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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4158) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Draught chalice at Redbones on 11/15/07
Lightly hazed golden with some amber highlights. One finger of dense white head that is very well-retained and laces profusely down the glass.
Wasn’t sure what to expect from this mostly American style brewer, was envisioning too much yeast, banana, phenols, etc...but the aroma is fairly reserved, showing off light apricots and candied orange, moderate amounts of vanilla and honey sugars and a tinge of pineapple on the finish. Some alcohol warmth, true to style, dries out the finish. Hops are minimal and show no trace of high alpha acids. A lightly sweaty, cedary almost, note from the yeast adds some Belgian flair. No flaws. Not terribly complex, and not incredibly "Belgian", but well done.
Clean and well-presented are the pale malts, with honey and lightly crisp specialty malts on the finish. Banana is low as is the yeast dullness, while some peach and apricot mix with alcohol esters to give more dryness on the finish. A bit astringent by the end of the glass, on account of the alcohol and malt breadiness, but still enjoyable. No flaws. Moderate carbonation and a fluffy, soft texture (with grainiess on the end).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2007
On tap at the Pike Pub (listed at 9.2% abv, by the way). Faintly cloudy orange-ish yellow. Not much head. Very sweet, fruity aroma, with a lot of banana and a bit of white wine, too. Very sweet, but not overpoweringly so Some pineapple and citrus, with more orange than I’d expect. Some banana and chardonnay notes, too. Very enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
Pours a clear gold with a small ring of foam and a sour lambic aroma. Tart green apples in the taste, notes of peach, pale malt, quite sour, very nice. Thin body with good carb, no complaints. A complex, pleasant beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4761) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at the brewpub on October 17, 2007. Seemingly not part of their beer sampler which they SELECT 4 YOU. Decent creamy malted nose and undertones of spice. Pours a clear golden body with minor carbonation (nitro?), foamy off-white head. Is this really 9% - good cover. Very smooth and malty flavour with a vanilla speck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle tasted at Party Source from shigadeyo. Poured hazy amber with an moderate frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate yeasty sour citrus aroma. Medium body. Medium complex bittersweet citrus flavor with a medium bittersweet and small alcohol finish of moderate duration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11432) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2007
on tap-pours a white head and yellow color. Aroma is coriander, malt/wheat-musty, some yeast. Taste is some sweetness, coriander, malt/wheat-musty, some yeast. OK effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Fruity, estery, grainy aroma, dusty and sweet, some pear and light melon here, along with peppery spice and dried, leafy, herbal notes. Clear pale golden yellow color, head is fine and white, lacing sparsely clings to the glass. Flavor is a melange of malt sweetness, fruit, spice and bitterness, with alternating suggestions of honey, light breadiness, tropical fruitiness, peppery spice and herbal, leafy hop touches. Prickly and very gently warming mouthfeel, finish is quite long and dries out somewhat. Nice combination of flavors, but could be integrated a bit better, ultimately, seeming a bit disparate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4877) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
GCBF sample. Crisp yellow. Light foamy head. Strong lacing. Nose has candy sugar, alcohol and spicy pepper. Soft and quiet flavour with a peppery finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkweep (5) - USA - SEP 12, 2007 does not count
On Draught at College Inn - Clear straw color, with a light white head that last a few minutes. A Belgian glass would likely allow the head to remain longer. Good lace however. Sweet estery aroma. Nice Belgian flavor, (Westmalle yeast)? Lots of spicy hops, medium body melts to a dry finish. I love that it is not cloying like so many American triples. Pike web site lists it as 9% alc. (www.pikebrewing.com) Overall an extremely pleasant tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington. Pours a semi-hazy golden amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a white ring and some lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, some alcohol, candi sugar and some bubblegum. Taste is thick, near full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of multi-grain and wheat malt, candi sugar, some Belgian yeast and a touch of honey. Finish is semi-sweet at first and then an aftertaste of a dry multi-grain flavor.

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