PhillyBeer2112 (2678) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dated 3/25/03 tasted December 2004, its past its recommended 120 day drink by date, but shows little signs of age. At worst, its lost some carbonation, as this pour lightly carb’d with little to no head, odd for tripel. Appearance was also darker than expected with an almost pure amber color. Aroma highly caramelized and candyish with mild phenols. Flavor similar, starts very sweet leading to a lightly fuselly finish. As the beer warms the alcohol begins to overpower the sweeter malts. Fermentation profile is medium in phenols, not very fruity otherwise: pepper seems the dominant note. Perhaps age has increased the alcohol presence and converted the fruitier esters. No signs of oxidation but it may still be better when slightly fresher.
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 2004 bottle. Pour is medium orange with some deep yellows. Pretty colorful for a trippel (used to pale gold and the like). Small white head, that rapidly dissipates. Aroma of peach and banana esters, light hops and some muted wheat tones. Flavor is quite unique, I taste mainly a hard candy sweetness, with a hint of plastic phenols. It’s like sucking on a peach flavored hard candy. Lightly sticky texture, but fairly fluffy on the end. Medium body, very low yeast apparency, with some hops present. It seemed overly sweet, but the more I drank, it grew on me, the flavor was quite consistent and full. Alcohol noticeable, lightly spicy finish. Not tremendously to style.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light golden color with a frothy head. Aroma lighter than expected. Flavor of faint fruit with light body. Drinkable
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
relatively weak aroma for a belgian style. gold color, lightly fizzy. lots of malt and fruit in the flavor, very sweet but not quite cloying--i htink this would be an excellent dessert beer but it doesn’t belong up in the ranks of some of the excellent tripels of the world.
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 8, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from bunkypop, Thanks. pours a cloudy dark yellow almost orange with a small residue of head ringing the glass. the aroma is a bit disturbing, yeasty sour grape aroma. but the taste is good. fruity might be an understatement for this one. very sweet dark raisin and plum, possible banana notes, yes, definite bana flavor is present. finish is a roasted flavor of malts and yeast. sweetness dominates this throughout, very smooth and drinkable but is a bit cloying.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber color with a thin, fizzy, sustained white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and spicy. Fairly light bodied, but wants to fizz up in my mouth. Kinda of an apple, pear, and spice (nutmeg?) flavoring. A tingling, but not bitter, fruit finish.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish orange with a medium sized tan head. yeasty aroma of bananas and other fruits. Quite carbonated and sweet, overly so in my opinion with apples, bananas, and other fruits, with some spiciness. An ok trippel but a lttle too much on the sweet side for my tastes.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange, small white head that leaves quickly. Aroma is fruity, and somewhat yeasty smellin’ .. Very carbonated, Flavor is very sweet, very sweet, then fading to bitter. Very full- mouthed taste to it. I am liking tripel’s more and more...
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 My bottle was slightly more than 1 year old. The body was a very cloudy and murky amber. The head is medium and seems very heavy. The nose has ginger, nutmeg and bananas. The taste has bananas, apples and a little bit of black pepper. The finish has an alcohol burn. Thin mouthfeel with little complexity. I have had worse tripels.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber color, small white head that fades to nothing. Sweet aroma of wheat, pears, light banana, and watermelon. Flavor is very wheaty and pretty sweet with a peppery mix of fruit (apples, pears, candy watermelon). Rotting apples especially show up in the finish. The taste is ok... but I’d still have to say its too sweet. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, and it leaves an alcohol burn in the belly.