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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A traditional Belgian Tripel with complex flavors of clove, banana, and spicy esters. Deep yellow in color and medium bodied with a sweet finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3076) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/17/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice tripel style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (217) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Poured from the 4-pack, nice darker look, fizzy, not much head. Taste is very sweet, needs something to off set that (I used a bag of chips) but maybe a hop or two would be in order. Goes down fairly fast especially since it’s 10%. Get the first one down and the rest is cake, and cake is good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2416) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Very intense sweet banana and bubblegum. It’s a little much but still is enjoyable in small quantities. My wife loves it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBear11D (350) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2015
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The Reverent Monk pours a clear copper with a thick bubbly beige head that lasts about 30 seconds. The aroma is banana bread, caramel, floral and a hint of spice. The flavor is banana bread, caramel, floral, spice and a touch of vanilla. Overall this is decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1712) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Not a big nose but something with caramel and sugar. Light amber color with no head. Banana, sugar, citrus, cotton candy. Bubble full mouth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
tap at brewery. Golden with small head. Pretty sweet and boozy. Not a lot in the way of spice, but decent flavors. Might dial back the sweetness a bit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2015
(bottle) Never heard of this brewery and was feeling like drinking a stronger Belgian style beer, so the price, novelty, and craving were the determining factors for the purchase. Pours a clear copper color with a white head that settles quickly to a mottled thin cap. Kind of a unique color for a tripel, normally they are paler. The aroma starts out with a lot of banana (more specifically, banana bread), a smidgeon of apple or pear (maybe both), a substantial amount of booze heat, something candy-like, and a bit of perfume. The flavor is very sweet and crosses the cloy line a little too far. Some spice and peppery booze on the finish tries to reign the sweetness in a bit, but it’s too little, too late. Flavor of musty apples, perhaps butterscotch, pale malts, and some warming spice near the finish (case could be made for clove). Booze heat carries in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and carb is appropriate. Overall this did sate my craving for a strong Belgian style beer, and the price was reasonable, but I can’t make the case that it was particularly well crafted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomashall (211) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours clear golden with minimal head. Can smell the clove and some other spice. Nice dry finish. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7383) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle. Somewhat hazy deep orange pour with a white head. More of a Belgian strong than a tripel, but no matter it’s pretty tasty. Banana and clove. Bit of spice. Some boozy warmth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (8497) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2014
355ml bottle. Seems like a new packaged product, had no idea what it was when I purchased the single. Its a 10%er which was uexpected i guess, especially considering all the other unexpectedly high gravs we had lined up for this tasting. IT smells liek rocket fuel but when you drink it its a somewhat dryer, still boozy high gravity belgian, wouldn’t call it a tripel though.


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