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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Deep golden hued, with subtle hints of vanilla, clove, and cinnamon. Fruity, spicy, and warming with a complex but soft malt character. Editor’s Note: Limited edition summer seasonal for 2009 but pilot batches were available at fests and the brewpub prior to this release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Clear golden color with small diminishing head. Fruity, spicy, Belgian yeast aroma. Taste of vanilla, clove, malt and spices. Med. carbonation with a sharp finish and a little thin. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle. Poured with a nice orange-golden hue, shiny and still, yet with a formidable foam head. The aroma is of banana creme, expectant of a creamy delight. Although it’s not quite dessert-worthy, the beer still delivers -- tight with sharp yeasty goodness, a hint of spice, and a tickle of tropical fruit. (#3645, 8/19/2009)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2009 vintage bomber from Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Pours a hazy amber with floating particles. The thin creamy slightly off-white head shows no signs of going anywhere. The aroma is spice, candi sugar, pears, citrus and a faintly hoppy finish. The taste is bread, candi sugar, bubblegum, butter rum, raisin, spice, toasted notes and slight oxidation. Medium-full bodied, high carbonation and a faint bit of warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
From 22 oz. bomber Appearance: Pours a light amber, showing visible carbonation, and a white pinstripe of a head. Aroma: Heavy whiffs of clove and Belgain yeast. There are also light whiffs of banana and spicy hops. Taste: A mixture of cloves and spicy, bitter hops hit the tip and middle of my tongue right off the bat. Then I get some fruity, sugary sweetness, followed by the same flavors from the beginning, in the finish, lingering on the back of my tongue. Also seems kinda boozy and warm. Mouthfeel: Sticky, and very fizzy. Overall: A well made Tripel, although this seemed very young as of this writing. While a tad hot, you’d be hard pressed to find much fault with this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Tap @ OBF... Poured orange with a white head. Not very boozy tasting for 10.2%. Foamy palate. Sweet, syrup acidity. Cloves and toffee and tea flavors before a yeasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Golden hue, medium head... very smooth with a flavor of banana and cloves... hides the alcohol very well in taste but more noticeable in smell as you finish a sip

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
bottle, golden orange with light ring of foam, aroma of honeydew and candied sugar, flavors refined sugars, tropical fruits, bready, nice finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4948) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
From a 22 oz bottle purchased from the Market of Choice in Eugene, Oregon, the poured a very clear golden orange with a nice sized and long-lasting white head that left moderate lacing. The nose was sweet fruit aromas. The body and mouthfeel were fairly light but it was smooth on the palate. Flavor shows the fruit and some cloves and you can taste the alcohol. Long fruit flavored finish makes for an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1670) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2009
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.

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