arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear reddish orange with white head, aroma has notes of biscuit, toffee, fruity pear, hints of citrus as well. Taste is orange, pine leading into biscuit, spicy notes, hints of pear, finishing with a hint of oak.
Travlr (17716) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of tastybeer, thank you sir! Hazy golden color, large fluffy white head, solid lacing. Aroma of lemon and grapefruit. Taste is sweet, peppery citrus. Interesting variation on a theme.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from dcschiller in the NP10V5 - thanks, Dave! Very nice pour of a slightly burnished light orange, with a big billowy head and tons of lacing in the tulip. With the potent nose, I wonder again if I actually like Citra hops. There’s some vaguely too sharp and nearly mentholated in places to me, but maybe my senses are scrambled. At any rate, I found this to be a fairly enjoyable tripel for the most part. The notes of oaked chardonnay in there really help give it character, and it’s when these flavors assert themselves that the hops make more sense to me. A bit of malty sweetness peeks through, but this one’s dry and a bit bitter. Works for me.
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dixonian for bringing this beer back to Texas from one of his trips to Southern California. I love Trade Winds Tripel and am really looking forward to this one.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice and very hoppy for a tripel. I get a lot of apricot and resinous pine notes, with some bread and Belgian yeast notes mixed in. Definitely not your classic tripel aroma.
The flavor is also unique and very nice. I get a lot of Belgian yeast and pepper, as well as some biscuit and bread from the malt. There is also a lot of flavor from the hops. The hop notes I get are mainly orange and apricot, but there is a little pine thrown in for good measure. Another very good aspect of the flavor is a subtle oak character which compliments the other flavors very well. The alcohol is well hidden.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
drfabulous (5233) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to thome50. Orange body with thin white head. Orange and zest. Big but not too bold taste of oak. The tripel part - at least for the traditional tripel which is far sweeter - is not as pronounced. Still, quite tasty. I get the alcohol as well.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on my trip to San Francisco. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Some fruity sweetness, but also a little bit of spice. Oak and citrus in the flavor. Solid beer.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pale tan, off-white colored head that leaves some thin lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pale amber / gold colored head. Initially the beer smells of spicy and phenolic notes that are typical of Tripels, but from there on out the juicy, hoppy citra hop notes become the dominant note pretty quickly. The citra contributes notes of pine, slightly herbaceous dank notes, a touch of garlic chive (though just a hint) and a juicy, bright tropical fruit note that leans towards tangelo, big lychee, and ample kumquat zest notes. There is a hint towards the finish that suggests at some cracker like malt and perhaps a touch of dried hay like grain.
The beer has a nice hoppy, bitter bite to it up front, it gets quite funky in dank, hoppy sort of way towards the middle and there is a cracker like maltiness, some spice and phenolic yeast character as well as some bitter hoppiness in the finish. There is a nice, juicy fruit like hop character that has notes of lychee, kumquat zest and some bitter lemon notes; these never get too aggressive though as this is more of a hoppy Tripel, then a hop bomb that has been fermented with Belgian yeast. The beer is light enough to be a Tripel, it is even quite quaffable, but still has some viscousness to it as well as texture as it flows across the palate. The Tripel flavors of phenolic clove, white pepper, perhaps a touch of ginger and maybe a hint of medicinal notes are here, they almost play a secondary role to the hops though.
Definitely a nice, hoppy Tripel that I am quite enjoying at the moment. This is fast becoming my preference in Tripels, despite it seeming like the lazy way out for a brewer; a really good, traditional Tripel is very hard to execute well, it is quite a bit easier to just add some expressive American Hops and make an enjoyable brew. Having said that, the base beer still needs to at least be good, which this one is.
obguthr (4907) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lemon nose with a strong canned green beans element. Clear amber, thick lacing head. Whole lemon flavor with just a touch of orange. Alcohol present, but works. Simple but well balanced. Not bad, but far from great.
JohnnyJ (5079) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy gold pour, with a white head. Banana, bits of tropical fruit, sugary sweetness, pretty strong oak character, lightly spicy, and some pepper notes. As much as I usually don’t like tripels, this beer is quite nice, maybe due to the oak.
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle fromHealthy Spirits. Pours cloudy golden with a thick off-white head and a yeasty fruit aroma. There is a fruity caramel malt flavor with a carbonated dry bitter finish.