WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great tripel, really love the nose, rich well rounded back end. Solid brew a style we know the bruery is good at.
ineedbeer (656) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle; probably a bit late to drink this, but we shall see.
Aroma definitely shows signs of oxidation with a noticeable honey character. Medium, sweet graininess with some bread and cracker notes. Medium strong overripe stone fruit notes, especially peach and plums. Some light citrus character as well as pear and light phenolics. Faint oak and light hop character.
Pours a fairly hazy, golden orange with a small, but fairly thick, white head with good retention. Medium light retention and medium light legs.
Flavor has a medium light honey character from oxidation. Medium light notes of the hops remain imparting some citrus and tropical fruit. Light, moderately sweet, grain notes along with white bread and toast. Medium light grains of paradise and coriander phenolic notes. Moderate bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Faint oak in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency an medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer but definitely not an amazing beer. I certainly do not feel that age has helped this one at all; honey character is creeping in and the hops are fading. The hop notes are nice though and add something to what would be a fairly standard tripel. I do not get much oak character at all. Malt notes are subdued and a bit muddled.
hopwine (264) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one has aged pretty darn well. Citra hops bring some tropical fruit and the belgian yeast brings powerful fruity esters and some nice spice. Glad I didnít just crack this one fresh as all of the flavors seem really well integrated and the alcohol is undetectable.
olr1984 (1043) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Dr. Bills tasting at falling rock. Pours a light straw yellow with large white head. Peppery and light fruit taste.
merc7186 (1981) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The appearance of this beer is really good with a hazy, pale, orange color to it. The head is a great white hue with a good amount of carbonation and a long lasting lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is outstanding because it is something that Iíve never experineced before with a great blend of citrusy orange, mild hoppiness and a lingering grapefruit smell, an outstanding blend. The taste blows you away with a mellow sweet orange that transitions into a mild grapefruit then into a hoppiness and mild oakey flavors. The mouthfeel hangs around with the sweet ornage and grapefruit that slides into a bitterness of the hops. Overall, this is one of the best beers I HAVE EVER TASTED because it is so original with the mixture of flavors. If you havenít tried this beer, go GET IT.
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Toronado: Poured a glowing yellow hue that was hazy while a thin delicate layer of head rested on top. In the aroma, a scent of girlie perfume along with a squeeze of citrus perhaps grapefruit comes through nicely upon the nose. The taste is pure yeast with a heavy serving of spicy Belgian yeast that showcases a mixture of spices such as clove, ginger root, and a dash of pepper or green herbs. Definitely an Abbey Tripel that stands out from the rest.
ryanfolty (1831) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 8, 2013 - bottle via trade with Josh a while back. Clear orange pour with nice head and some lacing. Aroma was fruity, wood, spice and caramel. Taste had a bit of the sweetness from fruit and malt, but was dominated by the wood and spice rather quickly. The finish was a slight dry citrus bitterness. Medium body with some carbonation. I am typically not a big fan of tripels, but this worked for me.
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from STLWill. Pours a cloudy orange color with a finger of white head. Notes of oak, apricot, sugar, caramel, canteloupe, and tangerine. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Good tripel. Held up well.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy opaque orange color with a white head. Some lacing as the head settles. Orange, some biscuit, melon, and slight oak. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet upfront with a slight bitterness. Citrus notes, malty, and light caramel. Decent.
madmitch76 (14454) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4th November 2011
Hazy orange - amber beer with a big fluffy white head. Light crispy palate. Delicious fresh orange and pink grapefruit which has a bitter follow through. Touch of aniseed. Whisper of creamy oak. A little creamy malt. Finishes semi dry with a carbonated sting. Comes across as more IPA than Tripel but who cares? Great beer! A little more oak and this would have been up in the stratosphere.
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A fruity and surprisingly dry strong Belgian blond ale with a bit too much phenols and plastic.
How: Bottle 750ml, almost one year old, bottle sent to me by nicks6217, thanks Nick
The look: Cloudy blond body topped by a large white head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is very phenolic with typical blond Belgian ale fruity esters piercing through. Taste is like chewing on a soft piece plastic, some oak, banana peels, fruit salad, more plastic, honey, dried light color fruits, bubblegum, acetone sensation, whip cream, tropical fruit hops. Finish is quite dry that the after-taste has alcohol warmth and plastic. Not sure what happened here, some good things going on in this beer but that plastic taste just didnít go away even after letting the beer breathe for a while. And to think I traded for that boring beer, honestly Iím starting to think that looking at the ratebeer trade forum is the biggest waste of time of all the things I have ever done 54 times today.