FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright, pale amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, gold / copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet grain, a touch of cotton candy, vanilla scented golden raisins, sweet melon notes, and just a candied pale malt character, which means the overall effect of the nose is on the sweet and cloying side of the spectrum. This has notes of sweet corn, DMS, and just too much graininess in general here in the nose.
Definitely sweet, with a grainy, sort of corn like sweetness that lingers on the palate for way too long. Light spicy notes provide an earthiness, some definite clove flavors, a bubble gum like flavor, and a dirty coriander water note. Very little balancing hop bitterness or flavors, in fact hop notes are not really noticeable at all here. The body has a medium fullness to it, there is quite a bit of carbonation, but for whatever reason this doesn’t help too much.
This is not so different from many a Belgian ale, but it is also the type that I really don’t enjoy; sweet, unbalanced, seemingly unrefined (to my tastes), and just cloying.
SinH4 (2103) - Garching, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is cookie dough, yeast. Taste is bananas, dough, estery, slightly boozy finish. Full-bodied, quite sweet, carbonation is not too high. Not bad.
mmahut (1782) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours in light hazy golden pale with low white head. Aroma is funky at first, light honey in the background, earthy, floral. Taste has medium brett sweetness, medium earthy bitterness, nice well balanced after taste. Body is full, medium carbonation.
mkel07 (4836) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beer Cartel 120416. A very low alcohol kick for such a high alcohol beer, you wouldn’t know it was 9.5% when you are drinking it. The Kylie Minogue of tripels - a little thin in the body but looks the goods.
anstei (903) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 24, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Erzbierschof Zurich. Oh wow, this tripel really isn’t much. Low aroma, some candy sweetness on the far back of the tongue. Borderline watery. The basics are there, but really not much more.
BuckeyeBoy (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at prefunk boise. pours out a hazy gold topped with a fluffy white head. nose is earthy notes some bubblegum sweetness and a bread malt. taste is more of the bubblegum sweetness some gain and bread.
Holmen2 (2585) - NORWAY - FEB 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 15.02.15. Almost clear pale golden. White head. Fine aroma of green banana, candy sugar, dried fruits and fermented tropical fruits. Similar taste.
gunnar (7418) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours almost clear Golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is malty, with marzipan and dried fruits. Taste is light sweet, with a harsh bitterness, high carbonated, lingering ripe fruits.
Bontus (739) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Botlle, tasting glass (blind tasting). Golden, frothy white head. Bubblegum yeasty nose, slightly metallic head flavor. Bread aroma’s, biscuit. Medium carbonation. Bitter, balanced. Some koriander?
slowrunner77 (9013) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 1, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big head and carbonation in this one. Fruity and yeasty, with a bit of sharpness to it, and a little more musty/dusty than I care for. One timer.
stevoj (3557) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Nice pour, with huge fluffy head, cloudy golden body. Earthy, musty aroma, bready, medium weight. Taste is more of the same aroma characteristics, mild spicy bite. Not one of the best Belgian tripels, but body is right on, a flaw I’ve found with a lot of American tripels.