MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler fill. Yeah you knew this beer had to be good when both my wife and mother in law were screaming about it. I love tripels. It’s sooooo sad to see them done almost universally as an afterthought or poorly. Yes there are some pretty good standards out there. But as a whole, the craft beer scene here in the USA doesn’t make the style as well as say an IPA or Imp Stout. I digress. This beer was oozing so much complexity. It’s hard to know where to start. Great aroma first and foremost. Lots of wood, tart fruit, spices, and whiskey. You could easily just sit and smell this beer all night. The palate was pretty hefty but not unwieldy. Flavors rocked all over the map with fruit and bourbon leading the charge. The remarkable part was how little alcohol I actually tasted. The balance of the banana and apricot went perfectly with the wood and whiskey which happened to be broken up with citrus zest and coriander. It really just went on and on. Delectable beer. Even had enough carbonation day 2 to be quite an exciting drink the 2nd time around. High marks. Well done.
hopscotch (9380) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours murky caramel with a small, fizzy, white head. The plush bouquet is a medley of fuzzy fruits, caramel, coconut and vanilla with a lovely splash of bourbon. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is an interlaced bundle of caramel, toffee, bourbon, coconut and fallen fuzzy fruits. Finishes fruity, malty and warming. Jackie-Os Kentucky Monk really comes to mind here. Apparently, I despise tripels, but love bourbon barrel-aged American attempts at the style.
MarkSachon (621) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Halftimebeverage.com Delicious aromas erupt from the pour hinting of exotic flavors and subtle spices. Barrel aging smooths the flavor over the tongue and into the belly without any harshness or bite. You can savor the precipitates at the bottom of the glass as a sweet reward for selecting one of the best domestic Belgian Trippels you’ll find this side of the ocean.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Thirsty Dog. This beer is awesome. Pours clear semi dark golden hue with thin off white head. Aroma is bourbon, banana, clove, a touch of caramel and honey with some vanilla. Medium mouthfeel. The flavors meld together perfectly in this beer. The beer components are cut through and balanced perfectly by the barrel aging here. While the base beer is pretty rough around the edges and I find difficult to drink the barrel makes this a beautiful beer. Bourbon, mostly bananas and caramel make this a real treat.
FlandersNed (15) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler from the brewery 11-11 Cloudy, golden-brown color with a medium beige head. Smelled delicious with a sweet, caramelly and Bananas Foster nose and hinting of vanilla, chocolate, cherry and coconut. A sweet, bourbon, oaked, coconut milk and vanilla bean flavor atop orchard fruit and ripened bananas. A great, full-flavored brew with added citrus hints. Full body and medium- carbonation. My favorite BA Tripel thus far!