ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Murky, light brown color with a white head.. Tons of floaties. Sweet, sugary aroma with notes of prunes, grapes, raisins, yeast and leather. Sweet malt flavor with notes of brown sugar and plums. Dry finish with a slight astringency.
Beaver (1459) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 11.2 oz bottle, best before 7/28/08. Pours a cloudy dark gold with some yeast floaties in it. The head is white and very bubbly. It retains pretty well and clings to the glass.
The aroma is very spicy - cloves, banana, floral and earthy and a little honey.
The flavor is kind of musty, bready malt with a little spiciness, some bananas, some honey sweetness and a laid back bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is pretty full with some rather harsh carbonation.
Overall, it’s pretty good. It’s almost a little more saison-ey than triple-y.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy peach with a big, rocky, white head. Lasting with nice lacing. The aroma is big, fruity and sweet, candi, peaches, banana, tangerines and oranges. Flavor is golden raisins, oranges, candi sugar, caramels becoming slightly tart at the end. Suprisingly dry. Finish is dry, bitter and slightly metallic with some warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is light with lively carbonation.
reebtogi (4819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another fine example of a fine Belgian tripel, I tried it at Christmas and it went well with the smoked ham and Dijon mustard. Good carbonation, nice amber colour and fruity with a yeasty finish.
Habanero (3278) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nice white head with a deep amber and misty body. Fine carbonation. Aroma of fruit (citrus), bread and honey. Yeast and coreander in the flavour with a nice hoppy bite. Medium to full bodied. Slightly bitter/ sweet fiinish. An enjoyable classic tripel.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle courtesy jerc. Hazy bright orange colour with a mostly lasting fzzy off-white head. Strong citrus, lightly spicy, and light alcohol aroma. Caramel, sweet orange, light raisin flavours with a dry, light alcohol finish. Medium to full bodied with a very dry finish, slightly prickly mouthfeel.
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 (2576) - 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.