bkurtz (1018) - PERU - JUL 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a great big hazy golden head with lacing. Nice spice, cilantro, with fruit notes. Tastes like a combination of a real Belgian triple and a Hoegaarden Grand Cru, two of my favorites. Great beer.
jcwattsrugger (11752) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle-pours a light tan head and yellow/gold color. Aroma is spice/perfumy, fruit, grain/light malt. Taste is dry/yeasty, booze, spice/perfumy hops, pepper, fruit, grain/light malt. Plenty of effervescence.
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by jcwattsrugger. Pours clear gold. White head. Nose/taste of peach, rubbing alcohol, spicy hops, yeast and wood. Very dry fruity finish. Boozy. Medium body.
radagast83 (6334) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woot! Poured by Jim Koch himself, well at least up until I got to the front of the line, but anyway... Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a white foamy head. Aroma was hops, yeast, grains. Flavor was mild hops, solid Belgian yeast notes. Alcohol comes through, but is relatively well masked for 10%.
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Slightly hazy, golden yellow appearance with a yellowish tan head. Slightly yeasty, mildly hoppy, Belgian blonde ale nose. Fairly yeasty with some fruity undertones, mild to medium Noble hoppy, Belgian blonde ale flavor with a pretty crisp finish.
zvikar (4092) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At a tasting, thanks Oren, pours shiny yellow with a medium head and intense carbonation, aroma of honey, caramel, cinnamon and herbs (with doppel bock characters) , flavors of malt, sugars, herbs and light bitterness, alcohol can be sensed, medium to light bodied
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of spices, yeast and fruits. Flavor starts slightly sweetish with fruits, some wood, a bit of sugar and alcohol, and finishes drier, spicy and alcoholic. Medium-bodied. So-so. Lacks refinement.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - APR 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle. golden unfiltered color. huge white head. sweet candy-like nose with almost no hops. ripe tropical fruits. super sweet flavor. alcoholic. not balanced. full body. feels artificial. not very impressing. barrel aging not noticed.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: cloudy yellow. Leaves a nice thing film of freshly baked bready whites. Swirls white and puffy.
Nose: very yeasty and spicy with cumin and ginger powder standing out predominantly. Citric pith with tangerine and tangelo. Coconut shavings. Vanilla extract. Flambéed bananas, bananas foster.
Palate: bananas. Doughy, yeasty and a nice dry spiced finish. Coconut shavings and fresh cracked coconut milk. Bananas underneath the coconut milk. Rawness of tropical fruit skins cleanse and balance along with some peach and apricot skins. Doughy mouthfeel holds it all together.
Final Thoughts: finally and well worth the wait. Now I just got to somehow taste the other two Barrel Room Series beers. They are hard to find but that will make them all that much more worthwhile, hopefully. In the meantime, if you happen to have a bottle of the New World Tripel handy than consider yourself lucky and pop open that baby.
AirForceHops (5264) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured into a wrong glass, should have used a traditional pint. Color is very hazy yellow. Medium carbonation, with just a little bit of yeast and some floating sediment. Produced huge frothy head. Great aroma of nice Belgian yeast and spice (pepper and coriander). With slight alcohol as you sip. The 10 % ABV is hidden well throughout the brew. Sam Adams limited edition brews are very well made. Well worth the price, especially if you can pick it up on sale. I like the Barrel Room Collections.