smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Impressive tight-bubbled head that leaves extensive lace. Very cloudy with a orange-gold color--it glows in front of a bright light.
Lots of wheat and wild grains in the aroma. Very little Belgian yeast aroma, surprisingly. Blindfolded, I would think Wit.
Similar tastes to the smell, except for a notable alcohol presence. This is deceptively potent. Lots of carbonation with a moderate body--makes it seem thinner than it is truly is. The aftertaste is slightly sour with more of the distinctive wheat.
This could be describe as an extreme Wit. It does not remind me of a Tripel, which is far more malty and sweet.
bbertels (93) - NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery. Once you pour it, fantastic aromas of spice, herbs, wild honey, caramelly herbs meet and greet the nose. It pours beautifully revealing a balanced carbonation and a thick, frothy head. Taste is as full as one could hope for; tropical fruits, citra, grass, tobacco, earthy and even licorice. A fantastic beer to sip and savour every mouthfull.
cfrancis (2410) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear slightly dark gold with a moderate frothy white top. Aroma is cereal grains and fruity finish. Taste is slight fruit and cereal grains with a dry palate and slight hop bitterness. Nice sipper for the night.
Stuedmaster (226) - Vista, California, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK, the latest from the oak barrel series from Sam Adams, I’ve been impressed so far. I like the distinctive barrel design of the bottle and the etched label is very well done. This one has a unique aroma of nutty Belgian yeast, passion fruit, banana, sweet malt, herbs,and grass. First class appearance of clear, dark gold with a thick, creamy, white blanket of a head that leaves thick lacing. Aroma is very pronounced while pouring. This is really a well crafted ale, the sweet, bitter, and sour flavors are well balanced, with the right amount of carbonation. It’s as good as the best tripels from Belgium. Has a soft, well rounded flavor. Medium to full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is perfectly balanced. Really looks and tastes like a genuine Belgian with it’s own unique qualities, very impressive. The alcohol is well hidden, a good fall sipper.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Tropical fruit and spice indeed! Ever so slight hop bite. Maaaybe a bit sweeter and fruitier than the norm, but also dry in the finish and quite tasty. I have been impressed with this series."
gregwilsonstl (1104) - Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank out of a dixie cup. Lots of spices. Not much oak. Mango. Decent tripel, but not my thing.
Beerdedone (2663) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden orange with a tall rocky white head that left nice lacing. Aroma of yeast, fruit, light banana, and spices. Flavor was sweet with tropical fruit, yeast, honey, sweet malts, pepper, candi sugar and had a touch of some spices.
kidobutai (383) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is delicious. Poured from a bottle. Light amber color with small frothy head. Great aroma, fruity, banana and dried cherry. Smooth consistency, great abv.
Luvystypotables (704) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of bananas, Belgian yeast, and spice. Great looking clear gold color with a short lasting white head. Great taste of bananas and cloves with a light clove finish and a creamy feel.
mike5326 (942) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden color, small white head. Nice sweet cherry aroma. Full body with a strong sweet alcohol flavor and a medium finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog rating on 8-04-2012 at Brew Haven (New Haven, IN) This draft beer forms a small white head with a long retention, yellow transparent body, no visible carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing adorns my glass. The aroma is malt, yeast, light hops, banana, and clove. The flavor is sweet malt, lightly bitter, banana, and yeast. This beer is medium bodied. The ABV is hidden in this beer and I like the way the flavors come together in this beer. This beer is a beer I would drink again.