caesar (5879) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Hazy orange golden color, thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some hop, orange, loads of clove, bit overdone perhaps. Taste is quite spicy, pretty sweet. Bit dry and spicy finish. Very nicely balanced. Obvious a christmas-brew, as it resembles quite some ingredients from Finnish Glug or Gluhwein.
mjs (5467) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle at Erasmus, Brugge, on 2008-05-21) Amber colour and cloudy. Dense white head. Liquorice and spices in nose. Medium palate with some fizziness. Liquorice and clove in taste. Some hop bitterness.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Pours a hazy orange with a nice sized white head. Aroma of spice, citrus, Belgian yeast. Nice sweetness with a bit of bitterness to back it up. Alcohol is there a little. Wish I had bought more.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Awesome artwork. Pours amber orange red. thin white lacing. Aroma is spices and brown sugar. Flavor is spicy with a mild copper finish. Nice lemon zest character.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A relatively complex, tart and spicy tripel in which the 10% ABV is not timid. Original tripel.
Appealing noble hop profile (slightly earthy and quite floral, perfumey) which complexifies the aroma. Authentic mouthfeel, biting carbonation, not too thick, almost crisp for its magnitude. Quite vinous, white grape might be the easiest fruit to pick out, though a certain tropical nature and citrusy notions can easily be perceived as well.
The generous alcohol flavours reduce the drinkability of this beer which seemed to aimed a bit towards that with its relatively lean body and dry palate. Weird combination of considerable spiciness (ginger? grains of paradise?)and tartness which steals the interesting hops’ place in the unsatisfying finish. I did not quite reach the level of enjoyment I anticipated.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330mL bottle, best by 09/10. Pours cloudy orange golden with a substantial ivory head. Complex aroma, with notes of citrus fruit (mainly orange), herbs, spice and and yeast. Nice sweet-tart flavor - yeast and wheat up front are soon joined fruity apricot flavor and herbal nuances. Long, wheaty finish with some spice. This was delicious and very drinkable.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A very hazy dark golden/orange beer with a medium sized white head that disappears quickly. Peculiar aroma with spicy, fruity and winey notes in a strange way, very difficult to describe. The flavour is overall sweet, with a medium acidity, very high for the style. Again fruity with some citric notes. Some alcohol is felt. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, long finish with light bitterness and some sourness. Strange at the beginning, this beer gains after every sip. Good.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sour milk in the nose with a head like a malt shake. not what i expected from a holliday tripple. spicy and sour with oak and tannin. head is strong and textured like cappuchino foam. slight imbalance serve colder than normal
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a light golden color with good head and okay lacing. Aroma was of apples and grapes some grass as we.. Flavor was much the same grass was more then i expected but not overwelming. Good one.
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 For a winter beer, it has a dark golden hazy color. With a thick white foamy head. It stays for a long time. A very beautiful aroma of bitter, sweet, caramel. orange fruit and spices. The taste is mild and complex. There are sweets and there are also spices and fruits, like citrus. A little soure. You don.t taste the 10% alc. A long soft bitter after taste. A very good beer.