joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
citrus, grapes, pear, aroma...slight butter/butterscothch as well...taste is sweet, then sour, then sweet, then sour, golden orange color with white frothy head..makes my mouth water,, not a tripel in my book, but i liked it
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I picked this bottle up in Manhattan this past June.
Rating # 590
Pours a vibrant smoldering golden body and an intensely rich cap of frosty white head. There are rugged foam sheets of lacing clocking the inner glass. The aroma and flavor are rather tart: green apple + candy sugar = sour apple Jolly Ranchers. There are some thick acidic yeasty & doughy like notes. Some lemon, orange peel oils, some tart cumquat notes… I can’t interpret if this beer was intended to be this way or not.. infected?
Nevertheless… the palate is rich & dry.. Somewhat cobweb like, slight note of hay and apple vinegar, suggestions of black pepper, clove and a mention of coriander show up….. I really seem to like strange shit like this.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer destroyed my leather jacket. I got to taste the first bottle which was quite good. Unfortunately the second one, which was going home to Denmark, broke in the car and therefore my leather jacket, in which the bottle was wrapt, got mouldy. The beer in itself was good. The alcohol was very well hidden, and the great fruity tripel flavor were pretty obvious. Quite dry finish.
Probably the most expensive beer for me, because of the 200 $ jacket, that was the second sacrifice for this beer. off course with my headache in mind as well.
This beer was, in other words, an unpleasant, pleasant experience.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ya know, I really like most of the other stuff from southampton but I just cant get into this one. Pours almost a white colour with a big white head that is thick and frothy with lots of lacing. The nose has this butterschotch and yeast and sour feel to it. the taste is yuk with butterschotch and yeast that is overpoweringly sick. Lots of esters, one of the more sophisticated palates with us (Beerinreview) said that maybe there is something wrong with this one. Could be, but this beer just seems to be going to the wrong place. I dont get it
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale golden with a thick puffy white head that leaves big clumps of foam behind as it subsides. Aroma is full of citrus and has a faint touch of Belgian caramel malt. Body starts mostly sour turning somewhat fruity (white grapes), mildly sweet and finishing dry, puckering and tart. This tastes more like cheap Chardonnay than any Belgian style beer. I noticed the slightest hint of Belgian yeast, but I could swear I’m drinking wine. Too much white grape fruitiness and acidity. It hides it’s alcohol well, but it sure wasn’t the Belgian triple I was expecting.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy gold with thick white head. Yeast, coriander and cloves mostly in the aroma. Taste is more of the same with other flavors of passion fruit and pepper. Nice lively mouthfeel. Full bodied with caramel as well.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9% abv. Fruity, lightly tart (lactic), sweet and citric aroma with notes of lemon juice, pear, melon, vanilla, faint green, leafy hops, peppery alcohol and a slight mustiness. Invigorating. Pale golden amber color, hazy, with a fine, creamy, lasting head. Flavor is also surprisingly tart, fruity and citric, more lemon, orange and pepper with a faint tinge of sugary sweetness midpoint, becoming dry and lightly winey for the finish. Body is of course full, mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and moderately acidic. Quite unique among my beer experiences thus far; certainly worth a try if you can obtain it.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@Spiesys. Cheers to Austinpowers for giving to spiesy, and cheers to spiesy for letting all of us try it. Looks like a Tripel, but perhaps slightly paler gold in clour. The palate was smooth, lightly milky/creamy/lactic. Definite Belgian yeastyness, a bit flowery, vanillin and peppery. My major complaint was that it was way to soft and had a decided lack of guts for a style that is meant to have some power. Where the hell was the 10% alcohol? props for hiding that. Felt a bit empty?? Still, a tasty beverage, wouldn't turn one down. Can't wait for their others.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. First thing is first. Credit and thanks for this beer have to go to Austinpowers for slipping me this beer the last time I was in New York. Props to you my friend. Bright, clear golden coloured body. Large foaming head. Vanilla ice cream aroma. Sweet Belgian forwardness and vanilla complexity. [London gathering: Spiesy, Duff, chris_o, Marty-D and SilkTork]
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Beer # 16 at Spiesy’s, following on from the Hair of the Dog Rose, and a far better rendition of the style. The aroma was yeasty, but in a restrained biscuity way, compared to the Hair of the Dog, which was a lot less refined. Clean, slightly sharp, hoppy flavour. The alcohol is a bit over the top, but the overall effect is rather subtle and I could have quite easily taken this for a Belgian-made tripel, except that I don’t usually drink those from a 750ml bottle. Rather nice. [7/3/7/3/14 = 3.4]
RE-RATE, May 2008.Hazy gold colour. Seemed a reasonably authentic triple although flavour is a probably rather more hoppy than most Belgian examples. Lots of lemony spice. Decent enough if not the greatest. [7/3/6/3/13 = 3.2]
Score amended to average = 3.3