JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Maproom in Chicago, served in a Bosteel Karmeliet tulip glass. Light golden, very hazy, with a massive white head that is fluffy and long lasting. Banana and clove aroma with a touch of bubble gum and wheat. Very malty, with over-ripened banana esters very prevalent. Velvety and soft mouthfeel - quite excellent.
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge thick foamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite complex with a mix between candi sugar and good old Belgian yeast. Taste is very refreshing with some spices, candi sugar (well balanced by the way), good malt and finish with the yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average but still not too full. Good interpretation of the style with all the ingredient well balanced.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Sometimes simple is better. This stuff, in its lack of complexity, is a very enjoyable brew. Slight cinnamon, slight citrus. Overall, a nice brew.
TBone (11326) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Bottled, 33cl (BB 10/2006)
Yellow, slightly hazy, color, good creamy white head. Aroma is light: fruity and malty. Oily, sweetish, alcoholic, hoppy. Smooth, carbonated mouthfeel. Gives long warming aftertaste. Decent, not bad but current RB score of 3.9 feels a bit overrated compared to my score :) (5/2/7/3/10 2.7)
Re-rated bottle 33cl (BB 08/2012)
Because of my "bad" rating in 2004, sayravai gave me this bottle as a XMas present and I promised to rerate it.
Golden brew, a bit murky after yeast added, white head is mostly vanishing. Aroma is fruity with pineapple and peach mixed with notes of pine needles. Medium to full bodied. Palate is oily, good strong malty backbone. The first impression is exotic fruityness: apricot, honey and banana. Hops pick up in the finish. Aftertaste is sweet fruity, backed with some alcohol.
Goblincat (378) - Westland, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy golden with a thick fluffy white head. Light fruity nose... some apple included. Real bubbly mouthfeel. Sweet taste with a light touch of hops. A bit simple, but not bad at all.
HermanW (1013) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very fine nice tasting belgium abbey tripel. Full of taste.
marcus (5620) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This golden ale pours with a short white head, eliciting a flowery aroma. The flavor is sweet and hoppy, with a slightly bitter herbal finish. Overall, a satisfying and somewhat unique example of the Tripel style.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity (pears, apricots, berries, orange, lemon), yeasty and sweet candy sugar in the aroma. Almost opaque with good clarity lots of persistent carbonation ans fine-bubbled, lasting cover of head. Flavour contains notes of dough-like yeastiness, plenty of the same fruits as found in the aroma and a very sweet maltiness. Bitterness in the finish takes the edge off. Very strong carbonation prickles the tongue and the sides of the mouth and brings out all the nuances of flavour in this medium-full bodied beer, but all in all it may be a bit overly gassy for my tastes. Bottle.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 (Bottled, 0.33l) Almost opaque, golden color with a small head. Complex-fruity, perfumed, slightly sweet, extremely pleasant aroma (one can find almost anything in this!). Very fruity (apple, orange, banana, strawberry), honeyish, slightly yeasty, spicy, complex flavor. Sugary-malty, medium to full-bodied palate with very well-balanced carbonation. Alcohol slightly present, but feels like an ingredient - not a negative thing. Just an inch too sweet from being the perfect tripel! Awesome! (Bottled, 1.5l, 2004 vintage) A quite different brew at this size - I suppose the bottle had gone slightly bad. Yellowish golden and hazy with a huge head. The aroma is milder, earthy, saison-like, with lemon and lots of moldy cellar. The flavor is also milder with less fruity sweetness, and more yeasty, moldy sourness. Still somewhat sweet, spicy, and a great brew. Should re-rate the big bottle, though.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden color with a fat lasting head. lemon and yeast aroma. taste is orange and creamy, nice acidic attack on the tongue that opens up the flavors of cantalope and pear that linger.