talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky, orangey-blonde color with notable sediment and a moderately full, eggshell, foamy head which is mostly lasting and leaves nice lace rings. Nose is nice but not great; yeast is musty, lightly bready, and faintly estery; hops are faint herbal, and other notes of honey, pear, coriander, and faint orange peel. Flavor is similar with some notable fruits on the tongue (pear, apricot, banana peel, orange peel), with some herb notes (jasmin?), spices (ginger, coriander), and maybe some honey also. Palate is more than medium, creamy, silky, and lively. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness from the jasmin notes and some old hop notes with lingering pear, orange peel, and coriander. Certainly intersting and not like any other tripel I’ve tried. Interesting fruity notes and certainly unique spicing but everything just works out okay; not spectacular, not great, just good. One of a kind.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Capone’s. Aroma of fig, mango, peach, pineapple, watermelon. Flavor huge with watermelon and watermelon seeds for me. Quite malty with a clean finish. For a tripel, I didn’t find it to be all that yeasty per se despite the endless esters. Good stuff.
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from hopduvel @ghent, strong alcohol taste malty taste sweeter than the tsjeeses reserva. very good beer
nearbeer (4473) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl, Lot B6 08. Orange-amber with lots of active little yeast monkeys and an enduring three-finger cream above. Aroma is nutmeg and a light-fruit blend: grape, peach, pineapple and mango, plus some light resin and honeycomb. Flavor is all the same notes, plus light pepper and sandalwood, and more unidentified spiciness (citrus zest, coriander possibly?) showing up a bit later. Medium body is mostly smooth, slightly tingly, and fairly dry. Alcohol barely noticeable.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a bunch of floaties. Medium head with a ton of lacing. Aroma is your typical funky yeast with a mild sweetness. Flavor is somewhat malty, sweet and hints of fruitiness. Finish is a bit dry and has a lingering hop bitterness. Slight warming sensation, but the 10% is well hidden. Because it is a winter brew and the bottle states it’s brewed with spices I was expecting more spice. However, still a great beer.
OldMrCrow (2243) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at fridge temperature (couldn’t wait for it to warm).
Lovely funky house character that was frankly somewhat unexpected in the beer, spicy, and just tons of melon / way-overripe pear, as others have observed. Pineapple sweetness / acidity in the middle, bread-dough in the late middle, tart cherry skins and pits on the closeout. I’m having a very hard time not just blasting through this one like a 5% beer. NICE!!!
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden/orange with a small but nice white head. Aromas of pears mostly, but some yeast, candy sugar, slight spice and hops as well. Flavors are sweet fruit, spice, malts, Belgian yeast, and a very small amount of hops. Finish is slightly alcoholic. Plate is bubbly and nice.
Koelschtrinker (14596) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nur ein leichter Geruch ist bei dem Bier zu erkennen, dennoch komplex, fruchtige, süße und hopfige Noten sind vertreten. Der Antrunk ist leicht säuerlich, dies erstreckt sich über das gesamte Bier und nimmt von Zeit zu Zeit kontinuierlich ab. Dazu ist das Bier besonders in seinen Anfangsphasen hopfig und super malzig, die dabei entstehende Süße passt hervorragend zu dem Bier! Eine schöne Fruchtigkeit ist zum Ende hin zu erkennen, der säß-saure Aromenmix ist besonders hervorzuheben.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle and served in my NB worthy snifter: Amber hue with lots of floaties, large fluffy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, rye bread, grassy hops, tangerine and pear esters, a hint of mint. The taste is quite fruity and sweet but not cloy. I expected lot of spice in this holiday brew but it is really quite reserved, pepper and coriander can be found towards the finish. The mouth feel is lively and a bit thin bodied for the genre. Not bad but honestly there is better IMO.
LinusStick (3073) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy trade with Chewy. Thanks man! This beer is a perfect example of how far brewers can push the boundaries. This is a tripel but is very unique. Aroma was nice.yeast, funk and spices are strong. Pour was was a deep dirty orange with a one finger off white head. Taste was very fruity. Strong cantaloupe, melon and yeast with a thick and carbonated light fruit aftertaste. Hides alcohol wonderfully. The melon and fruit taste was a little too much for me, but shows how different beers can be made.