sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 (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 (2025) - 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.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Straw body with a thin foamy head. Notes of spice, bubblegum, banana, and sun tan lotion come through. Soft mouthfeel.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(draft) Had a head that lasted forever. Quite a bit blander than other Belgians I’ve enjoyed - this had a more lagerish taste to it, and no apple taste at all. Despite that I did like it though.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330cl bottle at Markt NYC. light yellow clear gold color, medium whitish head. aroma of capers, mustard, citrus and yeast. sparkly carbonation, medium body. flavor is dry, with chardonnay tastes - buttery, creamy, crisp, white grape. pear and pepper. finish is dry maltyness.
lbishop (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 21, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good blonde beer. Very smooth and palateable. Has a great fruity aroma along with the slightly fruity taste. A very balanced Tripel. Perhaps second only to Chimay Tripel.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden, tall white lasting head. Fruity sourish aroma with yeast, citrus. Good carbonation. At first malty sweet flavour, almost prefumy, then som underlying sourness, citrus and coriander, yeast, and finally a touch of hops. Oily palate. Smooth. Hides the ABV very well. Overall mild and well balanced. This could be the perfect tripel...
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spritzy looking orange/tan ale with a spongy light white head. Aroma of sour orange with vanilla, some wet cardboard and flowers. Full bodied, sweet with a slight acid finish. Very round and mild on the palate. Quite fruity. Excellent thought a bit sweet for my tastes.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Bottle. The colour is shady orange-gold-beige. The compact firm white foam is almost four fingers thick!
A sour wheat beer and lactose flavour dominates the smell. There are some notes of corn and bitter almonds.
The carbonation is powerful with small bubbles that develop into foam in the mouth.
The taste is quite alcoholic, but there are also are notes of apricot, liquorice, vanilla, diacetyl and lots of sourish flavours and lactose. The aftertaste is almost as complicated with a finishing touch of sour citric fruits.
Those Belgians might be totally nuts, but when it comes to strong brews that resembles of nothing else, look no further!
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gift pack with the Karmeliet glass. Best before 2006. Glass leaves room for as much head as beer. Beer is soft lightly cloudy gold under a mountain of merangue-like foam . A few clumps of ttractive lacing on the glass. Aroma of alcohol, flowers, grass and melon. Flavour is delicate, light fruit with a soft body and touch of spice and hops in a finish that ends with a sweet farewell.