cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured at local pub tasting. Poured a golden color with a decent white head. Smells of banana, ripened beyond their prime. Tastes much the same, super ripened bananas. Everything comes out with the right temperature. There is a lot going on.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle: Aroma of mellow yeast and mild banana with a slight sourness. Great looking cloudy golden pour with crisp white head. The flavors are the citrus/coriander and a nice mellowing honey that creates a great creamy texture on the palate. This is totally full bodied and so smooth on the tongue. A slight crispness on the end adds a nice twist. This is outstanding. No traces of alcohol. Even better as it warms. Delicious.
MrBunn (2524) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas are pretty weak... bread, mild floral hops and a little yeast with some clove/spice in the background. Hazy amber color with a massive foamy head. Flavor is wonderful and it comes together nicely as it blossoms. There is definitely a slight acidic, sour character under the surface, but it is brilliantly balanced by a honey and spice sweetness. Top notch!
californiapete (9) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 28, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent beer that, true to Belgian (and especially tripel) style, is sneaky in both the complexity of its flavor and the strength of its punch. Creamy and full-bodied, but dry, effervescent, and even refreshing in its finish. A bit underwhelming in its first impression, but then transforms almost magically on the palate into a parade of well-balanced flavors--the usual cast of yeast- and malt- derived fruits and spices with just the right amount of tartness and bitterness to balance it out.
I was surprised on pouring the beer by how tame (and disappointing at first) were both its initial aroma and head. The first estery/phenolic whiff of fruits and spices was plesant but subtle and short-lived. Rather than a thick rocky head, the beer produced large bubbles that supported only a thin layer. But its effervescence never died down, and that thin head proved to be long lasting and left behind a modest collection of Belgian lace. The first wave of flavor is likewise a bit underwhelming, if only because the tart (not astringent) tingling of carbonation dominates. But as the bubbles settle down in the mouth, they leave behind wave after wave of harmonious flavors--none of which are unfamiliar in a Belgian but nor does any single note dominate.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with white head. Standard tripel aroma of yeast, bread, citrus and spice. Slight sourness in the flavor, along with some fruit, honey, and spice. Dry and slightly bitter finsih. At 8%, I picked up some alcohol. Not bad, but I was expecting better considering how good the 12 is.
Beerdedone (2837) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma of spices, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is smooth, citrus, fruit, and carbonated.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. Unclear golden colour with a nice creamy white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, caramel, little sour, fruity and spices. Nice flavour of yeast, fruit, toffee and someway complex. Ends up very dry and nice.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, light brown color. Thin-to-non existent head. Light bit of lacing. Malty and yeasty flavors. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Surpised by lack of alcohol taste.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with big pillowy white head. The aroma is lemon zest, honey, and green wood. The flavor has a lot of honey and yeast at first, then some lemon kicks in. The finish is on the dry side and slightly vinous, with a few earthy tones. A tasty Tripel.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 19, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky golden color, slight candy nose, light hops with earthy taste but a clean creamy body, after taste bitter and sweet in the back Palate