Slipstream (1870) - USA - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full, bready aroma with a funky, yeasty undercurrent. Swampy dark gold pour topped by a decent head. The flavor is very good - candi sugar sweetness mixed with sharp hops and yeasty bread. Brewed in Belgium by Stillwater. The cool, tingly bitterness makes for a nice effect on the palate. This is a fine tripel.
Hair6a11 (1236) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is very murky dark golden with a fine bubbled white head that retains on the average side ; quite a bit of yeast in this one as well. The nose is peaches, candied sugar dominant, and some florals I suppose. The candied sugars come through a bit too heavy on the tongue as well for me ; More fruits, peaches and apple skins; some bittering hops come through, with yet more sweetness and bread. Not cohesive for me, not bad, though.
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cL Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Emeline. Soft aroma of cooked apples and yeast. Flavors yield a really spicy mix, which I’m guessing is coming from the hop mix. Fluffy and with some of the Tripel complexity and character, but this mostly feels like a hoppy Saison or something else really yeast. Interesting, but maybe not entirely cohesive.
kkipple (7) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Once more into the fascinating Stillwater Export series. Up now: the "Hoppy Belgian Triple", Rule of Thirds. But you know that, since you’re here.
A. Into the Trip-Karm glass again. Dull, sediment-tinged orange with a two-finger tightly packed head atop. No lace this time.
S. Not remarkable, but definately Tripel-like, which is good. The hops seem Noble and restrained, but present, adding a green, herbal quality to a malty, phenolic, peppery nose. Mild green apple and candi sugar are here too. A fine nose, but nothing especially memorable.
T. Taste is fairly dry-Tripel, with a full, genteel carbonation level that evens things out and spreads the flavor about. This is green, the hop bitterness and the peppery phenols from the Belgian yeast carry the day into spicy, bitter lands. A touch of caramel adds interest. Some unfermented sugar also appears, and is welcome, but isn’t enough. Not sure the hops help the Tripel at hand... the carbonation is excellent, and the finish medium-long and ultimately, grapefruit-bitter.
M / O. Really enjoying the carbonation level here. Full and lush, with just enough pep to keep you coming back for more. The beer itself is medium-bodied, and the advertised 8% seems right to me. Finish is sweet, then fades into bitter, yeast-driven dryness.
Rule of Thirds is decent beer, but nothing terribly memorable or unique. I like Tripels and thought it was fine for a one-and-done.
jredmond (4617) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with Linh. Pours a hazy amber body with white lacing. Aroma is super sweet spice and banana. Mouthfeel is carbonated with ntoes of sweet banana and spice. Ehhhhhhh.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Max’s. Orange pour with a thin white head. Hazy, almost opaque. Citrusy hop and bread aroma. Dry citrus and grapefruit flavor. Tons of hops. Light sweetness with very bitter finish. A bit heavy.
Marheb (1529) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
La levure suintante et le houblonnage à froid sont les grands traits de cette bière. Son corps de champagne est très vivant et léger. C’est assez grinçant, les saveurs semblent en guerre constante mais la paix et l’équilibre pointe, une gorgée à la fois. Amertume presque végétale en finale. Plus intéressant que délicieux.
Tmoney99 (9635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy copper with an average frothy off-white head that was fully lasting with good lacing. Solid yeast, fruit and spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate spice fruit flavor with a smooth tart finish of moderate to long duration. Good drinkable spicy ale.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked this 11.2 ounce bottle up at State Line in Elkton, Maryland. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a very light copper color with a fluffy white head that is several fingers high and eventually falls into a thin cap with some lacing on the glass. The brew itself is slightly-hazy.
The nose first brings forward peach and other stone fruits along with a faint earthiness. There is some sweetness there and a touch of spice. The flavor takes a different turn with some peppery spice being much more prominent, though the fruity esters are still there. Along with that comes a bit of alcohol, which is then very pronounced through the finish, really taking its toll on the overall character of the beer. Medium body with good carbonation.
Overall, the alcohol is simply too much to get past, despite a very promising nose and good general flavor.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle from The Perfect Pour, Elkridge. I wish these Stillwater one-offs had more consistent distribution, but it’s still nice to find some on the road. Nice cloudy pale orange pour, with a chewy, saison-like look and a big rock head. Nose was really nice, by turns sharp, yeasty, grassy but also some mellow wet wood. Lemon, pepper, and flower petals in the taste, which favorably compared to SH Cuvee des Fleurs in some sense. But this one has an additional sweetness that contrasts well with the herbal grit. A good one that I wish they made in the big bottles.