TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 002. Yeasy and banana aroma. Pours clear golden, no head. Sweet, yeasty and fruity. Thin body with alcohol finish.
drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer. I’m impressed. Poured with a nice white head and a little lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is a little mild; not much of the Belgian aromas, but nice. Flavors and body are on the soft side, sweet with bitter overtones. Alcohol is sneaky. Great body and carbonation. Finish is easy. Oddly in spite of the alcohol it’s almost a session brew.
zach8270 (3370) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Managed to save some of this from when the possum in the garage battled my beer shelf. Bastard. Dark copper color with not much head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a nice hint of spices and some vanilla. Flavor is very big and malty. Mild spice but a ton of sugar and malt with some spicy yeast. I can detect very mild vanilla at the end, but mainly it’s sweet malts and light yeast. Some bitterness coming through at the end. Thanks to David for this one.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber with minimal head that still provides lacing. Big nose of alcohol, yeast and butter caramel. Flavour is alcohol, flowery yeast and dusty musty fruit flavour.
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold appearance with a small, off white head and little lacing. Sweet, yeasty aroma with hints of soft fruit and spice. Candi sugar sweet taste, a decent malt backbone, somewhat herbal, with the spicyness showing up, especially in the aftertaste. Smooth, medium bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel. Little alcohol burn despite the high abv. Moderate length finish.
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost no aroma, just a very faint unpleasant note?? Medium orange color with poor head. Decent flavor, though very light on the usual spiciness of a tripel. Body is full but carbonation is weak. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Hard to believe it’s 10.2%.
pete4999 (992) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Bottled May 21, 2009. Amber brown pour with minimal head. Cloudy at first but cleared up over time. Smells spicy - peppery, cinnamon. Also some fruits - for such a light-colored beer, the scents of dark fruit prevail. Taste is similar to the smell. Drinks very easy for a tripel. Despite the ratings here, I was quite impressed. Redhook doesn’t really garner the most respect, but I liked it.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours orange in color with thin white head. Aroma spicy and sweet. Taste spicy, yeasty and hoppy with dry finish.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’d been saving this one for awhile and was looking forward to it. Pours a nice bright orange color with a short-lived fluffy white head. Aroma is malty and a little spicy. Kind of smells like dust. Flavor is similar. A little malty a little dusty. MOuth feel is pretty bland really dusty. Not so hot.
luttonm (2138) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was looking forward to this, but it is pretty disappointing. Bright golden pour with boring/short white head. nose is tight, sweet and bready with some ’belgian yeast’ notes. Body is spritely for an american ale but nowhere near where it should be for a tripel, this is top to bottom an imperial american imitation of the style. custardy creamy body with yeast, flour, vanilla. tasty enough, drinkable for the weight and taste, but not very impressive.