blipp (6070) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, gushed a little. Pours opaque cider orange with a lasting off white head and a little sediment on the bottom of the glass. The aroma is rather light with sweet apricot, honey, and bread. Smooth body. The flavor is well balanced, with fruity sweetness, a light spice profile, bready yeast, and apricot. Pretty good.
DruncanVeasey (7142) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at least a couple of years old. Dirty amber with a fine slender lid. Pretty full-on fruit cocktail aroma of Strawberry Campino, plum, dried apricot, sultana, honey and spuce. Jammy, oaky and a bit bilious. Figgy fruit and ginger dominate the mouth, with hints of peat, conifer and honey. Soapy afters with some cardamom coming through, but it could be Mo s silver nibbles. Medicinal, sweet and unsticky, with some bittering hop presence. Silk and glow. Squirt of grapey sour from the stonefruit. Pleasantly dried-fruity, murkily spicy, unexceptional Tripel.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Trappist. Pours with a nice golden color. Great full body with aromas of bread and spices. Nice flavors of dough, some spices, with a nice hop profile. Finishes very smooth. Very nice beer.
HonkeyBra (3345) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange with a thick white head, lots of floaties. Sweet, yeasty aroma with bits of citrus, apricot, Honey. Flavor is sweet but not overly so, well balances by spice and a smokiness. Has notes of peach and apricot, oak. Alcohol is well-hidden. This puts most tripels to shame.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with scads of fish food. Fruity nose with apricots, currants and grapes. Mild allspice and ginger in the background. Hefty belgian ale qualities from the first quaff. Heavy liquid with just soft release of tiny bubbles to keep it lively.Pale malt start that leads into some serious stuff. Caramel and candi, honey and honeysuckle, fortified wine and figs, and a little herbal/dried flower hops in the backdrop. Alcohol nips at the senses, but never take a bite. Soft, lightly buttery malt sweetness return int the linger. A really nice holiday ale. Not overdone or foreboding. One of the fruitcakes you look forward to having.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bt. Pale butter cream colored head. Deep, opaque sultana bronzy color. Nose reminds me almost exactly of a big ol back of freshly harvested Chanterelle mushrooms, Apricots and earth. Tastes like biting an underripe peach thats 10 abv.Nice mouthfeel. Not my favorite
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of malts, spices, yeast, and fruit. Aroma makes me a little nauseous. Poured amber/golden/copper in color with a medium-sized, dense, fizzy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of many particles of all sizes throughout. Small lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malts, grains, yeast, fruit, herbs, light spices, raw dough, and bread. Medium to full body. Thick, chewy, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, bready, herbal finish.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden bronze colored ale, with a beautiful head of white creamy foam. Flavor is elegant and well structured, loaded with depth and nuance. Very sweet, well layered and complex, with well concentrated flavors from start to finish. Notes of peach and pear. Elegant mouth fell. Purely Belgian in every way. Wow, wow, wow. STUNNING.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Little let down here. Nice triple, but not my favorite at all. Pours a dark orange, with an aroma full of yeast and spice. Flavor is nice, notes of light fruit, spice, vanilla, oak. Way too subtle. No real complaints here, just that the price is double what similar beers run.
thornecb (4364) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep chunky gold into a tulip. Offwhite head recedes to skim surface. Apple and pear aromas. Tingly upfront with sour apple turning to a pleasingly viscous apple pie filling. I want another.