badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Sprecher's tasting room. Nice golden color, lots of white head. Some hops and fruit comes through in the taste. Definitely not an Abbey Tripel to style, but I found it tasty as I have found others to be swamped in yeast.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Orange color, and quite a bit of white head, although it disappeared quickly. Honey/citrus scent. Definate bubble-gum flavor, and strong alcohol bite too. Syrupy. Not a good beer.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sprecher makes great root beer. Their other beers are questionable. This has a decent amber body with a white head. The aroma was fruity and the taste slightly effervescent and unremarkable.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
golden straw body, not much of a head, but what's there is tight, dense and creamy. Nose of barley grains, ripe, sweet fruits and alcohol. some pale malt or candi sugar. caramel and some spicyness, but not what I'd expect. Some ester quality showing, but a bit weak as well. Tart, dry and alcoholic, then grains come throug to give way to sweet, pale malt character. Clean and crisp in mouth, sweetens as it warms and builds on the palate. Nice warming effect, solid alcohol presence. Not necessarily what I'm looking for in a tripel though.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malty nose with touches of bananas and alcohol. Clear dark copper with a small white head. Medium sweet flavor, tons of banana esters, caramel, alcohol, toffee. Not really to style--lacks the spicy, yeasty notes of a true Belgian Tripel, but a nice flavorful beer in its own right.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin fizzy white head over a hazy orange-copper body. Orange Bubble-Yum aroma. Spicy, watermelon-y sweetness broken up by an alcoholic aftertaste. Not terribly complex but I did appreciate its lack of overbearing sweetness - it allowed some gentle spiciness to creep in. I do dislike the alcohol aftertaste, however.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet fruity bubblegum and alcohol aroma. Very brief head. Flavor was alcoholic, malty and spicy sweet. Decent but not as complex as I'd hoped.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anytime I find a nice high alchohol ale made in the U.S. that is low priced compared to its european counterparts (belgian ales, in this case) and competes on taste, I rate it highly. Plus, this is the best Sprecher beer I've tried. It has a nice rich flavor. Also, I've tried the real Belgian ales, and yes they do taste more distinguished, but not in proportion to how much higher their price tag is. I'm just saying for the price, this ale really is great. I wish more american breweries made this kind of brew. I really recommend it. Its got a nice rich, subtly sweet taste.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Had a freash glass on the brewery tour.Amberish color nice head,hoppy aroma, surprisingly sweet honeycarmel taste with some kind of hop zing to it. Odd bitter aftertaste but in the end enjoyable
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, so I read the commercial deScription on here after I opened this, so I had to let it warm up a bit before drinking it. Damn, that means I had to have my Black Baverian while I waited. Things that don't suck. Needless to say, it was worth the wait. This is a damn good beer! Props to my boys at Sprecher.