SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear copper with a very large creamy off-white head that becomes rocky as it settles. aroma is yeasty with marshmallow, orange, lemon, black pepper. flavors are marshmallow, yeast, and lots of hops. bitter aftertaste. a hoppy tripel. leaves nothing behind with a quick, dry, sort of boring finish. just decent.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very yeasty, slightly cloudy orange with a medium off white head. The aroma has a big orange citrus character with a backbone of spices. The taste is of big orange citrus as well, but spicier even than the nose. Leaves a little tingle on the tongue. defintely very yeasty as well, the beer was full of it floating around. I got a little bit of apple too in the finish and in the aftertaste. Pretty good tripel.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe blonde très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse. Arômes d’agrumes, de citron, de coriandre, de blé et de céréales. Saveurs de poivre vert, de blé et de céréales.
gunnfryd (13591) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, yeast, apple, alcohol. Flavour is yeast, fruit, apple, hop, alcohol, spices.
Finn (5580) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0,33l. Golden colour. Unclear. A large white head that soon settles into a thin white layer. Spicy aroma with a touch of malt. The carbonation produces a soft mouthfeel. Spicy and fruity flavor transforming into a sharp bitter and sourish aftertaste. Sweet finish.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Beer is clear, light brown with a large, frothy/rocky, off-white, slowly diminishing head.<P>First impression on the nose is problematic, improves with air, but still doesn’t win. Malty with light notes of toasted grain, trace of carmely biscuit; Hoppy with an odd light/moderate herbal note that evokes dill weed; Yeasty with light barnyard, moderate basement, floral soap; Light miscellaneous banana/clove, moderate spicy alcohol, trace vanilla.<P>Moderately sweet, moderately bitter, light/moderately acidic with a long, warm, moderately bittersweet, moderately acidic finish. Some astringency.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (7032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, husks), moderately yeasty (dough, basement, mold), with notes of alcohol and soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Sigh...looks great but that’s where the enjoyment ends.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. A slight unclear orange/golden beer with a big, but mostly diminishing white head. Belgo-yeast and sweetish malts to the nose. Notes of herbs, mild spices and banana.
Moderately sweet taste, both fruits and malts. Fairly dry and chalky hopbitter taste as well. Good body. An inoffensive alcohol-heath along with a pleasant bitter and sweet finish.
Sigmund (6116) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Also available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 8.1%. According to the label it is brewed by Brouwerij Slaapmutske in Melle, but bottled in Lochristi. Original gravity is 16 degrees Plato, IBU is 31. Deep golden to orange colour, slightly hazy. Huge off-white head. Lovely strong aroma of Belgian yeast, fruits and spices, hints of leather. Complex spicy flavour with some fruit in the background. Warming mouthfeel. The aftertaste could have lasted longer, but this is still a very good beer!
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, best before November 2007, drunk on 5/11/07
I’m not sure the best before dating method, but I know I bought the bottle right when it hit the shelves in the U.S. a little less than a year ago. Anyways, it is a bottle conditioned beer, of course, showing a strong clarity and fine carbonation. Deep burnished brass mixes with lighter gold and a large, rocky, white head tops it off. Retention is moderate, lacing is plentiful.
Having had some time to mellow out and congeal in the bottle, the assumed very strong hoppiness has somewhat passed, but there is still a lingering note of brisk herbs and lots of leafiness and bitterness. But the main force is a huge pils malt sweetness that makes Olivier remark that this could be a German beer. Certainly very doughy, lightly biscuity (belgian aromatic?) and honeyish, with strong weizen-yeast character that further blurs the lines between a trippel and a weizen. Bananas, lemons, sugar cookies and peaches are all very, very plentiful, while a strong, drying, spicy note of white pepper and coriander, in concert with a very soft, plastery yeast gives it the Belgian definition. But it’s remarkably similar to a strong German weizen. No flaws, and though it’s not overly bright (quite doughy and sticky-sweet), has a bit too much alcohol warmth and seems overly phenolic even for a trippel, it’s still has a fairly strong aroma and is passable.
The texture is what I take most issue with, however. Initially the carbonation is very strong, but fails rapidly, leading to a rather watery, bland beer, with misplaced phenolic spiciness (just seems annoying and nearly astringent on the finish), too much alcohol and a very strong acidity (hops?). Some honey and vanilla sugars are somewhat pleasant through the middle, but the malt sugars seem syrupy as opposed to chewy or supple and there really isn’t anything original or particularly well-done going on here, IMHO. Does DeProef sterile filter and then re-seed? Seems like they do based on the texture.
Another bottle that I initially was going to "age for a long time to test the effects of extended aging". Thankfully I’m off that wagon. This beer (like 99% of beer) aint gettin any better with age.
And as a comparison, the tight carbonation and more supple texture makes all the difference between DD Dulle Teve and this. This one aint very refined even with the age on it.