douglas88 (5469) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by someone at the Holiday tasting, Dave perhaps. Pours a bright golden hue with a large foamy white head. A full malty nose with loads of banana. A spicy malty driven flavor, some Saaz, banana esters, fruity. Enjoyable.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with thick, quickly dissipating head. Aroma has pear, apple, a crisp hop character and the distinct scent of sap. The flavor is more like a golden ale than a true triple. Plenty of pepper and spice with very little fruit. Pallatte is a thick and a bit oily. No alcohol presence.
Overall a nice beer. Not particularly sweet but that’s what makes it interesting.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Brien’s. Orange amber in the glass with thick eggshell head. Nose is fruity yeast and alclhol. Taste is huge. Big round mouthfull of fruit and alcohol. Wow. Some spiciness hidden back there. Big flavor.
alobar (2588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear straw yellow color with a thin soapy white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spice and citrus. Crisp and dry with a spicy Belgian yeast flavor with a touch of sweetness from the fruit. Lots of warming from the alcohol.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Mostly clear orange ale with a small, fluffy, white head. Good, small, tight, white retention. The bouquet is fruity and spicy – apricot, clove, banana, pear and a very light smoke phenol. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is sweet and fruity with comforting alcohol warmth. Finishes moderately sweet, lightly bitter and grassy. It’s not as bitter as it should be, but most tripels aren’t. Pretty well done. Not one of my favorite styles. Bottle courtesy of growler!
marcus (5878) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours hazy golden with a rich white head and a fruity yeasty aroma. There is a hearty carbonated caramel malt flavor with a bitter finish and an oaky taste left on the palate. Very spicy.
bhensonb (10186) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Liquor Max. Pours hazy peach with a foamy orange/white head. Strong aromas of fruit and yeast/spice. Med body/vry foamy carb. Flavor is slightly sour/oak. Then lighter fruits and peppery/spiceiness. Finishes somewhat oaky tart.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle # 980 purchased at River Valley Market in Northampton, MA. Strong aroma that kicks you with an alcohol punch (hee-ya!) and some lemony notes tucked away somewhere. The color is a cloudy yellow wearing a fashionable tall hat of foamy foam that took a long time to go away (like ketchup, it needs its time). It has a strong lemon taste with a tart mouthfeel that is reminiscent of a very dry champagne. I agree with the previous rater (Volgon) that it should be aged for a while first. I bet it’d be a lot better (and more mature) beer in a year.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 10/1/2010. This tripel pours a medium gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with some apricots and peaches. There is also a touch of wood. A medium bodied tripel. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. A tripel with some very nice oak and wood flavors, the beer has a nice balance between the yeast, sweetness and barrel character. Smooth tasting. A touch of alcohol presence, mostly at the finish, but not bad for a 10% beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
puboflyons (1818) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle no. 1180. It pours out a fairly carbonated pale yellow with a decent amount of puffy head that simmers down a bit. It was not as cloudy as I might have expected. Of the three Barrel Room Collection beers this one seemed to have less of a hard liquor aroma than the other two and more of the traditional, wheat, yeast, lemongrass, and thin hops one comes to expect in a Belgian style tripel. The taste is milder than its 10% ABV would imply with a boat load of wheat, yeast, and of course oak-barrel leavings. Yet the hard liquor taste is there more than in the aroma so that is a bit of a put off. But it still has some dynamite qualities about it.