jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly hazy beautiful golden with very fine, medium off-white head that laces well, small bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip glass. Nose is sharp, spicy, and very yeasty. Sweet burnt marshmallow flavor, mixed with honey, that segues into a very strong wheat taste, then to cotton candy, crysanthemum, pepper, cinammon. Nicely bitter finish, with bitter floral tones. Bitter and yeasty aftertaste. ETOH character subdued. Pretty good.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Props for the beautiful silkscreened bottle. Pale sunshine gold with light haze. Active rocky head; the fusilade of bursting bubbles sounds like rain on a tin roof. Almost no lacing. Promising "farmhouse" ale nose displays spicy/earthy phenols, yeast, bubblegum, and lemon zest. Flavor starts well with subdued crackerjack caramel and nuts, honey, malted milk balls, flowers, and galangal (a white-peppery/gingery spice). The beer finishes off-dry, again with earth and spice; also chammomile and hyacinth, and a tame leafy bitterness. Medium-light body is airy, gritty, and electric with needle-sharp carbonation. The CO2 accentuates an annoying blood-iron tang that remains on the tongue and erases the beer’s more pleasant assets. Begins nicely, but is overwhelmed by metallic taste. May have rated better as a saison.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
St. Bernardus is one of my favorite breweries, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try their take on the Tripel - a style which I’m growing to like more and more. Pouring into my trappist goblet produced an opaque titian tint topped of an airy cobweb-like head. As the foam quickly fizzed away, bubbly lacing was left clinging to the glass. The nose is sweet and full of the common esters: banana, bubble gum and pineapple. Some citrus fruits such as orange and mandarin appear subsequently in combination with mango, apple, caramel, biscuits and pepper. Truly a mouth-watering fragrance! The flavor was more lucid than I anticipated, losing some of its fruitiness to grains, especially corn and wheat. Honey, banana and some citrus are still present but seem a bit dilute. The alcohol is not aggressive but definitely present in the taste, giving a fairly full-bodied texture even though the flavor is a bit watered down. I was a little disappointed with St. Bernardus’ effort on this one but it is still a great beer that leaves a smooth and refreshing aftertaste in the mouth and a pleasant warming in the stomach.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle @ tap room detroit. Pours a dark brown color with a foamy off white head. Nose has light citrus fruit, yeast, and honey in it. Taste is a bit citrsuy with more yeast and honey, some raisins and grapes, and a light alcohol in the finish.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 Pours golden with a big foamy white head in the St.Bernardus glassware. Near perfect head retention.Aroma of bubble gum, mangoes, peaches, and cotton candy. Taste is sweet and yeasty with notes of bubble gum, honey, chamomile, and a touch of spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel is light bodied for a tripel, medium bodied on my normal scale. This beer is wispy like a cloudy. Refined and restrained, this beer is incredible.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12.31.05) 11.2 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 7.5% ABV. Bottle label states that the beer is best consumed before end of 2004. Clear golden Belgium Tripel having a large long-lasting head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Fruity toffee aroma. Full bodied that starts semi-dry with light malt sweetness and fruity flavor. Finishes dry with light sweet malt aftertaste. Delicious, even though sampled one year past the expiration date.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light citrusy lemon aroma. It is like a subtle malt covered lemon-drop candy. Cloudy golden, hay color with a thin white head that fades. Flavo is sweet and lightly malty with hints of citrus initially, but it changes in the back of the mouth to have a nice toffee, caramel flavor with a slight hint of dried fruit and licorice. Full bodied, with an almost cloyingly sweet...not dry like you may expect from a triple. Thanks to Brigadier for sharing.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark gold pour, floating sediment, lemony coriander aroma, slight banana flavor, weak alcoholic presence, same yeasty coating on the finish as the 6, but doesn’t last as long.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a golden orange color with a light head and good lacing. The smell was of grapes and toffee. I picked up pepper, toffee, caramel and citrus with a slight bitterness. It settled on the tongue with a roasted finish. There was a creamy texture that filled the mouth. Overall, very excellent.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of bditty187.
Pours a hazy orange color with a thick, frothy two finger head that slowly settles to soapy cap and leaves behind sheets of lace.
Smell; slighty peppery to start, and then some lemon zest comes through along with bubblegum and cloves.
Taste; the citrus flavors stand out up front (lemon & oranges), with a nice bit of bread dough in the middle and finishing with the peppery spices and cloves with a touch of banana pushing through. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with really nice carbonation.