blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle [600ml] shared with garthicus. Pours a cool-looking orange with a snowstorm of tiny sediment and a small, long-lasting frothy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and perfumy along with caramel malt, herbs and some alcohol. Flavour of yeast, caramel malt, light hops, some sugary sweetness, light alcohol and a rich bitter finish. Considering the high abv it’s pretty easy to drink. Medium to full bodied. I really enjoyed this, well done.
neuromatt (1140) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
60 cL bottle from the LCBO, served in a tasting glass. Pours hazy golden with a tall, dense white head and a moderate amount of fine sediment. The head remains and leaves lots of fine lace on the glass. The nose has huge aromas of lemon zest, honey and lemon grass, along with grass, perfume, clove, ginger, flowers and dust. The flavour is fairly dry, but balanced with moderate hop bitterness. There is also a lemony acidic quality throughout. Subtle spice builds towards the finish, which is long and spicy with pepper. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a creamy texture and fizzy carbonation. Overall. this is a very nice spicy tripel with a sharp lemony quality and a subtle balance between spice, acidity and hops. It is very well constructed and would make a great summer sipping beer. 2011-04-23
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade (thanks cfrancis). Pours a murky light orangey yellow. Decent pillowy off white head that lasts. Aroma is tree fruit, yeast, some grassy hops, mild spice. Don’t get the lemon as advertised...yet. Taste is pear and apricot, mildly sweet, some lemon and pepper, hops have a bit more citrus bite. Malts in there at the end but subtle. Alcohol well worked...only slightly warming. Suitably complex but not overwhelming.
MrManning (2006) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample courtesy of Cratez. I’ve been waiting and it is here. I am ready for the Tripel of the Var, and the Var is ready to be consumed. A lemony yellow pour has plenty of fine sediment with a bleached white froth of head. Some soapy lace. The aromas here are yeasty with some doughy notes, leading to pear, some peach, and fresh green hops. A bit sweet with stone fruit flavours, I mostly get the peaches here. Like peach cobbler. Wow. I get yeasty and doughy flavours as well, but this is mainly about the fruitiness. Creamy texture, very fruity and sweet but pleasing. Medium body for the weight.
Boutip (4703) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy golden color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of nice sweet malt base with light peppery notes with some fruity ester. Body is a very nice mix between some solid Belgian malt with a sweet base with a peppery yeast and some fruity apricot ester. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with a nice balance and some great complex notes. This is one they should add to their regular line-up.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[3609-20110220] 600mL bottle. Light grassy spiced yeast. Hazy, light brown orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head has lots of small white floaties. Yeasty grassy straw flavour has a light bitter citrus seed note. Medium body is fairly bitter. Quite pleasant. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5
(c/o GregClow, w/ him, jerc)
GRM (2971) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 60 cl, bottled on 01 03 10, best before 27 02 12, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on March 19 2011; eye: golden, lightly hazy, minimal effervescence, tiny off-white head that turns into a tiny ring, no lacing; nose: perfumy, light floral hops, slight alcohol, slight spice; mouth: perfumy, light floral, hops, slight alcohol, slight pepper, dry perfumy finale with presence of light floral hops, medium body, good carbonation, slightly bitter and sweet, slick texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 60 cl, embouteillée le 01 03 10, meilleure avant 27 02 12, achetée à la LCBO, savourée le 19 mars 2011; œil : dorée, légèrement voilée, effervescence minime, petite mousse blanc cassé qui se transforme en un petit anneau, pas de dentelle; nez : parfumée, léger houblon floral, très léger alcool, très léger épice; bouche : parfumée, léger houblon floral, très léger alcool, très léger poivre, finale sèche parfumée avec présence de léger houblon floral, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, très légèrement amère et sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
600ml bottle shared by jsprime. pours clear light gold with a lasting white head. a super soft and fragrant big saison, triple, belgian strong ale hybrid. soft, subtle and sippable. very approachable but quite complex and refined. a joy to drink.
rejtable (1286) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty tripel. Citrus lead with peppery aftertaste. Alcohol presence not felt in taste.
probstblueribbon (2904) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
600 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass. 2010 vintage. BB 27 02 12.
App.: Clear deep golden with some floaties and a nice, off-white foam.
Aroma: Lots of citrus, some earthy coriander, some peppery Saaz-like hops, some resin and pine, floral notes, lemongrass, spicy (ginger-like), some alcohol, restrained yeast notes, hints of esters, nice.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly sparse effervescence.
Flav.: Quite perfumed and floral, a good deal of citrus, some coriander earthiness, more yeast than the nose, some Saison-esque bitter green herbs, lemongrass, a few yeasty flavours, spicy and peppery, some ginger-like flavours, seems like there is quite a bit of hops in this one, quite nice; a little off-dry with decent bitterness (more than usual for Tripels), and a bready, alcoholic finish.
A nice take on a Tripel that suits my tastes quite well. Quite enjoyable.