Alengrin (2722) - BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cognac barrel aged Kasteel tripel from a luxurious 75 cl champagne bottle; 2013 vintage. Moussy, egg-white head consisting of fairly large bubbles and therefore dissipating rather quickly; colour is a slightly hazy, warm ’old gold’ with quite strong fizz. Spicy, sweet and alcoholic aroma of orange liqueur, fair amount of cognac indeed, banana, powder sugar, cooked corn, cider, honey, vanilla-like wood tannins, caramel candy, canned pineapple slices, white pepper, soap, ginger powder, rubbing alcohol. Fruity onset, peach, pineapple and sourish gooseberry touch, strong and tingling carbonation, honeyish sugar sweetness cloying to the teeth a bit; bit corny and caramelly, sweetish middle phase, quite light in body seen the high ABV, with spicy notes and the lingering sugar sweetness playing above it. Alcohol becomes increasingly apparent towards the finish, as a sharp, bitterish, astringent effect, lining the whole mouth cavitity as if you’ve been drinking some very strong liquor. A clear and quite strong cognac taste remains, along with woody tannins and lingering sweetness. I don’t like the regular version to begin with so my expectations of this were low; it shares its dull and cloying sweetness and alcoholic profile with the regular tripel, with the alcohol even reinforced here considerably by the cognac presence, which is everything but subtle. Should be a lot more refined and less alcoholic, but fortunately I like cognac and the woody tannins lingering in the mouth balance out the sweetness a bit, so as a whole, this is still more or less enjoyable. But I did find it difficult working my way through the whole bottle, the aroma is clearly more promising than what the taste delivers, and it is definitely not worth the exaggerated price of 23 or so euro I paid for it - I do not recommend spending your money on this.
gunnfryd (11581) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fonefan 300814. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is cognac, sugar, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, sugar, cognac, alcohol, malt, dried fruits. Full body. Very nice beer.
bhensonb (11783) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Healthy Spirits in SF, CA. Pours translucent gold with a foamy/frothy white head. Aroma seems fruit ester with hints of oak and brandy. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is mixed fruit ester, and the brandy is clearly present. Oak as well. It’s not super strongly flavored, but the flavors are weak either. Heat no problem til it hits down below. Seems to get some caramel with time. Finishes towards dry, a litte estery, a little brandied, and slightly oak astringent. Seems a bitter finish. A little different, but there are some subtle aspects. Arguably underrated.
jefcon (1444) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little of everything -- sweet, rich, dry, fruity, malty, warm, simple and lush. Brandy, vanilla, plum, cherry, oak and barnyard yeast.
waldemarsto (6) - BRAZIL - JAN 28, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: notas de cítrico e de conhaque são explícitas.
A: cor dourado intenso, excelente cabeça de creme, e lacing.
T: álcool perceptível, esteres frutados com presença de maçã, pêssego e uvas verdes, sabor de vinho branco seco e dulçor maltoso e conhaque bem aparente.
P: corpo pesado, alta carbonatação, média a baixa persistência, e notas do barril aparentes. Calor alcoólico médio a alto.
O: Uma tripel envelhecida em barris de carvalho de conhaque extremamente gostosa, o sabor de conhaque se destaca, mesmo tendo 12% ABV de teor alcoólico não é uma cerveja pesada.
D: alta drinkability, realmente é uma cerveja que vale a pena ser degustada.
Considerações: por ser uma cerveja com produção limitada, e preço pouco mais elevado, é uma cerveja que deve ser experimentada ao menos uma vez.
wekker84 (1690) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts fruits spicy oak yeast dry fruits and alcohol flavor malts spicy fruits dry fruits oak caramel and fruits in the finish
DwarfeD (1284) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle shared with friends. Somewhat hazy orange with a medium white soapy head. Medium to full body with quite some carbonation. Nice sweet tones with some bitterness in its finish. Citrus, tropical fruits, warming alcohol, herbs and yeast. A decent brew, but a tad overpriced.
Daanminator (188) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Zojuist batch nummer 5250 gedronken. Heb nog 3 flessen staan. Schuimkraag is na het inschenken bijna gelijk verdwenen. Mooie lichte kleurin het glas. Smaak is licht cognacachtig maar de tripel proef je er ook door.Nasmaak is vrij bitter en blijft lang hangen. Al om al een heerlijk bier.
onceblind (4842) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark golden with a thin white cap. The nose has a white wine barrel note with trippel yeast. Big bold flavor of oak and trippel yeast and Pilsner grains and a bit of wheat and booze. Good.
Wim (2954) - Weelde, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
at bart place along with Yves 0.75L bottle hazy golden blond colored body with a white head and a fruity malt hops alcholic aroma a fruity hop alcholic sweet bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish is good but a little too much alcholic