DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Milky clouds in a yellow wit-like body, lacy foam. Smell carries mostly warming alcohol, but at the same time it’s not overwhelming. The first taste already starts to numb my lips. Seems a lot of the Belgian sugars have managed to ferment away. Low levels of spiciness keep the alcohol warmth coming through. I simply missed the described spices, but still, this is a great pale winter warmer.
Hair6a11 (1351) - Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2011 Bottle; Honey Gold Color with a modest white head - mild retention and light lacing in this snifter. Spicy coriander on the nose; big honey & vinousness really. It’s so drinkable, though - dangerously, so. It doesn’t quite work though, for the style, in my opinion. But I enjoyed the experience.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
draft at the brewpub. pours clear gold with small white head. nose is odd, some mint and chemy green apple, spices, lots of booze. flavors are all over the place, floral honey pepper herbal and booze wow this is odd and just a butchering of the style.
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). American Tripels.. My nemesis. Pours a glowing straw gold pour, no haze, pretty clear. A frothy bright white head atop dies to a small film, laces small, films and rings. Aromas are some sweet apples, bready malts, touches of honey, granny smith apples, a light floral dusting with touches of cider. Initial is medium bodied, a bit sweet apple. Cider beginning, warming ABV, with touches of honeycrisp, bread and cereal grains, some yeasty spice, albeit a bit covered up by the sweetness. Touches of floral bitterness, but lingering sweet malts rue the day. Reminds me very strongly of apple cider with a touch of yeastiness, grainy and bready malts couple with honey and honeycrisp apples. Faint touch of banana, some pear. Finish is sweet, a touch sharp, with a light dryness, and definite lingering sweetness. Meh. Just not my thing. One dimensional, overly sweet. Just not a fan of the psuedo-style here.
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
cask at DOLA.... pours a hazy golden orange brown with a soapy white head.... aroma of candied sugar and some lasting fruit... flavors of sweet candied sugar and mild citrus fruitiness
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
phlegm colored and hazy. i smell no saaz. not really a trippel either. alcohol was pretty well hidden, but it’s weird how unlike the description this is. spicy, and great.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Day of the Living Ales. Pours cloudy yellow with a white head. Yeast nose with some citrus. Good flavor. I wouldn’t have guessed this was a 9.9% beer.
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub and served in a goblet - Brewmaster Tim Marshall told me he thinks it looks like an Imperial Hefeweizen, it having a cloudy golden body with a tall, fluffy white head. (Note to dm9831: Despite the appearance, there is no banana in the aroma or flavor.) It has a light yeasty nose joined by some tart orange, soft spices, and a splash of alcohol. The high alcohol level is well hidden in the flavor - sweet but not overpowering citrus fruits, soapy yeast, and mild spices. There’s a balancing orange rind bitterness that comes in right near the finish. Nice.
tmoreau (2380) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 Goblet served at Yorktown tapping party for this beer. Cloudy, light orange/gold hue, and modest, white head that diminishes to a small ring, leaving some light lacing. Light fruit and citrus nose with a touch of yeast,and a little more tart fruit and spice in the flavor. A pleasant hop bitterness follows. As it warms, the alcohol and a bit of candy sweetness appear. Will be even better once it settles.
Resampled on 2/14 and noticed a wisp of banana in the nose. Probably the yeast still doing it’s fine work... Sorry Carl. I also noticed better clarity, more intense fruit flavor and the alcohol presence earlier than before. I have to up my ante a few points. orig. 3.3