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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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We started with a Trappist Triple yeast culture and carefully blended Belgian pale barley malt with traditional malted wheat and oats to produce a delectable golden ale. This special brew is aged 12 weeks creating a fruity nad refined taste with a huge bouqet, light body, and a very smooth, non-bitter finish. Best served at 55 degrees F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2003
A decent tripel, a bit darker body than is usual for the style. Sweet fruity aroma. Malt is sugary, apple cidery with a slight hint of butterscotch. ABV is covered fairly well, flavor thins out a bit in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Thickly sweet and malted. Some pepper and banana. Needed a lot more complexity. A little too syrupy thick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2863) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Golden in color with a nice, white head. Really thick and syrupy. Overt sweeness masks most other flavors though the alcohol is very well hidden. A poor example of a tripel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Slightly fruity, slightly peppery, slightly candyish aroma. Somewhat complex flavors - honey, ripe fruit, toffee... Sweetish and hard to drink a 16 oz bottle. Alcohol is apparent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Small, quickly dissipating beige head atop a clear orange body. Aroma is honey, fruity (melon, banana), pepper, hint of herbal hops. Taste is honey/bubblegum sweet, ciderish, finishing mild herbal/alcohol. Fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Clear orange color with a medium creamy head. Honey aroma with some fruits and yeast. Very sweet and sticky/cloying. Its like drinking shots of honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2003 12/24/02 Bottled. A lovely, very sweet tripel, almost certainly the best offering from this brewery; dry champagnelike nose leads you to believe its going to be a more bitter rendition but its buttery, caramelly sweet, with a finish that hints at some hop bitterness at the very end. Excellent.

1/21/03 Well, maybe not excellent. Was I drunk that night? This tastes overly sweet and syrupy to me now, with a bit of pepperiness the only distraction from the massive malty sugar. I still think it's worth getting for the price, and you could find worse things to get hammered on, but its not really anything special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2002
After having tried other Belgian strong ales, this one is not as good as I originally thought. It’s still well balanced, but lacks that almost oily smoothness that so many other Belgian ales have, and doesn’t hide its alcohol as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2002
To be honest, I expected better. Seems too sweet and thinner than other trippels somehow. I would say that at best this is an OK American version of a Abbey triple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 RERATE II 1/12/04: The first one of these I had was quite good, so after reviewing the reviews again, I thought I should try again. Dark golden color with a tall cream colored head (they finally got a head on this one). Funky mold and blue cheese aroma. Initial malt sweetness, taken back by paint thinner, alcohol and old oak. The best by marking are poorly printed and this may be an old sample, but that is unlikely. Looks like some quality control problems to me. (Orginal rating: 8,3,7,3,15) Rerate: Still a decent brew I think they may be tring to push this one out to fast. Additional flavors of bread and a sourness not noticed prior. (12/20/01) A triple with no head? Some what a shane. Very clean. A lot of malt flavor, with a bubble gum/fruity aroma. I wish this was bottle conditioned. A very drinkable brew.

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