tmoreau (2935) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Snifter served at Bavarian Lodge -De Struise Night, Lisle Il. Cloudy, dark golden hue with a quickly discipating, foamy, white head, and good, clinging lace. The aroma gave off a variety of fruit notes as apricot,currant,ripe pear,berries,orange zest, sweetened rhubarb? and a little spice. The flavor sported a little malt but was mainly the fruit, and as it warmed, I was being warmed by the alcohol content. A little wine and dryness in the finish. Subtly complex all around. Totally enjoyed!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mini-gusher upon opening; just bubbled out the top a little bit. Great complex aroma of green apple skin and caramel sprinkled with spices. Super flavor, you get all of the herbal, spicy notes of the aroma and then some. Superb beer.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan! Pours golden with a small white lace that lasts. Nose is sweet and spicey with some citrus and a funky belgian yeast (similar to De Dolle as durhambeer points out). Flavor is sweet and fruity, some alcohol is present and the finish is pretty dry. Complex and unique.
argo0 (12125) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(33cl bottle) Large off-white head atop yeast-flecked amber body, lovely lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, ginger, some flowery, orange, light alcohol, cream. Taste is sweet, orange, alcohol, yeast, ginger. Fairly dry finish. Medium-full body.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Golden orange pour with grayish tint. Lots of chunklets in the body. Scuppernong and wild yeast on the nose. Reminded me of some De Dolle wackiness. Musty and boozy. Some brown sugar... more like honey, I think? Orange peel. This is a big, big tripel.
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Kinda fruity aroma, apples, apricots. Not overwhelming though. Flavor is about the same. Rated this one low, but tripels have never been my thing.
SuperWhite92 (22) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a wonderfully hazy bronze-ish color with the lovely "bottle conditioned" appearance I come to expect in good beers. Smells like recently rotted fruit. Strange how that’s actually appealing in a beer. Taste includes some of that fruit, with the spices making an appearance as well. Absoutely great. I’m starting to really like de struise. If it weren’t for the alcohol, which is amazingly well hidden, I’d like to drink a few of these in succession.
Very impressive, I would say.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from Parti-Pak Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a hazy caramel brown color with clearly visible floating particulates. One finger off-white head settles slowly and laces the glass. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of flowers, caramel, floral hops, honey, molasses, wood, spice. Flavor is sweet and malty with sweet and spice notes, caramel, honey, toffee, floral hops, yeast, bread , and candy sugar. Generally medium body with a sweet and malty finish.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from West Lakeview. Pours an attractive golden color, though I must have stirred up the yeast cuz there’s tons of floaties. Nice foam head. Nose is super yeasty and bready, pleasant floral hoppy notes and then some very nice fruitiness. Really big mouthfeel, very spicy and the floral/fruity notes extend to the taste as well. Some bitter finish from the hops, tons of alcohol. Not my favorite tripel, but definitely worth trying. Will have to lay one of these down as well... Nice
LilBeerDoctor (3527) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a small orange head. Aroma of apricot, fig, melon, watermelon, but especially pear. Flavor is the same, quite sweet with lots of fruits and spices too. An interesting and tasty tripel.