Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 THOUGHTS: Nice beer, but not the best tripel. Not super Belgian. It wasnít even bottle conditioned. Hid alcohol incredibly well for the ABV. Much better when warmer, but then the alcohol also showed up more.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light orange with a slightly melon-like tint with nice carbonation and a very small head that fully diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma was moderate candy sugar, very light hops, apple, Pear, Pineapple, honey, vanilla, spice and slight alcohol. The initial flavor was slightly sweet, slightly acidic and lightly sour; while the finish was sweet, slightly bitter, sour and acidic with an average to long duration. There was candy sugar, citrus fruit, melon, vanilla, pears, pineapple, slight alcohol, some spice, slight yeast and some grain. The light to medium body, leaning toward medium, was oily and then fairly dry with tingly carbonation and a light to moderately alcoholic finish.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, thanks to a couple fine folks! Poured fairly clear medium orange with a slim cap of white head that didnít stick around for too long. The aroma picked up pale and fruity malts topped by coriander, rye, and peppery yeast.. a little too much sweetness evident, but it did mask the alcohol. The flavor found fruit and biscuity sweetness at the core, again with lots of spices around (coriander, orange zest, and vanilla come to mind).. dry white peppery alcohol dominated the finish over scratchy, almost cardboardey pale malts and honey. Medium-bodied and hot overall with just too much spicage going on.. not bad, but I just couldnít get into it.
Cavie (3553) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear burnt orange color. Ooo nice smell. Some sweet spice such as nutmeg on the nose. Taste has lots of crazy flavors. Vanilla and pumpkin stand out. Also has notes of spice with a yeasty kick.
Fratto (2446) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Cavie. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma of alcoholic bananas. Tastes like alcohol. And bananas and cinnamon, but mostly alcohol.
BeerandBlues2 (8557) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark yellow-orange with a small, fizzy white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, hay, straw), average hop (flowers, perfume, grass), heavy yeast (dough, horse blanket) with notes of banana, clove, pear, and ginger. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
mcox90 (1376) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. Pours a pretty golden amber color with a 1/2" white head. No lace left behind. Aroma is bread, yeast and sugar. Moderate in body with healthy carbonation. Prickly on the tongue. Flavor is bread, orange peel, apple with a sweet background. Alcohol is present, but not annoying. Fairly decent effort.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy orange amber, headless. Full body, minimal carbonation. Some spice, but lots of orange peel. Seems too sweet.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - Poured a slightly hazy golden amber in color with a small white head that quickly faded to almost nothing. Aroma is malty and quite sweet with plenty of bready yeastiness and some fruity esters (grape, green apple?). Flavor is malty and quite sweet. Plenty of yeast. Alcohol is apparent in the flavor (some harshness) and presence felt in the "burn" as it goes down. The harsh flavor detracts from the overall experience. This is an OK tripel and I enjoyed it, but it could use some work.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 23, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a redish color with minimal white head, body then fades to a golden orange color. Nose is a sweet syrupy malt note with some light banana and a miniscule hint of clove and vanilla. a light sweetness. Palate is syrupy with a cloying feel and a bitter, stingy finish. Leaves a light alcohol and film note on the throat. Flavors of light syrupy caramel malt with hints of cherrys and vanilla and some banana and a light bit of coriander.
travita (3501) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper colored, clear, and has a low off white head. The smell is very sugary, yeast, and fruits. The taste is too sweet, lots of residual sugar, spiced, and yeast.