thedm (5498) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew poured a medium, sized head of light brown colored foamy finely sized quickly disappearing bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated light brown colored body. The aroma was mild with vinous malty notes. The mouth feel contained initially tingly mildly vinous notes with a lingering vinous finish. The flavor was strong with vinous caramel notes. This is one tasty brew!
BBB63 (6527) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 04: Pours a clean apricot hue with a initial large fizzy head which fades to a long lasting ring and okay lace. The aroma has notes of honey, candi sugar, currant, apple, toasted malts and grains, yeasty esters and moderate phenols. The taste starts sweet and malty but never comes off cloy helped but a nice dose of citric fruits and bitters. The finish has a nice spicy touch too. The feel is lively and crisp, metallic and dry upon the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden, 9%? No way dude! Overall, this is close to tasting like a double than triple. Quiet enjoyable and a surprise. I did know Sprecher had it in them.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy light orange with little carbonation and head. Aroma has lots of banana, spices, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is malty sweet with spices and yeast. Alcohol is well hidden but this one is a little boring.
hotstuff (4811) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Small off-white head that quickly diminished, fine sized bubbles, carbonated, transparent, and an orange hue. Malty, caramel, sweet, and spicy notes. Flavor was sweet, malty and caramel. For some reason, I did not pick up any vinuous taste even at 9%. Hmm. Smooth and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Light bodied beer.
pkbites (857) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Is that correct? 9% alcohol? This does seem strong. I can feel the alcohol burn in my chest on the way down.
Weak head, amber color, almost like a regular brew. But it’s not regular by a long shot. Warm peach flavor, like a sticky piece of hard candy, but not overly sweet. Not a brew to chug, but not a slow sipper either. It’s strong suite is that it’s sweet, but not too sweet. So many beers get that wrong, but not this.
I received this as a gift from a buddhist friend of mine (true story). If this is how he finds inner peace, perhaps I’ll convert!
PhillyBeer2112 (2728) - 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 (5379) - 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 (1152) - 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 (2191) - 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.