MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 121808 - Hazy orange color shimmers with long-lasting, rich white head, lacing everywhere. Nose is fabulous: traditional tripel elements like apple, grass, pepper, and yeast are married to slight must, sweet malt, and a wonderful grape depth, so fruity and harmonious. Flavor adds a nice tart component to the yeast, apple, orange, alcohol, and that grape... just a delicious blend. The all star Struise palate sparkles on the tongue while the full body glides smoothly, finishing long in fruit, slight lactic, and alcohol. Ends with too much alcohol, but overall excellent. Unreal how Struise delivers beer after beer after beer. I do not even like tripels that much. 9410519
112509 - More malt than previous bottle, cloudier tangerine appearance, a little dirty. Still the bounty of fruit in the flavor, a little more alcohol than remembered. More yeast as well. Still really good, but the parts are more obvious now, and the yeast and malt unfortunately overwhelm more of the fruit elements. 949417
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Pours a thicker murky orange with a very thick and creamy off-white froth. Nice aroma for a triple, floral, yeasty, orange, strawberries?, honey and peanuts. Very dry and yeasty first taste, lighter than I was expecting from the look of it. Light orange, bitter alcohol, vitamin C, chalky, light tangy tangerines. Sweeter apricot finish with a noticeable noble hop bit, almost skunky. Seems a bit disjointed. Medium light body with crisp carbonation, lightly chalky.
blipp (6647) - 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 (7424) - NUNEATON, CONF N, 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 (3654) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.