GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to stopbarking for this bottle.
Pours a bright, clear gold with a pillowy white head that recedes slowly to a creamy collar and swirl of bubbles in the middle.
The aroma is fruity with bananas dominating on top of a slightly earthy Belgian yeast backbone. A bit of spiciness from cloves. A little disappointing honestly.
To me, the taste is a significant improvement as it take a lot of the muted aromas and really blows out the fruity esters, bananas and light Belgian yeast. Sweet and sugary finish with hints of clove.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lower carbonation than I was expecting.
Iíve only had a couple of beers from Real Ale and Iíve been pretty impressed with both. The low carbonation takes away from this one but itís not a bad attempt at a tripel.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very hazy yellow gold with a fluffy white head, diminishing to a thin foam. Nose is clovey and yeasty, a little candy sugar, as well. Flavor predominantly sweet, with light tropical fruit notes and some yeast. Definitely the right idea for a spring seasonal - easy-drinking, but not a wimpy beer.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks Marc. Poured a bright clear gold with a huge, pillowy white head. Sweet, Belgian yeast, some tropical fruits, but dominated by a kind of charred character that clashes badly with the yeasty elements. Quite hot, almost vodka-like on the finish. Maybe a spoiled bottle, couldnít really finish this.
obguthr (5088) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Banana and peach nose, pretty nice. Hazy amber. Lots of banana flavor. Finish is decidedly more bitter lemon grass. Superbly drinkable for a Tripel.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a light gold color with a thin white ring for a head. The nose is spicy with lots of Belgian yeast notes and a bit of clove. The taste is slightly sweet and yeasty. Notes of subtle light fruit, florals, and passion fruit emerge. Light in body leading to a clean finish. A nice tripel that is well balanced.
Pershing (497) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Not bad for a Belgian Tripel brewed in Texas. Brewery made candi sugar is the way to go!. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. No lacing at all. Sweet fruit aroma. The alcohol level is hidden very well. Finishes slightly sweet.
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at SAVOR 2010. Pours a hazy, yellow with a cloudy head. Nose is mild, candy sugar, yeast, light spice. Flavor is very sugary, a little medicinal, light wood, grains, grass. Finish is hot and sticky.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
SAVOR, 12oz bottle. Minimal white head atop hazy cider body. Aroma is moderately sweet, clove, candi sugar, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, clove, some orange, candi sugar, light honey. Medium body, low carbonation.
tgncc (3048) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Extra form trade with Blutt59. The aroma is pepper, spicy, light fruit. The appearance is a lightly hazy gold, white head. The flavor is like the aroma, only maybe a little less spicy, and a little more fruity. The finish is spices, and a noble hop bittering. Not a big fan of the style, but this is a nice beer overall. Thanks, Bob.
Sammer (1101) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden pour at the Holy Grail in Plano, Tx. Very nice balance of sugar, hops and alcohol. Not quite as powerful as some abbey tripels, but all in all a solid effort.