BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster – 2008 Great Salt Lake Festivus – Beer Session – Huge flavor great color and finish. This was a beer to try at least once. Me not being a huge fan of Belgian beer this beer was the tops. Spices – clove, coriander, banana and a dried fruit finish this was a fantastic brew. The oak flavor was also very present.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
rbesg08 grand tasting, bottled. hazy amber. aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and mandarin, plenty of yeast bite, thick and weird with some earthy cumin in the finish and some woody dryness
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33cl bottle, Batch Nr 97, BB 2020) Pours a murky golden body with a small white head. Aroma of rotten oranges, yeast, mustiness, and apricot. Flavor of citrus, peach, yeast, and candi sugar with a dry oak finish.
BeerViking (1815) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle, poured a deep amber with a frothy head. Full-bodied, with apricots and spices (cloves? coriander?) on the nose and palate.
HenrikSoegaard (9755) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Orange colour. Particles. Powerfull fruity yesty aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Strong licorice and fruity notes. Long nice warming finish. Very creamy palate. Nice.
douglas88 (5152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared generously by Eric at his holiday bash. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick foamy white head. A very nice nose of spices, cloves especially, light wood, bread and light malt. The flavor was excellent, initial wood and sweet citrus flavors, some near apricot sweetness, followed by s spicy banana flavor, some tangy flavors also. Very nice. Excellent. A nice carbonated and soft mouthfeel.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ PlanB ØJ-dag. Pours a hazy light amber with a tiny diminishing white head. Smells of fruits and alcohol. Sweet and malty with aromas of fruits and a hint of glue. Also hints of bread and alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Almost no carbonation. Bitter hops in the finish plus hints of sour malts and alcohol.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2010 Drank right after the Tsjeeses, and I think I am one of the few that prefers the original. Lighter color, hazy orange with another nice white head, more soapy this time and still loads of lacing. Very refreshing nose, more sour than tripel with the lactic and fruit dominating. The flavor is more like the regular Tsjeeses, tripel qualities returning while sweetly balanced with orange. The alcohol is also more of a factor, slightly distracting. A little stickier and dryer than the Tsjeeses, though still full bodied, smooth, and alive. Finish is more lactic, still rather long. This is delicious, but I think the brilliantly restrained harmony and sheer grape delight of the Tsjeeses have been lost while aging.
Several tries later, it’s too hot, with too much off-setting syrupy fruit sweetness. Tripel is unmarried to fruit as well (see Splinter Gold for a shattering example).
kegbear (437) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Big thanks to MrChopin for this treat. Aroma of sweet fruits, jackfruit. Starts off sweet with fruit tones followed by vanilla oak and a perfect hop bitter finish. Wonderful
DruncanVeasey (6621) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle back-to-back with the not-Reserva. Unexplosive conditioning for Struise- puffs anticlimactically open with an unmessy hiss, all the beer kept in the bottle. Didnt even need the Hoey pintpot this time. Deep honey amber with a slick stable head and specks of lace. M/f slick and velvety as before. Mellower, cleaner, more grape and fig-sodden aroma approaching 5* Metaxa brandy. Apricot jam, ginger and freshly chopped oak. Seriously fine-smelling ale. Bulbous juicy stonefruit, ripe nectarine, fig, creamy vanilla brandy and oak smokiness. Evil fig and brandy milkshake palate without a sniff of booze. Again some soapy spice which could include ginger, aniseed or cardamom, but im looking for it. Much more integrated brew than the 2yr old Tsjeeses. A lovely ripe Stille Nacht shandy of a beer.