Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tropical fruit flavoring is very noticeable along with some spice. Different and very good.
parkerman (13) - New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great spicey triple. I enjoy this one every time I have it. Although the sweetness seems to vary every time I have it - which may be attributed to it’s age or what I’m eating with it.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color with a tall light head. Bready and flowery aroma. Very sweet. Flavors of taffy and maple syrup. Seemed cloying to me. Alcohol was warming. Not one of my favorite belgian strongs.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes, truth in advertising. It was very active when I opened it, foaming slowly out of the bottle. THe aroma was flowery and fruity, and oddly, a little like toasted bread. Golden and hazy like a heffe weis. I wondered if it was anything like a Buccanneer (a Belgian fav of some of my friends that carried the same cheesy colored pencil style label). No, it is its own beast, closer to Gouden Carolous Tripel. But the hops are quily countered, mellowing in on the back end, into that toasty, faintly toffee ending that might give certain ’Hop Haters’ hesitiation, before dismissing it as too bitter. Savor the finish on this one. I may be completely of the mark too as I have a horrid head cold, but at 10.5%, its damn fine cough syrup. I’m sure I will be back to speck it out again
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty golden amber color, rather like honey. Huge head. Pleasant aroma. Good body. A more bitter finish than I like in a fruity pale ale (though I love monstrously hoppy dark ales -- go figure). A good ale overall, but not something I’m likely to drink often.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2008 Rating #1 Tap (7 3 7 4 16). A very light yellow beer with some rising bubbles. Somewhat lacking in complexity for a Belgian. Rating #2 Bottle ( 8 4 8 3 16) 10/10/08. A hazy golden orange color with a light foamy white head. Sweet fruity aromas with banana, pineapple, flowers, bread, and alcohol. Semi-sweet, light and airy on the palate with high carbonation, and a light fruity finish. Quite a nice strong triple like beer.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pale ale that packs a punch. Decisa frizzantezza that lasts for the entire glass. Hints of hops, basil and lemon. It rolls gently down the tongue with it’s tempting honey taste and then the bitterness drops in your lap like a dead cat. A good summer sipping beer that will drop you like a Lewis KO.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After a weekend of bad beers this was a relevation. Spices, alcohol, honey and citrus with a heavy palate. Warming and complex, a very good beer
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy citrus nose. Reddish gold, big head. Tastes of strong alcohol, apricots and rye. Warming with a strong finish, complex. Terrific.
BelTrippler (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite Belgian brews, in fact one of my favorite beers all around. I drink this regularly, but then again distribution is might weak in the midwest. Excellent head and potent flavor are two of this light amber ales strong points. Packs a mighty ABV with only a mild alcohol flavor. Heavy, oily palate comfortably distributes a complex flavor array. Well paired with fine chocolate.