hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle … Clear, light golden ale with a small, dense, white head. Great retention. The bouquet offers banana, clove, coriander and gentle tinges of mint and smoke. Medium-bodied with a raspy mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The flavor is sweet toffee, candy sugar and spicy clove up front; moderate to medium metallic bitterness follows. The finish provides lingering honey and toffee sweetness.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This wasn’t the big spice bomb that I usually associate with the tripel style, which made it unique and a touch novel. This beer is far maltier than any other tripels, and still has enough spice to keep things interesting. A little different than my previous experiences with tripels, but still good.
Appearance was a golden color with a pretty minor amount of head for a tripel. Aroma was very faintly spicey - clove and all-spice. Flavor was a bit puckery and full of fruity overtones, with a sweet spice finish. Booze is evident in the flavor, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel was dry and clean. Pretty good, and recommendable.
I had this on-tap at the BXL Belgian cafe in midtown Manhattan.
Stefano (1913) - Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden colour with a huge white head. Aroma is malt and heavy alcohol. Flavor is very spicy, too much for a tripel. Dry aftertaste, not the best tripel.
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This clear golden ale poured with a generous off-white head and a sweet fruity aroma. It has a typical Belgian tripel flavor, which is yeasty, carbonated and spice-laden, with some banana ester. However, there is a harsh element, perhaps from the spices, that makes this brew a bit less pleasant than the top beers of this style.
malrubius (2239) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at pilsnerpeter’s. Thanks to everybody for their generosity. Hazy orange with head. Very clovey spicy yeasty grassy aroma. Spicy orangy honey sweet vanilla. Sweet. Pretty ok.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale golden pour. White head. The nose is light spicy and pleasantly dry. A bit of light wheaty malt and a kiss of clove and light mint. Lean and dry initially but as it warms, it starts to pick up a touch of honeyed sweetness. It’s pretty simple, but it’s well made and quite tasty.
RuneStumo (2473) - Haugesund, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
27.10.2009, 0,44l Bottle, Beer Palace, Oslo. Golden brown colour with white head servedin a Trappist glass. Aroma is malty with some sweetness. The beer is strong with a very nice bitterness.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Another messy tripel. It seems that aren’t more than maybe 5 people on the planet that can brew this style right. Moderately cloudy with a small foam cap. Banana, clove, and a mild doughy note in the aroma hint at good things to come, but the letdown is inevitable. A weird, half-sweet, very vegetal and astringent flavor presents itself, making the beer very hard to drink. Swing and a miss.
PilsnerPeter (3031) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Hazy golden with a white film of head. Odd aroma- some vegetal character and pastry sweetness accompanied by an odd apple-like fruity hint. There’s some plasticy phenols in there as well. Light body with some Belgian pale malt doughy/pastry honeyish sweetness. Not much yeast depth or spiciness that I like to see in the style. Vague and not dry enough.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. Clear to hazy orange with a small head. Aroma has banana, clove and the rest of the kitchen sink of spices. A bit of honey and citrus too. Flavor is mostly sweet, banana, leaves and faint spice. Some more honey, a bit bubbly.