highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A well-balanced tripel from Du Bocq. Good but not outstanding. Pale gold with a light haze and a healthy swathe of souffle-like foam. Good head retention. Classic tripel aroma includes cloves, bubblegum, rock melon, honey and dusty hops. Very fresh-smelling and a bit sticky. Medium bodied - very much at the leaner end of the tripel scale. Mouth-filling carbonation, a little bit too much IMO. Carries its 7.3% abv very easily - wouldn’t know it was that strong from the flavour. Very ’clean’ flavour mix and not especially complex. Golden syrup, lemons, apples, cloves, with a nice tangy finish. Very well integrated. (33cl bottle, IBS Perth, bb 26/10/06)
Earlier Rating: 1/16/2006 Total Score: 3.2
Has anyone told British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott that he’s on the label of this beer bottle wearing a jester’s hat? Might be safer not to - he can get a bit punchy... Onto the contents: cloudy pale lemon with a thick, tight head showing good length. Very busy carbonation. Light peachy aroma, a bit like a yeasty Viognier. Also some sugary fruit concentrate notes. Fairly full and creamy mouthfeel, quite substantial. Sweet and fruity - canned pear juice, vanilla, some lemony tartness and a shake of pepper in the finish. Quite warming in the stomach. Nothing complex about this but it’s very approachable. Not a top tier tripel but above average. (25cl bottle, IBS Perth, bb 10/11/06)
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quite good looking beer with a big white head. Quite lively carbonation.
Very nice aroma - fruit, yeast and a touch of honey.
Flavour disappoints slightly and is over way too quick.
Decent but not great.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[LCRBM] aroma is peachy, herbal. body is a little thin, decent beer, but not a great example of the style.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is what I feel like I sadi to myself as I played lucky dip in my IB shop beer box. So I let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours and fluted it into my little Chouffe tulip glass. So far so good. Fine colour and good beading in the glass with an equally clean head. The nose has hints of clove and peach with a lively body awaiting the important voyage down my gullet. As a beer it is quite good but in assessing the quality of an abbey tripel it fails to meet the high expectation of such a beer. Definitely a good beer but not one of those that makes to sit there and smile until the last drop makes you yearn for more.
TBone (13700) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (BB 10/2006)
Pale hazy yellow, small white head. Fruits (water melon), wood and some sweetness in the nose. Carbonated, yeasty fruity (orange), some alcohol and hops, quite dry, dry white wine -like aftertaste. Simple but drinkable triple.
Earlier Rating: 2/2/2005 Total Score: 3.2
Bottled (BB 12/2005)
Hazy orange, small white head. Strong deep aroma of malts, berries and leather. Smooth carbonated mouthfeel. Crisp citron palate with metallic and dry aftertaste. Warming. OK triple.
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dirty hazy yellow, pillowy head. Citrus oil, sweet spice, chalk, hay. Slightly sweet and very drinkable, alcohol well hidden. A very approachable tripel.
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - NOV 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) Pale golden colour with yeast floaties and a frothy white medium head. Dense fruity and yeasty aroma with sugar and a touch of honey. Medium sweet flavour, medium body, lively carbonation. Sweet malty and citrus fruity taste with yeasts and a spicy touch. Dry and light bitter fruity aftertaste. Decent Triple.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
25 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Yellow colour with a nice white head. Nice aroma of fruit, yeast and spice. Nice flavour pear, kandi and some spice. Very delicate but have a someway a unpleasant metalic finish.
ALLOVATE (2549) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent quaffer of a beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to call it a Tripel if not for strength. Tasted from the bottle and poured, cool, into a stumpy tulip glass. Head rose out to greet me and stabilised at a good 2 inches, dense and fluffy, atop a bright yellowish gold body. Each slow sip produced an abundance of laced patterns down the glass. Soft, slightly oxidised, bubblegum, pear and apple nose; fruity, but void of phenolics or sweet notes. Quite different in the mouth from the aroma; candi sugar and light vanilla notes blended with strong pear-like fruit flavours and a little warming alcohol down the back. Body is quite full, treacly as it warms, and there is a balancing fruity tang to it that lasted long into the swallow, holding its alcohol well. Simple, reasonably balanced Belgian ale that did go down a treat, but just failed to truly excite. Decent!!! (75cL corked, 10/11/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
Earlier Rating: 10/20/2005 Total Score: 3.8
Another Du Bocq beer that had me savour every sip. Bit worried as my notes for the Deugniet are almost identical to this one, but it may have been the surroundings that made this tasting a pleasure. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a chalice late into a warm spring evening. Hazy yellowish gold body with a dense two layered, foamy and thick, crown that lasted for the length and left webs of lace down the glass. Softly perfumy, spicy and peppery, lemon, apple and pear nose with brushes of candi and herbal hops, and the slightest hint of medicinal alcohol. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, yet oddly charged in carbonation which moved things along quickly. Flavours of vanilla and cinnamon mingled with apples, lemons, pears and a touch of honey to make for a not too sweet mix on the tongue. Alcohol remained well hidden, and the finish had some fresh herbs that added a tangy bitter mix in the swallow. Easy drinking, and not at all ’in your face’ like I like my Tripels, but a smooth quaffer and the perfect choice to end my evening. Nice!!! (75cL, BBE 11/06)
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg @ Stockholm Beer Festival 2005
Another blonde Beligan triple. One in the crowd really. Fruity, herbal and plenty of CO2. Not bad.
Earlier Rating: 8/10/2004 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Vintage 1992. Smells and taste like a sweet biere de garde! Strange, but it is wonderfull. Bottle was stored standing and chilled most of the time. Refreshing.