Drake (10806) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #152. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bready malt, butterscotch, mild candied fruits, mild hops. Taste is stone fruits, bready malts, spice. Medium bodied, lightly boozy.
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Lots of ethanol hotness with some pleasant bourbon notes. Caramel malt sweetness brings it back together. Some good spiciness rounds it out for a nice burr.
Dfonorow (1738) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at Hampton Inn pre-DLD party. Pour is pale orange with a small white head. Aroma and flavor are both of earth, wood, yeast, light fruit, and bread/biscuit. Some slight whiskey and barrel notes in the finish, but not too present.
superspak (3602) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/18/2012. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, grape, apple, lemon, peach, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, bread, herbal, oak, light vanilla, light whiskey, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes with light-moderate barrel presence; and good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, apricot, grape, peach, vanilla, toffee, candi sugar, oak, clove, whiskey, pepper, light honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, lemon, peach, vanilla, toffee, oak, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, bread, whiskey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and whiskey barrel flavors; with great balance of malt/yeast/barrel flavors and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, smooth, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged tripel. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and whiskey barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Errl (2226) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Corked and caged bottle thanks to Jstax...Pour is nice golden with a large head..Nose is nice vanilla, wet oak, bourbon, banana, spices, herbal....Taste is herbal, vanilla, nice bourbon, banana, spices, nice carbonation and a bit sweet..
drsordr (1664) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour hazy dark yellow. Nose booze and sweet malt. Taste an interesting mix of sweet tripel flavors (banana, yeast, spice) and whiskey. Vanilla mid body and smooth finish. Great mix of crisp flavors and smoothness.
jredmond (6506) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Clockwork’s 4K/5K/10K gathering. Pours a light golden body with lacing. Aroma is mixed fruits and malt. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of caramel malt, fruit, light spice and some whiskey.
DrSilverworm (8860) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. First pour off the keg... Cloudy dark golden color. Thin white head. Couple loose dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Not as thick as expected. Very light carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Pleasant whiskey barrel aroma. Some vanilla, light wood, works well with the banana flavor I’m getting from the base. Light bitter, light sweet, some whiskey type alcohol warmth in the flavor, light bite from the whiskey. Light bit of spice, little beglian yeast flavor.. Maybe a hint of tartness. Solid, interesting, very big-flavored beer... But as far as whiskey barrel -aged tripels go, this has nothing on Allagash Curieux in my opinion... For me that was perfection of the style
blipp (7182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours hazt gold with a whiteish head. Peachy fruity, with medium sweetness, some malty sweet caramel, and hints of whiskey sweetness. Pretty good.
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Scot for sharing this one. Cheers, my friend! Pours a hazy yellow-brown with a white head. Nose is apple, yeast, booze, some bourbon, and oak. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet malt, some booze, some yeast, some oak, bourbon, sweet apple, and caramel. Light to medium in body, and sweetly boozy overall.