sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Cap had a bit of yeast growth or rust or mold around the rim of the bottle; barely reddish gold; lively carbonation but virtually no head following the pour; big chunks of yeast mostly stayed at the bottom of the bottle and were discarded. Aroma very sweet, candy, a little spicy, barely yeasty. Flavor is sweet, a touch spicy, honey, and as it warms the alcohol is evident in the taste and exhale; dry finish. Palate medium-thick though only lightly sticky. Long way from the top, but a decent warming Belgian.
magsinva (881) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from DiarmaidBHK - I’ll be honest, I had this one like a month ago and fell asleep before I took many notes, so I don’t really remember it. It was decent, but not spectacular.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy gold pour, fluffy white head. Mandarin oranges, candy sugar, yeasty esthers, graham cracker and sugar cookies. A bit sweet up front, but stil pretty good.
Lubiere (10439) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazed dark golden ale with a thin off white head. Strange aroma of Orange Pledge (or citrus based cleaner) with solvents and alcohol, so-so. In mouth, a decent candy sugar malt with smooth orange pulp, a bit thin but good.
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber with a moderate amount of head. Smells of honey and candy. Very sweet smelling. Very fragrant. Palate is slightly viscous with nice carbonation. Taste is caramel and a little coconut. Tasty brew.
omhper (19926) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. Cloudy pale amber, small head. Sugary sweet. Marzipan and sugar. Full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Sugar and resin. Loads of sweet marzipan. Some juicy coriander. Super sweet finish. Just too sweet - not too style.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop in Cincinnati, OH. Pours a murky, gold-orange colored body with a thin, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is pretty sweet and fruity with a bunch of esters consisting of caramel, some bread, white grapes, apples, a touch of banana, and apricot. Lightly spiced with some peppery yeast, a light alcohol, and honey. Flavor is similar. Sweeter caramel and honey up front with some estery fruits, a light pepper, and a touch of clove in the middle. Some florals come out at the end as this finishes sweet, but somewhat spicy and dry with a light bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, not bad, but a bit too big of a tripel. Fairly sweet and fruity with a decent yeasty spice balance and light bitterness. Okay.
Nephilium (1406) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light bready aroma, with a hint of spice. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a big white head. The flavor is of light fruits, with the alcohol very well hidden. The finish is sweet, with a touch of spices. I did detect a couple of off notes, nothing to overpowering, but lurking there in the taste. Not a bad big beer.
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is floral, honey, sugar, spice and tannins. Orange glow, not much head. Flavor is sweetbread headed for sourdough. A real sugar bomb is what I mean to say. Also, too boozey for its body and thinner consistency. I like tripels, nut this one’s not my thing.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit darker than average with its amber looks, but covered by a nice tight off-white to pale beige foam. Fairly fruity in the nose, having the usual banana esters, but also some interesting white grape notes which pair with the hefty alcohol component to give a vinous kick to this honeyed tripel. Soft herbal hops do give a spicy kick where the yeast is not all that characterful except for its fruity hints. On the palate, the active carbonation is fitting although larger bubbles would have been expected. The carbonation nonetheless manages to dry the palate out a good bit making it seem fortunately drier than it really is with its full honey-like, almost biscuity maltiness. A fair Tripel, on the fruity side of things, but pleasantly balanced.