notalush (5316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a beautiful beer - perfectly clear golden, with a hint of red - some of the most impressive lace work I've seen in a while - very yeasty aroma, some cellared qualities, orange peel - creamy, yeasty flavor, almost doughy - lemon rind, medium malt presense - hops make an appearance in the finish, touch of dryness - Southampton makes much better, but this is still a very good beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brussels comes to Long Island? This just became one of my favorite Tripels. Golden color, smooth and creamy with lace work that stays alive throughout. Cloves, banana, a bit of apricot, and a smidge of black pepper (aroma and taste). Medium to full bodied. Quite dry, but refresing at the same time. Make sense? This was not easy to get, but absolutely worth the effort. SHPH has got it going on in a big way! Keep up the great work. Thanks Phil.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly hazy, very nice deep golden brew. Fluffy, creamy, everlasting white head. Great lacing.
Clove, banana and fuzzy fruit in the aroma. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Spicy, malty and astringent flavor. Well-balanced via the yeast strain... I presume.
Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation.
Astringent, dry finish. Nice effort! World class Tripel!