TAR (2389) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark gold. Big-bubbled collar surrounds creamy islands of foam. Plastic and intensely aromatic Thai basil permeate the nostrils along with alcohol, clove, black pepper, melon, and puttylike yeast scents. Explosive carbonation. Highly gassy. Oppressively sweet and weighty upfront, with an overabundance of candy sugar and pear syrup. Pale malt lends a mild toastiness and teeters on the verge of grainy and raspy. Rather muddled and lacking in clean definition, with a viscous baked apple and mashed overripe-banana dullness. Brisk plasticlike phenols compound the already firm mineral-laden body. Despite the relentless palate-scrubbing phenolic assault, the body remains overbearingly syrupy. Basil carries with it a one-dimensional mintlike leafiness which amplifies the vague fusel sharpness. Scant hop bitterness is pummeled by black pepper, sharp alcohol, overripe banana, and plastic in the finish. Dryly toasty malt distantly lingers. This is a rather sub-par rendition, as itís virtually devoid of any redeeming brightness or nuance. As with the vast majority of triples in the world, this is heavily sweet/ underattenuated (oily and slickly yeasty), alcoholic, overspiced, plasticlike, and generally muddled. Major bummer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Brueryís tap room in Placentia. Pours a very cloudy, orange-yellow body with a finger-width, foamy, white head that dissipates slowly leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet, but has lots of floral spices. Some herbal and musty malts with cloves and pepper. Pretty bready with a mixture of peaches, pears, tangerines, apricots, and banana. Flavor is very herbal and spicy as well as sweet and fruity. A light acidic sourness as well as lots of bready malts. Finishes with lots of herbal spices and a warming booze. Lingers with an almost minty character. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation before a very dry finish. Overall, a pretty good tripel and definitely unique. Lots going on that seems to balance nicely. Good one.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I donít tend to like tripels, or belgians much, really, but I found this one quite nice. Iím not sure I pulled out the described thai basil (which I looove) but this beer was complex and enjoyable. I got lots of assorted fruits out of this, and I donít think it came from the hops. Very nice.
dmac (3528) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle from padrefan98, thanks Jon. No Sir I donít really care for this one. The appearance was excellent with a slightly hazed goldn nectar body underneath a mountain of bright white long lasting frothy head. Aroma has some soapy tropical fruit notes, very peachy and apricot, with some peppery and spicey notes. Flavor is the same but the soapy aroma is far stronger in the flavor. The palate is rather dry which makes me focus even more on the soapy fruity flavor. Sorry Bruery Iím just not down with this one but cheer up I have several other beers from you that I am looking forward to trying.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy orange-gold with a huge rocky white head that stuck around. Good lacing. Tropical fruit aroma with cider, some banana, and basil. Very carbonated, lighter mouthfeel. Big, bold fruity taste. Lots of apricots, peaches, strawberry, mango, passionfruit, and a melange of tropical fruit. Herbal background which is very sweet, presumably from the rice. Slightly sour bite in the finish, more tart fruit. The flavor was so big, it made the beer less drinkable, though. Its not necessarily a bad thing, but when it comes to trippels, I didnít expect such a big beer. Definitely find a friend to share the bottle with.
Glouglouburp (5871) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A strong Belgian blonde ale with a strong herbal/spicy character. Very original and very very good.
How: Bottle 750ml. Sent me by kegbear. Many thanks Craig.
The look: Cloudy dark blonde body topped by a long-lasting medium white head
In long: The inviting nose is loaded with herbal spices, dry grass and meringue. Taste is very original. The thick chewy cereal backbone is very interesting with its high-starch/ low-sugar sensation, it didnít taste like rice to me at all but the usage of rice must have something to do with this flavour. Full of herbal flavours I picked up mint, green tea, lemongrass and basil. Fruity flavours take the backseat with only light apples and pears presence and a little white grapes sourness. Some white pepper in the finish. Extra-lively expansive carbonation. Another great beer from the new brewery. This brewery has more future than an orthodontist in England.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Drewbeerme. Hazy orange with large foamy white head. Orange citrus aroma with yeast, sweet. Flavor is Orange, yeasty, medium sweet, spice, some banana, weird. Medium body and heavily carbonated. Weird.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 750mL Bottle. Soft apple and pale plum aroma, graced with a bit of sake-like alcohol and some faint citrus. Very nice. Pours a very lightly hazed golden, with a lacey white head. Flavor is excellent. Thereís a very soft underlying rice character that works in well with the subtle yeast esters and phenols. Rich with apple, plum, pear, and almond. White. Explosive carbonation really carries the flavors. The basil adds slightly to the spice characters developed in the yeast. This beer has an intense amount of unique flavor while maintaining great drinkability. Extremely enjoyable.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Poured hazy medium orange with a creamy cap of white head that never ended (even slowlysnaked its way out of the bottle). The aroma showcased an exciting and challenging array of spices (basil, lemongrass, white pepper, and cloves) with dried floral accents and a paler base.. loved it! The flavor opened with tangy, slightly sour pale malts with the aforementioned spices washing over the tongue.. peppery notes, mint, and basil were the main culprits, amplified by a warm alcohol presence.. finished with more spice, sourness, and warmth. Heavier-bodied with lively carbonation on the palate.. became a bit too aggressive on the back-end and through the finish.. overall a tasty and enjoyable brew.
beachbum25 (1084) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ML bottle shared by Swolf3-Cloudy golden/orange color w/a good size white foamy head. Sweet, spiced aroma. Flavors of light fruits, white grapes, bread dough, pepper & some cane sugar. Had a good bit of carbonation to it. Very smooth & easy to drink, alcohol was well hidden. This one was a definite winner, thanks Steve!