rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Premier. Pours an orangey amber, a whole lot of sediment. Nose is sweet fig jam, nice caramel maltiness, alcohol, berry jams. Hop bitterness almost seems oxidized. Flavor is fig jam, sweet malts, candied fruits, plenty of bitterness to back up that sweetness. Limited alcohol in the flavor but plenty of tingles in the finish.
nuplastikk (5369) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle. $8.99 a pop. Pours a thick and murky orange-brown color. Lots of carbonation, huge frothy head, particulates floating about. Mild deep spice aroma. The carbonation doesn’t really come through in the mouthfeel, very sweet and watery. There is some interesting orange-like fruity flavor. I don’t this beer is a Tripel, despite the strength and potential candi sugar presence. Good, certainly unique, but doesn’t quite live up to it’s price tag.
dmac (5087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle purchased from Jonathan Ron in Brielle. Poured a mostly solid amber/orange body with a good amount of visible floaties and a large fluffy white head that slowly disipated leaving an average amount of lace on my Duvel tulip. Aroma on this one was very nice with a good dose of fruit, pear..apricot..fermenting berries, yeast, lots of vinous notes and a bit of booziness. Very lively carbonation over a medium body with only a hint of dryness and an ever so light hint of alcohol warming. Flavor has a nice touch of booze, fruit..banana..apricot..pear, mix in a little bit of yeast and this is one nice beer. I really enjoyed this beer but at $8.25 for a single 11.2 oz bottle it is not something I will be buying on a regular basis.
tmoreau (3266) - 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 (4028) - 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 (12640) - 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 (2151) - 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.