Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one pours a light amber/deep golden color with a medium sized, mostly diminishing, white head. The aroma is malty and yeasty with some good fruit notes. It has a medium body with full carbonation. The flavor is malty and fruity up front with hints of yeast, apples, and pears. The finish is long and sweet with an intense fruitiness. Nice tripel.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep golden color, nice head at first, but it diminished quickly. Medium amount of fruits in this - apple, pear, apricot - however, they couldn't keep up with the alcohol presence - a little too sharp. Mostly dry finish.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I needed a corkscrew to get the cork out. Poured a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma was spicy and fruity. Apricot and apple were noticable. It was malty and fruity, with a dry and somewhat bitter finish. It was nothing to rave about. The taste was very mild.
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ML Bottle. Cork nearly had to be extracted with a pliers. Golden orange color with lots of white flakes swimming around. A smallish off white head. Fruit and malt aromas - nearer to a double aroma. Dry sweetness and fruity apple and plum flavors. Quite acidic and powerful. As I pour there are more flakes/chunks that actually give texture to the drink. I can actually pull out pieces that look like little pieces of tan gelatin. Another odd one from Huyghe. Not my kind of triple.
bierkoning (12387) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 Slightly acidic aroma. Hoppy flavor with apple and a bit of citrus. Alcohol clearly present, yet hidden by some sweetness. Below-average tripel.
Sold as St Idesbald tripel. Somewhat dusty aroma with peach fruit. Alcohol somewhat hidden by a fruity sweetness. No specific aftertaste. Innocent tripel that does the job, at least for the non discriminating beer drinker.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body, minimal head formation. Sweet berry, jammy aroma. Smooth creamy palate, vanilla and blackcurrant. Good bitterness to the finish.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured a reddish gold color and formed a bubbly white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A good deal of carbonation is present. An aroma of apple, pear and banna with some malt present, with a slight medicinal quality. A flavor of malt and fruit, mostly elements present in the aroma. A warming aspect of the alcohol is present. A bit sudsy in finish. Not a bad triple, worth a try but there are better ones out there.
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I like a triple to be fairly dry. This seemed to me like a pale doulbe, I guess. Big malty nose, sweet flavors at the front, finishes sweet. Not to my taste.
Beerhound (16) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I first sampled Duinen Tripel at the Great Tucson Beer Festival in October 2002. I was less than impressed with that tasting, and described it as "a Hefeweizen gone bad, with some vodka or rubbing alcohol tossed in." Since it's Belgian, and I really like Belgian beers, I figured I should give it a second chance. The color was light gold and very clear, almost like a glass of pilsner, and there was a fair amount of head. Initially I detected very little aroma, maybe a bit of fruit and bandaid/phenol, and there was a slightly sweet malt taste. As the beer warmed up, the taste and aroma developed nicely and reminded me somewhat of Paulaner Hefeweizen. The alcohol was quite evident, but thankfully the vodka/rubbing alcohol taste I noticed at the beer festival was absent. All in all I'd have to say this beer is much better that I originally thought, but it's not the best tripel I've had. Would I drink it again? Yes, but I'd pass it up for a bottle of Grimbergen or Duval.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet fruity nose, medium straw color, medium head. Lots of rising carbonation; a few pieces of hanging black sediment. Fairly thick mouthfeel; pronounced alcohol presence. Sweet finish. Not great.