5000 (5977) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear golden, small white fizzy head, spotty lacing, moderate carbonation. Spicy nose, belgianesque (not to be confused with a true belgian) with fruity notes as found in English Barleywines. Bready, orange peel like spices, with a peppery aftertaste. Not as fruity or floral as I have come to expect for a Tripel. Moderate body and mouthfeel. Tiz okay, ABV is well hidden, its tasty, but it is also rather ordinary. Needs to be a bit more floral me thinks. Thanks MAP!
haddon90 (1371) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bought this 12oz bottle from Norm’s in Vienna, VA. Pours a clear amber color with hardly any head. Decent lacing around the glass. Not much of an aroma. Light fruit aroma, and a hint of malt. Apples in the taste. Kind of flat. Alcohol presence is hidden well though. Not the best triple I’ve had, but for River Horse, it’s not too shabby.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very nice golden glassy copper color, tiny bit of head. Aroma, first reminded me of salami, then smelled like my turtles cage after a week without it being cleaned. Not flattering at all really. Upon closer inspectiom, there was some light belgian-esque sweetness and spice as well. Flavor is a sweet and thing breadish flavor, but its really leaving me sitting here, asking, where is the rest of my tripel? Wheres my 10% as well. I taste a bit of cotton candy and malt. "the palate improves with age" uh hun, sure cuz this is about as one dimensional as it gets for a ’craft beer’. Looks like I’m gonna age the rest of this sixer for many a year before I try it again.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 When I first poured this one out and caught the first scents of apples, caramel and sugar floating over the small white head that stuck through the experience in the form of decent lacing, I thought I had found a great beer. On first taste, I was dead wrong. Taste is of honey and sugar but way too watery and subdued to qualify as a good Tripel. If what the brewer says is true, perhaps I should hold onto the other bottles for a year or two and see if they develop better with some cellared age. Update 1/1/09: After several years in the cellar, I am revisiting this same batch. Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, lightly fruity, some bananas, floral. Tastes dry and spicy with some nice citrussy hints. Mouthfeel is full. Finish yields honey and some peppery hints. This definitely improved with some age.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Never have I had such a difficult time getting head (out of a beer) - I pretty much turned the bottle upside down and shook the beer out - nope, no head. Body was a really nice clear golden body, but with very little head and lacing, it looked flat. And this wasn’t just one bottle - this was a whole 6 pack. Anyway, enough about the appearance. Aroma was great - malty sweet with vanilla and fruit. Taste was sweet and malty, mostly dry at the finish. This one is way too easy to drink.
notalush (4574) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strawberry blonde in color, perfectly clear with moderate lacework - musty aroma with fruity esters, mostly apple, banana and pear, a hint of vanilla - the flavor is not as complex as the aroma suggests - a mild sweetness combines with a perfumy, flowery, herbal quality - more vanilla in the flavor - a bit of hops in the finish - not bad, but not all that impressive a belgian.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a light amber with no head. Aroma of banana, neco wafers and maybe rolaids. Tasted malty sweet, hints of banana (again), or maybe plaintain. I found it flowery and vegetal (in a good way).
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: poured an amber orange with a thin white head. Mild perfumey/flowery aroma. Flavor is banana, apricot, vanilla. A bit sweet. No hint of 10% in this one. Well, maybe a bit in the finish. Full bodied and flavorful. Well done.
steerpike (28) - Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured yellow gold with a thin head, bigger bubbles. Comes right out with a rich, yeasty, sweet flavor. Sugar and bananas dominate. Lightly spicy clove. Slight alcohol flavor mostly hidden under the dry, sweet, lightly hoppy finish. Nice warming effect. Better than average tripel by a NJ brewery.
ToXBoy (9) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like liquid gold with little head or lacing a sweet aroma with a little banana. Smooth mouth feel, sweet and complex hops bitterness just rite. 10% alcohol, were it is well hidden.