guzzler67 (1434) - 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 (840) - 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 (1400) - 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 (1629) - 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.
Glouglouburp (5545) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A mega sweet flowery extra-clean Belgian blonde ale. Boring.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh, about 4 months after purchase
The look: Clear golden body topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose of sweet bakery, flowers and yeast. Taste is very sweet, lots of sweet cookies, sweetened white bread, sweetened bananas, flowery hops. Basically just about every flavour I tasted in that beer can be prefixed with the word “sweet”. Except for the hops of course, I cannot taste sweet hops, only Quevillon can taste sweet hops.
BruceLeroy (110) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I picked up a bunch of these for $1.99 apiece at the local bottle shop on sale, regular price $6.99. This is a nice ale. Very malty and rich in flavor. A tad sweet for my taste, but not too bad. The aroma betrays this one a bit, the taste is much more complex than the aroma hints at. Carbonation is about perfect. Nice dark bottle to keep the light out and the flavor in. All in all a great value at the price I paid, though I would not buy one for $6.99. There is also a bit of a smokey aftertaste, though it’s not apparent immediately.
Cybercat (2449) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma is malty with a fruity undertone and hints of hops as well as a good alcohol bite. It pours a nice clear amber with some bubbles and a decent, if not persistent, white head. Rich, mouth-filling flavor is malty, fruity and just slightly smoky with a hoppy hint and a bit of alcohol zing. Lively, sassy texture dances on the tongue and all the way down the pipes.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a medium to full-golden color with a surprisingly small white head. The nose gives hints of Belgian/Westmalle esters, along with some very perceptible Munich/Cara-Munich malt character. The palate shows a lot more malt character than many other American examples of the style; a pleasant surprise, as many examples seem to be all pilsner and sugar and are lacking on overall character and drinkability. A slight hop spice is evident. The palate is a really nice melange of malt character (almost pale- or strong ale-like), combined with the traditional Belgian yeast character. Overall, nicely done.