con bella schiuma bianca consistente. Al naso i classici aromi tripel conferiti dagli esteri del lievito, fruttrati e speziati. In bocca un denso corpo accompagnato di sensazione alcolica. La bilanciatura tende un po sul dolce con un intenso sapore fruttato e floreale ed un finale aromatico leggermente affumicato non invadente che rende questa birra molto particolare. Questa è una tripel diversa della norma che riesce benissimo a sadisfare a chi cerca un prodotto genuino di qualità. Consigliatissima!
lesifflebiere (1251) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bière blonde, dorée, légèrement trouble, et très fruitée en nez (fraises, pêches, abricots). Drastiquement différente en bouche, elle émet des notes fumées et houblonnées, des malts presque rôtis, et un sucre résiduel qui passe du fruité au caramel. Expérience sensorielle bizarre que cette concoction de la célèbre brasserie norvégienne, agréable tout de même, mais plutôt déroutante.
fiammanghilla (533) - Genova, ITALY - MAY 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spina @ irish pub.
Chiara con schiuma poco persistente.
Corpo morbido, torbatura soffice, si fa bere molto bene.
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy brilliant golden under a creamy/foamy white head. The aroma is a little doughy but also with a fair dose of mango and pear and something like apricots. Big bold estery flavor full of Belgian light fruitiness like mago/papaya/ pear with a sturdy barnyard pale cereal malt tone, a light bit of dust, and finishes on a cereal grain and faint banana flavor
sulawang (613) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Visual: A menacing tiger on the label for a menacing 9% ABV beer... Pours golden marmalade orange, no head, very thin ringed retention, lots of micro CO2 steady streams scattered throughout.
Nose: faint peach fruity malts. (lvl-2)-pungency
Attack: balanced smooth mouthfeel
Mid-palate: tingly crisp mouthfeel, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) peach/apricot, grassy malts, mild alcohol bitterness
Finish: fruity-sweet + lightly smoked soft-hoppy bitter crisp finish.
Summary: Once again, Nøgne Ø doesn’t disappoint with their take on a Tripel. Full-flavoured yet supremely drinkable, this one is awesome and smooth for a 9%.
GoufCustom (803) - HONG KONG - MAY 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle bought at The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung.
Looks: Translucent golden honey colour with traces of yeast sediments; Three-quarter finger head with white foams which fades in 40 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing and slight carbonation.
Aroma: Quite fragrant barley and wheat malt, with banana, light vanilla, sugar, very light whiskey, light alcohol and Bel yeast.
Taste: Very sweet light malt, with very strong smoke, whiskey, banana, vanilla, sweet caramel, toffee, strong molasses, very light alcohol, phenolic, light spices, very light yeast, lemon, light bitter hops and grass.
Body: Mid to light. Slick and oily palate.
Mouth Feel: Light maltyness, dominated by strong sharp spikes of smoke and whiskey, in a thin but really oily body. Sweetness is prevalent but still pleasant, plus fairly low but notable banana oil, caramel and light toffee. Phenolic but with very light spicyness. Fair Bel yeast and lemony grass. Interesting...
Booze: the 9% alcohol is slightly noticeable. Otherwise very well hidden throughout. Nice!
Hoppiness: No nose, lemon and light grass taste. Bitterness is pretty low-fi for a Tripel, ended in mostly sweet and light astringent finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet and smoky to mouth.
Comments: I applaud the brewer for their interesting idea in putting smoky whiskey taste in their version of Tripel. The end result though, is like a near-finished articles: maltyness is lightweight, strong but nice smoke and whiskey taste, decent sweetness but not enough Bel yeast and typical fruity ester taste to complement. If this is in a 330ml bottle with a lot more yeast, than it’ll be really good. Right now, it give you the feeling of being promising but missing the all-important Belgian yeast to go up a level. Good but not great.
AgentAle (641) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is Belgian sugar cane, some smokiness and Belgian yeasts. Taste is sweet sugar candy, dark fruits and a well balanced bitterness. Appearance is a cloydy gold with a thick bubbly head that retains well.
Holmen2 (820) - NORWAY - MAY 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy, greyish yellow. Not much head. Wet cardboard in aroma. Sweet taste with some spices and hops. Decent, but perhaps not quite up to par in this genre.
tandembrauer (83) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. A little sweet, some esters. Distinct taste of Belgian yeast. Deep yellow color.