rauchbier (3394) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Gold colour, good head and lots of condition but remarkably soft and smooth in the mouth. Yeasty nose with hints of bread and whisky before smoothing off into sweet malt. More yeast in the mouth with toffee and a spicy note that reminded me of coconuts. A dry bitterness develops into the finish.
redlem (1264) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy blonde color with large rocky white head. Crisp and clean with fruit spice aroma, very refreshing. Has a bread taste with some slight spice to it. Very dry finish leaving an almost cottonmouth feel.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and very light for a tripel. Aroma is very banana-y. Sticky head. Dark wheat color. Just not impressive, IMO.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a cider or bile look to it with heavy carbonation and a fruit/alcohol smell. Taste is fruit/spice/alcohol and finishes with a slight alcohol flavor. Overall this is the best that I have tried from this Abbey. It has had the least amount of alcohol flavor and the carbonation fizz was not that apparent.
21iceman40 (1732) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the many belgians I enjoyed at Lucky Baldwins. A dirty blonde color to it with a strong aroma of dough. The dough was apparent in the flavor as well but more specifically to the likes of a sourdough. I would have liked some more flavors to be apparent, but the dough was very strong. Wouldn't know it had 7.5 percent from the taste of it. Well hidden. An above average brew that i would like to try again to hunt out some of the fruit flavors.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy,mild yeast aroma.Opaque blond appearance with a good carbonation and head.Thick flavor of bread dough,candy sugar,nutmeg and bananas with a mild hop finish.No alcohol burn at all.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this one from daught at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena. My impression was that it was far too simple for the as much as this brewery is hyped up to. It poured a dark blonde, light brownish clear color with no head apparent. It smelled of doughy breadiness and malts with a bit of alcohol coming through. The taste is yeasty, bready and pretty much nothing else. Some redeeming qualities in that its carbonation level is held in check, and the yeast masks the alcohol decently, but its just too simple and without kick to really make a lasting impression on me. Fairly dry ending, mildly acidic, but nothing great by any means.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Draught: Clear golden color..so transparent..no or maybe little head...Aroma of christmas cookies and some more thick sweet spices..mouthfeel was thick and creamy..flavors of banana bread, yeast & thick malts..more banana..Lots of coriander..No notes of alcohol at all..very nice.
TheTsunami (162) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma was just medium. But, man, was this a sipmly beautiful beer. Rich, honey gold color. Fluffy white head. Great lacing. Sweet and fruity. Strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove in the middle. Slightly dry finish. An excellent beer.
kujo9 (1088) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy darker gold body, off white head, and slightly hazy. There was also a ring around the neck of bottle at the top of the beer; usually not a good sign. Aroma initially is musty and lightly malty; slight hop aromas and a little fruity and clovey. The flavor is grapey and acidic; clove flavor seems to be absent and finishes dry with an oddly sweet/metallic. Fruitiness is balanced and sort of overwhelmed by tart acidity and yeasty flavors as well. The body is light and the carbonation is high, typical of a tripel, but something in this beer was just off. I'm thinking it was slightly infected(bacterial) and the alcohol was a little more than warming. It was actually hot and seemed a little higher than 7.5% ABV. It was also astringent. I'd rate this beer another time to give it another chance, this was definitely not a good bottle to rate. After reading a few of the other ratings after I rated this, the darker color might also be attributed to infection.