Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belgian blonde brewed for Tesco, with thinnish, off-white head and bright, deeply orange blonde colour. Aroma of peaches, nuts, young ’jenever’, jute, bread, cognac and wet dog. Taste a dry fruitiness with light citrus acidity, caramelly malts with some spicy yeastiness, finishing moderately hoppy with some gin-like and therefore badly hidden alcohol. Straightforward and not too well-balanced but I guess an okay introduction to Belgian ales for British consumers not yet familiar with them.
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dusted honey-amber with a billow of Belgian head. Nose high on ground coriander seed, lemon and lime jelly, fruit pastilles, exotic peppery spice, maybe grains of paradise. Orange wine gum and coriander seed flavour squarely in the perfumed Belgian camp. Soap and fruit pastilles. Full mousse-like body. Very decent.
Beese (2035) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tesco in Wokingham.
Poured a hazy amber colour with strong carbonation and a dense, fluffy white head. Aroma of grain, Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Cereal flavours with caramel and some floral and pine hop notes. Lingering tart fruit palate, slightly soapy and a bit of a hint of copper.
BlackHaddock (4025) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cork and caged 750ml bottle: poured into three ’La Chouffe’ stemmed tulips on 27 Aug 2013 at my son-in-laws.
Looked fine in the glasses, the third one having a darker golden hue than the clear first two glasses: the sediment making the final glass meatier and richer in everything. Good white heads on all three glasses, none however stayed around for any great length of time.
Yeasty, spicy, with orangey notes in the nose and taste: this promised so much but fell away as a metallic feel took over the taste. I usually enjoy my Tripe’ls, but this was a poor example and I struggled to finish my two glasses (my son-in-law not wanting more than one glass).
The glass with the sediment was better, having more flavour and character, but it still had that annoying metallic note within it’s taste.
Overall a bit of a let down for a Tripel.
prawlie (1172) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle in increments into a Gouden Carolus glass. Golden brown, fizzy, lively head, but degrades to bubble bath texture. Nice malty tripel aroma. Smooth, crisp malty taste. A ’solid’ tripel, rather than one with flair.
planky84 (2143) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from Tescos. Amber/gold pour with a white head. Fruity, sugary nose, some citrus. Sweet fruit flavours, bit of apricot in there. Does the job.
tommann (2814) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle. Pours dark gold with a small head. Aroma is candy sugars, a little banana and bubblegum. Taste is mostly carbonated water. Some yeasty esters. Some candy sugars. Boring.
SarkyNorthener (2253) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pale orange, hazy. Aroma of sour oranges with hint of sweetness. Taste of orange notes followed by alcohol tones. Very carbonated, as shown when the cork was popped. Lots of bubbles on palate. Not one of the best belgians I have tried but OK for the price. Will try more Abbey Tripel to compare.
johndoughty (4063) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden with a big head. Slightly cloudy with a slightly sour bitter flavour. Above average but only just.
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
slightly hazy liquid, light orange colour. pours a nice soft foamy head that keeps its texture. aromas of fruit. citrus, grass, herbs, honey, bread. taste is nicely sweet and bitter; mild and tasty flavours. palate is very smooth and light, work well with the herby tones. good standard spicy belgian.