mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold color with minimal foam production. Head faded quickly with only a thin wisp of spotty foam remaining after a minute or so. No lacing noted along the sides of the chalice. Pleasant Belgian Ale aromas greet the nose with notes of banana, orange zest, vanilla, lemon candy and honey. Mouthfeel seened to be a bit flat for the style considering most Belgians are highly carbonated. More CO2 here would have made this ale a bit more authentic. Flavor profile seemed to be a bit too dominated by the hops for this style. Some light apricot, apple, honey sweetness starts things out, but a hefty amount of citrus rind bitter hop flavors intrude a bit too much to make this similar to most Belgian Triplels. I usually love the hoppy beers but find this a bit distracting when you’re expecting a sweeter beer.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a small one finger thick foamy head. It is bright white in color and quickly fades down to just a small ring of lace. The liquid is a light golden color and has a light hazy appearance. The aroma has a sweet candy like malt and yeast character with some light notes of apple and pineapple. Hop aroma is also noticeable but very light. The malt has solid Belgian candied sugar sweetness with notes of apple and pineapple. The 9%abv gives it some mellow warmth and some boozy/peppery notes. Hop flavor is way off in the distance but adds some light herbal notes, dryness and light bitterness to the finish. The body has medium to full feel and the texture seems a little thick at first from the sweetness but thins out with the bubbly carbonation.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color with a white head. Smelled predominantly of caramel and light citrus. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Caramel and nondescript fruit flavors. So so.
PhillyCraft (5736) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Pours a deep fuzzy Big Bird yellow with a fizzy white fluff head. Aroma of marshmallow, grapes, sour lemon zest, funk, bitter hops, Southern Tier malt, and Belgian candied sugars. Medium bodied with a full, thick, nearly overwhelmingly sticky mouthfeel. Solidly warm finish. Great tripel, though not in line with the traditional flavor profile of a genuine Belgian tripel. This one is distinclty American; big, bold, and boozy
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
From notes. Originally reviewed 12/17/2008.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet.
Southern Tier’s Tripel pours a golden, copper color with a small head, most of which dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing. There is some cloudiness from the yeast that settles toward the bottom.
There is an appealing aroma of light caramel malt, some crisp fruit and a fair amount of bready notes. As it warms, a heavy alcohol smell is more apparent.
I get a sense of a very light caramel malt at the beginning of the sip, but this is overwhelmed quickly by the strong alcohol taste, which is neither subtle nor appealing. Strong biscuity taste throughout. The somewhat citrusy hops finish out the end of the beer. Unfortunately, the hops clearly overpower the weak malt. There is a complete lack of transition and balance between the tastes, which is surprising considering it is a tripel.
There is a very coarse feel to this beer. The yeast adds a very bready feel.
With the noticeably strong alcohol content and lack of smoothness, this is not a beer I particularly enjoyed, nor did I find it very drinkable.
The bottle recommends serving at 42 degrees; a cold temperature may be necessary given the lack of smoothness and high alcohol content. I did not think this was a terrible beer, but there is no comparison between this and some of the great tripels out there.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from notes. Really disappointing tripel here. Pours out a decent golden color, but seems to be lacking depth, which is a common theme. Aromas are light, that yeasty sweeter edge I want isn’t there. Palate follows with a little more disapointment, thin with a strange acidic finish. Jumbled palate makes me think this is just some soft of belgian pale strong that went wrong.
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
25th June 2009
Hazy gold amber beer. Short lived white head. Light airy and semi soft palate. Creamy orange and tangerine. Light appley spice. Finishes dry and creamy. Different, tasty and very drinkable. Made with coriander, curucao and orange peel.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet grain and caramel aroma. Slightly sticky palate. Sugary caramel and oaty grain taste. Fairly straight forward beer and not bad.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Botella, thanks for sharing Pinball. Hazy golden colour, medium white head. Sweet old hoppy and yeasty fruity aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour, yeast, fruit, alcohol, medium bitterness, toasty malt.
Pinball (11928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from vinoble favrskov.
clear orange, smooth large offwhite head.
bretty, citrussy and slightly spicy aroma. stale hops??
flavor is sweet dry belgian yeasty, stale hoppy, sweet malty. hops are stale, but the belgian flavor remains.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy dark gold coloured beer with a small white head. A spicy yeasty aroma with reasonable hop levels. Good perfumed floral spicy flavours with Belgian yeasty notes. A decent tripel with a definite US twist.