omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Cloudy deep golden, firm head. Fruity nose with herbal spices - cinnamon and ginger spring to my mind. Vinous with vital, rounded mouthfeel. Fiery alcohol lies undeneath and some pleasant lactic acidity adds freshness and complexity. Full bodied. So wonderfully complex - every sip brings out a new aspect. There’s orange and butter, berries and, muscat wines and everything else I want. I tried to be a sceptic, but failed hopelessly. Oh, what a beer!
JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
If only more tripels had balls like this. 33cL bottle at Kerstbierfestival pours hazy orange-amber, with a grayish head and sticky lacing. Sourish, fruity nose and a tart flavor to back that up--notes of dried apricot and unripe orange. There’s a reasonable layer of bitterness to help balance the booze. Maybe a touch thin. Fruity, warm, and damned nice.
kramer (4359) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via BierKönig. A bit of a gusher here, lost an ounce or two. poured a very cloudy orangish brown body with a nice one inch fizzy off-white head that retained as a thin covering. Nose is heavy syrupy and bready malt with lots of yeast, some caramel, and a little alcohol. A general murkiness abounds. The flavor just seems a little off for a Tripel. Touches of caramel and over-ripe, almost rotten, peach fruitiness overlays lots of yeast and sticky doughy malt. No alcohol flavor up front, but a little on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slight stickiness and moderate fizzy active carbonation. Overall, this just was not my kind of Tripel.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours very cloudy amber golden with a creamy, off-white head. Sweetish, fruity nose with a touch of yeast. Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Quite fruity, some overripe accents, lightly vinous - sherry-like - with an underlying tartness. The bitterness is quite discreet. Elegant, but not really what I would expect from a Christmas beer. 051207
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In the 330 mL bottle. Thanks to mdi for the beer! Pours a dark gold with a creamy off white head. Has the aroma of freshly baking bisquits in the oven. The first flavor is a mix of Pixie Sticks and 7-Up. This is a very grain-enriched beer. It has the dense fruitiness of pears and apricots. The honey-like nectar is big. There’s a sublime tartness discernable throughout the beer. I’m lovin’ it.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Old rating discovered in a dusty pile of forgotten notes.) I’m betting this one is courtesy after4ever. Pours cloudy apricot a somewhat lacy off-white head. Medium body and carbonation. Spicy aroma, fruit and citrus dry spicy finish.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Opaque orange with a small, but lasting head. Dolle-like-yeasty aroma with orangey fruitiness and grainy pale malt. Orange-fruity, grainy-malty, pretty yeasty and slightly alcoholic flavor. Quite full-bodied palate with soft, foamy carbonation. Should have sampled without yeast also, but pretty enjoyable.
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 33 cl.
Hazy dark golden-orange with a creamy white head.
Aroma yeast, spice, malts, fruity. Medium bodied. Taste complex bit sweet and sour, malts, hop, spice.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky golden-orange in colour, lingering medium sized white coloured head, some lacing. The aroma was quite yeasty, lots of citrus, apples, light perfume, spice. The flavour was of candied sugar, some yeast, lots of apples, some orange citrus, light spice. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, medium body, soft carbonation. Finishes long, sugary sweet, very light alcohol. Incredible stuff, so smooth, great sweetness, an excellent Christmas beer.
330ml bottle shared by <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Goldorak, thanks Martin.
Opened on October 20, 2007.
Best before October 2010.
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl Bottle at KBF Poperinge. Pours a slight hazy golden orange blond beer with creamy big thick white head on top. Aroma is very fruity with lots of malts, bread, some nuts and hints of mint. The taste is again very malty with hints of biscuit, bread nuts and lots of fruitiness. Medium bodied, alcohol well hidden and very well balanced. The more you get to the finish, the more the alcohol bites but not overwhelming. Slight hoppy aftertaste.